April 16-20, 2018

Hello families!

     

Next week is a short week with only three days of school for our Preschoolers. In our small groups next week, we will be reviewing 2-D shapes with straws, using magnifying glasses to observe outdoor insect life, creating our own classroom version of “It Looked Like Spilt Milk,” using our knowledge of beginning sounds to sort, and jumping, stomping or clapping syllables in names. Our read aloud books are “Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!” and “Insect Quest: Hide and Seek.” Our letter of the week is S, s and we continue with our investigative question of: “What insects are in our community?

 

Next week we will be reviewing how to deal with touches that are unsafe.

The safety steps are:

  1. Say “Stop! I don’t like that!” in a strong, respectful voice.
  2. Get away from that person.
  3. Tell an adult what happened.

   Looking Ahead

April 26: Visitor from Nebraska Color Gardens

May 3: Kindergarten Orientation, 6-7 pm

May 11: Visit from UNL Entomology Department

May 18: Visit from Nebraska Game and Parks

May 24: Last Day of School!

  

Mark your calendars! May 24 is our last day of school and you are invited to come and view a slideshow of pictures from the year and eat lunch with your child at 11:10 am! Keep your eyes peeled for a formal invitation coming your way in the coming weeks.

         

A friendly reminder there is no school on Tuesday, April 24 (PLC) or Friday, April 27 (Teacher Work Day).

Have a great weekend!

Allison

 

April 9-13, 2018

Hello families!

     Next week is the Week of the Young Child! All week, we will be celebrating early childhood learning along daily themes. In our small groups next week, we will be working together to plan and build unique structures in the Block Area, following a recipe to make delicious “veggie roll ups,” creating a class mural with a variety of art materials, observing outdoor life with magnifying glasses, and creating a class version of “It Looked Like Spilt Milk.” Our read aloud books are Swimmy, Llama, Llama, Time to Share, What Id Everybody Did That? and Should I Share My Icecream? Our letter of the week is R, r.

         

Next week we will be reviewing the skill of getting and giving safe touches. The steps to giving a safe touch are:

  1. Tap the friend on the shoulder.
  2. Ask if you can give the safe touch.
  3. If the answer is yes, gently give safe touch.
  4. Accept a friend’s answer of “no” with an “ok.”

Students also learn they can give alternative safe touches if they do not want to be touched. For example: a quiet wave, a high-five or a handshake would be appropriate suggestions for a friend who does not want a hug.

             

Knight of Sports is Wednesday, April 18! This is a FREE dinner and activity event for Early Childhood students and their families at Lincoln Southeast High School.

            

Have a great weekend!

Allison

 

April 3-6, 2018

Hello families!

       

In our small groups next week, we will be using tallying to count on a bug hunt, re-telling a familiar story using pictures from the book, practicing 1-1 correspondence with a “dinnertime” activity, digging up 2-D and 3-D shape buried treasure, and finding the missing link in repeating patterns. Our read aloud books are Creepy Crawly Calypso, Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!, and What do you know about insects? Our letter of the week is P, p and our investigative question is: “What insects are in our community?

 

Next week our Second Steps lesson is on “Speaking Up Assertively.” The last couple of weeks in preschool, we have been learning about ways to solve problems. Coping with others behavior that might be disruptive, mean or unsafe can be difficult for young children because it often prompts strong emotional reactions. Speaking up in a strong, yet respectful voice can let others know when to stop hurtful or unsafe behaviors.

          

You are invited to the 5th annual Knight of Sports! This is a FREE dinner and activity event for Early Childhood students and their families at Lincoln Southeast High School on April 18th. For more information on this upcoming event, please see attached or the paper copy that was sent home in your child’s Friday Folder. You may register by returning the paper form to your teacher, emailing pfergus@lps.org, or at the following link: https://bhsproductions.typeform.com/to/yMJytI. Please register by by Friday, April 13th.

      

Many of you have Home Visits scheduled with me next week. Please let me know if you have questions about our meeting date or time.

  

Have a great weekend!

Allison

 

 

March 26-30, 2018

Hello families!

           

In our small groups next week, we will be using our cognitive reasoning in an insect memory game, practicing rhyming by matching real items in our classroom, and creating patterns with body movements. Our read aloud books are Bugs for Lunch, Under the Lemon Moon, and Animal Camouflage in the Forest. Our letter of the week is U, u and our investigative question is: “Where do insects live? How do they live?

This week our Second Steps lesson was on “Saying the Problem.” Next week our Second Steps lesson is “Thinking of Solutions.” Thinking about a variety of ways to solve problems will help children become independent as they navigate a variety of situations in school, home and within friendships.

     

Problem Solving Steps:

  1. Take deep breaths to calm down.
  2. Say the problem.
  3. Think of solutions to the problem.

       

Looking for activities for your child this Spring and Summer? Visit http://lincolnkidsinc.com/ for a complete listing of camps, activities, support groups and child care options in Lincoln!

Reading matters- even 15 minutes a day can make a significant impact on your childs’ learning and development! To find out more information on how to support your childs’ growth and development through literacy with free resources, a list of local family events, book lists and ideas, visit https://readaloudlincoln.org/.

      

Looking ahead:

April 2: No School

April 4, 9-16: Home Visits

April 27: No School (Teacher Plan Day)

May 3: Kloefkorn Kindergarten Orientation, 6-7 pm

Week of the Young Child is April 16-20! To celebrate early childhood learning we will be following a daily theme.

  • Monday- Music Monday
  • Tuesday-Tasty Tuesday
  • Wednesday- Work Together Wednesday
  • Thursday- Artsy Thursday
  • Friday- Family Friday

Have a great weekend!

Allison