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Hello families,

Sorry we missed a post last week. We have a lot to catch up on! Here is what we have been doing the last 2 weeks….

In Second Steps last week we covered Accidents and Caring and Helping. We discussed that every one has accidents sometimes and that we just need to see how we can help fix them. We should let the other person know it was an accident by saying, “I didn’t mean to. Are you okay?” We also discussed that helping is a way to show someone you care. We can do this by listening to the other person and then helping them. Below you will find the home links for these lessons.

Accidents

Caring and Helping

This week in Talking about Touching we covered the touching rule and what to do if someone breaks the touching rule. The touching rule is; “A person should never touch my private parts, accept to keep me clean and healthy.” We hope that your student is coming home and talking about this. They might even be asking you if you are helping keep them clean. We used the atomically correct name for our body parts when talking about this lesson. Students should feel like they can say someone hurt their penis like they would someone hurt their arm. We used the words penis, breasts, vagina and bottom. We talked about these parts of our body being covered by out bathing suits. We also covered the safety steps to use if someone tries to break the safe touching rule. The steps are to say words that mean “NO”, get away and tell a grown up. We practiced using these steps in the classroom this week. We would highly recommend you practicing these at home as well and talking with your student about the safe touching rule. If you need help with what to say we are here, or you can reference the video below. The first one will be shown to students next Friday. The second video is for parents to help them with what to say.

Joey Learns the Touching Rule is what we will show when we are finished teaching our lessons about safe touching.

What Do I Say Now is a video that you can watch to help figure out what to say to your child.

We have been working really hard on our building study these last 2 weeks as well. Last week we drew our blueprints and this week we began building our house. Make sure to take a look at the photos page for some hard workers. We will have these finished buildings on display during our multicultural night. We have read 3 versions of The Three Little Pigs and the Wolf now. We read; The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf, The Three Little Pigs and The Big Red Dog, and The Big Bad Wolf is Good.  We talked about which building was stronger and more sturdy. We also used cardboards boxes to make buildings and see how to make them sturdier. We have been having so much fun!

We have also covered a few more letters. At this point we have introduced the capital letters; F, E, D, P, B, R, N, M, H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, C, O and Q. We only have a few more capital letters to go! We are also starting to work really hard on writing our names. You can help at home by having your child draw shapes or writing their name, depending on where they are in their development. Here is the typical progression of writing strokes. You can see which ones your child can make and then work on the ones they are struggling with.

Teaching Writing to Pre-K students

As always please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Thanksgiving Break

Hello Families,

Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving? What a fast busy week we had. Your student should have brought home their thankful turkey placemat today. We made those yesterday and the students told a teacher what they were thankful for. They came up with some great ideas. Thank you for those of you who were able to come visit us and watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! We had a blast eating our Charlie Brown snack and watching with loved ones. Check out the pictures on our photos page.

We reviewed our safety lessons this week for safe touches. We covered what a safe and unsafe touch is and what to do if someone gives and unsafe touch. Thanks for supporting these lessons at home!

We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and say we are very thankful for you and everything that you do to support your students learning!

Ms. Losey and Ms. Jamie

 

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November 16th

Hello Families,

What a fun week we had. We have really got into our building’s study. We read the Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bag Wolf and then we built the three pigs houses in our dramatic play area. We have also added straw to the sensory table and are trying to make buildings with straw. It is pretty hard! We have seen some great buildings in our block area and the toy area. There have been some great skyscrapers. We have our farm house and barn in the puppet are as well. We will soon have a tepee in the library and AM class got to see a castle set in the big library when we went Friday (PM will go see it this week as a quick “field trip”). It is set up for the 5th graders plays.

We had a fantastic presentation about how engineers are a large part of making buildings. Thank you Jenny Samson for this wonderful experience you provided for our kiddos! There are some great pictures from this on the photos page. Please check them out! We talked about structural engineers and how they make sure the foundations and columns are solid, mechanical engineers who make sure our heaters and ducts are working properly, Plumbing and how we need to make sure the pipes are going down so the water can run away, and electrical engineers to help us power our buildings. The students got to help build with all of these components involved.

