Preschool Weekly Note

Dear Families,

You’ve heard by now that we read LOTS of stories in preschool.

This week, children in Preschool A were introduced to a teacher-favorite: Karen Katz's The Colors of Us. The book became a springboard to our first conversations about skin color, hair color, and eye color. After carefully observing themselves in standing mirrors (on loan from the Art Studio), your children created beautiful self-portraits in oil pastel on skin-tone card stock. They also pushed up their shirt sleeves to compare their very own “colors of us.” Our work this week is an important and valued part of our introduction to the preschool’s overarching theme: Ourselves and Our Families.

In Preschool B, we have also been reading many books, mostly about families found in fairy tales, including The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Little Red Riding Hood. These stories are useful for portraying many different kinds of families. After each story, we have had lively discussions about what we learned about that family.

We all "survived" picture day on Thursday, which is a day that can sometimes implode. This year, things went quite smoothly, and we look forward to seeing your children’s beautiful faces in print.

Questions to ask your child this week:

  • Where do you prefer playing: the Garden or the playground? Why?
  • Do you remember any Spanish names for the colors (hints: rojo, azul, verde, etc)?
  • Can you name any of the animals in the preschool?

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, October 5, is Back-to-School Night for preschool. Today's Progressive EDge newsletter includes information, as does the school blog
  • Friday, October 28, is our preschool fall trip to The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. We welcome your family and encourage you to join us! The buses will leave school at 9:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 1:00 p.m. You'll receive more information as we get closer to the date!

Have a great weekend.

The Preschool Team