Teacher Talk Spring

Welcome to the final teacher talk of 2015/2016! I would like to share with you some of the plans we have for the final third of the school year. As always, we strive to be flexible with our schedule, and allow plenty of time for play, especially if we can get everyone outside in the sunshine (or snow)! I hope you have the opportunity to talk with your child about what we are doing at preschool.
March: We will learn about visiting the dentist and the doctor, followed by a fun day about pizza and a field trip to our favorite spot – Thompson’s Pizzeria! Then we travel back to prehistoric times with a unit about dinosaurs and a trip to the U of M Museum of Natural History. Tucked into these weeks are the AM 4s and PM 3/4s Beach Days where we get to reminisce on the warm days of summer. Remember to send your preschooler with their favorite beach gear! • Special Visitor: Hygienist from the Dentist Office (life skills, community helpers) • Favorite Pizza Topping Graph (math concepts, communication, self-concept) • Measuring Dinosaurs (math concepts, literacy, gross motor) • Dinosaur Teeth Patterning (math concepts, scientific principles, fine motor) • Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Where’s Your Bone? (communication, deductive reasoning, self-control) • Magic Science: Volcano Eruptions (scientific principles, literacy) • Cookie Excavation (math concepts, fine motor, communication)
April: As we return from Spring Break, we will learn about sports and exercise, followed by our annual visit to Polly’s and Chelsea Retirement Center. Then it is all hard work as we get ready for our most special event of the school year – Mother’s Day Lunch! • Ball Print Cooperative Art (cooperation, gross motor, self-control) • What’s Missing? Game (memory, concentration, communication) • Table Top Soccer (cooperation, fine motor) • Field Trip: Polly’s and CRC field trip (math concepts, self-concept, intergenerational relationships and outreach) • Making Mom’s Day Lunch recipes (life skills, math concepts, self-control, fine motor)
May: The first week of May is dedicated to Mother’s Day Lunches. So Moms — here is your opportunity to dress your best and be waited on, entertained by, and all around pampered by your preschooler! Check with your session rep for the date of your class’s special day. Please note the change in class schedule this week. During the last week of preschool we will have fun with and explore water and boats. Plan to get a little wet! • Setting the Table (life skills, gross and fine motor, self-control, letter and name recognition) • Mother’s Day Songs (performing with a group, music appreciation, sign language) • Mother’s Day Lunch (communication, empathy, appreciation, manners, self-concept) • Boat Tracks (scientific principles, gross motor, cooperation)
Continued Through Spring: • Class Mascot Journal (literacy, communication, self-concept) • Letter days (multi-disciplinary activities related to letter of the day, for example: o Letter Vv: Voting for Veggies (literacy, fine motor, counting, self-concept) • Crafts (fine motor, literacy, self-concept) • Music (gross motor, literacy, communication, math concepts) • Rough and Tumble Play (gross motor, cooperation, self-concept, self-control) • Games (gross and fine motor, literacy, cooperation, self-control) • Playtime outside (gross motor, cooperation) • Free Choice Play Time (where the richest learning experiences take place!)
We will see everyone at the Ice Cream Social after classes are done to say our goodbyes. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for a wonderful year. I have greatly enjoyed the privilege of being part of your child’s first school experience!
Kindly, Claire