We would like you all to help us welcome our new Speech and Language Pathologist to the team as well. Her name is Bailey Wallace. She has come from Oklahoma where she worked in early intervention. She came with her boyfriend and dog. We wish Ms. Suzie well in her new position within the district.

This week we covered some important safety lesson. We covered safe touches, a soft touch that is wanted. Things that are safe we discussed are high fives, tapping on shoulder, hand shakes and hugs (we ask at school before we hug). We also covered dealing with unsafe touches. We practiced saying “No” and “Please don’t do that”. Unsafe touches is a touch that hurts your body or your feelings. If someone gives an unsafe touch they should tell and adult. We also covered what to do if adults are giving each other unsafe touches at home. Students should go to a safe place in a house or to a neighbors. If they are really frightened they should call a family member or 911. Thank you for helping us support your child with these lessons at home.

Since the weather has gotten colder we would like to remind you to send in warmer clothes to keep in your students locker, if you have not done so already. We have these in case of an accident or clothing gets wet doing an activity. Please send a quick email if you need a teacher to check your students backpack that day. We do our best to have students check there bags, but sometimes things can be missed coming to school.

***Reminder*** This Tuesday you are welcome to come join us for Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie and snack. AM will be starting at: 8:50 and PM will be starting at: 3:10. We hope to see you there!!!

Thank you for all you do to help your child learn and grow!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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November 9th

Hello Families,

We had a great week. We were all very excited to see the snow! We really started getting into our building study this week. We have been talking about the different features of buildings such as; windows, doors, roof’s and what they are made of. We read the story, “The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf”. We talked about what the houses were made of and even got to play with some straw in the sensory table.

In Second Steps this week we covered Same and Different Feelings. We talked about having different feelings about the same situation. Thursday we got to play a game to see who had the same or different feelings about a situation such as; getting a pet mouse, picking up toys all by yourself or going down a really big slide. See below for the home link for you to use at home.

Same or Different Feelings

Next week we will be starting our safe touching lesson. We will cover getting and giving safe touches, dealing with unsafe touches, and saying “no” to unwanted touches. Please check out our video for parents about how to talk to your child about safe and unsafe touches. We shared it in a previous post and here is the link again…

What Do I Say Now is a video that you can watch to help figure out what to say to your child.

Thank you to all the parents who are sending your child with coats, hats and gloves! We have been going outside and it is getting colder out now. If you need help getting coats, hats or gloves please let us know.

Just a little reminder to check out socializations under the calendars tab above to see which events you and your family will be able to attend. We have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving event coming up in the next 2 weeks. We would love to see you there. We will have popcorn, pretzels, toast and jelly beans!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions. We are enjoying getting to know you all better and how we can help at our home visits. Thank you for all you do!!!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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New Study!!

We had a fun week wrapping up the signs study and starting our building study.  This week we started talking about what we already know about buildings. Today we took a walk around Pyrtle and looked at the different features our school and the home surrounding offered.  These features included bricks, windows/doors and what they are made of, and roofs.  Make sure to check out the picture tab to see some photos from this week.

For second steps this week we talked about what our face looks like when we are surprised, scared, and angry.  We talked about looking at what’s happening to find out why someone might be feeling a certain way.  Take a look at the home link letters to help support your students learning at home.

Unit 2 Week 8 More Feelings

Unit 2 Week 9 Identifying Anger

As we begin the building study there are many ways you can help support the students learning.  Here a few things you can do:

  • Talk to your child about buildings you see as you drive past or take a walk.
  • Talk about what you notice on your house and how it was made.
  • Some donations we could use in the classroom
    • Pictures of buildings from other parts of the world (from vacations, postcards, magazines, etc.)
    • Boxes, popsicle sticks, toilet paper/paper towel rolls
    • Blueprint of a building (borrow and will return)

-Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey

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Pictures

We made some changes to pictures pages. We were running out of storage with all the great things we are doing. You will now see a link to click for a shared album. Please let us know if you have any problems viewing them.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Pumpkin Painting and Red Ribbon Week

Hello Families,

What a great week, even though we did not make it to the pumpkin patch. We had a blast painting pumpkins. Take a look at some of the great pictures on the photos page from that and 80’s day. We had some great idea’s for a career come in. We met a vet, a couple teachers, a ninja turtle and some ballerina’s.

