October Curriculum Connections
Early Social Studies
It has been a busy month. The children are making new friends and learning how to get along in a big group.In October we will read the book, The Three Questions. by Leo Tolstoy , retold By Jon J. Muth.
Who is the most important one?
- The one you are with.
What is the most important thing to do?
- Be good to the one you are with.
What is the most important time?
We will be spending time each day in a sharing circle where we will be talking about how we can be good to the one we are with. We will be reading many books and discussing how we can be a good friend to each other and to our natural world.
The children will be participating in mindful exercises. We will be learning to be mindful of our actions and words. We will be learning how to read our bodies and will learn calming exercises to help us deal with our feelings
Early Fine Arts
The children will be exposed to many forms of artistic expression. They will be taught how to care for the various art materials. They will be encouraged to choose their own art materials.In October, we will be talking about using our eyes and the power of observational drawing. We will be focusing on different lines and shapes and how different artists use line in their artwork.
We are continuing to study the concept of sorting. The children are using their sorting skills to solve real life situations, and as a class we have discussed the value of sorting in our everyday lives. We are playing the sorting game. You can play the sorting game at home by sorting different materials into two different categories and asking your child what the sorting rule is. Encourage your child to sort their materials in different ways. The children will be engaging in games and activities to build number sense throughout the school year. We will be working with numbers up to 10.
Early Language Arts
During the month of October, we will be using our names to study the following literacy concepts, letter identification, and beginning, middle and end sounds. We will also be listening for rhymes and clapping our names. We are also practicing writing our names with upper and lower-case letters. We will be writing in our lifebooks. We will draw pictures and tell our unique stories. We will be listening to a variety of stories and discussing the stories.
Physical Health and Well Being
The children are participating in a variety of movement games and activities. We have movement and dance breaks during the day and will begin to go to the gymnasium on a daily basis. We are concentrating on playing space awareness games and learning how to move safely. The children will also be participating in fine motor activities. Special attention will be given to hand dominance, grasp and strength.
In October we will go on many nature hikes. We will continue to observe the natural environment throughout all of our seasons. We will look closely at nature and learn how to make observational drawings. The children are working in their nature notebooks, asking questions about the changes in the seasons.
September Curriculum Connections
- Begin our Nature study
- Commence our unit “I am Unique!” and key on getting to know our classmates and school community
- Discuss safety and discuss ways to care for ourselves, our classmates and our classroom
- Focus on the early numeracy skills (number sense and sorting)
- Focus on drawng, recording and telling about experiences through daily lifebook entries.
- Listen and respond to a variety of texts centering on getting to know our class community.
The Classroom Environment
The kindergarten environment is carefully and thoughtfully arranged in order to engage the children. It is important that the classroom be a direct reflection of the children. In order to achieve this goal I would like to ask that you send in picture of your family that can be displayed in the hallway outside of the classroom.
Show and Tell
During the month of September your child can bring an item from nature. Your child has the choice to leave the item at school to add to our nature display or take it home. The item will not be handled by the other children
Over the next 2 months we will be getting to know each other and learning how we are all unique. We will be talking about how we all contribute to our classroom community.
During the month of September I will be letting the children get used to the routines of Kindergarten. We will be spending alot of time learning about handwashing and proper use of wearing masks.
Snacks and lunch
Please send two snacks and a lunch daily. We recycle in Kindergarten. All left-over food items will be sent home. Please send nut free snacks and treats. Please send a water bottle everyday. Please label your child's water bottle, and lunch kit.
The Kindergarten children that are taking the bus should have their bus tag with their bus # and name attached to their backpack. I will be out in front of the school to greet the children. At the end of the school day I will be taking the children out to the buses before the general population.
It is very important to inform the school if your child is not going to take the bus home. If I do not receive a note or a message from the office I will need to put your child on the bus. For those parents that are driving to school please do not park in front of the school. This area is designated for the school buses. Please refer to the bus and drop off map on The School website.
Backpacks and Labeling
Make sure to send your child with a large backpack to accommodate large library books. Please label all shoes, boots,coats and mittens. We often have identical items.
Dressing for Learning
Please do not send your child in flip flops, crocs or fancy shoes. It is important that they wear running shoes as we will be doing physical activities both inside and outside of the school. There are often accidents in Kindergarten. Please place a change of clothing: sweat pants, underwear, socks and a t-shirt in a labeled ziplock bag. The bag will be kept in your child's backpack. We will be spending alot of time outdoors please send your child dressed for the weather.