Preschool Weekly Note

October 30, 2015

Dear Parents,

A BIG thank you to everyone who joined us this morning for our little Halloween parade. It is always amazing to us to see how wildly excited the children can get about a princess crown or a Batman cape. Thanks for all your help this morning with passing out snacks and changing clothes etc. Many hands………..!

In addition to this morning’s big hullabaloo, we’ve had some other fun things happen this week. We opened up our little Fairy Garden outside, and some children have discovered how much fun it is to sit with just a friend or two to play fairies.

We all have continued to talk about our families (have you sent in your family picture yet?) This week the Explorers and Trailblazers made a long list of favorite things to do with our families. We found that hugging and snuggling were the most popular answers, but to our surprise, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of the family pets seem to be very popular family activities. (One child’s favorite home activity was vacuuming!!) So, for Project Time in our room we got to do some cooking, some washing and some taking care of (pretend) pets. Yes, we even did some vacuuming! For Thursday’s snack we made the perennial preschool favorite—Breads and Spreads—with some bread and crackers and apple butter, cream cheese, sun butter, and honey. Yum! If your child’s clothes were a little sticky, you now know why.

What’s in a name? Why letters, of course! The Adventurers and Wonderers talked about the letters that make up their names and then listened to a wonderful story, My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits. The book introduces us to Yoon, a little girl who has recently arrived in the U.S. from Korea and must learn to write her name using letters instead of characters. After listening to her story, each child worked with a partner (or two) to spell out his or her name using letter squares. Later, we practiced writing our own names (as carefully as Yoon did!) to use them for a graphing project where we answered the question, “How many people are in your family?” Our very large graph now adorns the Smartboard in our classroom. Ask your child to tell you all about it! As we fully immerse ourselves in all things family, we also took time to draw family portraits this week. We’re looking forward to sharing them with you at conference time.

Using a story and props, Madeline introduced the children to the tradition of Dia de los Muertos. On our way to the playground, we stopped in the Lombard Building to visit the festive Dia de los Muertos altar on the staircase. In addition to the fun of visiting the “big kids'” building — and waving to a few older siblings on the staircase — we were able to admire the colorful altar up close as Madeline shared a bit more about this beautiful tradition.

The rainy forecast for Wednesday was just what we’d hoped for as we unveiled a new collection of TPS rain boots! We’re happy to have the boots on hand to keep our shoes dry and mud-free on misty, rainy days. We anticipate many more adventures in inclement weather as wintertime approaches. Ask your child to tell you whether they tried on some TPS boots this week!

We look forward to seeing all of you on Monday and Tuesday at Parent-Teacher conferences. Have a great weekend.

The Preschool Team