This Week in MWF Pre-K!

Good evening, Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

This week we will learn a new movement song and a silly Thanksgiving song.   We will talk about Thanksgiving, our bodies (what is under our skin),  and the alphabet.  We will read Wonderful World and another cute book where we find things that begin with “T.”

Tomorrow we will decorate our “Me” people, play Shape Bingo, and play an Alphabet version of Duck, Duck, Goose.

Wednesday we will do a sequencing activity, cut out and glue cotton balls onto clouds as part of the transformation of our library into a “Wonderful World,” trace our bodies, and create a letter “T” poster.

 Friday will be Switcharoo Friday, but since we need to practice our special performance piece (for the upcoming Family Feast Day) and  I would like to be with our class to sing to Zachary for his birthday, I will meet with our group before switching to Sarah for small group science activities.

 -Next Wednesday is our Family Feast Day.  We will be performing a special song for you in the block room at 10:15.  Please arrive on time, as we are very young and won’t be able to sit still and wait.  Remember that parking is an issue, so allow time to walk from  your car! 

 I’m looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!

Warmly,

Tess

This Week in MWF Pre-K!

Hello Families!

 I hope you all enjoyed the sunny, warm weather yesterday and survived the windy, cold weather today!

Tomorrow we will paint our “Thankful Leaves” with watercolors, sort and organize autumn leaves according to different characteristics, and sort and put together our felt skeleton parts on the felt board.  We will read  Skeleton Hiccups and begin to practice a new song with sign language.

Wednesday is our Halloween Parade!  Yippee!!
-Please arrive promptly at 9:00, as the parade will begin at 9:10 am.
-Bring your child already dressed in his/her costume and have them join the large group in the block room while you make your way out to the back yard.  We will parade around the yard twice (bring your cameras!)
-Then please change your child out of his/her costume and take it home, along with all the extra parts.  We don’t want anything getting lost or ruined before the big day!  Don’t forget to bring regular school clothes. ;)
 

We will then have free choice and snack time and end the last hour of the day with our Halloween Party.  You do not need to come back to the party – it is very low key.  There will be different stations where the children can decorate a cookie, play some games, have their face painted, or do a craft.  Of course, we will sing our Halloween songs, too!

There is no school Friday.  It is a district in service day for teachers, and our teachers will be meeting as well.

Thank you for everything you have done for our school so far this year!  We are having so much fun!

See you all tomorrow!

Warmly,

Tess

This Week in MWF Pre-K!

Good evening, Families!

 

I hope you all enjoyed this nice, sunny weekend!  My family did a really fun orienteering course in Golden Gate Park Saturday, and it was even warm and sunny there – beautiful!  So beautiful that we couldn’t stay focused and we came in last – might have been due to the long lemonade break up at the lake! ;)

 

This week we have a lot going on!    Tomorrow we will talk about what we know and what we’d like to learn more about.  We will read the book, I Know a Lot of Things, by Ann and Paul Rand.  The children will then do a drawing and dictation of something they’d like to learn about this year.   Then we will have a unique visitor!  Tyson, from Leslie’s Tues/Thurs class, is generously bringing his baby cow to share on a day he doesn’t even have school!  Thank you, Tyson!!  Of course, we will wrap up this special morning by singing “Old MacDonald!”

 
Wednesday is our pumpkin patch field trip at G&M Farms!  :)
Our day will start and end at G&M Farms in Livermore.  Please arrive by 9:45 as our hayride starts promptly at 10:00 and  we don’t want anyone to miss it!  
 
During field trips all parents are responsible for their own children and you may stay as long or as little as you would like.  Feel free to bring a snack if you’d like and siblings are more that welcome to join us!
 
The cost is $7.00 per VPP child they will get a pumpkin, gourd and corn.  It will be billed to your next tuition statement.   If you are bringing siblings they are welcome to participate in everything for free but if you’d also like to get the pumpkin, gourd and corn for them you may pay G&M Farms directly.
 
This Friday is “switcheroo Friday” again, where our class will have small group time with Sarah.  They will do a COOL science activity – making ooblek, always a big hit!  They will also do a drawing and dictation of their favorite part of the pumpkin patch.  
 
And, to start October off on the right foot, we will learn some Halloween songs!
 

Have a great evening!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!

Tess

This Week in MWF Pre-K!

 

Good evening, Families!

I hope you were able to stay warm and dry this weekend!

It’s apple season!  The children have been noticing and wanting to eat the apples from the apple trees in our back yard!  Tomorrow we will taste the apples from the trees, along with several varieties from the store, and graph our favorites.  ….We will also talk about our hands and our skin color, mix paint to match our individual shades and then make handprints with it.  I will ask them a question about their hands throughout the week and we will make our painted hands into a class book.  We’ll read I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont and sing “We are the Dinosaurs” and a couple of silly apple songs.  ”We are the Dinosaurs” is a fun movement song – and a good one for us, as we have quite a few dinosaur fans in our class!

