Last month the Carrie Gosch Early Learning Center hosted a Fall Festival, our classes visited Lincoln Park Zoo and we started our after school activities. Wiz Kids Club and Ballet classes are held after school and both classes started on October 29, 2019. We will have a dance performance in December and I'm looking forward to seeing the upcoming performance.
The unit of study for this month is Community Jobs and Fall. We kicked off the unit with visits from the community helpers in East Chicago. On, Thursday, November 7, 2019, the East Chicago Fire Department, East Chicago Police Department and Superior Ambulance, all sent community helpers and their specialized vehicles to visit our students. The students were able to ask questions and explore the vehicles at our Touch a Truck event.
For academics, we will work on building numeracy to 6 in the classrooms. Teachers are asking the students to identify/name the number, recognize the number on a ten frame, count six objects and show finger patterns to six or different ways to make 6 using our fingers. Students will continue to work on developing reading comprehension skills by answering questions and re-telling stories. The featured story this month is The Three Little Pigs. Compound words will be introduced and students will write and respond to questions by drawing and labeling their pictures. At the end of the month teachers will share your child's progress toward these learning goals by sending home our 3 week rubric. Please review the rubric and feel free to ask your child's teacher for suggestions on how to build skills at home.
Family engagement activities are important to us. We host an opportunity for families to come interact with teachers, have some fun and see what the children are learning. This month we will host several other events. Punch and Paint will be hosted on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 2:30 until 4:00. Invitations were sent home and unfortunately this event has been 'sold out'. Since we have such an interest in this activity, I am making arrangements to host another Punch and Paint in March. The teaching staff sent home notes asking families to help hide Thanksgiving Turkeys by creating a disguise. The disguised turkeys are due back at school on Monday, November 18, 2019. Please help us save the turkeys by sending in your project. The students will cook 'Stone Soup' at Gosch on Friday, November 22, 2019. More information about the 'Stone Soup' meal will be sent home soon.
The Children's Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) will be given during the first few days in December. Please practice mousing skills at home if your child still needs work with maneuvering a mouse on the computer.
We look forward to seeing you this month at the Carrie Gosch Early Learning Center and we wish you well!