Weekly Round-up-October 21-October 25

 Monday, the 21st – Regular class schedule

Tuesday, the 22nd – Regular class schedule

Thursday, the 24th – Regular class schedule and Picture Day for all classes! (More information is on the blog.)

Friday, the 25th – Regular class schedule & MUC class-Wear and bring something spooky black today! -Friday Enrichment bring something that starts with the letter H.

Preschool Office News:  (Mrs. Cindy)- Please bring your Halloween party donations to school a few days before the party.  It helps to make our set-up easier.  Also, I will be putting tuition reminders in your child’s mailbox around the first week of November.  If your child has recently had a birthday, you will be receiving a new child medical form to update at your child’s well-visit.  Thanks so much!

Mixed-up Chameleons News-Today we finished up our unit on “G” and transitioned into “H” is for Halloween.  We learned a lot about the color orange, worked on writing skills and read books about George, Halloween, and Ghosts.  We also read the book “There’s a Nightmare in My Closet” and made “closets” for art.  We played “The Pumpkin in the Patch” and learned some new Halloween songs. We also continue to work on “How I Act” in school to learn my very best:  like Maxwell the Merry Moose, of course!

Very Hungry Caterpillar and Very Busy Spider News:  Goodness Gracious and Golly Gee!  What a great week learning about the letter “G”!  This week we read stories about our favorite monkey, Curious George.  We also read stories about Georgie, the Ghost.  We did our calendar activities, practiced rhyming, estimating, making patterns, learning our months of the year, learning the days of the week, and used our weather wheel to figure out what the weather was.  We played with playdough and worked on our pumpkin projects for the open house.  We did the “Spooky Loo” dance and learned the “Five Little Pumpkins” poem.

Friday Enrichment News-(Mrs. Susan)-This week we will continue with our Halloween theme.  The children enjoyed making their bats, learning about bats and finding food just as a bat does.  Ghosts will be our next lesson along with the letter H.  Hopefully they have created some decoration worthy Halloween art!  We are still working on name recognition and will start spelling our names once that is mastered.  Please remember to pack a separate snack for your child if they are staying for lunch.

Brown Bear/Polar Bear News:  Halloween fun is here!  This is one of our favorite units of the year.  We have a Ghost fingerplay and a Monster fingerplay that the children love.  They get to “scare” their teachers.  We do our fun Five Monsters feltboard story.  We have our feltboard Jack-o-Lantern to help us play “What is missing?” where we talk about the purposes of our eyes, nose and mouth – “When the Jack-o-Lantern is missing his mouth, he can’t eat his Halloween candy!”  We sing our “Jack-o-Lantern” song and our “Happy Monsters” song which helps us talk about emotions.  We can’t help but laugh when the kids try to make their sad and angry faces.  Toooo cute!  For art we used “magic” red paint that we put on yellow pumpkins to turn them orange!  We also finished up our E for Earths from last week and we painted an F for Fish with paint dotters.  We can’t wait to continue this fun next week.

A quick note about the 2′s class and the Halloween Party.  If you feel that your child will be more comfortable having you accompany them during the Halloween Parade, we strongly encourage that.  If you’re sure that your child will be fine, feel free to wait along the parade path and get some good pictures.  To those of you new to the Halloween Party, here is a heads-up.  The party is self-run by you and your child.  It does get loud and crowded.  If you are bringing younger siblings (which we encourage) it is helpful to bring another adult along.  Remember at the beginning of the party the entire two’s class will get up and perform some songs (or stand there and stare at you.)  Either way, it’s soooo cute!