It’s hard to believe we have completed our first month of school! Please be sure you take a few moments out of your day, week, and month to review the “This is What We Learned Today” posted outside your child’s classroom from Infants through PreK 2. We encourage you to have your child show you one of their Student Learning Boards and initiate a conversation about some of the learning activities displayed. At the end of the month, you will receive a few samples of your child’s work from the month in their Links to Learning End of Month Folder, along with the skills that were covered and coming up in the month ahead. We also maintain a few samples for your child’s individual portfolio to show their growth and progression over the year. There is so much learning happening all around, I would like to share some highlights from each of our classrooms with you.
During the first week of this month, our Kindergarten students are celebrating their 20th Day of school with “Zero the Hero”, and will be celebrating each 10th day up to the 100th Day of School later this year. This is helping them to reinforce “making 10″ and counting to 100 by ones and tens. They will soon begin discussing Earth’s landforms and types of land, and connecting the world around them to their studies in Social Studies with several essential questions: Who are we?, Where are we?, and What are we doing? They created a school map of individuals around the school to help identify the answers to these questions. The Kindergarten class will also take a closer look at Soils and Enviro-scapes; and incorporating landscape watercolor painting as they explore various landforms. Be sure to take a look at the Kindergarten Education Display Board in the hallway linking their Back to School Treasure Box/Book Nook activity to the Common Core Standards and thinking from an “author’s point of view”, as well as a few Back to School favorites such as Strega Nona and Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie DePaola. Ms. Mueller has imparted them with the “Key” to reading success!
If you look around, you are sure to see a bushel of apples somewhere around each classroom. The start of the new school year and fall always seems to go hand in hand with APPLES! Many of our classes utilized Apples to reinforce a variety of learning skills. The Beginner’s class used apples to: Count number sets of 1-5, work on Color Identification, learn songs about apples, and follow multi-step directions to create art with varied materials, such as apple prints. And, our Intermediates learned about Johnny Appleseed, and kicked up their senses and following multi-steps when they made applesauce from scratch! Yum! PreK/PreK2 conducted experiments using apples, and graphed the student preferences of several different types of apples. Which one is the leading favorite?
PreK and PreK 2 began their Letter Buddies lessons with the letters “B” and “D”. The students developed their writing skills through the use of inventive spelling in PreK 2, and our PreK class focused on writing their name in with the appropriate case. They have been busy graphing the weather daily and discussing how it affects our lives. PreK worked on building structures using various size and shape blocks. PreK 2 created complex pictures to tell a story. The Intermediates have been following suit, working on recognizing their name in print, beginning to write letters and numbers, and identifying their colors, shapes, and creating repeating patterns of 3 or more!
Our Infants and Toddlers continued to explore the world around them, and developing their language through the use of Baby Sign and imitating new words. They participated in activities to encourage exploration through their senses such as using a paint brush, pointing to familiar objects, and listening to stories and songs.
Hoy en espanol was all about family! And, our Second Step Character Education lessons fit in with our universal Getting to Know You and All About Me theme throughout the month with the introduction of Skills for Learning – “Welcoming” and “Listening” as the topics of discussion in our Intermediates, Prek, PreK 2, and Kindergarten classes. This early learning program promotes: Success in the early learning classroom, School readiness, Social and Life Success by directly teaching children the skills that strengthen their ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, make friends, and solve problems. Stay tuned to the Home Links for lessons throughout the month to incorporate some of the lessons into your “car” talk on the way home from school.
As you can tell from just a few highlights, September was a month full of learning that will continue into October. We will be talking about Community Helpers and Fire Safety at the beginning of the month. The Chalfont Fire Company will be visiting us on Wednesday, October 12th. Our PreK 2 and Kindergarten students will be going on their first field trip of the school year to learn about farm life and harvesting crops, such as pumpkins on Thursday, October 20th! We will also recreate our own “Pumpkin Patch” for our younger learners here at the school to enjoy on the 20th. We are also working on incorporating simple technology in the classroom through the use of various medias. We hope you are enjoying the use of our Links to Home application to extend and share the learning experience with our parents.
We will wrap-up the month with our annual Halloween Parade to New Seasons on Monday, October 31st. The event will take place in the afternoon around 4:00pm. (Time to be confirmed) Parents and siblings are welcome to join us for the short stroll to visit our “Grand Friends”. Our bi-annual Scholastic Book Fair will also arrive for the last week of the month – just in time for the holidays!
The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be visiting our school for voluntary vision screening for students ages 3 years and above. Forms will be coming home during the month for families interested.
Don’t forget, our first teacher in-service day of the new school year is Tuesday, November 8th! Please start making alternative plans for your child. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to provide quality professional development to our teachers.
Enjoy the sights and senses of the season!
Yours in Education,