· In reading workshop, we are learning that stories are told across pages. Readers sound like storytellers, connecting the pages in their books as they read. We are learning to look at the faces of the characters, think about the story and act out parts of the book with our reading buddies. We are having a LOT of fun doing this! It is wonderful to see children using expressive voices as they retell classroom favorites like The Gingerbread Man.
We have also been having a ball creating puppet shows this week, starring, you guessed it--The Gingerbread Man!
During writing workshop, we are working on thinking about something that happened to us; sketching a picture that helps to tell the story; and retelling the story to a partner. Orally retelling a story is great practice for writing. We will be having “talk time” every day to help us become more comfortable with this process.
· We are continuing to practice penmanship. We are learning to print both letters and numerals using the Handwriting Without Tears printing method. The handwriting papers your child has been bringing home were created using this system as a guide. Beginning in October, we will be asking the children to try and print their name using an uppercase letter only for the first letter, and the rest lower case. This will take much remembering and practice for most children, as typically preschoolers (from any preschool) have learned to recognize and print their name in all capitals.
We are learning about our five senses. We know that our senses help us learn about the world around us. This week, we read a silly book I Hear a Pickle, by Rachel Isadora. We made refrigerator pickles, and all the while we were exploring our five senses. None of us (not even the teachers!) has made refrigerator pickles, so it has been a lot of fun to observe and record the changes we noticed in the cucumbers each day, and to see, touch, smell and taste the dill, peppercorn, garlic, cardamom seeds and mustard seeds before we added it to the mason jar. Today, we finally got to taste the pickles. Three of us really liked the pickles, a few more of us thought they were just okay, and the rest of us ended up not liking them much. But we all agreed it was a fun project! And we did discover that you CAN hear a pickle--they went *crunch* when we bit them! A big THANK YOU goes out to Mrs. Preissing for helping us with the cooking portion of the activity!
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