We had a much anticipated visit from Firefighter Ryan and the OB Fire Station on Thursday! The kids were ecstatic. "It was my favorite day in all my world!!!", said one.
The first order of business was a safety demonstration held in the classroom focusing on the concept of stop, drop and roll. Also, Ryan discussed the importance of recognizing a firefighter coming to the rescue in full gear and not being frightened (in the height of distress while in a smoke-filled room, children are often scared of a fully masked and geared rescuer).
As the children were in the classroom, local truck no. 15 backed up onto the blacktop and the OB fire crew surprised the students (and teachers) with a full, hands-on demonstration!
A huge thank-you to the heroes that came to our school on Thursday!!!
We did get some of our normal work done this week, too. We made G-Gorillas in my class...
...and our g-glitter.
We fished some letter G items out of a surprise box, and then were super excited by what we pulled out!
Miss Gabriella's class painted their letter G's with the color green that they mixed on their own.
Meanwhile, Ms. Rebecca's students learned that F is for Fireman!
Every student in the preschool made a turkey, too.
We thought about what we wanted to be when we grow up...
...and we thought about the things we are thankful for (making hand-print turkeys to help celebrate them).
This week was actually very rainy and we spent a lot of time indoors. No matter, we also learned that the parachute fits inside the classroom!
We welcomed a new student and celebrated his 3rd birthday!
We also bid farewell to Samantha and her beautiful family as they move across the country. They will be sorely missed, but we're so blessed to know them and so grateful for the time we were able to spend with them.
Happy Veteran's Day! This week we talked a lot about our community and community helpers. As Veteran's Day approached, we focused a lot on those who protect our country. We also made American flag thank-you cards that will be delivered Monday to some very deserving veterans living at Grossmont Gardens Senior Community.
I have a collection of picture books to read this month about various careers grown-ups can have. One of our favorites we shared together this week was the book, Ms. Murphy Fights Fires.
We always look forward to P.E. day with Coach Scott Lee! On Tueday he brought a brand-new parachute that was highly enjoyed by all...
especially the teachers who remember being 5 and running through a
parachute, too. A big, big thank-you to our wonderful P.E. teacher.
Update: And, a big, big congratulations for health he and his wife's healthy baby girl born early Saturday morning!
This week we enjoyed the sunny, warm weather and rode our cars...
...and painted in the sunshine.
Funny story. We also made a new batch of playdough... which was subsequently rubbed onto one of my student's head. Not just gently applied, but really smashed deep into his hair. Sacred Heart Academy Preschool now offers salon services at no extra charge.
This week we studied the letter, "F". Discriminating the different sounds letters make can be a difficult task and it takes a lot of practice and exposure. Luckily, Frankenstein helped us out this week.
We also practiced writing the letter. We used sand trays, whiteboards with markers, and eventually paper and pencil.
f is for feathers!
For the lower-case f, we made our f-feathers. I adored watching each child carefully decide which feather went where. It was absolutely a process.
And, of course, it was Halloween! Ms. Rebecca dressed up as her classroom's favorite character, Pete the Cat (with her groovy buttons) while Miss Gabriella dressed as The Cat in the Hat.
Who had more fun? The children... or the teachers?
On Thursday, the children got to come to school dressed in their costumes. We had a special cookie decorating party - because, obviously, there's not enough sugar consumed on this holiday - and largely spent the day running and laughing. This includes the teachers, too.