Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins! November 10, 2014

Greetings!

My apologies for the blog not being posted last week- the blog website was not allowing any blog posts to be posted, while deleting most of the post-AH!

Here are a few pictures of your cuties from last week:

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This week our Focus Book is “Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins”. Our letter of the week this week is the letter A.

Monday: After a long weekend, Tzeeporim joined together on Monday to begin a new week full of learning and having fun! During our morning, student’s were given the opportunity to paint a pumpkin- not with paintbrushes- with Legos! This allowed the students to think about the texture of a pumpkin and why we would be using a Lego to paint!

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During circle time we  reviewed our punctuation that we had learned about last week. The children took a look at our morning message and pointed out the punctuation marks. We learned about our letter of the week and listened to or “Have fun Teaching” song about the letter A.

During the morning we had our very first “Safety Drill” of the year. This is where we practice what to do if an intruder were in the building. The kids all did SO great during this drill. We talked about how this is just for practice and how we have to practice to be safe if a stranger were to come in our building.

After our “Safety Drill” we traveled to go see Morah Rachel and Miss Rucha, also known as Abraham and Sarah, for the day! Students were able to see first hand what the story of Abraham and Sarah was and even learned what the word hospitality means!

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During center time, I was able to call student’s over to work individually with them on different subjects. This included working on compund words, letter in our name, or letters in the alphabet. Miss Carolyn played a memory matching game with students where they had to match upper and lower case letters.

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During afternoon Kid’s Club Tzeeporim joined Coach Goldman for P.E. Coach taught the kid how to play soccer. We even got to practice playing a real game- which they all loved!

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Tuesday:

We began our Tuesday morning with using our fine motor skills to lace pumpkin pictures. Lacing is a great way to have fun while practicing our fine motor skills, which then move onto helping with handwriting skills.

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Students also worked on their handwriting skills with Ms. Carolyn

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Our morning continued with discussing Veteran’s Day and why we were celebrating our military.

We discussed the letter A and came up with different A words,even some that had A’s in the middle of the word!

PE: We were all so excited that Miss Amanda was back. Her daughter has been sick, so we made Lily a get well card that Ms. Amanda was so excited to see!

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During P.E. we practiced using our balance on a balance beam and took turns using hula hoops and balls. We also stretched by pretending to be different animals!

During Center Time we began our “Pumpkin Investigation“. We made observations and predictions on how many lines are on the pumpkin, how the pumpkin feels on the outside, how many seeds are in the pumpkin, and what the inside of the pumpkin feels like.

Wednesday: Wednesday morning our class worked on making our letter A page for our alphabet book. We glued cut out apples on the A and used our handwriting skills to write the word apple.

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The students also participated in organized centers during this time. They were able to choose either play dough, puzzles, a math game, or “Bob Books” This was a good change of our morning routine and allowed children to explore new centers!

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During our circle time we practiced stretching our alphabet and listened to the story “Pumpkin Soup”.

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We also practiced our phonological awareness skills with using a compund word puzzle which allows the children to visually see two separate words being taken apart and put back together.

During our writing time, we discussed what we like to cook wtih our families, which connected to our story, “Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins.”

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For center time we completed our pumpkin investigation. The children were all so intrigued to see what was inside the pumpkin and how it felt. We counted the seeds and drew lines on the pumpkin to count how many lines were on there.

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Tomorrow we will be experimenting to see if a pumpkin will sink or float!

 

We all had a great time enjoying the beautiful weather outside!

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Jewish Studies: Morah Miriam and Miss Rucha continued to teach us about the story of  Isaac’s wife, Rebecca, and how she was kind to animals. We had a discussion on how we can be kind to animals in our home. We read “Sammy Spider Goes To School” which continued to teach us about being kind to all animals. :-)Through out the remainder of the week we will have a Music with Miss Zina and celebrate Shabbat together, our Ema will be Kennedy and our Aba will be Isaac.

Tomorrow, November 13, we will be taking our field trip to Publix. We will be leaving the preschool at 10:15. Please remember to bring in a labeled car seat for your child to ride in.

Important Upcoming Dates:

November 13- Tzeeporim trip to Publix. We will be leaving at 10:15 and will be returning around 11:30.

November 21- No School– Teacher In-Service Day. Kids club is available with a reservation.

November 26-   Thanksgiving Program  – 10:30 AM.

December 2- Hanukkah Parent Workshop-10:00 AM

December 15- VPK Trip to River Garden- Please let me know ASAP if you are available to drive for this trip

December 17- Preschool Hanukkah program – 5:45 PM

December 22- January 2- Winter Break- Winter Camp available

Thank you!

Miss Lisa and Miss Carolyn