Wednesday we will talk about feet and fish!  We’ll learn a great song called “Slippery Fish”, cut out and decorate our own fish, and read Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.  ….We will also talk about what we do with our feet and make a fun foot poster with our painted feet.  (Children who don’t want to paint their feet may trace them.)

Friday we will be cooking!  We will make warm cinnamon apples in the kitchen – yummy!  We will also talk about primary colors and use two of them for partner painting.  Partner painting is finger painting together, with one child using one primary color and the other child using another.  As they work together, the colors mix and they are able to see the secondary colors.  We will sing our apple songs and read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni.

Your children are wonderful!  We have such a sweet class, and they are enthusiastic learners!  I have planned a lot for this week because it seems like they are ready for it.  If it seems too much, we will hold off on some of it.  I am really looking forward to this year with them!

See you all tomorrow!
Tess

Welcome to MWF Pre-K!

Hello Families!

I’m so excited to start school tomorrow and I hope you are, too!

We will meet for our circle time first thing in the morning.  Tomorrow will be more of a welcome day, as some of us are new to Valley Parent Preschool and some of the rest of us haven’t seen each other in a while. :)  This is also a new class and a new routine.  During our small group time, we will learn about the various art and work materials in the classroom and they will get a chance to create something with them.  We will also sing some songs and read a funny book called Aliens in Underpants!

Friday we will be cooking in the kitchen!  We will make a very simple Banana Pudding.  We will also talk about our school rules – (Be Safe, Be Kind, Have Fun!) …. Of course there will be more music and movement, and if the Alien book is a hit, we’ll probably read it again!

I’m really looking forward to our first week of school!

See you all tomorrow!

Warmly,

Miss Tess

This Week in MWF Pre-K

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  The cool weather is back!  The forecast is for rain tomorrow so please include rain boots and raincoats in your child’s bag so they can go outside and splash in some puddles.  :)

Last week we really enjoyed our firefighter visit from Edwin.  He brought his fire suit and oxygen tank so the kids could see what he would look and sound like if they ever needed to be rescued from a fire.  He also brought his puppet, Fireman Bob, who talked about stop, drop and roll and calling 911.  And the children were asked to talk with you about where to meet outside if there is a fire in the house.  …..  Friday we acted out “Big Pumpkin” and loved it!  We will definitely be doing more of that!

This week we will begin singing “BINGO Was His Name-o” with different words using the children’s names – just a couple each day.  Monday we will make “Emily’s spiders,” practice our fire safety skills and read Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara.  Wednesday we will make ghosts with our footprints, talk about how our hands are the same and different, trace our hands with a partner and measure them with unifix cubes.  Friday we will bake pumpkin muffins during free choice, and decorate pumpkins with paint during our group time.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!

Warmly, Tess

Next Week in M/W/F Pre-K

Hello Families!

We had a fun week!  I hope everyone enjoyed the pumpkin patch.  It was fun to have all the kids and parents together – felt like a big family!

I love our class!  The children are making friends and bonding as a group, and I’m figuring out what kinds of things interest them and how they like to work.  They are a very physical class, so I will incorporate lots of action into our lesson plans this year.  We like to move around and have hands on experiences!  Fun, fun, fun!!  :-)   They are really doing well with our routine - putting their bags in their cubbies and washing hands when they arrive, cleaning up their toys when the clean up bell rings, taking turns washing hands before snack, using friendly table manners with asking and passing at the snack table, finding a spot on the rug for circle time, counting our class members and singing the hello song in english, spanish and sign language!, knowing which star color they are when we divide into smaller groups, playing quietly with toys on the rug area if they finish a project before we switch groups – and playing cooperatively with each other, gathering at the block room door for whole school music time at the end of the day, being good examples for the pre-school class by sitting quietly to start our music time, and waiting for their names to be called when it is time to go home.  That is a lot to accomplish and I’m very proud of them!

Today, some of us carved pumpkins during free choice time.  The whole class then used the parts for a sink or float experiment with Miss Vinnie!  We tested the stems, the seeds, the guts and the skin – and then a whole mini pumpkin!  We did this instead of acting out our Big Pumpkin story, so that will happen next week.  Next week we will also make “Five Little Pumpkin” books, so they can sing the song with you!  And we will use water color to paint pumpkins, gourds and/or corn – looking at them on the table and transferring the image onto the water color paper…  Some will look like something, some won’t – it is a process.  Remember, they develop different skills at different times.  We are just introducing a variety of things and those experiences are part of scaffolding, or “making tracks in their brains.”  On that note, they get to be chefs again on Friday!  They will make their own banana pudding.  Yummy!  …Some day in the distant future, they will be able to make you dinner!

