Pre-K B (Mrs. Dowling)

    We had a wonderful first month of school!  The children have made new friends and are learning how to work together to complete tasks.  We discussed our feelings and what makes us unique.  The children learned the classroom rules and routines and many of them have already been assigned classroom jobs.  We worked on recognizing the letters in our names, following one and two step directions and fine motor skills (such as tracing, coloring, cutting and gluing).  During story time, we have introduced some book concepts (ex: author, illustrator, title, making predictions).  We have also introduced calendar and weather concepts and basic math skills (counting, comparing, patterning & graphing).

    During the last couple of weeks in September, our focus was on apples.  We learned the parts of an apple, the life cycle of an apple tree, the changes apple trees undergo each season and we hosted an apple tasting party.  We used “apple” themed props and manipulatives to practice counting, sorting, comparing, basic addition and subtraction and patterning skills.  The children enjoyed participating in apple themed finger plays, songs, poems and imaginative play.

    October will be a very busy month in Pre-K.  We will be making decorations for Halloween, discussing fire safety and learning about pumpkins, spiders, farm life and nighttime creatures (bats, owls etc.).  We are looking forward to both our class Halloween Party (for the children only) and Trick or Trunk/Halloween Dance (St. Joseph’s annual family Halloween event).  We are beginning to work on the alphabet and will introduce a new letter each week.  This month we will be working on letters T, O, S, P and C.

 

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Friday, October 5: Early Dismissal (11:10 a.m.) Aftercare is available, however, pizza is not served on half days so you must pack lunch for your child if he/she will be attending aftercare.

Monday, October 8: Columbus Day. School is closed.

Tuesday, October 16: Confirmation. School is closed.

Friday, October 26: Diocesan Professional Development Day. School is closed.

Thursday, November 2: All Saints Day. School is closed.

Tuesday, November 6: Professional Development Day. School is closed.

 

Reminders

  • Please remember to keep a weather appropriate change of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear and socks) in your child’s backpack in case of an accident or spill.

  • Please be sure to label everything that your child brings to school.  This includes backpacks, clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves etc. 

  • The children must have sneakers for gym and the playground. 

  • Please send in spoons, straws and/or forks in your child’s lunchbox when necessary as we don’t have these items in our classroom.

  • Please remember to check and empty your child’s folder daily.

 

Specials

Mondays - Gym
Tuesdays - Music
Wednesdays - Art
Thursdays - Music
Fridays - Library 


 Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  I can be reached at sdowling5591@stjoeronkelem.org. I will respond within twenty four hours.