THE RED ROOM REPORTER
OCTOBER 16 – 20 AND OCTOBER 23 – 27 AND OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 3
The countdown to Halloween has begun! The children have begun working on the songs they will be sharing with you on October 30 and 31. Class time over the next several days will focus on getting ready for the upcoming parties and more Halloween fun. November will be here before we know it! J
The next Share Day is Friday, October 20. 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 Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, 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 at 11:00 and 3:00. Please plan to arrive approximately ten minutes before the parade in order to park and get in place to watch the children as they parade on the playground.
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM AND 4:00 – 7:00 PM) If you would like to schedule a conference time, please call Kinderfarm at (319) 351-3438 any time between October 30 and November 10 (by 3:00 PM). We do not schedule conferences via email. Conferences generally take about twenty minutes. If at all possible it is best to 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 – Letter recognition skills will be our focus this morning. Using a marshmallow the boys and girls will paint a monster. Can your child remember what letter monster and marshmallow begin with?
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 – Hand-eye coordination skills will be put to the test this morning as the boys and girls marble paint a pumpkin cut-out. A Halloween matching game will round out our time together.
WEDNESDAY – Today 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.
THURSDAY – 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! Hopefully we will also be able to get a ride on Dallas with any time remaining.
OCTOBER 23 – 27
MONDAY – We will head to the kitchen 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 will end our time together.
TUESDAY – 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. J
WEDNESDAY – 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 sureJ) the children will begin work on a green monster to share at home with you.
THURSDAY – This morning, Casey from the Iowa City Public Library will be our guest. Casey will be sharing Halloween and Fall stories and fingerplays with us.
The children and I will head out to the garden this afternoon to dig up the potatoes. Be sure to ask your child how many we found – I am guessing we will find more than we can count.
FRIDAY – The Red Roomers will finish up the green monster project they started on Wednesday. A walk around the pond will round out our time together.
OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 3
MONDAY AND TUESDAY – HALLOWEEN PARTIES AND PARADES
WEDNESDAY – The corn field behind Kinderfarm has been harvested. The Red Roomers will begin our time together with a walk in the field in hopes of finding corn still on the cob. Fine motor skills and muscle strength will be tested as the children shell the corn they “harvested
THURSDAY – The beginning of a new month means The Red Roomers need to decorate the coatroom bulletin board. Be sure to ask your child about the turkey they made to put on the board and what their turkey suggested as an alternative for the Thanksgiving meal.
FRIDAY – Native Americans lived in teepees because they needed to be able to breakdown camp quickly to follow the buffalo herds. The Red Roomers will be making teepees this morning out of something unique. Be sure to ask your child what we used. Hint: You use them to make burritos and quesadillas.
HAVE A SUPER THREE WEEKS EVERYONE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!