Jennifer's November Newsletter
It is hard to believe that the busy and exciting month of November is already here. For us teachers, it will be different, but hope to bring excitement and fun to the children this month. Thank you for your help with bringing in goodies for the Halloween party. I hope the kids had fun!
We will be fitting in a lot of activities this month, starting with preparing for the our Feast! Pumpkin bread and the famous Stone Soup will be made. With the Covid situation, I do not feel comfortable having our normal Feast with parents and family. So this year the children will have a special Feast lunch in our room. They will be able to enjoy the food that they made (bread and soup) together. I will be snapping several pictures during this event. Next year you will be able to share this moment with them.
The month will be focused on preparing for Thanksgiving. We will discuss what Thanksgiving is, things we are thankful for and learn a fun poem about the Pilgrims (that hopefully they will share with you). So in our dramatic play area, we will have a wagon and a tent set up. The children will be able to play in the wagon like the pilgrims may have and in the tent as a Native American.
Some art projects we will work on this month are placemats for the feast, several fun turkeys, a Mayflower boat, Native American tents and headbands. We will continue to do little art projects or worksheets to reinforce the letters, numbers and shapes of the week. I think their favorite one is hole punching:)
So the children can work on their counting skills, there will be games in the math center to encourage that skill - turkey counting or dice grid game. What comes next? patterns and Which one is different? discover sheets will find their way to the center this month as well. The science table will include a matching leaf game and sorting healthy and unhealthy foods.
Another sign of the season will be found at the writing center with turkey letter bingo and turkey letter hunt. They are some of the games the children can play while they work on learning those letters. Thanksgiving words and letter tracing will be there as well.
The sensory table will have turkey basters with soapy water and cups that the children can squeeze in and squirt out. They also will have a chance to work on their cutting skills with paper and Scholastic sheets. I noticed that several of them need some extra work on this skill.
Please make sure to send your child in clothes and jackets for outside (plus hats and mittens as well). We will go on walks or do outdoor activities as long as the weather permits.
Parent/Teacher conferences: November 9-13 (children still have class)
Please check Dojo or contact me about dates and times available
Children's Feast day: Friday, November 20th
Thanksgiving Break: no school on November 25-27