Friday, February 19, 2010

Unit 4 "World of Color"

Dear Preschool Families,
When the students return from February vacation we will being unit 4 the "World of Color." Students will be exposed to the following books:
Max's Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven
dear juno by Soyung Pak
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
See How They Grow: Chick by Jane Burton
Chicken's Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen

The following activities are home carry over ideas that go along with unit 4, spend some time to notice and observe colors. Please keep in mind that all of these activities do not need to be completed within a certain time frame. They are fun activities to do for the month as we explore the "World of Color"
Read a book. Talk about your child's favorite part of the story
Tell each other what you dreamed about last night. Talk about feelings that dreams bring up.
Listen to music. March, bounce, sway, stomp and clap. Name each action.
As you drive talk about uphill, downhill, under, over near and beside.
At the store, talk about the different departments and what is sold in them. Let your child predict where to find things. (a grocery store is perfect for this)
Let your child tear up lettuce for a salad and name the colors of all the ingredients.
Cut many small circles, rectangles and triangles from colorful magazine pages. Use the shapes and a glue stick to make a collage.
Turn the tables and let your child "read" a familiar book to your. Talk about it and help if asked, but don't contradict your child's version.
Draw a simple map to show where you live and where school is. Talk about how to get from on place to the other.
Let your child help open the mail. Talk about what each piece is and show a few words as you read them.
Talk about clothes family member are wearing. find different colors and patterns, like stripes or dots.
Make up easy rhyming riddles for your child to guess: "I'm little and I can crawl or fly. I'm not a rug a hug or a mug. I'm a _______(bug)!"
At the grocery store give color clues for items you plan to buy. Your child can find the rice in the red box or the fruit that's long and yellow.
Pretend to be birds and fly around. Ask your child what he or she can see in the neighborhood from up in the air.

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