April 24-27, 2017

Hello families!

Next week we will be practicing how to read left to right and use our knowledge of positional words to complete a bug easy reader, painting pasta for future use in 3-D sculpture building, and learning about what helps a plant to grow by observing seeds in our very own mini-greenhouse.  We will be reviewing letters A-M.

As we approach the end of the year, our focus shifts on transitions for next school year. Some of our friends will be moving on to Kindergarten, some of our friends will begin Preschool at a different school next year, and some will return to KLO. Our social skill for the week focuses on what learning in Kindergarten might look like. We will also be visiting Kindergarten on Friday, May 5th to meet the K teachers and participate in some fun Kindergarten learning activities!

Looking ahead:

  • May 4- Kindergarten Orientation from 6-7:30 pm
  • May 13- Kloefkorn Kilometer & Bike Rodeo (Rain Date 5/20) from 9- 11 am
  • May 23-Kloefkorncopia Parade at 1:45 pm
  • May 24-Field Day, Last Day Picnic at 11:15 am

Have a great weekend!

Allison

April 17-21, 2017

Hello families!

Next week is a short week with school on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only.

There is no school on Tuesday (April 25) due to PLC, and no school on Friday (April 28) due to teacher plan day.

Kloefkorn Preschool is celebrating the young child next week!

The “Week of the Young Child” is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The purpose of this week of celebration is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

April 24: Music Monday

April 25: Tasty Tuesday

April 26: Work Together Wednesday

April 27: Artsy Thursday

April 28: Sharing Family Stories Friday

We’re so excited for a week-long celebration of our youngest learners! You can find out more information on this celebration at http://www.naeyc.org/woyc.

In our small groups we will be making musical instruments, exploring paint with roller sponges, and tasting all parts of a plant. We will also be visiting Mrs. Moats, the school aged music teacher, for some musical fun! We now have learned all of alphabet letters! Next week we will be reviewing uncommon 2-D shapes. A new friend Aden begins Monday!

It’s not too late! If you have not submitted a recipe yet, please do so! My goal is to get one recipe from each family, and I haven’t heard from all of you yet. I have extended the deadline to May 5. We would love to have your family contribute to our class cookbook!

Have a great weekend!

Allison

April 10-13, 2017

Hello families!

Next week is a short week with no school on Monday, April 17. In small groups we will be practicing counting as we connect numbers to objects, following directions as we move our bodies creatively to spring themes, and creating beautiful art with tissue paper and water. Our letter of the week is S, s.

We will be reviewing the safety steps we learned earlier in the year about keeping our bodies safe. We will practice using respectful, yet strong words to tell people to stop when they are doing something we don’t like. We will also be discussing using kind words and actions when interacting with others in the classroom.

A friendly reminder that we are creating a class recipe book for the upcoming “Week of the Young Child” celebration. Please submit your favorite family recipe via email to amattern@lps.org, or as a paper copy in your child’s backpack on or before April 17.

Have you ever tried to take a picture of 17 preschoolers? It’s not an easy task!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Allison

April 3-7, 2017

Hello families!

Next week we will be creating flowers using a collage technique, studying the placement and function of our bones, practicing how to read left to right, and reviewing positional words. Our letter of the week is R, r.

 

 

Our social skill for the week is “Speaking Up Assertively.” In Preschool, children are learning how to set appropriate boundaries with others. If someone treats them in a way that is unsafe or disrespectful, children will learn how to speak up in a strong, yet respectful way to fix a problem.

A friendly reminder that there is no school on Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17. We will return to typical preschool sessions on Tuesday April 18.

Have a great weekend!

Allison

March 27-31, 2017

Hello families!

The month of April we will be beginning an author study on Eric Carle. We will be reading a variety of books that he has written and illustrated. In addition, we will be creating art as Eric Carle does- with collage! Next week we will be exploring combining colors with our fingers and with sponges, and learning about the function and placement of intestines. Our letter of the week is P, p.

