September proved to be an exciting month for our Lower Preschool class. They have managed the morning drop off like true champions. They enter the classroom with a smile and a hug (if we are lucky!) then take off to discover what choices they have for Free Play. Our three and four-year olds enjoy rolling, cutting and shaping the play dough at the yellow table. Painting at the easel remains a favorite activity and they wait oh, so patiently, for a fresh piece of white paper while the teacher carefully hangs a friend’s masterpiece on the line to dry. The water table is a place to discover what floats, what sinks and how much water it takes to fill a squirt bottle. Top chefs create delicious meals in the kitchen and are always willing to feed a teacher or friend. They watch diligently and wait until every last bite is eaten. The loft is always full of surprises. The floor is often where matchbox cars, railroad trains, and ponies gather!
The freeze bell signals a five-minute warning that Free Play is soon coming to an end. The cleanup song is played and every child does their part to aid in the cleanup efforts. It is a sight to behold! The children then find a sticker on the floor and sit criss-cross applesauce so that the morning song can be sung. It is sung to the tune of “La Cucaracha”: “Hello, good morning. Hello, good morning. How is everyone today? Hello, good morning. Hello, good morning. We’re so glad you came to play.” Simple rules of the playground are reviewed. We slide DOWN the slide. We stay INSIDE the gate. Shovels are for digging. Sand stays on the ground. They love, running, jumping, digging, climbing and building sand castles. Sometimes they “watch movies” or play “drive through” in the white house thankfully there are 4 windows!) Outdoor play is truly a fan favorite!
Snack time follows with a rousing rendition of Johnny Hammer, our snack poem and vigorous hand washing. Some of our friends savor every last bite of snack. Others are anxious to move on to books and puzzles. It is then time for Circle, new songs* and more Free Play. Some different choices could include color sorting, pompoms in a bottle, bingo markers and shaving foam. Before we know it, it is story time and dismissal.
Soon, the magical P. Mooney will be introducing himself to our class. For some, it is love at first sight. Others are not quite sure what to make of his mustache! P. Mooney and his friends help in our language development and always model how to be kind and friendly.
At our October conference we will be discussing your child's adjustment to school, his/her separation from home and his/her energy level at the end of the day. In the next month we will be observing your child to see what he/she needs to learn, what he already knows and what the priorities are for his/her curriculum. It is important to know that we ask all parents to be responsible for teaching their child their name, address and telephone number. At the conference we will give you suggestions as to how to accomplish this in the easiest of ways. THIS IS A SAFETY ITEM for each child at BVMS. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Our Lower Preschool Picture Day will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. More information about this day will be going out shortly!
*Songs we are singing:
One Little Fish
One little yellow/red/blue/orange fish swimming in the water, swimming in the water, swimming in the water. One little yellow/red/blue/orange fish swimming in the water, bubble, bubble, bubble POP!
(Loosely sung to the tune of “One Little, Two Little, Three Little”
Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree, three red apples smiled down at me. I shook that tree as hard as I could. Down came the apple. MMMM That was good.
Way up high in the apple tree, two red apples smiled down at me. I shook that tree as hard as I could. Down came the apples. MMMM that was good.
Way up high in the apple tree one red apple smiled down at me. I shook that tree as hard as I could. Down came the apple, MMMM that was good.
Way up high in the apple tree. No more apples smiling down at me.
(Sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)