Mrs. Horning

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Graduated from West Virginia University
Teaching experience: 15 years
Years at Calvary: 13
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Classroom Assistant: Kate-E Frazier


Mrs. Horning’s October 2019 Newsletter


We are off to a wonderful start of the school year and I couldn’t be more pleased with your children.  In September we focused on establishing classroom rules and learning the different routines of our day.  We are glad to see that the children are comfortable in our classroom, making friends, and excited about learning.  October promises to be a busy month as well.  We hope the children will enjoy our new centers in the classroom.

Our themes for this month are My Family and My Community and we will be working on the letters D, E, H, I and M along with listening for rhyming words.  In Math, we will continue to work on position words, counting objects, comparing sets of objects (more/fewer), patterns along with one to one correspondence.

In Music this month, we will learn about rhythm, rhyme and movement.  In Media, we will read books and sing songs about fire safety and pumpkins.  We will learn how to introduce ourselves and some simple phrases in Spanish.  We will also read some pumpkin books and a Halloween pumpkin poem.

On Friday, October 18th, we will go on a Fall Nature Walk to Baker Park as part of our neighborhood theme. Please check the wall next to our bulletin board for the permission slips.

We will have a visit from the Fire Department this month and we will visit Summer’s Farm Pumpkin Patch on Monday, October 21st. Calvary children are covered for the entrance fee but parents pay $6.95 at the gate. Please plan to arrive by 9:10 in order to allow time to purchase your tickets. Children under two are free.

As part of our Community Helper Unit, we will have Career Day on Thursday, October 31st.  On this day your child will be asked to dress up as a community helper.  It would be helpful to start talking about the different jobs you have in order for child to gain a better understanding of how you help the community. Please refrain from bringing in any toy weapons to school and remember princesses are beautiful but don’t play an important role in our community J.   Also, if any parents or relatives have a job or role as a community helper and would like to be a guest speaker, please let us know.

We will tie Career Day in with our Halloween Celebration on the same day.  I will put a list in the hall of things we will need for the celebration along with a sign up for volunteers to help out that day.  Just a reminder…the celebration is for the kids and a couple parent volunteers.  It becomes too crowded with siblings and all of the parents.  I have found this takes away from the boys and girls enjoying themselves.  Thanks in advance for your donations.




~ NO SCHOOL– September 30 and November 4.

~ Fall Nature Walk to Baker Park- October 18.

~ Fire Department will be visiting Calvary.  Date to be announced.

~ Summer’s Farm– October 21.

~ Career Day/Halloween Celebration– October 31


Throughout the month we will be exploring different rhyming words.  Here are some tips to help your child.



Learning About Sounds: Rhyming and Singing

Have fun and make up your own silly words together! Play “The Name Game.”  For example, if your child’s name is Nate, sing with your child, “Nate, Nate bo bate, banana fana fo fate, fee fi fo mate, Nate!  Try other names.


Read books that rhyme and play with the sounds in words.  Dr. Seuss books are a great choice!  Poetry and Nursery Rhymes are also fun for your preschooler.  Look for these books at your public library!


Help your child think of words with the same beginning sound.  Say, “Let’s see how many words we can think of that start with the “p” sound.  This is a great activity to do with your child in the car on the way to and from school.


We are looking forward to a wonderful month.  Thanks so much for your continued support and for letting us be a part of your children’s lives.



Katie Horning and Kate-E Frazier