October 2018 - Shapes & Colours
September 2018 - Hello Fall
October was a busy month; full of play and learning in the Mapleridge preschool classroom!
We began the month by focusing our learning on the holiday of Thanksgiving - this included circle time discussions and books that emphasized family traditions, harvest and what it means to fee ‘thankful’. We then turned our attention to reviewing shapes and colours…
April Blog Post: April weather, rain and sunshine both together.
September is such a fun and exciting month in our preschool classroom! It is a month of new friendships blossoming and old friendships being rekindled as well as a month of new experiences and new routines. The children have done a phenomenal job settling in to our classroom routine. Routine and predictability is very important for young children, particularly in a school environment, as it helps them build a sense of confidence, safety and trust in knowing what to expect and what is expected of them.
March Blog Post: "A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." - Brad Henry
During the month of April, our learning focused on animals and creatures that live underwater. We explored ways these animals and creatures move, what they might eat as well as some of the characteristics that make them unique. We read our most favorite book this year (every class!), “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!” by Kevin Sherry and used characters cut out of felt and our felt board to assist in the children’s memorizing and retelling of the story. Memorization and the retelling of favorite books can be a wonderful strategy to incorporate in supporting your child to learn to read.
This month we explored the topic of “life on a farm”. We had many interesting discussions about the various jobs that people may have on farms. The children had endless great ideas about the sorts of jobs that they would like to have on a farm such as shearing the sheep, collecting eggs from the hens, milking the cows, tending to the crops and, my personal favourite, washing the muddy pigs!