Week two is winding down, and what a great week we have had together! We started our week with learning the book (which is also a song) of the week, “Five Little Ducks”. The students had a great time listening to the song and singing along with it! We continued our week by reading other books about ducks and pond animals. We were introduced to the word environment. The students discussed what an environment is and what type of environment ducks like to live in. We also discussed the word non-fiction and compared it to our fiction books.
We have been working on our writing and getting familiar with the letters in our name. In a few weeks we will move from name recognition to being able to write our names.
During our math block we began to work on recognizing numbers zero to twenty. The students counted the days of the month and looked at the elements of our calendar. We will continue to work on number recognition for the month of September.
Next week we will be reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Through out the week we will enjoy other books written by Bill Martin Jr. and compare them to Brown Bear. We will play math games with the characters of the books and work on understanding the connection that letters make up words.
During Jewish Studies this week Morah Rachel, Morah Miriam, and Miss Rucha taught us all about mezuzahs. The students created their own mezuzah and learned a song about what the mezuzah is for. We have been going on mezuzah hunts around the school and we have some great “mezuzah detectives” in our class!
During PE we got to enjoy playing games that work our gross motor skills. Miss Amanda ended our PE time with an extremely relaxing and calming yoga time! The students were able to go back to class feeling refreshed and calm from the great PE time!
During our Discovery Studio time we talked about how plants grow. Miss Amanda let us make our own plants in a cup to bring home! The students were SO excited to bring home their plants and to begin to help the seeds grow! Miss Amanda is creating a project for each class to grow their own plants. Keep an eye out for our “green houses” that will appear in our room within the next week!
Through out the rest of the week we will get to enjoy Music with Miss Zina and celebrate Shabbat with our other Tzeeporim and Parparim friends!
If your child stays past 12:30 they are given the opportunity to travel to the Day School and attend the “big kid” resources. On Mondays we get to visit Coach Goldman. Coach teaches us different games that we all love! I think the students favorite game is him! He gets all the students excited to run around and play fun, active games. On Tuesdays we will begin to cook with Miss Angela (Miss Mariya’s assistant), I’m sure you will hear all about the yummy and healthy treats that the students create! On Wednesday we visit Ms. Hallett in the library. Ms. Hallett reads us a book and gives us a coloring sheet to go with it. The children love sitting in the reading center in the library and coloring together. Thursdays we visit Ms. Gutterman for art. Ms. Gutterman always has a great project for us to do! Over the next few weeks we will be making our own polar bear scenes to go with the book “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” Fridays we get to bring in Shabbat with Mr. Evan. Mr. Evan brings his guitar and music to us and spends the afternoon singing some of our favorite Shabbat songs!
Tomorrow night, August 28, at 7 pm is our Parent Night at the DuBow Preschool. This is a parent only event. Parents will get the opportunity to meet our new Galinsky Academy Head of School, Rabbi Jim Rogozen. We will discuss how to become a parent volunteer and you will get to learn all about our classroom and what our day looks like!
At this event you will be given a document to fill out. This is an assessment tool that we like to use in the preschool called the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) This questionnaire is based on your child’s birthday and helps to check on their social, emotional, and physical development.
You will receive this packet at the Parent Night (or, if you cannot attend Parent Night, in your child’s folder on Friday). Please complete this packet. This will help us to provide enrichment opportunities to benefit your child. The teachers will score the assessment and information will be sent home to provide ideas of activities that you can complete with your child. If you have never seen your child do one of the tasks, such as button a button, try it! If you notice your child is low in a developmental area, do not worry! It is a normal part of development and we will provide help to make sure you feel comfortable in helping your child continue to grow and develop!
Please look at the following link for more FAQ’s about the ASQ. Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions regarding this packet. http://www.asqoregon.com/whatisasq.php
Reminder: There is no school on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.
Take a peek at pictures from our week:
Reading books and coloring pictures for our families
Watching “Five Little Ducks” by Raffi
Dot painting our names during Center Time
Spending time in our class playing with our friends
Learning all about Mezuzahs with Morah Miriam
Enjoying PE and Science with Miss Amanda!
“Selling” ice-cream on the playground. 🙂
Miss Lisa and Miss Carolyn