How is Cloth Made and Strong Feelings

Hello Families,

Happy Snow Day! We hope you all are staying safe and warm at home toady. Today is a good reminder that your student is welcome to bring snow boots to school to play in snow but to please also bring another pair of shoes to change into so water is not tracked around the school and classroom. Also we ask that snow pants/suits are not worn as this takes lots of time to put on.

During our clothing study in large group this week, we talked about how cloth is made. Ms. Jamie demonstrated how she makes blankets and other items by crocheting for both classes. She also showed the students knitting needles and others tools needed to do both (scissors, tape measure, needle, etc.). The students asked lots of thoughtful questions and really enjoyed feeling the soft yarn Ms. Jamie uses. Check out the photos in the clothing study albums. We also talked about how we can weave to make cloth. We demonstrated weaving with our bodies first and then with a loom and some paper strips. Students get to practice weaving with the loom during choice time in the toy’s center.

In small group this week, students practiced some more weaving by using play-doh. Students had to roll two colors of play-doh flat and cut it into strips. Next they took the play-doh and weaved them together. It took lots of patience but the students had a blast. Students also worked on counting and quantifying with buttons. Buttons were hidden in sand and the students had to find them and count them. After they counted the buttons, they compared the quantities of their friends buttons. In the third small group, students looked at their clothes. We examined the colors and patterns. We then talked about how we are going to make clothes for the fashion shows. Students then decided what article of clothing they want to make and designed it. Next week we will be choosing our fabric and cutting it out. Thank you for all the fabric donations!!!

In Second Steps, we talked about having strong feelings and how we can calm our bodies when those feelings arise. Strong feelings are frustrated, worried, angry, etc. Students learned that when they have a strong feeling, they can put their hands on their tummy, say “stop”, and then name their feeling (i.e. “I am frustrated”). We discussed that it is ok to have strong feelings but using our hands or words negatively is never ok. Instead we can use our calm down strategies to keep everyone safe. Please look at the home link letters to see how you can discuss this at home as well.

Unit 3 Week 14 Strong Feelings

Unit 3 Week 15 Naming Feelings

Last, a quick reminder that there is no school on Monday due to Martin Luther King day and February 10th from 5-7pm is our Multicultural Night/Fashion Show. Enjoy your extended weekend and we will see everyone on Tuesday January 21st.

Thank you for all you do,

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Welcome Back and Worried feelings

Hello Families,

This week we went back and reviewed all the rules of our classroom and school. We discussed how to be safe, respectful and responsible during all parts of our day. We reviewed what our bodies look like when they are ready to learn and what our hands can do to be safe. We also practiced following directions right away and exactly. To help us practice following directions we practiced zipping up our coats this week. You can encourage your student to continue practicing this at home as well.

In small groups this week, students practiced their positional words while moving through obstacles. The moved around a boulder, over the mountain, through the canyon, across the river and into the lake. In another small group students sorted socks by their color and size. In the last group students played musical chairs. They practiced being a good sport and saying good game.

In Second Steps this week we covered Feelings in Our Body. We talked about how our body can feel different when we are having worried feelings. Our heart rate might be a little faster, we might breathe a little faster and our tummies might feel funny. When we have worried feelings we can ask an adult to help us feel better. Please look at the home link letter to see how you can discuss this at home as well.

We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies

Reminders…

  • Sign up for February home visits if you have not done so already.
  • Send in fabric if you are able for our fashion show. I went to Walmart and was able to pick up several pre-cut clearance pieces that were $2 for 2 yards.
  • Our next social will be on Monday February 10th. (The invitation home was printed wrong and said Friday February 10th, sorry for the confusion).

Thank you for everything you do for our classrooms and our kiddos!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

 

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Have A Wonderful Winter Break!

Hello Families,

What a wonderful week we had! We have been talking more about making clothes. Mrs. Losey showed us how we can use a sewing machine to make pillows this week. We are starting to think about what we will need to make our clothes for the fashion show. We have talked about how to put fabric together and some of the tools that we need to make clothes. We are still in need of some fabric to make clothes with students when they return. We will be starting to sketch out clothing and the we will begin putting them together. If you are able to stop over the break and grab a yard or 2 of fabric, that would be greatly appreciated.

