WEEKDAY COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL

November  2017 Newsletter

“Where teachers and parents educate children”

2s with Mrs. Delgado

October is one of my favorite months at preschool: Pumpkins, fall leaves and costumes!  We took advantage of the beautiful weather with several walking field trips. We had fun going to the park, fire station and pet store.

October was fun month for the 2s class at Weekday! The students have continued enjoying being in school with their friends. They love painting, coloring, dance class, snack and of course gym time! We’ve begun saying our favorite part of the book at story time – try it at home!

November will be another great month for our class. We’ll talk about Election Day, corn and the color yellow. We’ll also have fun discussing Thanksgiving and all the turkeys and Native Americans that entails.

Feel free to continue borrowing books from the Lending Library outside my classroom.

 

3s with Ms. Mew

In October we focused on the different animals that are getting ready and will hibernate during the upcoming cold season. We made a den for our sleepy bears. Bears are grumpy and can be dangerous if we wake them up. Watch out for those claws! Spiders are also animals getting ready. They are frantically spinning their cocoons. Squirrels and bats are collecting food for the long, cold winter.

The class then began preparing and brewing Halloween. Our bats are hung and witches ready with their brooms. (make sure you take a peek at all their crafts in the halls and classroom during drop offs or pick ups) I love those witches!! Our school is getting spookier by the day with all the decorations. Beautiful skeletons will appear rattling their bones for Day of the Dead on November 1st.

With November, we will take a look at the nutritious foods that we eat for Thanksgiving. And then move back in time to the first Thanksgiving with Native Americans meeting the European Pilgrims. We will explore how they lived and traveled, as well as what they grew and ate.

 

4s with Mrs. Lehrer

Our minds are broadening as we will begin to explore different countries, people and their holidays. We began with the Harvest Moon Festival in China, and will move to Mexico and Latin America for Day of the Dead, with sugar skulls and skeletons, remembering the people and animals who have passed on. There are so many harvest holidays around the world we may touch on – the Yam Festival in Ghana, Sukkot in Israel, the rice festival of Pongal in India, and of course America’s own Thanksgiving. It is exciting to find those countries on the map and talk about them.

Check out our silhouettes on the wall outside our windows. We will talk about the artist Keith Haring and his murals on buildings and other public places. All the classes worked together to make the Friendship Quilt now hanging in hallway. Each child traced and decorated their hand and glued it on a square. Putting them together into one piece of art work makes one HUGE TEAM of friends at Weekday.

The children are really catching on to the sounds of the letters. It is so exciting to see when it clicks for them! And we continue to count to 100 (we are in the 30s this week) and starting to count by 10s. Of course we also take time out to dance with Miss Shona, paint and dress our body art, and (our favorite) play in the gym. And what a day we had when we explored thermometers, hot and cold. The wonder and exploration was amazing!

 

Why Are Scissors Skills So Important?

Builds Fine Motor Strength

Cutting allows a child to build up the little muscles in their hands with the open and close motion. These muscles are so important for writing, painting, and doing everyday things like brushing teeth, eating with utensils and getting dressed.

Develops Eye-Hand Coordination

Cutting requires kids to use their eyes and hands in unison to accomplish the cutting task. Eye hand coordination is important for catching/throwing balls, eating with a spoon and zipping a coat.

Increases Bilateral Coordination

Cutting encourages your child to use both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing its own task. When cutting a shape, a child must hold the paper with one hand while the other hand is opening and closing the scissors and moving forward to cut. This is essential for tasks like zipping up a coat or pants, washing dishes and opening an envelope.

Improves Focus and Attention

Cutting out shapes takes concentration and attention to detail. Both skills are necessary for success not only in the classroom but in everyday life. The ability to sustain focus is essential to being able to read books, listen to instruction and complete many other classroom tasks.