Preschool Weekly Note

Dear Preschool Families,

This week, the Preschool modeled flexibility firsthand when our plans changed for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Instead of heading out to our school’s country classroom, we marveled at the wonders that nature affords us in our own on-site outdoor classroom—the garden!

Did you know that our garden is full of colors?? This week the "provocation" board (the chalkboard on the left after you enter through the gate) challenged us to find the vibrant colors of the rainbow in our garden. Rojo (red), anaranjado (orange), amarillo (yellow), rosa (pink), verde (green), azul (blue), morado (purple) and blanco (white) are some of the rich hues we discovered. With near perfect weather this week, your children had plenty of opportunities to search for each color and discuss what they saw in Spanish. We enjoyed a puppet show and read-aloud in Spanish with Meg from our wonderful stage. We also debuted our newest dirt-digging area near the Preschool porch—now you can choose to dig in sand OR dirt!

This week the Preschool continued the study about ourselves. In Spanish. Madeline taught us the Spanish words for parts of our face (cara). Ask your child to tell you about their eyes (ojos), nose (nariz), mouth (boca), ears (orejas), and hair (pelo). We’ve also begun to expand our study to include our families. We read The Family Book by Todd Parr and Who’s in My Family by Robie H. Haris and discussed many different ways people come together to make a family.

At this time, we are extending an invitation for you to join us in to the classroom and tell a memorable family story. A cherished focus in the Preschool is building community and learning more about one another. Your story about a family vacation, favorite meal or holiday, and more gives children the opportunity to talk about themselves and their families. Email your child’s teacher to arrange a date/time if you are interested in coming in to share a family tale.

The Wonderers and Adventurers have been practicing the vibrant and rich art of storytelling. As we mentioned on Back-to-School night, many mornings your children are busy crafting stories while we take their dictation. Brave performers, they share these stories with an audience (our class!) during story time in the afternoon. Some are storytellers and others choose to observe the process or volunteer in the “performance” of the story. This standing exercise was a perfect segue into our project work this week. The Wonderers and Adventurers told short stories specifically highlighting an adventure with their families. We look forward to sharing these stories with you during parent-teacher conferences – an ideal complement to our continued study of ourselves and our families. Ask your child about the family story s/he told us! We also discussed how many members are in each of our families and plan to share our statistics with you all next week. Stay tuned! This week, Avery’s mom, Vivian, was the first storyteller to kick off our “family stories” series. Vivian showed us a map of how she came to the U.S. from Hong Kong (where she was born) and then shared a photo album of Avery when he was a newborn! She also read two wonderful poems. Thank you for sharing, Vivian!

Meanwhile, the Trailblazers and Explorers were busy completing their family portraits. We were delighted to welcome Aarav’s extended family to Closing Meeting last week to share their family story. Since we weren’t able to make it to the Schuylkill Center today, we made a delicious snack to enjoy right in our classroom. We chopped some apples, bananas, and strawberries to mix with yogurt for a tasty treat.

This week in music, students beat drums of all sizes and created rhythmic dances to accompany their sounds. Ask your child to show you how to play a drum.

Kait’s art classes this week featured a lesson in paintbrushes. Kait shared the parts, uses, and techniques many artists employ when painting with this tool. Your children enjoyed experimenting with paint and various brush strokes in the art studio.

Reminder:

Friday, October 30th 8:30 am – We will have a Halloween Parade (separate from the parade for grades 1-8). Children may come to school in costume, if they choose. After we get settled into our classrooms, we will march around the garden with our Kindergarten friends. Parents are welcome to watch. Please bring an extra set of clothes for your child to change into for the remainder of our school day. Costumes will be safely stored in cubbies and sent home for weekend celebrations.  If your family does not celebrate Halloween, please email us and we will be sure your child participates in a fun, alternate activity with Madeline! 

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Preschool Team