In small groups this week we had some fun making gifts for you all. Students made crystal snowflakes by mixing a solution of hot water and borax. We made some puffy snowmen using shaving cream and glue. We practiced writing our name on this project. Students are getting so good at name writing! We also decorated our gift bags to put these in. We hope you enjoy their hard work and creativity!

Students should have brought home a gift from teachers as well. There is a book in their bags that we encourage you to read with them. Spending time reading with your child is one of the best predictors of reading success. Enjoy some time together!

This week we review he dafe touching and the touching rule. We talked about what a safe touch is and practiced what to do if someone is using unsafe touches. We also practiced naming all our body parts and read a book about what to do if someone tries to break the touching rule (A person should not touch my private body parts accept to keep me clean and healthy). We discussed putting up our red flag in unsafe situation and making sure to tell a safe person. This is such an important skill for all our students. If you have not taken the time to read our last family letter please take a little time to do this. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep our kiddos safe.

We hope you all have a wonderful winter break and get to spend a lot of time with loved ones! Enjoy you time with family and we will see you next year.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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How do we take care of clothes and the safe touching rule

Hello Families,

We have had a fun filled week learning about how to take care of clothes. We have discussed which soaps might work best to get clothes clean and where we wash clothes. We watched a video about going to the laundry mat and what you do there. Students got to look at which soap would make the best bubbles in water. We noticed that liquid laundry soap made better bubbles that the powder and the bar soap. Today we started talking about how people design clothes and we looked at what we had on our shirts. We got to share our ideas for a shirt design with our friends.

In our Child Protection Unit this week we learned about the touching rule. This rule is; A person should never touch my private parts accept to keep me clean and healthy. We talked about what our private body parts are (the parts under our bathing suit). We used the anatomically correct words for these parts. We want students to be able to tell when something happens to their privates like they would hurting their elbow or knee. We talked about boys private parts being their bottom and penis and girls parts are their breasts, vagina and bottom. Please see the home link below on how to continue this discussion at home. The story about Tanis is her cousin tried to touch her private parts while they were under a blanket together watching a movie. She is telling her dad about it in the picture. Included also below is the second family letter in our Child Protection Unit. This has some useful information about this curriculum and why it is so important. It also gives you a way to access more resources to help you continue to build your students safety awareness.

Family Letter 2 for Child Protection Unit

The Touching Rule Home Link

In our small groups this week students worked on some math skills. We worked on connecting numerals to quantities with buttons. Students counted buttons to match a number card that they drew. We also worked on our counting skills. Students got to make bead bracelets and count how many beads they put on them. Ask your student to show you their beautiful bracelet and have them count the beads with you. Students made some fun snow slime in another small group. They had to follow a recipe and understand where to start reading the recipe (at the top-left). They also had to measure the ingredients (starch, glue and artificial snow). This was so much fun! Today we started some fun Friday small groups. We had a snowball fight with some soft snowballs, went ice skating on wax paper and made shapes out of our bodies.

Thank you to those families who have donated to our clothing study. We are looking forward to making our clothes for the fashion show!

Reminder** There is no school on Tuesday December 17th for PLC day and then our Winter break will be from December 22nd-January 6th. Students will return to school on January 7th.

Thank you for all you do! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Goodbye Ms. Sydney, Accidents and Caring and Helping

Hello Families,

What a fun week we have had coming back from Thanksgiving break. We have been learning so much about clothes to get ready for our fashion show. This week we discussed how the features of clothes. We noticed that some clothes are smaller and some are larger and we can measure to figure out how big they might need to be. We looked at our tags to see if we had numbers or letters to tell the size. We even talked about the shapes that we see on clothes and got to draw a shirt that we would like to wear in our journals. Today we got to tell our friends something that helps keep our clothes on our bodies like; buttons, tie strings, zippers and elastic. We are learning so much about clothes!

