The Red Room Newsletter: October 14 – 25, 2019


OCTOBER 14 – 18 AND OCTOBER 21 – 25
The countdown to Halloween has begun! The children have been working very hard learning the songs they will be sharing with you on October 30 and 31. Class time over the next two weeks will be filled with fun with pumpkins, visits from Ms. Casey, monsters, spiders, and pre-Halloween fun!
The next Share Day is Thursday, October 17. Your child may bring something from home to share with his/her class. Sharing items might include, but are not limited to, a vacation souvenir, a favorite book or picture, a favorite toy, or maybe the family pet (please call me to arrange this). Get creative with your child! Share Day is supposed to be a language building activity so the more your child can share the better.
Halloween parties and parades are slated for Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31. We will be having Halloween parties Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Costumes are encouraged! Please be sure to label all pieces of your child’s costume with your child’s name. We will be having a costume parade for families and friends Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM and Thursday morning at 11:00 AM. You should plan to arrive approximately ten minutes before the parade to park and get in place to watch the children as they parade on the playground.
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, November 19 (8:00 AM – 12:00PM and 4:00PM – 7:00 PM) If you would like to schedule a conference time, please call Kinderfarm at (319) 351-3438 any time between October 28 and November 12 (by 3:00 PM). We do not schedule conferences via email. Conferences generally take about twenty minutes. We ask that you leave your Kinderfarmer and/or siblings at home during conference time.
It is time to check the backpack. Is the change of clothing seasonally appropriate?
It does tend to be about 15 degrees colder at Kinderfarm and there is always a wind. Please, please make sure you child is dressed appropriately. I suggest sending your child in layers that can be removed and put back on as needed.
MONDAY – The boys and girls will be making a pumpkin patch using a cardboard tube. They will also spend time listening for the letter “P” as we play Pass the Pumpkin.
TUESDAY – Ms. Casey from the Iowa City Public Library will be our guest this morning. Ask your child what her theme was today.
This afternoon we will cut open a pumpkin and examine the inside. Next, we will illustrate our findings on paper. Finally, we will practice positional words using the pumpkin and a little paper mouse.
WEDNESDAY – Cutting skills will be put to the test this morning as the children make a jack-o-lantern. Time will also be spent on letter recognition skills as the children look for “Ps” to tape on a pumpkin
Ms. Casey will be back again this afternoon. Was her theme the same as yesterday? Ask your child.
THURSDAY – TODAY IS SHARE DAY! In addition to Share Day the Red Roomers will be making a jack-o-lantern using a paper plate, small squares of orange paper, and your child’s handprint.
FRIDAY – Counting skills will be put to the test today as the children glue pumpkin seeds to a paper pumpkin cutout that correspond with the number written on the leaf. We will also spend some time problem solving on how to move three different sized pumpkins.
OCTOBER 21 – 25
MONDAY – Letter recognition skills will be our focus today. Using a marshmallow, the boys and girls will paint a monster. Can your child remember what letter monster and marshmallow begin with? We will also spend time segmenting a sentence into words with the help of a monster.
TUESDAY – The book There’s A Nightmare In My Closet will be our guide today. Your child will illustrate their “nightmare” on paper.
WEDNESDAY – Go Away Big Green Monster is a favorite children’s book we read this time of year. After reading the book the children will begin work on a green monster to share at home with you.
THURSDAY – Beginning letter sounds will be practiced today with the help of a spider. Spiders are also on the snack menu. 😉
FRIDAY – We will round out the week in the kitchen making Monster Pizzas. Time will also be spent finishing the green monster project that was started on Wednesday.
Mrs. Norman