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Dear Pre-K For All Families,                                                                                                                   October 2019

On October 14, 2019, school will be closed for Columbus Day.

On October 30, 2019, school with be closed for a SHCA Professional Day.

For the month of October, we will focus on the concept of the Five Senses.

Students will participate in the following center activities:

Science:  Children will be given magnifying glasses and will be asked to use their sense of sight to investigate various materials such as acorns, leaves, branches and rocks. Children will be provided with small containers of various materials inside that make noise when children shake them. Children will be asked to shake the containers and listen to find the matching sounds. Children will be invited to sort items such as acorns, leaves, pine cones, etc. Children will also be given containers for sorting to sort the different items based on smooth, soft, rough, etc.   Students will be encouraged to place their hands into a Feely Box and use their sense of touch to identify what object is inside the box.  Children will be encouraged to explore a variety of both opaque and translucent materials while using the light table.

Math:  Children will be provided with containers and will be asked to sort items by color, size, shape and texture.  A variety of materials of various textures will be placed in the manipulatives area.  Children will be encouraged to use these textured materials with the existing manipulatives.   Some of these textured materials include felt, pom poms, small rocks, twigs, foil and tissue paper.  Students will be provided with textured dominoes to explore, identify and match the different textures.  Children will be invited to add eyes, ears, nose, mouth and arms to the body of Mr. Potato Head.  They will be encouraged to talk about why each body part is important and the function they serve.

Writing:  Practice identifying and writing words that pertain to our five senses such as: senses, eyes, view, see, eyesight, vision, blind, Fall, Autumn, hear, listen, ears, sound, volume, quiet, loud, deaf, hearing aid, sign language, taste, smell, nose, mouth, tongue, taste buds, flavor, sweet, sour, savory, touch, fingers, feel, skin, hard, soft, rough, smooth, wet and dry.

Dramatic Play:  The dramatic play center will be turned into a diner.  Children will be provided with tables, chairs, empty condiment bottles to enhance children’s play.  Students will be encouraged to talk about ordering foods that are salty, sweet, spicy, sour, etc.  They will be invited to create menus with removable pictures of food which children can Velcro on and remove from the menu for sorting by taste.    

Literacy:  Daily Read Aloud activities include:

Look, Listen, Taste, Touch and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses by Pamela Hill Nettleton

The 5 Senses by Nuria Roca

Sight (Five Senses Series) by Maria Rius

Smell (Five Senses Series) by Maria Rius

Taste (Five Senses Series) by Maria Rius

Hear (Five Senses Series) by Maria Rius

Cold, Crunchy, Colorful, Using Our Senses by Jane Brocket

Five for a Little One by Chris Raschka

Hands Can by Cheryl Hudson

Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan

I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barcly

I See Myself by Vicki Cobb

I Spy in the Sky by Edward Gibbs

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?  by Eric Carle

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

My Five Senses by Margaret Miller

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

My Five Senses by Aliki

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Sense-Abilities: Fun Ways to Explore the Senses by Michelle O’Brien- Palmer

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Library: Students will select books that revolve around their five senses.

Art: Students will be provided with a variety of leaves from trees in the neighborhood. A piece of paper will be placed over the leaf and the students will be asked to rub the side of a crayon over the paper. As the leaf appears the children will be asked to consider why this happened. The students will be provided with clay to explore how it feels and model pinching, rolling and breaking clay into different pieces. Students will be provided with toy cars and will roll the wheels through the paint and will explore and compare the tracks created by the texture of the tires.  Students will be provided with a variety of materials to create a collage using different materials such as leaves, stickers, tissue paper, etc.   Children will be provided with finger-paint and paper.  They will be encouraged to discuss how the paint feels and smells.  Students will be invited to view some of Michelangelo’s work and discuss what they see.  Paper will be taped to the bottom of a table and the children will be encouraged to lay on the draw on the paper with crayons and markers.  Children will be provided with textured rolling pins, forks and potato mashers to use as painting tools instead of paintbrushes.  Students will be encouraged to discuss the print each tool makes.

Blocks:  Students will be provided with tape and cut out leaf rubbings from the art center.  They will also be provided with natural materials such as pine cones, leaves, and acorns to use during this activity. Children will be encouraged to build trees with blocks and tape on the leaves.  The students will be invited to look at the trees outside for ideas on how to create their own trees.   Tree-shaped blocks will be added to the center and the students will be invited to explore how they feel and look compared to the other blocks in the construction area.

Family Engagement:

Please join us on October 25, 2019, we will be creating a fall project.  We would like you to join us for this fun activity.  This activity will start at 1:45pm and will end at 2:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you!  Any questions or concerns please free to contact us.

Family Activities:

Encourage your child to take a sensory walk and have them pay attention to what they hear, see, feel and smell.

Prompting Questions:

  • How can you use your senses to stay safe when walking outside?
  • How do our eyes keep us safe?
  • Can our sense of smell keep us safe at home?

Invite your children to smell or taste a new food or something they would not usually eat.

Prompting Questions:

  • What does it look like?
  • What do you see?
  • How does the food feel before you try it?
  • How does it feel in your mouth?
  • What does it smell like?



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