The Fintastic Flyer Week of October 17, 2011



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Week of October 17, 2011


This week, we learned all about pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns. Take a look as we rewind this week in preschool



Monday- Today Mrs. Aiello introduced us to our unit on pumpkins. We were all very excited to learn new poem, stories, and songs all about this fun fall topic. At morning meeting, we reviewed the high frequency word “my” and listened to the story It’s Pumpkin Time. This book taught us all about the life cycle of a pumpkin. After listening to the story, we began our craft project. Today, we made paper plate pumpkins and completed a sequencing activity of the pumpkin’s life cycle.

In the afternoon, we had Religion and we learned all about the Sacrament of Baptism. We also had centers, played a fun Jack-O-Lantern game on the SMART Board and listened to the story Spookily the Pumpkin. We had gym and computer today

Tuesday- Today at morning meeting, we read our first decodable book entitled, My Toys. We have been learning the high frequency word “my” and now we were able to use this sight word in a sentence with rebus pictures. In reading, we listened to a story that had no illustrations. This story was The House on the Hill. Mrs. Cunningham read us the words and Mrs. Aiello showed us the pictures on her story apron. We love the story apron because we get to see the pictures come to life and get a closer look at the characters we meet in a story. Before lunch, we went to the library Miss Elizabeth the librarian was absent but Mrs. Aiello and Ms. Cuddahy read us fall stories and taught us finger plays.

In the afternoon, we played in centers and had music and movement. Today, we danced to a funny song called, The Skeleton Dance. We had art and Spanish today

Wednesday- Today at morning meeting we read our decodable book and we are excited, that we get to take these home! We also learned more about pumpkins through our Clifford Magazine. Today, we learned more about the life cycle of a pumpkin and we had to use positional words such as up, beside, under to find the pumpkins in the picture. For an activity, we had to draw a big orange pumpkin. In reading, we listened to the story The House on the Hill and Mrs. Aiello used her story apron and she taught us the big word “characters.” We learned that characters are animals or people that we meet in a story. In this story, the characters are animals. In math, we have been learning all about shapes. We listened to a Halloween shape story and we played a shape sorting game on the SMART Board. We also used shapes to complete a cut and paste jack-o-lantern activity.

In the afternoon, we played in centers and listened to the story Patty’s Pumpkin Patch.

Thursday- Today at morning meeting, we learned the poem, “Everybody Says.” This was a poem about a little girl who looks like different members of her family. We discussed who people tell us we look like in our families. Mrs. Aiello told us that she looks like her mom and two brothers! We also listened to It’s Pumpkin Time one more time and completed a story recall activity. In reading, we listened to The House on the Hill with just the story apron and we retold the story to Mrs. Aiello and then completed a sequencing activity on the characters in the story. Before lunch, we listened to Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin and learned a Jack-O-Lantern song and made a jack-o-lantern craft suing orange tissue paper, cut out shapes, and a green pipe cleaner for the curly stem.

In the afternoon, we played in centers and completed a Five Little Pumpkin craft in the art center. Today was lots of fun

Friday- Today, we were very busy! We went to Mass today for the first time this year and we were all so well behaved! After Mass, we had snack and we listened to the story I Like Me! We also went to reading buddies before lunch. In the afternoon, we played in centers and listened to the story Pumpkin Soup. We also had music today
Next week, we will be learning all about Halloween



Also, our Halloween Party will be on Friday, October 28th in the afternoon immediately following lunch. The children BRING their costumes to school (please nothing too scary!) and please make sure that your child’s costume can easily fit over their uniforms.

We will be having a Halloween Costume Parade with Ms. Cuddahy’s class around the school and be making fun Halloween crafts in place of treats
Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Aiello

Mrs. Cunningham

Miss Murray


Books We Love:

  • Pumpkin Soup- Helen Cooper

  • Patty’s Pumpkin Patch- Terri Sloat

  • Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin- Mary Serfozo

  • It’s Pumpkin Time- Zoe Hall





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