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Teacher Talk September – November 2015

Welcome to preschool! The purpose of teacher talk is to keep you informed about what your child will be doing at school. I will provide you an outline of the curriculum for the upcoming few months so you can know what your child is learning and extend that learning with experiences and dinner discussions at home.
It is so important for you to know how flexible we need to be in preschool. Therefore, NONE of our plans are set in stone. To truly provide the best learning environment for children, we must react to their expressed interests and needs, which may take us on different tangents from time to time, or may require us to revise our plans entirely. However, our plans do provide a nice starting point.
For the first weeks of school, we will be exploring a unit on Africa, including a field trip to The Tree of Life. We will then move into Halloween preparations with a field trip to the pumpkin patch and our Halloween parties. November brings us to our annual “Election Day” for our class mascots’ names followed by Dad’s Day on Saturday, November 7! Dad or another special male is invited to come with your preschooler for an open house that includes breakfast and fun shared activities. Before the holidays kick in we will enjoy a short unit on leaves and Thanksgiving.
Note that for the 4 year olds, we will begin letter days on Friday, September 25.

Some of the activities your child will be doing are as follows:
• Binocular Safari (fine motor, sensory exploration, communication)
• Safari Class Book (literacy, self-concept)
• The Hatseller and the Monkeys Theater (self-concept, literacy)
• Repeat the Beat (rhythm, gross motor, self-control)
• Mamba Game (gross motor, communication)
• Beaded Necklace Stories (literacy, fine motor, self-concept)
• Elephant Toothpaste Magic Science (scientific principles, literacy)
• Ring Around the Pumpkin (cooperation, self-control, rhythm)
• Geo Pumpkin (fine motor, math concepts)
• Fire Eats Air Magic Science (scientific principles, literacy, life skills)
• Ghost Hunt (math concepts, gross motor)
• Matching Pumpkins (math concepts, fine motor)
• Fire Drill (life skills, community connection)
• Dad’s Day Muffins (math concepts, life skills, literacy, self-concept)
• Leaf Sort Relay (scientific principles, literacy, self-control)
• Mascot Name Election (math concepts, literacy, self-concept, democratic process)
• Leaf Blow Race (scientific principles, sensory exploration)
• Leaf, Leaf, Acorn Game (self-control, gross motor)
• Harvest Dance (rhythm, literacy, self-concept)
• Indian Fry Bread (math concepts, literacy, life skills)
• Native American Games (cross cultural experience, math concepts, self-control)
• Leafy Parachute (cooperation, self-control, rhythm)

Of course there will also be a variety of crafts (fine motor, literacy, self-concept), music (gross motor, literacy, communication), games (gross and fine motor, literacy, cooperation, self-control), and playtime outside (gross motor, cooperation). Always remember that as fun and interesting as these activities are, your child will always be provided with large amounts of free choice play time, where the richest learning experiences take place! If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you for all you do!