"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

Friday, October 21, 2011

What do I want to Be and Halloween!

Field Trip Day.  Meet at Preschool at 9:15 am wearing shirts—bring car seat!
9:30—Leave for Pumpkin Walk
10:45—leave to go back to Preschool
11:00—pick up your child from Preschool
If you are meeting us at the pumpkin walk please find us by the North Entrance West of the cut out characters. 

Tuesday and Wednesday 
Seat Work
Practice writing names
Introduce Theme and Letter and Number of the Day—C & 9
Music Circle Time
Hello Song
Instruments-Harvest Drumming—with “Law of Harvest”
Social-“It’s Autumtime”—talk about what changes happen in the fall
Music Appreciation/Readiness—Dynamics!
Small and Large Movement Skills- Harvest Dance:  follow the leader dance
ABC/Reading- ABC hide and seek
Singing—Child Chooses Songs
Creating Project (arts and crafts)—Write Letters Stamp and Mail them.
Free Time-choose activity inside or outside before snacks
Reading Time –Little Red Hen w/Fantasia and Symphony Group
Snack time—Make Scones with Dough made with Little Red Hen Story—Fantasia and Symphony
                        Ants on a Log-Allegro Group
Writing assignment (numbers and/or letters)
Group Motor Activity—Obstacle Course outside
Math/Science Skills—Uncle Wiggly Game
Story time/Goodbye Song
Thursday—Come in Halloween Costume—It’s a Halloween Party!
Seat Work
Practice writing names
Introduce Theme and Letter and Number of the Day—C & 9
Music Circle Time
Hello Song
Instruments—The Addams Family with bells
Social—“What are you going to be on Halloween Night?”
Counting—Spider has 8 legs
Music Appreciation/Readiness—Major and Minor sounds
Small and Large Movement Skills—Monster Mash
ABC/Reading—Musical Chairs w/ ABC’s & This is Halloween
Singing—Child Chooses Songs—Teach Have you seen the Ghost of John/ I’m a mean old witch with a Hat. 
Creating Project (arts and crafts)—Sponge Painting—Jack-o-lanterns
Free Time-choose activity inside or outside before snacks
Snack time—decorate your own Halloween sugar cookie
Reading Time –Halloween stories
Writing assignment (numbers and/or letters)
Group Motor Activity—Outside Ball Throwing and Catching
Math/Science Skills—Learn on top, under, in, out, before, after, up, down with our Halloween spider
Story time—Spooky stories. /Goodbye Song
We are lucky to have a college student, Rochelle Webb, who is going to be volunteering in our classroom to get some experience with preschool children.  She will be coming on Monday with us to our field trip to help out and then she will start coming to help in the classroom as well.  She will be a great addition to our preschool.  I will have her introduce herself soon!
I will be sending a note home with each of your children about putting pictures we take at preschool on the blog.  If you can read this, sign and send it back that would be great.  
On Thursday of this week and Monday of next the children may come in Halloween costumes if they would like.  This is optional.  We are calling it our Halloween party but we really are doing basically the same structure as usual, just adding a Halloween Theme.  
Homework Challenge:  
Technology can be very helpful to teach concepts.  I have found some websites that have some great games that the kids enjoy and also teach good skills.  I wanted to share one with you.  This website is designed for many ages.  The youngest is for Kindergarten but I have my three year old working with it and it's fine for her.  Check it out.    http://www.abcya.com/
Also you can get great apps on your phone that are nice to have when you are waiting in line or for your food at a resturant.  Here is one that has a teaching tool for numbers, letters, colors and shapes.  It's called JANES ABCs.  You can get it on most phones.  It's only $.99 so it's way cheap and fun for the kids.  Here is a link about the app.  http://bestappsforkids.com/2011/10/janes-abcs-123s/
Do you have a favorite website or app for your kids that is both fun and educational?  Please share and I will pass the word on.  Thanks!

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