Classroom updates!

Hello again, everyone! It is hard to believe we are almost into December already! Time has been flying in Pre-K and we have been having so much building upon friendships, playing and exploring together.

Last week was our “Rock Your Mocs” Day activity so we completed activities around Indigenous culture. We read two stories: Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock and The Sharing Circle. We each decorated our own set of moccasins on “Rock Your Mocs” Day. The Sharing Circle was also a great story to help us learn about listening to one another and being kind to one another. We have our own “talking stick” in our classroom and have been participating in our own sharing circles where we start the day by saying how we are feeling and end the day by sharing our favourite part of the day.

Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock Story

The Sharing Circle Story

Here are some photos of our moccasins as well as the owls we made after reading The Sharing Circle.

This last week we finished up our mini animal unit and read two books by Nick Bland: The Very Cranky Bear and The Very Sleepy Bear. Both stories were also great to further our discussions about how we are feeling when we come to school in the morning. This week we each made a fox that we took home.

The Very Cranky Bear Story

The Very Sleepy Bear Story

Reminders & Updates:

  • Pre-K Parent Teacher Interviews are next week on Tuesday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 1st. Thank you for signing up to discuss your child’s growth in Pre-K! If you have not had a chance to sign up yet and/or the dates do not work for you, just send me an email.
  • Families in Need Raffle: See the picture below and click here for more information and tickets!
  • Gifts for Grandparents Toonie Drive: we will be collecting toonies in our classroom! See the picture below and click here for more information!
  • If you are interested in ordering from Scholastic, you can visit https://classroomessentials.scholastic.ca/ and make sure to include our class code: RC138717 so that we can earn new books and activities for our classroom!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lawrence

November Updates

Hello, everyone! We have had a fun few weeks in Pre-K so I wanted to fill you in on what we have been up to! For the last 2 weeks our theme in the classroom has been bears and animals and we have been engaging in songs, stories, crafts and activities all about animals!

Last week we read the story and learned the actions for the song, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. This is always a favourite and it’s a great repetitive story to get everyone to read along with me. It also helps us learn the words over, under and through. We also made a bear craft where we painted with a fork and then had to glue on ears, a nose and googly eyes.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Story

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Song

This week we read another repetitive story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Everyone is able to read along with this story and we also have puppets in the classroom that we read this story with where everyone gets a turn holding up an animal from the story. We also completed our very own Brown Bear puppet with all of the animals from the story on it so that we can read it at home with our families!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Another fun animal activity we have had in our classroom is our Vet Clinic! We changed the kitchen area in the classroom into a vet clinic and everyone has been having so much fun role playing the vet, the receptionist, and pet owners. Our dramatic play area is always a great spot to develop our turn taking and language and communication skills.

I also wanted to share with your our new morning activity. We call it our “clothespin name activity” and we use clothespins to match the letters of our name. Clothespins are great tools to develop our hand strength which gets us ready for writing and this activity also helps us begin to identify letters.

Reminders:

  • No School on Thursday, November 11th for Remembrance Day.
  • Monday, Nov. 15th is “Rock Your Mocs” day at the school. If your child has moccasins, they are welcome to wear them. We will be completing a moccasin craft and reading a story to recognize the day.
  • T/TH photos on Thursday, November 18th
  • Pre-K Parent Teacher Interview information will be coming to your email by the end of next week.
  • Scholastic Book orders for November/December were sent home. If you are interested in ordering, you can visit https://classroomessentials.scholastic.ca/ and make sure to include our class code: RC138717 so that we can earn new books and activities for our classroom!

See you next week!

Mrs. Lawrence

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope everyone has a fun, safe Halloween weekend! We enjoyed many different Halloween activities in Pre-K this week. Linked below are the stories that we enjoyed listening to this week.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat Story

Pete the Cat Trick or Pete Story

We also continued to practice our 5 Little Pumpkins fingerplay, I have linked below a 5 Little Pumpkins video that your child and they can show you the actions, as well as say the poem along with the video. I have also linked fun Halloween freeze dance songs. Freeze dance is an excellent way to practice our listening and following directions skills!

