October was a big month for the AM & PM pre-school speech class. We finished our word wall and are now talking about how each letter makes a sound. We focused on the letters M and N. We made books for each letter with pictures of things beginning with those sounds. In circle, we read books that have these sounds, such as The Napping House, Mouse Paint and the Laura Numeroff books, If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Take a Mouse to School. We practiced identifying literacy terms, such as: the front, back and spine of the book, page, words, pictures, title page, author and illustrator. We practiced retelling the stories, using puppets and props. We are working on sequencing and predicting skills, as well as listening and developing our vocabulary. During language center and large group, we practiced identifying and using school utensils. We followed directions with colors and took turns telling our peers what color to make our /n/ and /m/ pictures. We also practiced reporting on our actions and our peers actions using appropriate pronouns and verbs (I am coloring, she is cutting, he is gluing). Our social skills was turn taking. We played games related to our sound, “Ned’s Head,” “Monkeying Around,” and “Five Little Monkeys”. We practiced saying, “my Turn,” “his turn” or “her turn.” During free play, we got to participate in three new centers: listening center, felt story boards, ‘teacher center’ and craft center. In speech, we identified the parts of our face we use to make our target sounds. Using a mirror, we practiced correct placement of our lips and tongue and practiced our own target sounds in word initial position. We are also practicing making rhymes with October themes, such as singing “Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate.” Now that we’ve learned the school rules, we are rotating in our centers and independently choosing what activity to do during ‘play center’ .