PreK-3/4 News

September 16, 2022

This week began our study of ¨All ABout Me.¨  The preschoolers have been taking a look at our amazing selves!  We discussed how we are all alike and different in many ways.  The children looked at many different skin toned paint colors and selected one that they thought matched theirs.  Then each childś hands were painted to make hand print pictures.  At the same time, each child told me something they can do with their hands.  This helped them see how we are all special with different talents and abilities.  The group also worked together to create an eye color graph.  Most of the children in our class have blue eyes, followed by brown.  The boys and girls worked together to create ¨Mat Man.¨  This character helps the children eventually learn to draw, but right now we used him to learn about body parts.  The pieces that were used are also the same as the pieces that we use when we begin making letters.  We read the book ¨Me and My Amazing Body,¨ which introduces children to parts of the body not only on the outside but on the inside as well.  Afterwards we took turns putting the pieces together for a skeleton floor puzzle.  I think it was as big as some of our preschoolers!  Finally, the kids were able to make a full body picture when we traced them and let them go to town with markers and crayons.

In the afternoon, some of the children were introduced to the proper way to hold a crayon, pencil or marker.  We practiced holding these things using a tripod grip.  I have a special song that I sing that helps children remember the fingers used and the placement of them on their crayon.  Then we practiced control by coloring some small stars and then tracing over some straight and curved lines.  We will be beginning writing letters soon!  Meanwhile, we are continuing to focus on recognizing our names and the special letters that start them as well as learning about the lines and curves that we will use when we begin writing.  Finally, we participated in our first rhyming word activity saying and singing the nursery rhyme ¨One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.¨  

I wanted to convey to you all that the children are making good progress in the classroom.  They are learning the routines and making friends.  Also, be on the lookout for a permission slip that will be coming home soon.  The class, along with Kindergarten and first grade, will be going to the Scotland Public Library.  This is a quick field trip that will not require any chaperones.  

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Sweat