Thank you to all families who have emailed photos to me, brought in pictures, and sent in bulletins from your Mass attendance. They are on display in the hallway outside the school office. Please continue to send in pictures, bulletins, etc. as you attend Mass with your preschooler throughout this school year.
Our shape for the month is the circle. Today, we celebrated by making circle hats. The hats are shaped like a circle to fit on our heads. And the hats are decorated with more circles!
Be sure that you follow Epiphany on Facebook for updates throughout the week. The following message was posted on Epiphany's Facebook page this evening:
"Current weather predictions are suggesting that Monday, September 25th will be another unusually warm day. Due to this, students are encouraged to dress for the weather by either wearing their Epiphany gym uniform (even if not a gym day) or Epiphany uniform gray shorts or skirt."
Students may also, of course, bring a water bottle to drink from throughout the day.
This week, we began having small group time. This is a time of the day in which I and Ms. Rosie are able to work with a small group of students on a particular skill while two other groups work independently. During small group time, one group is with me, one is with Ms. Rosie, one group does puzzles and one reads in the library center. Throughout the week, each group rotates through the four activities so that each group does puzzles, reads, and works with myself and Ms. Rosie.
This week, we opened a new center. In the Science center, preschoolers are able to explore while using scientific tools. We have magnifying glasses, binoculars, rulers, and a scale. We have rocks, shells, and magnets for the preschoolers to explore. Throughout the year, we will change some of the items so that our preschoolers are able to investigate with many different items. As you can see from the pictures, the center was very popular on the first day that it was open!
Last week, we were busy doing even more name recognition activities. We played name fishing a few more times, and we did more tracing and letter finding activities. Students used their name puzzles to practice putting the letters of their name in order. We used dot art painters to dot their initials and their names. We also used paintbrushes to trace names.
When you walk up the front stairs of the school, you will see hundreds of circles on display. Every year, we celebrate International Dot Day. Below, please see some pictures from when we made our "dots" that would be added to the display along with every "dot" from every student at Epiphany. Be sure to check out the display! And if you have questions about Dot Day, you can find out more here.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.