Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all Pre-K families!  I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas break and got to spend lots of time with friends and families.  It was so great to hear all about your Christmas festivities and adventures this week- all of the Pre-K students were so excited to share.

Pre-K students were also excited about the new dramatic play centre in our classroom.  We now have a library where students can check out books and look at them in the loft.  Students can also be the librarian, the book shelver and the story time reader.  This centre promotes great collaboration and turn taking skills as well as a love of literacy.  We are looking forward to checking out our school library next week.

In Pre-K this month we will be doing lots of activities to do with snow and snowmen- I am so glad we have lots of snow outside to also discover and play in.  We were happy to get outside Monday and Tuesday of this week before it got too cold!  This week, we read stories by Caralyn Buehner; Snowmen at Night and Snowmen All Year.  These stories allow us to explore our imagination and promote great classroom discussions about what we would do with a magic snowman of our own.

Snowmen at Night

Snowmen All Year

We used the illustrations from Snowmen at Night to inspire our art project this week.  We coloured coffee filters with markers and then sprayed them to illustrate the colours in the sky.  We then glued on small, medium and big circles for our snowmen.  These beautiful creations are hanging from the ceiling in our classroom.

Below is the poem we are currently learning and using our fingers to practice counting. See if your child can remember how it goes and the actions!

Winter Songs for Preschoolers

Reminders:

  • Scholastic book orders due Thursday, January 16th.  You can place your order here: Scholastic
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten registration for next year is now open!  Please follow the link sent to you by email.  Please let me know if you have any questions!
  • We have more great Family Oriented Programming sessions planned between January and March.  Check out all of the sessions here: FOP.  These sessions are free to attend and you can attend in any community.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Lawrence

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all Pre-K families!  Thank you all, so much, for coming in to our classroom this week to watch us perform our songs and celebrate the Christmas season with us.  It is always so special to see how excited students get to see their family members come into the classroom.  Below, are the songs we sang for you.

Little Snowflake

Snowflakes, Snowflakes

5 Little Snowmen

I wanted to share a few pictures with you this week from our Christmas centers.  Our room will have some fun, new centers for January that I can’t wait for all of the kids to discover!

 

Have a wonderful Christmas break and I look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, January 6th and Tuesday, January 7th!

Mrs. Lawrence

**As a reminder, both Pre-K and Kindergarten registration open on Monday, January 6th for next year.

Christmas Fun

We have been participating in all sorts of fun Christmas activities over the past two weeks!  I won’t share the songs we have been singing, because we are so excited for them to be a surprise for all of our families next week!  As a reminder, on Tuesday, December 17th for the T/TH class and Wednesday, December 18th for the M/W class, we will be inviting all families into our classroom at 11:00 am to hear a few songs from us and then share a snack with us.

Linked below are a few of the Christmas stories we have been reading:

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?

Finding Christmas

Our Candy Cane Bakery and The North Pole play centers have provided such great learning opportunities in our classroom.  At the Candy Cane Bakery students can bake cookies for Santa or they have been baking them and serving them to friends.  In The North Pole students can decorate the tree, they can be an elf in Santa’s workshop, they can wrap presents and write cards and they can dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Theses play centers foster such great language and communication between students.

We have also been busy decorating our classroom!  We completed two crafts where we worked together on a collaborative project.  One is the collaborative Christmas trees in our hallway and the other is the string of lights on our classroom door.  We also have ornaments hanging from our ceiling and one other special project to surprise you with next week!

 

Reminders:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday next week Christmas activities with families at 11:00 am.
  • No School for Pre-K on Thursday, December 19th.
  • First day back after Christmas break is Monday, January 6th.
  • Important letter coming home next week in regard to Pre-K registration for next year.  Registration for both new and returning Pre-K families will open on Monday, January 6th for the 2020-2021 school year.  Instructions will be in the letter sent home.  This letter also references Kindergarten registration which will also open on January 6th, 2020.  Please watch for this letter in your child’s backpack on Monday or Tuesday!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lawrence

December Reminders

We finished up our bear unit this month and are now all very familiar with some great books about bears.  I have linked two books below that your child will be very familiar with and be able to read the story along with you.  Books with repetitive text are so important for early learners.  I love to see how excited and proud they are when they can read along!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Below are pictures of two fun crafts we completed related to our bear unit.  We all loved painting our bears fur with a fork.  We also were able to learn about facial features through this craft.  Our bear puppet allowed us to discuss animals and colours and we had to follow multiple directions to complete this craft.  I hope your child was able to show you their bear puppet and how they can retell the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” with it!

bear paintingbear puppet

It is hard to believe that we will already be into December next week!  We have some fun Christmas activities planned in Pre-K and we are excited to celebrate the holiday season all month long! Make sure to ask your child about the new dramatic play center in the classroom and what their favourite thing to do in it is (baking cookies, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts, dressing up, etc).  Make sure to watch Fresh Grade next week for a picture of your child participating in this center!

Reminders:

  • Pre-K Parent Teacher Interviews are Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th.  Here is the link to sign up, if you have not already done so: Pre-K PTI sign up  If these days/times do not work for you, please reach out to me so we can arrange for an alternate time.
  • On Tuesday, December 17th for the T/TH class and Wednesday, December 18th for the M/W class, we will be inviting parents into our classroom at 11:00 am to hear a few songs and enjoy a treat with us.  We can’t wait to show you the songs that we have been practicing!
  • There is no school for Pre-K on Thursday, December 19th.
  • The first day back from the holiday break is Monday, January 6th.

See you next week!

