It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!

by Ric on January 19, 2016

Yes I know that the holiday season is over but to me this is the most wonderful time of the year to be a pre-school teacher! With the social and emotional success of the first four months behind them and two weeks of getting back into the routine after Christmas Break under their belt, the classes are in such an nice place to really take off over the next few months. The kids really seem to be enjoying signing in every day, are having fun with some of the new centers in the class and the combination of the healthy snacks and the reusable snack bag has been a huge success. mitten-6

This week we will continue to focus on Winter themes through literature at Busy Bee (Please give us some SNOW STORMS Winter). Story Time is such a vital part of our Pre-School lives. Stories are so enjoyable as they help transport us to new places and it gives the teachers so many opportunities to pass on early literacy concepts to their attentive little minds. Some of the skills we are working on are retelling, talking about characters in the books, stopping to talk about new vocabulary words, the main idea of a story, setting and what was your favorite part of the story. mitten-1

mitten-2 mitten-3 We began last week with the children’s winter classic ‘The Mitten’ by Jan Brett. We used this book as a springboard for so many fun activities and by creating their own mitten and animals to accompany the book the classes have been able to act out the story and also retell it with their own story props. As we wrap up ‘The Mitten’ we will move on to another personal favorite of Mr. Ric ‘The Snowy Day’ by Ezra Jack Keats. We will be using this book to again focus on the very important early literacy skill: retelling. With a little prompting and support, the children will be retelling the story and answering questions about major events in the story.
As a follow up activity to all these very important literary skills the children will be writing and illustrating their own little story. We will be combining our new story-telling skills, our love of creating and drawing and our writing push as we continue to work hard on the students fine-motor abilities. The children will be creating their own winter themed stories “My Winter Wish.”

Life will go on as long as there is someone to sing, to dance, to tell stories and to listen —Oren Lyons

Looking forward to hear your child’s story
Mr. Ric :-)

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