Preschool - Pre-K
It is hard to believe it is October already! The days and weeks have quickly flown by. The kids are in a good daily routine and working very hard.
We have been listening to a differernt letter story each week. We are already working on the letter "Ff". We have learned about B. B. Bunny and her adventures of collecting many things that begin with the letter "Bb". B. B. collected balls, boxes, bicycles, bats, bottles, bananas, books and baskets that she kept in her big, brown backpack that she carried on her back. B. B. became bored and decided to collect things that were alive-so she collected a butterfly, a bird, and a bear. She stopped to rest because her bag was too heavy. She found a big, blue beachball and bounced it into her bag. It burst and B. B. got many bumps and bruises. She decided to become a better bunny and not collect live things that did not want to be put into her bag. All of her friends then called her "B. B. -the Best!"
Curly Caterpillar's story followed. Curly was a caterpillar covered with little "c" curls. She lived in a colorful castle in Colorado but her castle was really cold. Cousin Connie came to visit Curly and brought her a crocheted cape and cap to help keep her warm. These helped to keep Curly Caterpillar from catching terrible colds.
Next came Ditto Dog's dirty little story. Ditto was a little dog covered with dots who lived in a doghouse by the driveway. Ditto loved to dig in the dirt and got very dusty and dirty. Ditto liked to dig deep ditches and he discovered many dandy things deep in the dirt. Ditto found dishes with designs, dozens of dimes, a doll, and a set of dominoes with dots. Ditto continued digging and heard a faint sound - "D-D-D-D-D" - and continued digging until the sound got louder and louder. Ditto discovered a dinosaur in the dirt. He and the dinosaur became friends and played with the dishes, doll, and dominoes. They spent the dimes on desserts, dinners, and danced by the dandelions and daisies near the door of his doghouse.
Enor Elephant had enormous eyes and enormous ears. Enor had an enormous amount of energy because he liked to exercise. Enor was the captain of the Elephants-Eleven Emergency Team. They were experts in emergencies and helped when an emergency occurred and there was trouble. Enor and the Elephants-Eleven Emergency Team rescued a family of elks and helped them escape. They also rescued an elf trapped in an elevator. They even helped an Eskimo, who was working on an engine, to get it working so the Eskimo could get home.
This week we larned about a fat, frog named Friendly who lived in a faraway land. Friendly liked to be funny and do flip flops with his friend, Fancy Fish. Both of them had freckles and liked to do fun things. They would go for walks in the forest and find fantastic things. Their favorites were flowers, fossils, and feathers. One day they saw flames in the forest and helped to rescue a family of five foxes by blowing hard on the flames - "F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F." They then took the fox family back to Friendly's farm and made them each four fantastic flapjacks which they all ate very fast. Then they became friends and frolicked in the forest doing flip-flops and having fun.
After we listen to each of these stories, using flashcards, we practice identifying each letter and its sound. The preschool students are coloring a picture that begins with each letter. These pictures will be kept in a book that is sent home at the end of the year. The Pre-K students practice printing both the capital and lower case letter each week. They are also doing other work to help reinforce the letter and sound recognition. Both groups get to work in centers and many of the activities they do are things that emphasize the letters that we are working on.
We are continuing to work on cutting skills through our weekly art work, and practicing how to hold a pencil and crayon. We are working on shape and color recognition, eye-hand coordination and finding matching objects. We continue rote counting and are beginning to work on number recognition and number-object pairing. We are continuing to work on name recognition and birthdates. We also are doing our weekly religion activities, as well.
The kids are very excited that it is now the month of October! We are hearing about all of the costumes they want to wear on Halloween. We are learning some fun Halloween songs and fingerplays and will soon be counting how many days there are until Halloween. There will be classroom Halloween parties. I will be talking with our room mother and will send party information through a class note or an e-mail.
October is also Fire Safety Month. We have been practicing school fire drills and talking about fire safety. The Belleville Fire Department was here today with Pluggy, their remote controlled fire hydrant. Pluggy and the fire captain talked about making sure that each home has working smoke detectors, changing the batteries when the time changes, and having a family escape plan and special meeting place should there be an emrgency situation at home. Your children may come home and ask you about your family safety plans. We also talked about Stop, Drop, and Roll should someone's clothes catch on fire. A new recommendation to this procedure is to cover your face with your hands to protect it before you Stop-Drop- and Roll.
Next week Bishop Braxton will come to school to visit. He will spend most of his visit here with the eighth grade students preparing for Confirmation. He usually stops by some of the classrooms to greet the students. We will learn how to address the bishop - "Good morning, Bishop Braxton." and we will talk about who and what a bishop does. We will color some pictures of Bishops to hang in the hallway and we will see a real picture of the bishop.
Report cards will be sent home on Friday, October 31st. You will also be receiving a note about conference times for the Parent-Teacher conferences in November. Please make sure you complete this form and return it as soon as possible. Your scheduled conference time will be sent home with your child's report card.
If you know anyone looking for a Preschool or Pre-K program, please invite them to visit. It is not too late for new students to join our program.
Thanks again for all of your help, support, and cooperation so far this school year. Your continued support and cooperation only makes our jobs a lot easier!
Ms. Cindy & Ms. Brenda
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 10 - NO SCHOOL Diocesan Institute Day - Holy Trinity
October 13 - NO SCHOOL Columbus Day
October 15 - Bishop Braxton visits
October 16 - Quarter Auction (Marketing Committee) 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
October 30 - T-TH Halloween Party (11 children)
October 31 - M-W-F Halloween Party (13 children)
October 31 - Report Cards sent home
November 5 - Picture Retakes 8:30 a.m.
November 5 - Faculty Meeting Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m.
November 5 - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. in gym
November 10 - Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m. No lunch Served/ NO BASZ CARE
November 10 - Parent - Teacher Conferences 1 - 8 p.m.
November 11 - NO SCHOOL Veteran's Day
November 21 - GRANDPARENT'S DAY - Early Dismissal 11:00 a.m. (No Lunch Served)
November 26-30 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break