Ten Apples Up On Top 

It was all about apples this week! ?

We made apple dough by mixing cornstarch and apple conditioner:

We made tissue paper apples using red, green and yellow:

And made apple faces using our shape or the month (circles) for eyes and part of the mouth:

The afternoon class worked on describing an apple:

And tasted three colors of apples to find our favorite: 

And of course, we loved playing with our friends! 

Important information: 

*This will be my last blog entry! We have decided to move to using Class Dojo as a school wide means of communication. We will no longer have blogs or use Remind texts. I will be able to post pictures and announcements more frequently and Mrs. Carletha will be able to post important school announcements. We will still be able to send messages in Class Dojo just like we currently are able to with the Remind app. Look for more information coming home this week as well as your child’s special code to sign-up for our Class Dojo. Please let me know if you have any problems or questions. 

*Our Fall Party is next Monday, Oct. 31st. A flyer will be coming home on Monday with more information. 

*October book orders are due Friday, October 28th.

* Volunteer sign-ups were sent home this past week. If you are able to help at all, please return your completed form. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! 

??Leaves ??

We began our unit on “The Changing Tree”this week by talking about leaves. We also began having a letter of the week following our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, starting with the letter L. 

We enjoyed reading and interacting with the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves:

The morning class worked on their fine motor skills while using one to one correspondence by putting orange stickers on a leaf:

The afternoon class went on a leaf hunt:

While both classes glued leaves on the letter L:

The morning class also enjoyed making leaf prints:

And the afternoon class loved playing fall bingo! 

We also worked on making the letter L with a big line and a little line:

And the afternoon class started show and tell this week: 

It was a super week!! A few reminders about upcoming events:

*Monday is our school fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese from 3-9pm. Stop by at any time for dinner and fun. Make sure to tell them you are with Hilltop and 20% of total sales will be given to Hilltop!! 

*Wednesday is our parent volunteer call out meeting from 11:00-11:30. We are looking for parents to coordinate our Fall Party, help out in classrooms, and come up with other ways to help our school!! 

*Parent-Teacher conferences started this past week. We are only four families away from having 100% participation!!! Please contact me to schedule your conference if you have not done so yet. (If you recently had an ACR, you do not need a conference.)

*November 8 there is no school due to Election Day. 

As always, please contact me with any questions! 

Happy Birthday Friends

We had a fabulous week celebrating birthdays and being friends. Here are pictures of a few of the fun things we did this week. Thank you to all the families who sent in treats for our Friendship Day! Have a great fall break! 

Pets

We learned about pets this week as we focused on dogs, cats and fish. We read the book What Kind of Pet Should I Get, sorted pets and labeled various pets. 

We made dog puppets:

Cat faces:

And fish bowls with gold fish:

The morning class played with pets at table time:

And the afternoon class played pet bingo:

We worked on making circles this week as our pre-writing stroke:

We also had fun playing with our friends!

A few things for the week ahead:

*Scholastic book orders are due by Friday, September 30th. You may order online for an easier option. 

*School pictures have gone home with the afternoon class and will be coming home with the morning class on Monday. Check forms for due date to order. 

*Make sure to sign up for a parent teacher conference by clicking on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0544aca92fa7f85-fall. Evening spots are filling up fast so please let me know if you need an evening slot and I will add another night of conference times.

*Fall Break is the week of October 3rd. There is no school that week.

*We will be making a Friendship Mix this week so check your child’s folder for more info 🙂 

Rock on, Mom and Dad

We spent the week with Pete the Cat again as he rocked on for his mom and dad. We talked about our families and how they help us and how we can help them. 

We shared our pictures of our families at circle:

We made family trees:

We built our “homes” during play time with blocks and other materials:

We also did activities with the color purple including a shape collage: 

We loved exploring the sensory table this week with pool noodles, pom poms and more! 

And of course, we had a great time playing with our friends this week both inside and outside! 

Monday is picture day as well as our first Family Fun Night of the year as we hold a parent info meeting on behavior stratigies for preschoolers. Hope to see you all there! 

Families

We began our new theme of “Meet My Friends and Family” this week. 

We talked about who makes up a family:

and began learning how to draw people with Mat Man.

The afternoon class made family portraits:

and made a house while working on cutting a gluing skills with Ms. Jen. 

We also worked on making lines down on our path to learning how to write: 

We, of course, also had a great time playing with our friends 🙂

Groovy Buttons

My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons! It was buttons, buttons, buttons this week as we read along with Pete the Cat. 

The afternoon class graphed if they were wearing buttons as a large group and buttons by color in small groups:

We counted buttons using one to one correspondence: The morning class searched for buttons in sand:

We made big buttons:

We sorted buttons:

We laced with buttons:

And we even wore buttons! 

We loved reading the book at circle time! Here are some pictures of us enjoying being outside as well! 

Our theme for the month of September is “Meet My Family and Friends” as we learn about people in our family and how to be a good friend. 

I Love My White Shoes

We continued this week singing along with Pete the Cat and his white shoes. The students LOVE these books and have done a great job retelling the story. (There are some great videos on YouTube that read the story if you are able to look them up at home.)

We did a variety of literacy activities with the book this week:

We worked on counting cats using one to one correspondence:

We acted out the book with shoes and paint: 

We made a Pete the Cat using a variety of shapes:

And the afternoon class graphed their answer to the question “What is your favorite color?” and made a cat friendly snack:


We also had fun playing in the sensory table filled with colored chips as well as at the table with Sands Alive! 

The afternoon class also ventured out on our first hike of the year and they LOVED it: 

And of course after it rains the best thing to do is dig in the mud! 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We will be rocking with Pete again this week and his four groovy buttons. 

Rocking in our School Shoes

We had a super time rocking in our school shoes this week along with Pete the Cat! We enjoyed reading the book at circle time and even used instruments to play along. 


During stations we worked hard with Miss Joni for speech, sorted items by color for math, and made a Pete the Cat Hat with Miss Jen: 

We made a class book and decorated our our own school shoes:


We also had a great time playing with our new friends:

It was another great week in Room E! 

Great First Week

We had a great first week of school! The children are learning the routine, making new friends and having fun exploring our classroom. 

We read Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom at circle time. 

The afternoon class practiced writing their name with Miss Jen. 


The morning class worked with pegs at the math station.


We also enjoyed using instruments during music.


But our favorite activity of the week was playing with our new friends!