Friday is our PAJAMA DAY! We will be celebrating learning about our five senses by making popcorn and watching an animated version of “Very Hungry Caterpillar.” When helping your child plan for Pajama Day, please consider the following:

  • Wear regular closed toe-play shoes (no slippers, please).
  • Choose jammies that are comfortable, yet still appropriate for the weather.
  • The stuffed animal must fit easily inside a backpack.

Our social lesson for next week is “Thinking of Solutions to Problems.” Young children need the support of an adult to learn how to solve problems with others. Helping children come up with several solutions to a problem will help children have fewer conflicts with others, and help children understand how to solve problems in productive, non-violent ways.

Have a great weekend!

Allison

March 20-24, 2017

Hello and welcome back!

Next week we will be mixing primary colors to create new secondary colors, using our sense of sight to observe and identify  the environmental changes of Spring, and learning about the placement and the function of the lung. Our letter of the week is U, u.

For our social skill study next week, we will be reviewing common area expectations and routines. A week off for Spring Break, the time change, and anticipation of warmer weather can be difficult for our youngest of learners (and adults, too!). If you feel things have been a little too crazy around your house, this weekend would be a great time to try to get back into a family routine. Routines help children feel safe and ready to take on new challenges and developmental tasks. Consistency in structure of the day will also teach kids how to control themselves and their environments in appropriate ways.

New friend Zane begins next Wednesday!

A friendly reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, March 28 due to PLC.

Have a great weekend!

Allison

March 6-10, 2017

Hello families,

A friendly reminder that there is NO SCHOOL next week (March 13-17) due to Spring Break. School will resume to normal sessions on Monday, March 20th, 2017.

When we return, will be studying the placement and function of the heart, using a straw to blow paint to create a unique rain portrait, and using our sense of taste to rate and distinguish foods that are salty, sweet, bitter, and sour. Our letter of the week is J, j.

Our social skill for next week is on “Saying the Problem.” This skill will help children learn how to first identify the problem so they can begin to talk through a solution. We will also practice how to calm our bodies down by taking deep breaths so problems can be solved in appropriate and helpful ways, instead of negative and hurtful ways.

Have a nice weekend,

Allison

Feb. 27- March 3, 2017

Hello families!

The month of March is dedicated to studying our amazing body! We will be learning about important organs, their function and placement, how to keep our body healthy and clean, and people in our community who help to keep our bodies healthy and clean. Next week we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss! Please refer to the handout that was sent home or this weeks email for a list of activities. Next week in small groups we will be practicing creating patterns, studying the brain, it’s function and placement in our body, sorting, counting and coloring apples on top!

For our social skill study for the week, we will be reviewing the LEAP skills of getting attention, asking and giving.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • March 6: Bus Evacuation Drill. This is required for all preschool students. Please allow 10 minutes from typical dismissal time.
  • March 8 & 9: Kindergarten Registration for all eligible students from 8 am to 6 pm in the commons at Kloefkorn.
  • March 13-17: NO SCHOOL due to Spring Break.
  • March 28: NO SCHOOL due to PLC.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Allison

Feb. 20-24, 2017

Hello families!

The month of March we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss! March 6-10, 2017 will be a special week with special activities to celebrate. An outline of the weeks activities was sent home in your child’s Friday Folder. Next week we will be creating some unique socks for a fox, using our sense of touch to play a matching game, and practicing our literacy skills with a rhyming easy reader. On Friday, the Cat in the Hat will be visiting us! Our letter of the week is B, b.

Our social skill for the week is “Joining in with Play.” Children will review how to get another peers attention (tap on the shoulder, look at the person, say the person’s name) and request to play using their words or with sign. We will also discuss how to make observations of other children’s play to add to what they are already doing with a play suggestion.

Looking Ahead

Feb. 28: NO SCHOOL due to PLC.

March 8 & 9: Registration for all students who will be going to Kindergarten at Kloefkorn next year from 8 am – 6 pm in the commons area at KLO. If you have questions, please contact Rene or Christine in the front office at 436-1148.

 March 13-17: NO SCHOOL due to Spring Break.

Have a great weekend,

Allison