Monday we will have a fire fighter visit our school.  He won’t have a truck, but will talk with the kids about fire safety.  His name is Edwin and he is the husband of the now grown up little girl for whom I was a nanny – and I just met him this summer at their wedding!  It was very kind of him to agree to do this for us.

Lastly, here are a couple of notes that I was asked to pass on for the next time you work at school:

1.    When you are snack parent, please bring the food 90% ready to serve. (fruit washed and sliced, cheese cubed, veggies washed etc) so that you have time to play and interact with the children in the classroom.

2.       Whenever possible, working parents should park in the reserved spots behind the school.  This allows the spots towards the front to stay open for drop off and pick up and is safer for children and parents walking to their cars.

Thank you for all you do to make our school so great!  Your loving interaction with the kids during free choice, your willingness to lead or help with a small group, your time on your committee, and your hard work to keep our school so clean, safe and organized are so appreciated!!!  We have an amazing community, and because of that, we can offer the kids amazing experiences.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Warmly, Tess

Next Week in MWF Pre-K

Good morning, Families,

I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather!

Next week we will do a lot with pumpkins.  ….. Monday we will sort pumpkins, gourds and corn.  We will sing “Five Little Pumpkins,” practice our cutting while making pumpkin puppets – and then act out the “Five Little Pumpkins” song in groups of five with our puppets.  This puppet project is adapted from one that the children saw Leslie’s preschool class doing this past Wednesday.  Many of them asked if we could do it, too!  Having them cut out their own pumpkins brings it up to the pre-k level.  Doing a project that they’ve asked to do is one simple example of how emergent curriculum works to make learning meaningful and so much fun!  ….. Friday we will read Big Pumpkin, a funny story by Erica Silverman, and act it out with props in our smaller groups.  We will also talk about our day at the pumpkin patch and draw pictures of our favorite parts of the field trip.

And Wednesday is the fabulous Pumpkin Patch Field Trip!  We will not meet at school that morning.  All classes go to G&M Farms in Livermore.  Please meet (rain or shine!) at the hay bales next to the parking lot.  Families are welcome to stay as long, or as little, as they like.  There will not be a sign in/out sheet that day as all parents attend and are responsible for their own children. The school pays for all VPP students and each child will get to pick out a pumpkin, gourd and corn.  Parents and siblings attend for free and can opt to purchase additional pumpkins directly from G&M Farms if they’d like. A sign up form is posted on the bulletin board above the children’s name tags.  Please read and sign letting us know if you will attend!   Our class will meet at 9:45am.  Please be on time if you’d like to participate in the hay ride, as we will do that first.

And, our backyard has been transformed by our wonderful curriculum committee!  Monday the children will find that we have our own pumpkin patch in the back yard!  They can buy, sell, admire, sort, count, rearrange, touch, plan, carry, weigh and decorate with the pumpkins through their wonderful dramatic play.  The committee also transformed the boat into a fire truck complete with hoses, extinguishers and hats!  I’m sure we’ll be putting out lots of fires next week!

Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to seeing all of you on Monday!

Warmly,  Tess

This Week in MWF Pre-K

Good evening Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Our class has been working on positional words.  Their favorite activity around that topic was the amazing obstacle course Miss Vinnie created for them last Friday!  We went in, out, over, under, up, down, around and through her many props and we had a wonderful time!

Tomorrow during small groups we will have our first fire drill, begin working on sorting and classifying by color and shape, and do “partner painting” with yellow and blue.  (One child uses yellow paint to finger paint and the other uses blue on the same large piece of paper.  They will discover that it makes green but, shhhh … don’t tell them!)

Wednesday during small groups we will string cereal necklaces.  This is a fun activity which helps to build the fine motor muscles necessary for writing.  We will also play with rhythm and syllables using our names in the funny song “Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee” – and we’ll bring back “BINGO Was His Name-o!” on the felt board.  ….By using the props on our felt board, the children are engaging in letter and sound recognition, visual tracking as we move from letter to letter in Bingo’s name, adding and subtracting as we take away letters and add in claps, hearing rhythm and beat, and practicing taking turns (and being patient!) as they wait for their turn to flip over a letter.  All that from one song!!

(Another song that the children LOVE is “Adventures in Space.”  It is not so much a song as it is a story we act out – pretending we go to outer space and then come back to a hero’s welcome.  If they’ve talked about going to space in a space ship, that is why!  They really get into it and they are SO cute to watch!  It is my favorite thing to do with them.)

Two important reminders for this week:

Wednesday is individual and class picture day.  We will not offer any messy art materials that day!

We do not have school this Friday.  It is a teacher work day.

I’m looking forward to another fun week!

Warmly,  Tess