In our safety curriculum this week we covered the always ask first rule. We talked with and practiced with students how to ask the person in charge before leaving with someone or accepting something from a person. The rule that your student should be able to tell you is that, “Alway ask first before leaving with someone or accepting anything.” We practiced this rule with Gertie (girl puppet) and Juan Pablo (boy puppet). Students were able to ask first. We also covered drug and alcohol  awareness. We showed them pictures of what these look like and talked about good things and bad things to put in our body. We talked about how drugs and alcohol can change the way people feel and think. We watched the Pepper video that we sent the link for in an earlier post. Today we practiced looking at medicine bottles and toys to sort which ones we can touch and which we have to ask first.

We are finishing up our study on Signs. We talked about people who work with signs this week. We took a virtual field trip with Ms. Tayler to a print shop. We got to see how some signs might be made. Today we got to learn a little sign language. If you visit the school soon you can look in the main entrance and see our sign we made about what we learned about signs. We learned the signs for more and thank you today. Ask your student to show you these. Next week we will learn a little more sign language and finish our study with a walk to see our sign in the main entrance.

Next week we will be starting our study on Buildings. Look for our post next week about what you can do to help your student in this study. Thank you again for all your support and we will see you all soon for our next home visit. If you have not signed up, please take some time to do that soon.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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October 19th

This week we talked about where to find signs and how signs help. We learned how some signs are signals that use lights or sounds.

In Second Steps we started talking about identifying feelings. We talked about happy and sad. We talked about when we are happy our faces (mouth, cheeks) go up and our eyes close a little.  We then talked about when we are sad our faces (mouth, cheeks) go down. Here is the home link letter:

Identifying Feelings

Don’t forget to join us this Thursday at JK’s Pumpkin Patch. We will be there from 5-7pm. Your student will get in free with their ticket (if you lost it just come and let them know you have one student with you from Pyrtle Preschool). Here is the address; 757 Bluff Road Lincoln, Ne 68531

Check out the photos page and see how much fin we had playing in the leaves this week!

This week is also Red Ribbon Week. It’s a time to talk about how we make good life choices and stay away from drugs. We hope you will consider showing your support by having your student partake in these fun dress up days.

Red Ribbon Week October 22nd-26th

Monday, October 22 – Too Smart to Start: Wear your favorite college or high school team

Tuesday, October 23 – A Drug Free Life Rocks: Dress up from the 80’s

Wednesday, October 24 – Give Drugs the Boot: Wear Western Wear

Thursday, October 25 – Think of ALL that YOU CAN BE, when you STAY DRUG FREE!: Wear what you want to be when you grow up

Friday, October 26 – Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs: Dress like a Twin (Find a friend or two)

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Happy Fall Break

Hello Families,

I hope you are all having a wonderful fall break. We had a very busy week! We talked a lot about safety this week. With these lessons we had a couple fun visitors come talk to our classrooms. Here are the topics that we covered this week; fire safety, gun safety and getting found.

We had the firefighters from Engine 12 come talk to us on Tuesday. We were not able to see the fire truck because it was raining, but we did get to see all there cool equipment. They talked to us about their protective gear and put it on so we would know what they look like. We got to tell them our fire safety rule, “Never play with fire.” Your student should be able to tell you this rule. We covered what we use fire for; cooking, camp fires, candles, etc. We then talked about what to do if someone asks them to play with fire; like a lighter or matches. They should be able to say no, get away and tell a grown up. The firefighters asked students to talk to parents about a safety evacuation plan for home and checking smoke detectors. Please take some time to check your smoke detectors. The firefighters recommended checking them once a week.