We would like to ask for any donations you are able to provide for our upcoming fashion show. We are in need of fabric. This can be anywhere from 1-2 yards of the cheapest fabric you can find. They usually have some on clearance at the fabric store and even at Walmart. We would also like some fabric glue if anyone is able to donate. Anything you are able to help us out with will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for all you do!!!

 

In Second Steps last week we covered Accidents and Caring and Helping. We discussed that everyone 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. We are really practicing this in our classrooms lately. We earn emojis for our large classroom chart so we can have celebrations like popcorn parties or dance parties. Below you will find the home links for these lessons.

Accidents

Caring and Helping

In small groups this week students worked on shape ID. Here are the shapes that we covered if you would like to practice more on these at home; circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, diamond/rhombus, heart, star, hexagon, trapezoid, sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid. We found these shapes hidden in fabric. We also practiced making tally marks to count the different types of clothes that we had in our small group. This was a new concept for our students. In our last small group we practiced using our measuring skills to start thinking about how big we will have to make our clothes for the fashion show. We measure ourselves with yarn and compared our sizes to the other students in the classroom. So much fun and learning!

Today we also said goodbye to Ms. Sydney. She has finished her student teaching with us and is going to start teaching her own students. She is sad to be leaving us, but also excited to use all she has learned to help more students. We took a picture with her and the classrooms to help the students remember her. See below for some great pictures. Thank you for helping us learn and grow Ms. Sydney, you will be missed and remembered fondly by all out students.

      

Thanks for all you do! If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

 

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Starting the Clothing Study; Safe and Unsafe Touches.

 

Hello Families,

Sorry we missed last weeks update. We will include information from last week and today. Last week we started the clothing study. We started exploring different types of clothes and why people might were different types. We looked at our own clothes and compared them to our friends. Today we started talking about clothing being different sizes. I tried to put on a shirt that was way to small and students thought it was pretty funny. We looked for tags in our friends shirts and for sizes in our shoes. We found our that clothes can have numbers or letters to say what size they are. We have been having so much fun playing in our dramatic play area. It was turned into a laundromat. Your students would love to help you with the laundry I’m sure.

In small group last week students practiced hanging clothes on hangers and folding clothes. They practiced following directions exactly in this group. In another small group students practiced jumping syllables in some words. They are working on hearing the syllables in words and later will be able to break apart words into beginning and ending sounds (onset and rime) and finally break words apart and isolate each sound (cat-1 syllable, /c//at/ -onset and rime, /c/ /a/ /t/ -sound isolation). In the final small group students practiced retelling a story. We read Five Flying Turkey’s and then used pictures to help retell the story and sequence the story. When you are reading with your student at home you can help them retell details from the story after. Details like; who was in the story (characters), what happened (sequencing), was there a problem, and how did they solve the problem. You can talk about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Your student brought home a colorful bag today that had several books in it that our school collected to help them with beginning literacy skills. The books are for students to keep. What a generous donation our Pyrtle families made for our preschoolers. K-Kids is an after school program made up of our 4th and 5th graders that started the book drive and separated the books into each bag. We hope you enjoy reading these books with your student!

In our Child Protection Unit last week we started talking about safe and unsafe touches. We covered what a safe touch was (a touch that makes us feel special and loved) and an unsafe touch (a touch that hurts our body or our feelings). We also talked about what to do if they see adults giving unsafe touches. Students are to go to a safe place and them call for help if they are scared. We talked about the emergency number (911) to call and when it was okay to call and not okay to call. Attached below is the parent link for you to continue practicing these skills at home.

Safe and Unsafe Touches

Please take some time to read this article about the affects of screen time on your student. Such important information for parents to have about brain development in young children! CLICK HERE for article.

Thank you so much for welcoming us into your homes for our second round of home visits. We enjoyed getting to see you all again. If you have any questions to follow up with after these visits, please let us know. We will be working on any accommodations for your families that we discussed at out home visits over the next few weeks and hope to have them to you before Winter break.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your some time with family and friends. Check out the photos page for some fun pictures from our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving celebration today. We are happy some of you were able to join us today.    🙂

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

 

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Finishing Up the Tree study and Same and Different Feelings

Hello Families,

We have officially finished our tree study. We learned so much about trees! We learned how the grow and change, how to take care of them, what we can use them for, the different parts of trees and so much more. I hope your student came home and talked about our celebration Friday. We went into the butterfly garden and played in the leaves. We threw the leaves into the air and buried each other in the leaves. We had so much fun! Take a look at the photos page for some great pictures of this day.

