24 Oct Newsletter | October 19th-22th, 2015
It was an excellent week at the Lenox Preschool! This week we read stories and did crafts that were cowboy-themed because we are creating the decorations that will go on our “tree” at the Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees! Our cowboy stories included Cowboy and Octopus” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and “The Halloween Kid” by Rhode Montijo.
On Monday, we were lucky to have Miss Leslie join us and have her read her favorite storie, “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert. We were able to break into small groups and Miss Leslie led the pumpkin alphabet game. Tuesday, we were treated to a visit by Luna! It was also our Letter-of-the-Week day. We read stories about elephants (“Soon” by Timothy Knapman and “Elmer’s Special Day” by David McKee.) The children helped make a list of 26 words that start with E and put elephants on E. They are all doing very well with following the directions. They were expected to cut a little bit more this week and all the children are working very hard to improve their cutting/fine motor skills!
Miss Rebecca and Stanley visited on Wednesday. She brings many books with her each week and allows the children to pick which stories she reads. This week’s story picks were:
“In the Forest” by Marie Hall Ets
“If You Give a Pig a Pancake” by Laura Nemeroff
“The Story of Ferdinand” by Robert Lawson
“I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld
“Just Go To Bed” by Mercer Mayer
Thursday was our cooking day and we were lucky enough to have Nila’s mom come in to help us! The children helped make “Hay Bale” Rice Krispy treats! They were enjoyed by all!
Our pumpkin science was a multi-day process was a multi-day process! On Monday, we cut open the pumpkin and scooped out the seeds. On Tuesday, we weighed the now empty pumpkin to compare the weight of pumpkin at full and empty (11.5 lbs and 8.5 lbs.) The children helped separate the seeds. On Wednesday, the children guessed how many seeds they thought there were. Then we were able to count (and count, and count!) the seeds – all 483! Some of the children have requested that we cut open the smaller pumpkin to compare the number of seeds inside.
Next week, we will be talking about Real/Pretend and will be walking to the Lenox Library on Thursday for “Trick-or-Treat.” We will welcome Miss Tiffany back on Thursday after a week’s break. We will also welcome two more interns from Miss Hall’s School joining us. The children may wear costumes on Wednesday and Thursday (so everyone has a chance depending on their enrollment days). We will be having a Halloween Party on Thursday so let us know if you would like to bring in anything. We will have a “healthy snack and treat” signup sheet in the classroom!
Quotes of the Week:
Cassidy – “The seeds make more pumpkins!”
Miss Chris – “It would take a whole day of traveling to get to my mom’s house.”
Audrey – “Your feet would get very tired.”
Hadley – “It makes a funny noise.” (squishing pumpkin pulp)
JJ – “I feel a seed!”
Luci – “The seeds feel good.”
William – “Cooper, those pretzels are huge. They’re the biggest pretzels I’ve ever seen!”
William –“ I have magic power the same as you, Audrey.”
William – “If we all work together we can do it!”
Hadley – “They’re (pumpkin seeds) all the same so you don’t have to worry.”
Cooper – “Air comes out of it and then white stuff comes out and makes not water or anything come in (describing his creation.)
Kane – “What is complicated?”
Kane – “You know what, Miss Chris? When I grow up I’m going to be a mountain climber ‘cause I used to be a mountain climber.”
Asher – “I’m going to be a soccer player and a mountain climber.”
Cassidy – “Whatever you want to be you can be. Your dreams will come true.”
Miss Kaleigh – “Race, do you remember how many seeds were in there?”
Race – “Yeah.”
Miss Kaleigh – “How many?”
Race – “A lot.”