Dear Preschool Parents,
Excitement was certainly in the air all week with the arrival of Fisher Fest! It was so sweet to hear the boys and girls talking about which rides they were excited to go on. :-) We hope each of your families had a wonderful and fun-filled weekend at the Fest!
This week in Preschool we started our Letter of the Week Program by learning all about letter Aa. We learned that every letter talks and makes a special sound! Some letters like Aa make two sounds as in acorn and apple. We want to remember the short a sound as in apple. For each letter of the alphabet, we work on all sorts of activities, games and projects that work on comprehensively teaching all aspects of the letter –including letter identification, letter sound, letter formation and how to print it, etc. We sing songs, read stories and poems, play hands on games, practice printing it in a variety of ways and more for each letter. This week for letter Aa we also painted and cut out large apples that will be on display on our windows as well as adorable acorns that were great cutting practice!
A big focus of our week was on being a kind friend to others. Now that the Preschoolers are more comfortable at school and have made many sweet friendships, we are really working on our classroom goal of always being “loving and kind.” This is a phrase you will likely hear often at home as it is a huge goal of ours throughout the year in Preschool, we really believe in the enormous value of teaching our young students to always treat others with kindness. We were so blessed to have Mrs. Nikki Carey, who is our school counselor at SJF (and also mom to our sweet Fiona!), visit our classroom this week to talk to us about what she does at SJF as well as to give us a wonderful lesson on being bucket fillers, which are people that fill the invisible buckets of others by saying and doing loving and kind things. The Preschoolers are already excited about being bucket fillers and we have been trying to really identify and promote these wonderful, kind acts as we see them happening in our classroom each day. A huge thank you to Mrs. Carey for taking the time to prepare such a valuable and helpful lesson for our little ones! Additionally, we read many supplementary, wonderful books throughout the week that help encourage skills of sharing, kindness, being a nice friend, etc. such as “Rainbow Fish,” “Chrysanthemum,” “Red,” and “How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow.” We read the wonderful Elephant and Piggie Story “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” and afterwards, discussed how Elephant and Piggie showed kindness to one another in the story. I brought out cotton balls and sandpaper for the preschoolers to touch and we did a lesson on how our words can be like cotton balls or like sandpaper depending on if what we are saying is nice and kind (like the cotton balls that make us feel good on the inside) or is hurtful and makes others feel bad (like the sandpaper that doesn’t make us feel good on the inside.) We decided we like to say and hear cotton ball type words!
In religion, we read and discussed the story of the first creatures that God created. After reading and discussing how God created all sorts of animals and creatures for our world the boys and girls drew a picture of the story to add to their own personal bibles.
As always, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Mrs. Furlong and I are so impressed at how well this class is adjusting to school and our routine and truly could not be more proud of them! They make us smile and laugh all day, it is honestly such a privilege to teach them. Thank you for sharing your children with us this year!! Have a wonderful week!