"Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child's potential for development." Dr. Clive Robbins

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

1st Week of School

I'm way excited to begin school.  Don't forget to have the children bring a backpack or bag to take papers in.   I also think having a extra outfit and underwear in their backpack would be a good idea in case of an accident.  If you are interested in carpooling, please let me know and I can connect you with a parent who lives close to you.  We have only one opening left for the Mon-Wed. Class.  If you have a friend or neighbor who wants to register let them know.  Also, since their are quite a few Monday holidays we will hold class on Friday of that same week of the holiday.  I will have that on the calendar to remind you.

Here is the themes, concepts, and projects we will do the first week.
Theme:  Making New Friends
First Day we will do many things to get to know each other
We will also go over preschool rules which are:

Follow Directions
Raise your hand to speak during lesson time
Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself
Treat others and yourself kindly

We will be learning the letters M and S today--we will learn for reading and writing 
Art Project:  Making Nameplates to be used at preschool for snack-time (we'll take pictures so you can see the creativity)
Story Time:  "How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?"  and "Snoopy's Friend"

Second Day:
Learning Letter A for reading and writing
Art Project:  Making friendship bracelets
Story Time:  Mary had a Little Lamb, and Let's be Friends

During Music Time we will do a variety of songs each week to emphasis the theme, letters and various concepts.  At the end of each music time we will give the kids opportunity to choose a favorite song from the board.  You may want to sing these songs at home with your kids.  Here are the Children's Favorites

Alphabet Song (ABC song)


Itsy Bitsy Spider

Old McDonald

I Like to Eat...Apples and Bananas

Mr. Knickerbockers

I'm in the Mood

This Old Man

The Wheels on the Bus

The Rainbow Song

De Colores

To help your child feel more comfortable identifying the letters of M, S, and A.  Point them out on signs while driving in the car, or have them find them in a magazine or book you are reading.  Have them write their name (or you write it) and see if any of these letters are in their name. Let them realize letters are all around them.
Please let me know if you have any questions.  

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