THE RED ROOM REPORTER
OCTOBER 15 – 19 AND OCTOBER 22 – 26
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 focus on getting ready for the upcoming parties and more Halloween fun.
The next Share Day is Friday, October 19. 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. Children that attend full day may bring two share items, one for the morning class and one for the afternoon class.
Halloween parties and parades are slated for Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31. Key things to make note of: Halloween parties are taking place both days in the morning and afternoon classes, all pieces of your child’s costume need to be labeled with your child’s name. We will be having a costume parade for families and friends each day. Tuesday’s parade will be at 3:00 and there will be two parades on Wednesday, one at 11:00 AM and another at 3:00. Please note that you do not need to attend all the parades. 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 Thursday, November 15 (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) If you would like to schedule a conference time, please call Kinderfarm at (319) 351-3438 any time between October 29 and November 9 (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 back pack. 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.
For liability reasons families are not permitted to play on the playground or visit/feed any of the animals before 8:45 AM and after 3:30. All time spent on the playground and with the animals must be done with the supervision of a Kinderfarm staff member.
MONDAY – Our morning will be spent playing with orange playdough. Playdough is not only fun to play with but it also great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands and encourages prewriting, cutting, and other fine motor skills
This afternoon, Casey from the Iowa City Public Library will be our guest. Casey will be sharing Halloween and fall stories and fingerplays with us.
TUESDAY – 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?
WEDNESDAY – The Red Roomers will be going batty this morning as they create a bat using three black circles. Look for these to be displayed on our classroom wall for you to enjoy as you listen and watch us share our Halloween songs.
In the afternoon, the Red Roomers will be catching spiders to use for our snack. Be sure to ask your child if we caught enough spiders to make snack.
THURSDAY – Ms. Casey from the Iowa City Public Library will be our guest this morning. Casey will be sharing Halloween and fall stories and fingerplays with us. We will also be making cheese quesadillas that we will enjoy for lunch.
One of my favorite children’s books is Where the Wild Things Are. After sharing this fun book with the children, they will have the opportunity to create a “wild thing” of their own. Let the wild rumpus begin!
FRIDAY – TODAY IS SHARE DAY! Any time remaining will be spent at the water table that will be filled with orange water…. of course! 😊
OCTOBER 22 – 26
MONDAY – Go Away Big Green Monster is a favorite children’s book we read this time of year. After reading the book (more than once I am sure) the children will begin work on a green monster to share at home with you.
TUESDAY – The children will be working on their shape recognition skills this morning as they create a midnight cat. Ask your child what shapes they used to make a most purrrfect cat.
This afternoon we will have a special guest. Scarlett’s dad is an Iowa City fireman. He will be bringing a fire truck to Kinderfarm along with all his equipment to talk about fire safety. How cool is that??!! Be sure to ask your child to tell you about his visit and look for pictures on Facebook.
WEDNESDAY – The Red Roomers will finish up the green monster project they started on Monday. Extra time will be spent playing a Halloween Hide and Seek game.
THURSDAY – Has your child been asking almost daily when it will be Halloween? Our project today will help your child “see” when it will be time to trick or treat.
FRIDAY – We will put on our chefs hats to make Goblin Mix. It’s a concoction of werewolf claws, vampire teeth, and witches’ warts. Yummy! Ask your child to tell you about it! Work on a Halloween coloring page is also on today’s agenda.
HAVE A TERRIFIC TWO WEEKS!
THE RED ROOM REPORTER
OCTOBER 1 – 5 AND 8 – 12
Discussion this week will focus on pumpkins. We will spend the week of October 8 discussing fire prevention. Since the anniversary of the great Chicago fire is October 8 it only seemed fitting to learn more about fire safety.
Book orders will be sent home October 1 and 2. Orders are due by Wednesday, October 10.
The next newsletter will focus on Halloween. The children have already been telling me all about their Halloween costumes. We will begin decorating our room and learning songs and finger plays that we will share with all of you later in the month. That newsletter will have more information about the upcoming Halloween parties and costume parades.
Share Days are slated for October 11 and 19. 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. Children that attend full day may bring two share items, one for the morning class and one for the afternoon class.
It tends to be about ten degrees colder at Kinderfarm and there is always a stiff breeze. Please make sure your child is dressed in layers, so they are comfortable both indoors and out. Do not forget a hat and gloves or mittens. As always, be sure to label all your child’s clothing with his/her name. The lost and found is already growing.At Kinderfarm we encourage independence skills. We are working very hard on putting on coats. It would be helpful if this skill was also being practiced at home. I use the “flip” method to put on coats. Have your child lay his/her coat on the floor with the hood or tag at their toes. They bend over and put their arms in the sleeves and then flip the coat up and over their heads. Then I start the zipper and have them finish zipping. In advance, thank you so much for helping.
MONDAY – The Red Room class is responsible for decorating the bulletin board in the coatroom. The October bulletin board is going to be a good one! The caption will read “Trick or Treat, Smell Our Feet” so you can probably guess the rest. Paint between your little ones toes will probably help you figure it out as well.
TUESDAY – The boys and girls will be making their own books today. The book will be called From Seed to Pumpkin. There will be paint involved so you will have to wait until Thursday for your little one to “read” their book to you.
WEDNESDAY – What does the inside of a pumpkin look like? We will find out as we cut one open and take a look. The children will be illustrating their findings on a pumpkin cutout. They will also be bringing home a few seeds to plant in your garden or yard next spring.
THURSDAY – The Red Roomers will be working in the kitchen making pumpkin muffins for our afternoon snack. The children will also have the chance to squish, roll, and cut pumpkin play dough.
FRIDAY – The Red Roomers will be cutting out a paper pumpkin today. Hand-eye coordination will be practiced as they marble paint the cutout.
OCTOBER 8 – 12
MONDAY – We will kick off fire prevention week by discussing how important an escape plan is. We will practice what we would do if there was a fire at Kinderfarm. Does your family have an escape plan? A fun art project will round out our time together.
TUESDAY – The children will be painting with red and yellow that will resemble flames. Next, they will press a fire truck cutout onto the wet paint. The fire truck is rushing to put out the flames!
WEDNESDAY – Counting skills will be put to the test today as the children count Dalmatian spots. They will also make a Fiery Necklace out of red, yellow, and orange pasta. We will round out our time together by taking turns hopping thru the rungs of a ladder.
THURSDAY – No, you are not seeing spots! That is just the dots on your Kinderfarmer’s Dalmatian headband!
FRIDAY – Rectangles, circles, and squares will be used to create a fire truck. What a fun way to practice shape recognition skills!
HAVE A SUPER TWO WEEKS EVERYONE!