Mrs. Lawrence

November Updates in Pre-K

We have had a busy and fun last two weeks in Pre-K!  We have continued our social emotional learning and read many stories that are about how we are feeling and what we can do with those feelings.  Last week we focused on “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses”.  This was a fun book because we already have a love for Pete the Cat and his stories that have repetitive text that students can read along with.  It taught us that when we have small problems we can may get upset or frustrated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t solve those problems and have a good day.  We worked really hard on a craft where we were able to make our very own Pete.  We are improving our ability to follow directions and our fine motor skills such as cutting.  If you haven’t already, check out our Pete the Cat’s in the hallway!

pete

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

For this week and next week, we will be focusing on bear books and how the bears are feeling in the books.  We will be reading Nick Bland stories such as “The Very Cranky Bear”, which is the story we focused on this week.  Check out any of Nick Bland’s stories and not only emphasize the emotions in the stories but also all of the rhyming words.  Also, make sure to ask your child about the bear craft we are working on, specifically, how we painted the bear’s fur.  We are also singing a song about a bear to teach us positional concepts.

The Very Cranky Bear

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Thank you, parents, for packing winter gear so that we can get outside and play!  We learn so much through outdoor play opportunities!  This week we worked together to build snowmen, we took turns on the swings and slide and we generally just had a blast enjoying playing in the snow!

Here are some more of our play opportunities from the past two weeks where we are also working on important skills such as problem solving, collaboration and turn taking.

 

Reminders:

  • I will be placing the last Scholastic book order before Christmas on Friday by noon.  You can order here: Scholastic
  • Pre-K does not have Parent Teacher Interviews at the same time as the rest of the school, but information will be coming in the next week as to when Pre-K Parent Teacher Interview’s are.  I’m looking forward to meeting with all parents soon to discuss all the growth I am seeing!
  • Save the date! On Tuesday, December 17th for the T/TH class and Wednesday, December 18th for the M/W class, we will be inviting parents into our classroom at 11:00 am to hear a few songs and enjoy a treat with us.  More info to follow!

Mrs. Lawrence

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, Pre-K families!  I hope your child enjoyed all of our special Halloween activities this week!  We sure had fun over the last two days getting our faces painted, playing Halloween games and enjoying special treats brought in by families.

We tied the Halloween theme into some social emotional learning the last two weeks.  Last week we talked about all the different ways we feel at times and read a book about emotions called “Glad Monster Sad Monster”.  This was a fun book that allowed us to discuss how the monsters were feeling and then make our very own monster puppet to take home.  Creating our monster puppets also expanded our learning on facial features and shapes.  Make sure to ask your child all about their monster they brought home!  We also had fun making jack-o-lanterns by marble painting and then gluing on their facial features- another great opportunity to talk about emotions!

We have continued our 5 Little Pumpkins learning over the last 2 weeks.  I have linked the poem below and everyone has been doing a great job of saying the words and doing the actions.  We also read the Pete the Cat book “5 Little Pumpkins” this week and I have linked this fun story below.  The last link is a song that is about 5 Little Pumpkins but focuses on their emotions and tied in great to our social emotional learning.

5 Little Pumpkins poem

Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins

5 Little Pumpkins- emotions song

Reminders:

  • Picture Day is Thursday, November 7th for Pre-K.  All T/TH students will have their picture taken.  M/W parents, you are welcome to bring your child in at 8:30am for their individual picture.
  • Scholastic book orders will be sent home next week and due on November 14th.  This will be the last order before Christmas.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lawrence

 

 

Spookley the Square Pumpkin

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend!  We had fun last week continuing to discuss and read stories about what we were thankful for as well as creating turkeys that we took home.

This week we have begun learning all about pumpkins.  We read a fun story called “The legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and used our scissor skills to create our very own Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  Everyone did such a great job of snipping strips of paper to make orange squares for their pumpkin.  Make sure to check them out on the hallway bulletin board!

Story

We have also begun discussing different emotions and will continue with that next week.  A song we have been singing to start our social emotional learning is called “Can You Make a Happy Face?”  Show your child the song below and have them make all of the different faces.  Next week we will be talking about when we feel these different emotions and that it is okay to have different feelings.

Song

We also will be saying a poem “5 Little Pumpkins” for the rest of the month.  Try saying it with your child and have them show you the actions!

Image result for 5 little pumpkins poem

In Pre-K we get to have free play everyday!  Although it may appear like we are “just playing” we are working on many different skills through our free play.  We are collaborating with our friends, turn taking and problem solving through play opportunities such as blocks and sand.  We are developing language and communication skills through play centers such as the kitchen.  We are also developing fine motor skills through play centers such as playdoh , art and toys like Mr. Potato Head.  Check out some of our play opportunities from this week!

Reminders:

  • Due to the continued delay of Fresh Grade Next, we have decided to use the classic Fresh Grade app for this year.  You should have received an email invitation to view your child’s portfolio where I have begun posting pictures.  If you have not received this email, please first check your junk mail and then let me know if you still do not see it!
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Oct. 24th (M/W class you will get them on Monday!)
  • For Halloween this year we will be having fun activities in our classroom on Wednesday, October 30th for the M/W Class and Thursday, October 31st for the T/TH Class, but Pre-K students do not wear costumes to school.  We will be doing Halloween themed activities such as face painting, crafts, stories, songs and games, but will be keeping the activities relatively low key.  We would be happy to have two parents from each class bring a special snack. If you would like to send a special snack for the class, there is a sign up sheet outside of the door.

See you next week!

Mrs. Lawrence