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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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