"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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 19th and 20th

Self Directed Play & Clean Up
Weather, Calendar, Counting, - Letter F-Numbers 1-10 Review
Seat Work
Reading and Writing
Music Circle Time
Hello Song
Instruments—Harvest Song w/ Instruments
Social—Gratitude Attitude—Share one thing you are grateful for when they get the bean bag
Counting-10 little Indians
Music Appreciation/Readiness-Blue Jellos
Small and Large Movement Skills Five Fat Turkeys- Five Fat turkeys were sitting on a fence.  The fist one said, I’m so immense The second one said, I can gobble at you The third one said I can gobble too the fourth one said I can spread my tail the fifth one said, Don’t catch it on a nail A farmer came along and stopped to say Turkeys look best on Thanksgiving Day (use hand to point to all the turkeys)
ABC/Reading-Rhyming words!  “A hunting we will go”-
Fish-Dish; Bear Hair; Pig Jig; giraffe laugh
Singing—Child Chooses Songs
Snack & Story Time—Graham Crackers w/ milk
Free Time & Group Motor Activity-Turkey tag
Creating Project (arts and crafts) Handprint Turkey/TP Turkey
Math/Science Skills—Thanksgiving Bingo
Goodbye Song

Calendar:  No School on Nov 21st and 22nd.  Happy Thanksgiving

Home Challenge:  Thanksgiving is a great time for family and friends to gather.  It is a great idea to include your children in your baking traditions by helping you do one of your dishes.  Another way to include them is letting them help set the table or make a table decoration like a place mat.

Some may ask is it really that important to go to preschool?  You as a parent obviously have decided it is important!  I have seen the direct benefits as a mom with my three older children who are now in school full time.  Here are some reasons I think preschool is important.
1.  Preschool is good socially for your child.  Preschool often times is the first time child and mom or dad are away from a child for an educational experience.  I've seen Kindergarten children out in the hall for months with mom because they didn't want to leave her.  Children need to know mom and dad will come back, and preschool is a great time to practice this.  The transition to kindergarten will be much easier if practiced in preschool years.
2.  Preschool is good to learn to play with children their own age.  Learn how to share, take turns, contribute to conversations, and answer questions in a group setting.
3.  Preschool can help prepare your child to be a student.  Music, dance, and gymnastics are great but preschool teaches children how to be students.  Raising hands, not talking out of turn, sitting tall in their chair, listen to teacher, etc.
4.  Preschool can increase your child's school success.  Studies have shown early education improve chances for children's academic success.  This is why there are many state funded preschools available throughout the country.
5.  Preschool encourages independent learning and exploration.  Children learn so much from each other, through play and observation of other children their own age.  If they see one child writing their name, they start thinking, "Hey I can do that, or I want to do that."  Preschool can foster creativity and learning by just being with each other.

I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to teach your children.  I take my job very seriously and want you to know that I will always do my very best to be a good and loving teacher.  Thank you!

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