In small groups this week students we practiced rhyming, patterns and shape characteristics. We practiced rhyming using funny riddles like; my dad drives something that rhymes with stuck. Students had fun trying to figure out the riddles. We had some fun making patterns our of magnetic toys. We made some fun patterns with apples, ducks, butterflies and stars. We looked at some fun 3 dimensional shapes this week and different toys that are those shapes. Students worked on describing what the shapes looked like and that they had many side (faces) on them. We talked about cubes, spheres, cylinders, and pyramids. What fun activities!

We are so excited to be starting our clothing study this week. We will be learning so much about different types of clothes, how clothes are made and what materials are used. We are planning on having students make their own article of clothing. We might be looking for help with this or materials to support this activity. Look for more information as we get further into the study. We plan on celebrating the end of clothing with a fashion show put on by our preschoolers. This will be during our family socialization in February. You can see more information on this by clicking on the calendars tab above and looking at the family socialization calendar.

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

We want to remind you that our thanksgiving celebration is coming up in November 25th. We will be watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with our kiddos and having the same meal as the movie (popcorn, jelly beans, toast with butter and pretzel sticks). We would love for you to come join in the celebration. The AM class will be having there celebration from 8:50-9:20 in the preschool classroom and the PM class will be having their celebration from 3:10-3:45. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for all you do to support your students growth! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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How Trees Change and More Feelings

Hello Families,

This week in our tree study we looked at how trees change. We compared how we grow to how a tree grows and what we need to what a tree needs. We figured out that trees are living things and that they need air, water, sun light and they grow. We learned the vocabulary word damage and discussed what can damage a tree with or classmates. Things such as people, lightning, wind and flood can damage trees. Today we started talking about what we can do with tree parts. We said tree parts are wood and then we sorted items that were wood and not wood. We are so excited about all the wonderful things we have been learning about trees. Next week will be our final week in the tree study and then we will be moving on to the clothing study.

In small groups this week we practice our letters in our name using stamps. Students should have brought these home during the week. The green letters are in their names and red are not. Another small group we worked on quantifying with apples. Students rolled a dice 2 times and got to stamp that number of apples one in green and the other red using real apples and paint. Then they counted how many red and green apples they had all together. Students also practiced their measuring skills in a small group. They looked at tree parts and then sorted them. They ordered them from smallest to biggest and then using non-standard tools to measure how long they items were. Today in small groups we practiced our balancing, traveling and gross motor skills. Students got to travel along a tape path in different ways, throw a yarn ball at the wall while stepping and throwing overhand, and balancing their body in different ways as moved through a forest (water bottles).

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

Thanks for all you do! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Red Ribbon Week

Hello Families,

We had a wonderful week with our themed days while talking about drug and alcohol awareness. This week in our Child Protection Curriculum we covered the “always ask first rule”. Your student should be able to tell you this rule. It states, “Always ask a parent or bigger person in charge first.” We talked about how this applies to accepting things from others or leaving an area with someone. We practiced this rule in small group. Students were shown a picture of a stranger and then asked if they wanted a toy or candy. They used their safety rules (Stop and think, what’s the rule, is it safe. Say words that mean no. Tell a grown up.)in this situation. Students told the stranger no and then told the adult. We also covered unsafe substances like drugs and alcohol. We talked about how they can make it harder for our brain to think and that it is important to only put good things in our bodies. We read the book, “Mother Bunny and the Bad Plant” This is a great time for you to review at home what is safe and not safe for your students at home and when they should use the “always ask first rule”.

Always Ask First Rule Home Link

In our other two small groups students got to play with their names. In one group they sang a name poem and practiced writing the letters in their names and their friends names. In the other small group students tried to guess who’s name was hidden in an envelope when one letter at a time was revealed. Then they decided if they had that letter in their name. Students sorted these letter using magnets for letters in their name and not in their name.

