Saturday, October 7, 2017

Our 5 Senses

Hi Pre-K 4 Family and Friends,

This Tuesday we were happy to welcome the additional help of Teaching Assistant Mr. Joel. From now on, Mr. Joel will be helping our class following snack and recess time until just before clean-up time prior to lunch. Mr. Joel will mostly be conducting educational activities connected to our classroom learning, outside in the Pre-K playground area.

Last week and this week we have been learning about the 5 senses. To do so, we have been doing fun activities such as walking blindfolded (led by a friend!) around the classroom, smelling different smells and matching the same smells, listening and identifying different sounds, and finally using our taste buds on the remainder of our cake that we made (and froze) a couple weeks ago. We will do some final 5 senses activities this coming week.

Ranci and Srene testing out their sense of smell.

Last week we also started Reading Buddies with Grade 2 and it was a huge success! We will continue Reading Buddies with Grade 2 every Thursday morning at 8a.m. 

Liam from Grade 2 and Daniel read "Pete the Cat" during Reading Buddies time.

On Friday following Reading Buddies, we were able to celebrate Basit’s birthday! Basit turned 5 years old and shared a cake and treats with friends in our class.
Ms. Irene helps cut Basit's birthday cake as Kalifa and Basit wait patiently.

Alima writes her name.
Malik writes his name.
Last week we worked on the letter D with songs and with different crafts such as dragonflies and dinosaur hats. This week we worked on the letter E and crafted elephants, which will soon be on display on the wall outside our classroom. In the meantime, students continue to practice writing their names. Next week we are on to the letter F.

We are continuing to reinforce Helping Hands, Listening Ears, Looking Eyes; Walking Feet; and Quiet Mouths in the classroom. Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street, and other short educational videos are helping with these concepts! You can help at home by giving your child positive reinforcement when she/he is helping or playing well with others (having helping hands), listening to you and others, looking when talking to you, walking (rather than running) inside, and using quiet voices inside as well as kind words, particularly to talk out a problem.  For example, you can say: “you are doing a great job of sharing and taking turns with your sister” or “I really like how you listened to me when I asked you to help clean up.”

Also, continue reading to your child in her/his mother language every day (for example, at bedtime). Reading to your child is a top indicator of her/his child’s future literacy skills!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for filling us in on the recent activities you've been doing with the kids. As for the concept of "helping hands", it is about encouraging the children to play together by congratulating the second (or additional) child who joins a play without disrupting it and telling him/her that he/she's doing a great job offering "helping hands" to the other player(s)? Is this correct? Or is it "only" (although importantly) about giving a hand to parents and siblings in daily chores? I'm just checking so as to harmonise our practices and guidance between home and school! Thanks again, Julien