May 15-19, 2017

Hello families!

This will be your last update on the website for the year- can you believe it!? It’s been so fun to see your child learn, grow and experience new things in their time here. Thank you so much for partnering with us in your child’s first formal education experience. It’s been a pleasure to get to know your family and your child. I’m really looking forward to welcoming back those who will be returning to preschool next year at Kloefkorn. It is always bitter sweet to see those who are moving on to Kindergarten or another school next year (or both), but I know each is well prepared for the next step in their journey.

Next week we will be painting with our feet and exploring with liquid chalk paint for our small groups. We will continue to practice eating in the cafeteria and also spend some time out on the big playground. Tuesday we will enjoy grilled hamburgers outside for our lunch!

Wednesday is our last day of school. A couple reminders as we get ready to end our year-

  • Field Day is from 9:15-11:15 am. Please send your child to school wearing comfortable play clothes and shoes they can easily be active in. We will be outside, so please plan to apply sunscreen on your child before they come to school that day.
  • Families may begin arriving at 11:15 am for our slideshow and sack lunch. Please check into the office, then meet in our classroom (Room 101). We will be watching a short slideshow of pictures from the year, then families will sit outside with their child and enjoy a sack lunch. Your child may be dismissed with you as soon as you are done eating. Please be sure to check in with me before you leave so I know what the plan is for each student.

Thanks again for an awesome year, and have a great summer!

Allison

May 8-12, 2017

Hello families!

Next week is our last full week before the end of school! We will be practicing how to eat in the cafeteria during our lunch time, learning about and observing earth worms, painting with yarn, and observing our environment to locate many different types of bugs! We will be reviewing how to write numbers, rhyming words, and 3-D shapes.

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

Looking for ways to boost your child’s brain and continue to engage in social events with their peers this summer? The Lincoln City Library has everything you’re looking for! Check out their days and times for stories at http://lincolnlibraries.org/kids/storytimes/.

Field Day is about one week away! We would love to have you volunteer for this event before you come for our final day picnic at 11:15 am. See more about volunteer opportunities at http://wp.lps.org/kloefkorn/blog/2017/04/27/field-day/.

Have a great weekend!

Allison

May 1-5, 2017

Hello families!

Can you believe we are looking at just a few weeks left before summer break?! I can’t! I have watched your child grow and learn over their time with us, and it has been truly amazing to see how much progress each has made. Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to be your child’s preschool teacher, and thank you for partnering with me throughout the year as we worked toward goals.

Next week we will be learning about the life cycle of the butterfly and using our creativity and fine motor skills to create a unique 3-D sculpture. We will also be reviewing letters N-Z. All month long we are studying bugs! Ask your child what they learned about ladybugs this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We continue to focus our social skill study on Kindergarten and what it might look like for those will be transitioning on from Preschool. Next week, we will be discussing how to make new friends in Kindergarten. Reviewing friendship skills will help children successfully navigate a new social learning environment. Children who have learned appropriate friendship skills can help other children learn these skills, as well.

Important upcoming events:

  • May 13– Kloefkorn Kilometer & Bike Rodeo (Rain Date 5/20) from 9- 11 am.
  • May 23-Kloefkorncopia Parade at 1:45 pm.

  Our last day of school is May 24, and we have a full day of fun planned! Kloefkorn Field Day will occur in the morning, then we will have our Last Day Picnic beginning at 11:15 am. Please make sure that your child dresses in comfortable clothes and running shoes this day. A friendly reminder that sandals or flip flops are not appropriate for the Preschool learning environment. Weather permitting, we will be outside for these events, so sunscreen application before your child arrives for school that day is something to consider.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Allison

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