In our Tree Study this week we got to have a visitor come into the classroom and talk about how they help take care of trees. Mr. Carson came in on Monday to both classes. He told us about some of the tools that he uses to take care of trees and showed us some cool tree parts. Thank you Mr. Carson for sharing your time with us and helping us learn! We also got to transplant our small trees this week. Every student got to put a spoonful of dirt into the pot and we looked at the roots as we were moving it. We are so excited to be taking care of a tree. We also started to talk about how tree change. We started this by talking about how students have changed from when they were a baby. Students compared how big they are now to how big they were then and we used blocks to think about how big they will be when they are adults.

You should have received your students report card in their backpacks on Thursday. There is a letter in there about how to read the report. If you have any questions about these reports please let us know. We can also talk about them when we come to your homes in the next few weeks. We are looking forward to starting our home visits next week!

We would like to remind you that we will be celebrating our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this coming month on Monday the 25th. We would love for you to come join us if you are able. We will be watching the movie and eating a Charlie Brown themed snack. The AM class will be from 8:50-9:20 and the PM class will be from 3:10-3:45.

Thank you for all you do to help your student grow and learn with us.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Review, Review, Review :)

Hello Families,

We hope everyone had an awesome and relaxing fall break. We sure missed the kiddos. The students came back ready to learn. We spent much of our time reviewing expectations for the classroom, playground, and during different activities. We talked about how our hands and feet stay to ourselves and we use kind words to our friends. We reviewed ways to be safe, respectful, and responsible. To support this learning, please talk with your student about how they can be safe, respectful, and responsible in the home, community, and at school.

 

During small group this week, students made applesauce, working on problem solving skills by using our Solution Kit, and helped formulate rules for 3 centers in the classroom. Our Solution Kits provided students with the opportunity to independently solve a social problem. They can ask to trade a toy, play together, or wait and take turns. Or they can use a timer to be able to play with a toy or at a center. Cards are placed throughout the room to help students use them. We encourage them to show their friend the card and the friend is to say yes or ok when the Solution Kit is used, because this is an appropriate way to solve  a problem. The other student can grab a different card if they want to try something different. Here is a link to a copy of the Problem Solving Kit.

 

During our tree study this week, we talked more about what food can be found on trees and we began talking about who takes care of trees. Ms. Bailey took us on an adventure to an apple orchard during large group one day. She had students pick apples off of her tree and then she showed us how she peels and cores an apple. Next the students and Ms. Bailey made “apple pie” together. We wish we could make a real one but all the students enjoyed sampling a piece of apple. We also read and retold the story Henny Penny. Ask you students about what happened in the book and what Henny Penny and her friends did to solve the problem.

 

Next week is Red Ribbon Week (October 28November 1). Red Ribbon Week is encourages and talks about living a drug free lifestyle. Each day we wear different outfits to show our support for saying no to drugs. Below is what your student can wear each day, if you so choose. 

Monday:Peace & Hugs, Stay Drug Free! Wear Tie-Dye & Peace signs & bring a stuffed animal!

Tuesday: NO PRESCHOOL – PLC DAY

Wednesday: Give Drugs the Boot! Wear Cowboy/Cowgirl or Western Clothing!

Thursday: Team-Up Against Drugs! Wear your favorite sports/team shirt or jersey!

Friday: Show Good Character… Stay Drug Free! Dress as your favorite BOOK character & bring the title or the book!

REMINDERS: 

  • No make-up or masks!
  • If it is too distracting from learning, kids might need to change clothing item.
  • School appropriate themes and logos only!
  • Have fun with the dress up days, but remember Pyrtle is a place to learn.
  • These fun days are to celebrate making smart choices & being drug free in our lives!

 

Also, November home visits are fast approaching. If you have not signed up, please go to the top of the website page and hover of Home Visit Sign Up’s. Click on AM or PM and then enter the password. Go to November and find a day and time that works best for your family.

 

Thank you for all you do.

-Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey

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