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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Feelings (happy, sad)… and Who Lives in Trees?

Hello Families,

What a fun short week. We hope your student has been coming home and talking about trees. This week we learned about who lives in trees and we started learning about what food comes from trees. It was interesting to talk about what creatures live in trees near us and others that we may only be able to see at the zoo in Nebraska. It has been interesting figuring out which food items we get from trees and what we might eat from them. We talked about some food comes from bushes or vines and those are other types of plants. We will be having fun next week using food that comes from trees.

**We are looking for anyone who might have 2 large rocks to donate. We will be having each class decorate one and place it near a tree. So, they need to be big enough for 20 preschoolers to sign them. Please email us if you have access to any. Thanks!**

In Second Steps we started talking about identifying feelings. We covered happy and sad feelings. We can look at a persons face and body for clues to see how they are feeling. We learned that when we are happy our faces (mouth, cheeks, eyebrows) go up and our eyes close a little.  We then talked about when we are sad our faces (mouth, cheeks, eyes) go down. You can help your students at home by talking about your feeling and theirs then pointing out how your faces look. Here is the home link letter:

Identifying Feelings

If you are interested in extending your students interest in our tree study there is a community event happening this weekend at Mohoney Park. This is in no way connected to LPS schools or our preschool program. We just read about this and thought some students might enjoy this event. Read below for the details…

“The public is invited to plant trees at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 19 in Mahoney Park, 70th and Fremont streets. The event is hosted by Lincoln Parks and Recreation and Earl May to celebrate Earl May’s 100th Anniversary and a donation of 29 trees by Earl May and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Volunteers should meet in the south parking lot on the park drive loop closest to the playground. Shovels will be provided. Participants should wear gloves and closed-toe shoes, and may bring their own planting tools.”

We wish you a very relaxing and fun fall break! See you next Tuesday. Let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Ways to Stay Safe

This week was jammed pack full of fun! We learned more about trees and what animals live in trees. We learned about the two types of trees; deciduous and evergreen. Students loved talking about the deciduous trees and how they were “naked” when the leaves fall off. We looked for clues on trees to help us decide if an animal lived there. We also talked about how some creatures that live in trees can be helpful (ladybugs) and some can be harmful (aphids).

We had the fire fighters from Engine 12 come join us on Wednesday. They told us all about how they help keep us safe and how they keep themselves safe while fighting fires. The fire fighters showed us different tools they use and have on their rigs. They put on their gear so we could see how they look and sound different if they ever come into a building looking for us. We want to prevent students from being afraid of them if they ever need help. We also learned the difference between a fire engine and a fire truck. Fire engines have water and fire trucks have a ladder! Thanks Engine 12!!! Check out the pictures on the photos page.

In our Child Protection Unit (Safety curriculum) this week we learned some ways to stay safe (stop and think is it safe, what’s the rule, say words that mean no, tell a grown up). We learned about the always ask first rule, gun safety, fire safety, sharp object safety, dog safety, and what to do if the get lost. You can access the home link below to see how you can support these skills at home. We had a blast practicing asking first before we pet a stuffed dog on a leash.

Ways to Stay Safe

Thank you to all the families who came out and joined us to paint pumpkins. We had a blast seeing all their creative work. We took some great pictures of this event. Make sure to check out the photos page. Our next home visits will be starting in November. Please take some time to sign up through the link above for your students class.

Thank you for all you do and partnering with us to give your student the best preschool experience we can! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Week 2 – Tree Study

Hello Families,

This week we continued discussing what we know about trees and then what we want to learn about trees through out study. We then began looking at the different characteristics in trees. We learned that we can use our senses to find out more about trees. With the rainy weather this week, we were hindered on going outside to look at trees more in-depth. However, I am sure the weather will allow us to do so next week. We also learned the difference between evergreen trees and deciduous trees. Evergreen trees do not lose their leaves when the seasons change. However, deciduous trees have leaves fall as autumn comes.

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. We also reminded students about our LEAP skills to get a friends attention to ask for what they need and want. They tap a friends shoulder, say their name and then ask for what they want in a strong respectful voice.  

Asking for What You Need or Want

Thursday we had officer Chassidy from the Lincoln Police Department come and talk to our classes. She showed the students her tools she carries and talked about how she helps keep us safe. She also reviewed how we can be safe if we are lost or when we are mad/upset. Check out the photos!! Thank you Officer Chassidy!!!

Next week we start our Child Protection Unit. We will learn about how to stay safe, fire safety, dog and knife safety, and getting found. We will also have firefighters visiting on Wednesday to talk to us about how they keep us safe. We hope that the weather permits us to look at the firetruck!

Tuesday (10/8) and Thursday (10/10) is Parent-Teacher Conferences. Those that signed up to meet with Ms. Jessica (resource) and Ms. Bailey (SLP), will have 15 minutes to talk with them about how your student are doing in class and their progress towards their goals. All families are welcome and encouraged to come participate in a little fall fun. We will have pumpkins for each preschooler to paint. If a sibling wants to bring a pumpkin to paint they are welcome to do so. We will also have a small art project that siblings or preschoolers can do while there. Please pick either day (whatever day works best in your schedule) to come for as long as you’d like. We will have materials available between 4 and 7pm on both days.  We’d love to see you on either Tuesday or Thursday. It’s also a great opportunity to see your students classroom.

Thanks for all you do!!

-Ms. Jamie, Mrs. Losey, and Ms. Sydney

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Starting our Tree Study

Hello Families,

This week we started our trees study. The students have been really curious about the trees outside here at school. We have found many sticks, leaves, nuts and berries. We would love for you to add to our tree collection if you go on a tree hunt. We went on a tree hunt this week and took our journals outside with us to draw our observations. Students noticed the parts of threes and how tall they were. We have been talking about what we know about trees. Your students already know so much about trees. We can’t wait to see how much more they learn!

We covered following directions in our Second Steps lessons and reviewed what to do in a lockout drill. To follow directions we practice using our self-talk and say the direction again to help us remember what to do. Below is the home link so that you can practice these skills at home as well. A lockout is when we stay in our school, but all doors are locked on the outside. This might be used if there is something happening in our neighborhood. 

Following Directions

We are super excited that next Thursday we will be having a police officer visit our classrooms. They will talk about how to be safe and how they help our community.

We want to thank yo so much for welcoming us into your home for home visits. We look forward to them again in November. You can sign up for those visits on the tab above. Thank you for everything you do!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Losey, Ms. Jamie and Ms. Sydney

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