PRE-PRIMARY Room #4
Back to School
Summer Recap: We had so much fun this summer! We began our summer with a camping week. The children made smores and ate them around the “fire” that they made from sticks and tissue paper. The children got a chance to study various animal tracks and make their own animal track prints on paper using sponge cutouts and paint. We followed the next week celebrating the fourth of July and made some amazing firework art. The children made their own unique fireworks and swirly wind tunnels. The children also enjoyed making a firework explosion with water, baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar. It was a fun, foamy experiment. Our space week was very intriguing as we explored all 8 planets and outer space. The children learned so many facts and had a great time making their own galaxy sensory bag. Farm week was such a sweet week as we learned about all the farm animals and everything farmers do on the farm. The children really loved the animal puppets as we sang “Old Mac Donald Had a Farm”. They kept going back to the puppets and singing the song. Our Underwater week was filled with amazing creatures of the sea. The children enjoyed the video of the jellyfish and their beauty as they floated around the ocean. Volcano week was our favorite week! The children made a volcano and had the chance to watch it erupt. The whole process was just so much fun! It was a great activity to bring the children together. Olympic week was just as fun as the children made their own clay medals and participated in some outdoor activities like the balance beam.
September Recap: In September we learned All About Me, the seven continents, and apples! All month long we read The Kissing Hand, stories about friendship, beginning school, and everything to know about apples. We started off by learning about ourselves and how we are each special in our own way. We also talked about friendship and how we all try to play together in a friendly manner. Each child took a turn getting their hand painted and placed on our Friendship board. Then we moved on to learning about Apples. The children identified different types of apples and had the opportunity to work on Matching Apple Cards. We learned about the apple Life cycle and parts of an apple. I brought in different types of apples and had the children try them and tell me which they liked best. Lastly, we worked on our continents. We sang our continent song and had so much fun taking turns on helping to find each continent.
In Practical Life, the children were introduced to spooning both balls and beans. Something both big and small. In Sensorial, we worked on Knobbed and Knobless Cylinders. The learned the adjective words: thin, thick, thicker, thickest, thinner, and thinnest. In Math, the children were introduced to using counters and Numeral cards. They placed the correct number of objects to the number on the card. The children also had the opportunity to build a number tower with colored connecting cubes and counted the cubes. In Language, the children learned the alphabet sounds of a, b, c, and d. There were several activities for these letter sounds. One included matching the capital and lowercase letters. In science, the children worked on the continent puzzle and globe. We matched the continents and even played a mystery bag game of feeling the continents in a bag and identifying what continent it was just by touch.
October Recap: In October, we learned about the Solar System and Space, North America, and pumpkins! All month long we read Going on A Leaf Hunt along with stories about space and planets, and everything to know about pumpkins. We started off by learning about our Solar System and the planets. We also talked about our planet earth and its layers. Each child dot painted the eight planets of our Solar System. We then moved on to learning about pumpkins. The children were introduced to different types of pumpkins and had the opportunity to work on the Matching Pumpkin Patch Cards. The children loved painting their own pumpkin using different shades of orange and we learned about the Pumpkin Life Cycle. We also studied the animals and plants of North America.
In Practical Life, the children were introduced to clothespins and practiced how to pin clothes onto a clothesline. In Sensorial, we worked on the Broad Stairs and the Pink Tower. They practiced the adjective words: small, medium, large, thick, thickest, thin, and thinnest. In Math, the children were introduced to the Number Rods and numerals. They counted from 1-10 and were shown the quantity and the numeral. In Language, the children learned the alphabet sounds of “e”, “f”, “g”, and “h”. Several activities were provided for letter sounds. One included matching the lowercase letters. In science, the children worked on identifying hot vs. cold and the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin.
November News: This month we will learn all about kindness, being helpful, and The United States of America. We will read the book To Fill A Bucket. The children will practice acts of kindness and helpfulness and have the opportunity to fill the buckets of others. In Practical Life, the children will be introduced to how to set a table and continue practicing table manners. In Sensorial, the children will work on the Red Rods and have the opportunity to create a maze using the Red Rods. In Math, the children will learn to match numbers and in Language, the children will be introduced to the alphabet sounds “I”, “j”, “k”, and “l”. In Science, the children will learn about leaves and color mixing. This month is filled with so many new activities for the children as we continue growing this fall season!
Curriculum for November:
- Virtues and Values
- Geography Study: USA
- Being Thankful
- Literature Book: Fill A Bucket By Carol McCloud
- Pumpkins & Gourds
- Thanksgiving and Harvest
- Fall Weather
Extra Curricular Activities:
- Please make sure you are bringing in extra potty training supplies and extra-clothes for your child’s bin in the classroom. Also, please make sure the clothes are appropriate for winter and that you bring at least 2 full sets.
- The mornings have become very crisp, so we ask you bring child in a jacket for morning play. Remember to label everything!