On Tuesday we talked about gun safety. Students should be able to tell you the rule about guns as well, “Never play with guns”. We talked about fake guns and real guns. If a student sees a gun they are to get away and tell a grown up. At Pyrtle we do not allow gun play, with toy guns or imaginary. We talked about sometimes at home you might be able to play with toy guns, but at school we cannot. If a friend ever asks them to play with a gun or try’s to show them a gun they are to say no, get away and tell an adult.

We had a Lincoln Police Officer come and talk to us about safety on Thursday. She came and talked to us about what to do if we get lost and can’t find our parents. Your student should be able to tell you that they should wait in one spot for a while to see if you come back and find them. If they wait a long time they should ask a safe person for help. We talked about this being a clerk if they are in a store or a person with a badge (police, employee, firefighter). The police officer told students if they get lost on Halloween they could ask another parent with kids for help. We also talked about never leaving a store with a stranger or by their self and always staying in the view of someone else (no bathrooms).

Although we do not have any parent letters to send home for the safety lessons, please be sure to review these rules and reinforce at home.

We also took a walk on Thursday to see different signs around our school block. Students did a great job following directions of staying on the sidewalk and looking for signs. They were really excited when they noticed a sign. We say many different street signs and even some advertisement signs in neighbors yards.

Thank you all for coming to conferences this week. We were very happy to see all of you. Please let us know if you had any questions after returning home and reflecting on our discussions. If you have not done so already please take some time to sign up for our November home visits.

Please take some time to look at the pictures page to see the updated pictures from this week.

Important upcoming dates: 

***Friday January, 19th Picture retakes

Red Ribbon week is October 22nd-26th. We will be covering drug and alcohol awareness this week as well.

  • Monday, October 22 – Too Smart to Start: Wear your favorite college or high school team
  • Tuesday, October 23 – A Drug Free Life Rocks: Dress up from the 80’s
  • Wednesday, October 24 – Give Drugs the Boot: Wear Western Wear
  • Thursday, October 25 – Think of ALL that YOU CAN BE, when you STAY DRUG FREE!: Wear what you want to be when you grow up
  • Friday, October 26 – Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs: Dress like a Twin (Find a friend or two)

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Week 2 Signs

Hello Families,

We had a great week learning more about signs. We talked about the different characteristics of signs; shapes, colors, and symbols. Students were able to follow arrows to move to another part of the class and identify that the color red means stop and green means go. In our small groups this week we worked on building patterns, rhyming and how to graciously win or lose a game. We built patterns using colors and different signs. We practiced rhyming by singing “Down By the Bay”. The kids loved this silly song, you could look it up and sing at home. We learned to be gracious winners by playing musical chairs and learning what to say. We practiced saying, “Good game.” “Congratulations” “I’m okay.” and giving high fives. When you are playing games at home you can practice this too. During the game and just before the game is over you can coach your child on what they can say or do when they win or lose and have them practice. It is fun to play game not matter if we win or lose. We also got to go practice a large motor skill in our small group on Friday. We practiced dribbling a ball, hitting a balloon with a foam paddle, and playing red light green light.

In Second Steps this week we worked on saying what we need or want in a strong respectful voice. We coached students and practiced this skill throughout the week. Just below you will find the home link for you to practice this skill at home.

Asking for What You Need or Want

This next week there is a lot happening. Please be sure to check the link above to access your time for parent teacher conferences this Tuesday and Thursday. These conferences will happen at Pyrtle in our preschool classroom. They will last about 15 min while we update you on your students progress. Please feel free to come with any questions that you might have about anything we are doing. We will also be getting a visit from Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Lincoln Police Department to do presentations about fire safety and general safety (getting found, never touching guns, and police are here to keep us safe). On Thursday we will be taking a short walk around the block (not crossing streets) to look for signs in our neighborhood. We will have 5-6 adults with us to make sure we are safe.

We wanted to let you all know that we have been keeping a close eye on the news about JK’s Pumpkin Patch. From the information we were able to recover it was an unfortunate tragedy that happened there this last week. We will continue to monitor the news and reach out to the them this week to make sure we are still set for our visit on the 25th.

A special thanks to those of you that helped cut materials this week for our firetruck project and those who donated plastic bins or funds for more!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thank you for all that you do to help your cild learn and grow!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

 

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