Friday, October 22, 2010

Talking points Oct. 19 and 21

Another wonderful fall week! I can't remember ever having such a beautiful fall and the kids and I loved our time outdoors, collecting leaves, listening to the birds sing, and playing in the fresh, cool air.

To get more specifics ask your cutie-pa-tootie about:

  • the books "Where the Wild Things Are", "It's not a stick", "Skeleton and Mummy" or "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves"..........ACHOO!

  • the song "There's mean old witch with a HAT!"

  • the letter "E" sound "egg, empty (the guessing can), eyes, ears, elephant"

  • writing letters in chocolate pudding (messy but lots of fun and memorable)

  • the song "I am a Pizza" and "Monster Day"

  • doing puzzles with lots of pieces

  • using Halloween stamps to make a card
Next week, don't forget the Halloween party on Thursday!
Miss Cindy teaches preschool in her home in West Boise.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween fun Oct. 12 & 14

What a fun week we've had! The kids imaginations were running on full speed as we took a Halloween walk. They floated around the preschool room as ghosts, howled like wolves, stomped like Frankenstein, rolled like pumpkins, slithered like snakes and crept and spun like spiders.

We also:

1. read "Harold's purple crayon" and "Quick as a Cricket"
2. learned the "L" sound as in lions, lambs, leaves, lollipops, and ladybugs.
3. learned the stages of a ladybugs life and did leaf rubbings (PM class only)
4. made ladybugs and counted the spots on their wings.
5. learned the song "I'm a mean old witch".
6. played a memory game where they had to match pictures of Halloween things.
7. played a matching game with Halloween candy.
8. built towers from marble works and talked about gravity.
9. played charades.

We had our first SUPERSTAR of the WEEK in our PM class, because she has a birthday coming up. I'll send you an email when it's your child's turn to be the SUPERSTAR, but here's what you can look forward to. They bring a poster or pictures of them as babies and growing up. It can highlight their hobbies and interests. We read their favorite book. Our SUPERSTAR'S favorite book this week was "Franklin's Halloween" and she baked cupcakes to share with her class. It was a great hit in our class and I can't wait for everyone else to have a turn.

Miss Cindy teaches pre-kindergarten and preschool skills to 3 and 4 y-ear-olds from Boise and Meridian, Idaho.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Talking points Oct. 5

October's theme is Imagination and Creativity. It's the perfect time to focus on those with the cooling temperatures, leaves falling, darker days and Halloween just around the corner . The kids loved the decorations that my daughter put up on the front porch and shared them with some of you at pick up or drop off time. They were all enthusiastic about the creativity games and activities that we did on Tuesday. It was a full day since we only meet once this week. Ask your child about:

  • the letter "N" sound. (We also reviewed S, T, I, and A)
  • his/her Halloween stamp paper (some turned them into lanterns)
  • his/her cereal necklace sponsored by the letter "N"
  • the story "It's not a box" (it's about a bunny that uses a box and his imagination)
  • the game "What would a pickle say?"
  • what was in the guessing can. (Nuts in the AM class and a nickel in the PM class. Thanks Moms for helping your child bring something with out letter!!)
  • the monster song.
  • making a "nest page" for our letter book and the stages of a chick hatching
I can hardly wait for next Tuesday! See you then.

Miss Cindy run an in-home preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds from Boise and Meridian, Idaho.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Talking points Sept 28-30

It was a fun and full week. We......

  • had the children start doing the guessing can. They were great and really enjoyed it.
  • learned the two sounds that "I" makes: i as in iguana and i as in ice cream cone.
  • made iguanas, igloos and ice cream cones.
  • went on a nature scavenger hunt in the backyard.
  • learned about Sacagawea's bravery.
  • read the book "The little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything".
  • painted impressionistic paintings of sunflowers, t-rexes and other items.
  • practiced writing our numbers 1-10 on special white boards that have the numbers dotted.
  • played the penny game.
  • played the egg carton game (putting the correct number of beans into each cup).
Remember next week we meet on Tuesday only as Meridian schools are on break next Thursday. Watch for an email with the guessing can schedule.