Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7th, 2014

G is for Gorilla!

This week we were introduced to the letter Gg

We also started a new unit learning about community helpers.  We'll first focus on emergency workers and then broaden our lesson to people in our neighborhood by next week. 

I've invited several visitors to the classroom over the next two weeks (and, if you feel like you might want to come in and talk about your job, I would be thrilled to have you).  Our first guest this week was Dr. Bui as she discussed her job as a family practitioner.  

Afterwards, we had fun with everything medical.

We still found time to learn our Gg's, though...

...and make G-Gorillas.

The next visitor in the classroom was a virtual guest.  Officer Ozeroff (my dad, a former D.A.R.E. officer) joined the classroom by Skype.  We talked a lot about safety, how police officers help, and parents getting tickets (the latter was brought up quite a bit by the children).

We also learned about fingerprints!

An extremely important lesson we covered all week long was how to call, and when to use, 911.  We practiced using several types of phones, getting used to locating and navigating the keypads. I also stressed the concept that, if the phone has a green button (sometimes it's labeled, "send", sometimes it just has an image of a phone receiver) it must be pushed after dialing 911.

Please take the time to show your child how to dial on your home/cell phone.  Every phone is different.

To ensure we don't misuse 911, we learned a special song this week:

(To the tune of Three Blind Mice)

9-1-1, 9-1-1
It's not for fun, it's not for fun
It's for an emergency
To get help for you or for me
Let's discuss it so we agree
9-1-1, 9-1-1

I love being a preschool teacher!

We found time for our golden, glitter-g's, too.

On Wednesday, we got to visit with Firefighter Ryan and local engine no. 15 for the  3rd year in a row.
This never gets old.

For the rest of the week, we learned our lessons firefighter style.

Whether we're working hard...

...or taking a "peace & quiet" break, we love preschool!

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