How Would You Make a Queen Laugh? With a Giraffe?!

Shalom!

This week Tzeeporim 2 has been focusing on the book “The Giraffe Made Her Laugh” and other books about Kings, Queens, and even giraffes! The students’ enjoyed hearing these silly stories throughout the week and making fun crafts to go with it!

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Take a peek into our week:

Art projects: This week we have created different crafts to go with our theme. We began our week by practicing our fine motor skills and using a Q-tip to paint a giraffe. Our week continued by dot painting crowns and drawing our very own king (or queen) to go with it! We will continue our week by making giraffes out of our handprints and beginning our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur crafts!

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Skills block: During our Skills Block this week we have been focusing on letters that make up a word and rhyming words. The students are given a sentence and have to guess the rhyming word to complete it. For example, “There was a clown who had a shoe. It was the Queen’s favorite color which is ______” The students should be able to come up with the color that rhymes, which is blue. This is a concept that we will work on throughout VPK. We have also have begun to work on syllables. Again, this is a very basic introduction to syllables. We are working on counting the sounds we hear with our hands and by clapping to the sounds. I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly all of the students picked up this concept! : )

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Writing Block: The main writing project this week has been to brainstorm what we would do that would make a King or Queen laugh. We have held discussions on what makes us laugh and compared it to what would make the King or Queen laugh. During our craft of drawing a King or Queen, the students were asked to dictate what they would do to make them laugh. These pictures will be posted in the hallway tomorrow, take a look, there are some great responses! 🙂

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Letter of the Week: The letter of the week this week is the letter “X”. We have listened to songs about the letter, heard poems, and came up with many “X” words.

 

Science/Math: Throughout the month of September, one of the main standards that VPK students should start to master is to be able to recognize shapes. This week we have been focusing on making our own shapes.

Social Studies: Our vocabulary concept word of the week is leader. Students will talk about what it means to be a leader and what the difference is between being a leader and a follower. We will play “Follow the Leader” and practice how to get in a line and following our line leader.

Music: This week we have learned songs to go along with the very silly book, “The Giraffe Made Her Laugh”. Our favorite was “Silly Giraffe” that went with the tune from the “Adams Family”. We always have a great time singing songs to go along with our book!

VPK Assessments: Great news! Our first VPK assessments are completed! Your children have all done AMAZING! Within the next few weeks I will be getting the results to give to you.

The results of these assessments will help us to plan and make sure that we can provide enrichment activities so all students will be prepared for Kindergarten. At the end of the year you will be able to see a huge difference!

Keeping Healthy Week: This week the Preschool has had a school-wide theme of “wash those germs away”. We talked about washing our hands, covering a cough, and using a tissue and throwing it away. We learned a song for when we wash our hands, ask your child to sing it to you! We will make “Healthy Hand Awards” which will be posted on our Healthy Week bulletin board. Ms. Shereen came to our class and read us “Germs Are Not For Sharing” to help us realize that we have to be careful not to spread our germs to our friends.

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Jewish Studies: Morah Miriam, Morah Rachel, and Miss Rucha have been focusing on teaching all about Rosh Hashanah! We have learned fun, interactive songs about the holiday. We love the song about shofars, where we get to blow our “shofars” with the song! This week we have had special visitors from the fourth and fifth grade students who brought their real shofars to our class to show us how they sound. It has been great being able to see what our VPK Buddies learn in the day school!

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We had a great Discovery Studio time with Miss Amanda on Monday. Miss Amanda created a bug Olympics for us! The children were given blocks and a hexabug (a “bug” that runs off batteries- they LOVED playing with these) The students were asked to build a bug-house based on a certain shape and see their bug going around the track. It was a great project! All the children had such a good time!

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VPK Buddies: On Tuesday, we had our first VPK buddy visit of the year! This is a special program that allows the Day School and Preschool students to interact, form relationships, and have a good time together! Once a month we meet with our buddies to complete a project, celebrate a holiday, or create crafts together. It is always the highlight of the students year (and the fourth and fifth graders look forward to being able to be a buddy!). This visit we focused on Rosh Hashanah. The VPKers and their buddies create Rosh Hashanah apple trees and a “get to know you” sheet. This helps the older kids to see that they have more in common with little ones than they think 🙂

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PJ Story Time: PJ Story Time is a Jewish Family Engagement program that throughout North America. They mail free Jewish children books and music.At the DuBow Preschool, we get the opportunity to have Ms. Ilene from PJ Library come and read to our class throughout the year.Last week we had our first visit and got to hear a PJ Storytime book about Rosh Hashanah. If you have not already done so, please look at this wonderful organizations website : http://www.pjlibrary.org

Children LOVE these books and it is a great way to bring Jewish literature into your home!

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Mystery Readers: A BIG Todah Robah to all the family members that have been “Mystery Readers” so far this year. The students’ LOVE having you in our class and enjoy guessing who is coming in next!

If you have not returned the confirmation of your Mystery Reader form and your clues, please do so. If you need a to reschedule the date that was given to you, please let me know and we will find a new date for you to come and read. Thank you to our room parents, Zachary and Kennedy’s moms, for helping so much with this program! 🙂

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A friendly reminder: Please fill out and return the ASQ’s. These forms are very important and help to plan individual lessons that are beneficial to your child.

Please note: At the end of every month please make an effort to come into our class so that you can sign the VPK Attendance Sheet. This is required by the state of Florida to ensure that our program can keep funded 

Important dates:

September 24- Noon Dismissal- Erev Rosh Hashanah: Kid’s Club is available with a reservation.

September 25 & 26- No School/ No Kids Club- Rosh Hashanah

October 3- Erev Yom Kipper- Noon Dismissal. Kid’s Club available with a reservation

October 8- Erev Sukkot- Noon Dismissal- Kid’s Club available with a reservation

October 9-10: Sukkot- Preschool Closed

October 15- Simchat Torah Celebration (10 AM) and Preschool Noon Dismissal- Kids Club available with a reservation

October 16-17- No School- Simchat Torah

Thank you!

Miss Lisa and Miss Carolyn