5 Little Pumpkins

Halloween Freeze Dance

Pumpkin Freeze Dance

For our craft this week we made Jack O Lanterns! Check out the photos below! We first painted our paper plate to make a pumpkin and then we glued on the pieces to make a Jack O Lantern. We discussed if we made an angry Jack O Lantern or sad or happy, etc. as well as each of the facial features of our Jack O Lantern (eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, etc).

We also completed activities this week such as Halloween stamping, Halloween puzzles, decorating Halloween treat bags and Halloween messy play.

I also had to share with you our special Halloween door decorating project! Every classroom in the school decorated their door for Halloween. In Pre-K we painted each child’s foot white to make a ghost for our door!

Reminders:

  • No School on Thursday, November 11th for Remembrance Day.
  • T/TH pictures are on Thursday, November 18th.
  • Thank you to the families that have generously donated playdough to our classroom! I still have some spots to fill if you are interested. The playdough club sign up was sent out via email, if you would like to sign up and need it resent to you, just shoot me an email!

Have a wonderful Halloween weekend!

Mrs. Lawrence

October Updates!

Hello everyone! We have been having so much fun in Pre-K the last 2 weeks! I wanted to provide you with an update to what we have been up to in Pre-K over the last 2 weeks and there are also important reminders at the end of this post that were also sent out by email.

Last week we enjoyed listening to the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin. This is a wonderful story about how we are all different! We completed a fun craft to go with this story- our very own Spookley! We worked on cutting on strips and gluing.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Story

We have been learning a lot about emotions and how we feel. We used the story Glad Monster, Sad Monster to talk about how we feel and we made a monster puppet to go with this story. We have also been singing Can You Make a Happy Face? to also learn about feelings and have fun making all of the different faces.

Glad Monster Sad Monster Story

Can You Make a Happy Face? Song

Here is also the Five Little Pumpkins fingerplay we have been learning! See if your child can recite it along with you and show you the actions!

FREE Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on the Gate Poem and Colouring Sheet | Five  little pumpkins, Halloween preschool, Preschool songs

This week in gym has been an obstacle course week! Everyone always loves when we do obstacle courses in the gym and we can work on so many important gross motor skills such as hopping, jumping and balancing.

Here are a few more photos to share with you!

Reminders:

For Halloween this year we will be having fun activities in our classroom on Wednesday, October 27th for the M/W Class and Thursday, October 28th for the T/TH Class, but Pre-K students do not wear costumes to school.  We will be doing Halloween themed activities such as crafts, stories, songs and games, but will be keeping the activities relatively low key.  We won’t be having a shared snack this year either out of caution, but will make the day fun in other ways 🙂

It is also important to note that although the school is holding parent teacher interviews in early November, Pre-K parent teacher interviews are always later in November/early December.  Watch for more information next month.  You are always welcome to touch base with me prior to parent teacher interviews, just send me an email and I will connect with you.

November Important dates:

  • No School on Thursday, November 11th.
  • Thurs. Nov. 18th- Picture day for the T/TH class

See you next week!

Mrs. Lawrence

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This week in Pre-K we talked about what we are thankful for/what makes us really happy. We all contributed a leaf to our Thankful tree in our classroom! We also read a story “If You’re Thankful and You Know It” and learned the song to go with it.

If You’re Thankful and You Know It Story

If You’re Thankful and You Know It Song

To develop our fine motor skills this week, we made coffee filter turkey’s. We first used markers to colour the coffee filters. Then we used sponges to dab on water to blend the colours. After they dried, we glued on the turkey’s body and facial features.

Even as the weather gets cooler, we will still be going outside often. This week we enjoyed spending time on the playground as well as playing with shovels, pails, dump trucks, etc. in the rocks. Thank you for continuing to dress your child for the weather!

Reminders:

  • No School on Monday, October 11th for Thanksgiving.
  • Pictures were sent home with the M/W class, orders are due by October 14th.
  • Picture Day for the T/TH class has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 18th.
  • Scholastic Book orders were sent home. You can go to scholastic.ca/rc/parentsguide for all of the information and order online at scholastic.ca/readingclub. Remember to use our class code, RC138717, so that we can earn books and activities for our classroom!
  • The Leadership group at the school is putting on two activities, shown below. These are completely optional! More information: Hunger Hero Socktober

Have a wonderful, Thanksgiving long weekend and I will see everyone next week!

Mrs. Lawrence