DECEMBER: DATES TO KNOW
12/24 - 12/31 Winter Recess - No School
JANUARY: DATES TO KNOW
1/1 Winter Recess - No School
1/2 School Reopens
1/9 Early Dismissal for Students
*Since this is a scheduled early dismissal:
PreK AM will dismiss at 10:45 AM
PreK PM will meet 11:30-1:25
*GCS & RSD6 SPIRIT DAYS*
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH - WEAR your Blue GCS Shirt
LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH - WEAR your Red Wamogo Shirt
*If you need a shirt, please contact the main office at 860-491-6020
ASK ME & REVIEW WITH ME - OUR WEEK IN PREK!
In December, we will be focusing on the following:
Color = red >> practice with Red Song
Shape = triangle >> practice with Storybots Triangle
Numeral = 4 >> practice with Storybots 4
Talk daily to your child about things in their environment that are red or shaped like an triangle. Talk daily to your child about four items (e.g., 4 candy canes) and count objects!
This week we had a chance to go holiday shopping for loved ones. Thank you to the PTO and parents who helped arrange and coordinate this holiday shopping event. And thank you to parents who volunteered their time to help PreK students shop! :)
We finished our discussion of December Holidays - Holidays Around the World. This week we celebrated Christmas! A symbol for Christmas is a tree, much like a symbol of Hanukkah is a menorah and a symbol for Kwanzaa is a kinara. Ask me about the Christmas tree I made with my hand print! I hope you enjoy these special "Holiday Hands".
Additionally, this month's shape was triangle. We made triangles into Christmas trees by adding details.
In our literacy stations, we finished learning letter "V".
Review and practice "V" at home using these links:
Sesame Street V
To practice writing V:
1. Big line slides down
2. Big line slides up
Remember - "Thumb is bent, pointer points to the tip, tall man uses it's side. I tuck my last two fingers in, and take them for a ride."
In math stations, we continued our unit on Numerals & Counting. We continued to practice positioning numerals right-side up, recognizing, and naming written numerals.
In completing this activity, we learned to:
-identify written numerals and position correctly
-verbally count a set of 10 objects
-recognize the last number said is the total
-make a set of objects to match a given number
-cooperate with other children
-take turns with peers
An activity to try at home:
Board games are a great way to practice this skill. Use a spinner or number cards to tell how many spaces to move. Children count the spaces to move their pieces.
Remember - When counting:
-move each object as you count --> Ask your child what "You only count what you touch" means
-ask "how many?" when done counting
-emphasize "We know how many cookies we have by the last number we said. The last number we said was [five], so we know we have [five] cookies"
Additionally, here is a video which explains the five principles of rational counting and how to help your early math learner build a strong foundation for understanding numbers!
To see pictures of this week's activities, please view my classroom blog "Gray's Gazette"
Please be sure to follow me on Twitter @Jacki_Gray to see pictures and/or access links of the fun, learning experiences we've been participating in at school on a daily basis!
To view the latest photos of daily activities at Goshen Center School, please check out the following links:
GCS Twitter https://twitter.com/TraKeilty
GCS Instagram https://www.instagram.com/goshencenterschool/
GCS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/r6gcs/
PLAYDOUGHWe will be using a different color play dough every month in our classroom, based on the color of the month. For example, September will be blue.
If you would like to sign up to make playdough for our classroom, please click here.
PREK FAMILY DIRECTORY
I hope you utilize this resource to establish friendships outside of the classroom for you and your child.
If you would like to access the directory, please click here.
I hope everyone has a wonderful winter break filled with love and laughter, friends, family, and food! I wish you all the happiest of holidays!
All my best,