Weekly Update 12/3-12/6

This week we began discussing the features of clothes. We talked about the various sizes of clothing, how we can find out what size something is, the features of our shoes, and things that hold clothes together. Officer Chassidy came to visit to show us the different parts of her uniform and talk to us about how she helps to keep us safe.

 

During small groups, students played a clothing memory game, worked on graphing different features of their clothing, and practiced sequencing by size using various sizes of clothing.

Our social emotional lessons focused on how to be a caring and helpful friend and accidents. We discussed how some things are done accidentally (spilling milk, bumping into a friend, knocking over a tower) and how a friend can help if they have an accident (clean up the spill, apologize to a friend, help build the tower again).

Reminders

December 17 — No School (PLC)

December 23-January 6 — No School (Winter Break)

Weekly Update 11/18-11/22

This week we started our Clothes Study! We spent time talking about different types clothing and examining our clothing collection. Each student had an opportunity to share about an outfit they were wearing and to tell their friends if they had a favorite item of clothing.

In small groups this week we practiced how to count and tally, how to set the table and engage in dramatic play ideas with peers, and we practiced counting using one number for each object which is called one to one correspondence. One to one correspondence is something that you can practice at home making sure that your child just says one number for each object as they point to it.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on safe and unsafe touches. We talked about what a safe touch and unsafe touch looked like, how it might make you feel, and how to respond to each type of touch. We practiced using our Ways to Stay Safe and how to say words that mean no in a strong and respectful voice. The students also generated a list of people they could tell if someone gave them an unsafe touch.

Reminders

November 25 — Family Socialization 2:00-2:30pm

November 26-December 2 — No School

Weekly Update 11/11-11/15

This week we finished our Trees Study. To celebrate, Mrs. Bowhay came in to play her guitar (instrument made from wood) and sing with us! During this study we talked about food that grows on trees, animals that live in trees, how trees change, who works with trees, and what you can do with parts of trees. Take some time to ask your child what they know about trees.

 

During small groups this week we learned about graphing, practiced drawing pictures about stories, and about different ways to sort. The students practiced how to sort by color, shape, and size. They also had opportunities to explain why they were putting buttons in certain groups.

 

Our social emotional curriculum focused on the same vs different feelings. We talked about how it’s ok to feel differently than someone about the same situation. For example, some friends might feel excited to go to the dentist and other friends might feel scared or nervous.

Reminders

November 25 — Family Socialization from 2:00-2:30pm

November 26 – December 2 — No School

Weekly Update 11/4-11/8

This week we talked about how trees change and started talking about what we can do with parts of trees. We spent some time observing trees around Kloefkorn and coming up with ideas about how they have changed since school started.

In small groups this week we made letters with playdoh, working retelling stories, and used letter stamps. During our Second Step lesson we worked on identifying more feelings. This week we talked about the emotions surprised, angry/mad, and scared/afraid. We talked about how you can focus on someones face to let you know how they are feeling or you can focus your attention on the situation.

Family Socialization

Our first family socialization will take place during our fall party on November 25 from 2:00-2:30pm. There will be different stations that you and your child(ren) will rotate through including a snack station, a bean bag toss, BINGO, and a make and take craft! Please note that the party ends at 2:30. You can either take your child at that time or they will be dismissed at our regular time. Due to the Kloefkorn dismissal time, you will not be allowed to stay throughout the remainder of our day.

Reminders

November 11-20 — 2nd Quarter Home Visits

November 25 — Family Socialization

November 26-December 2 — No School

Weekly Update 10/22-11/1

This week we wrapped up our discussion about who takes care of trees and started talking about how trees change. We worked hard to put together pictures of trees using the different parts and talked about how trees grow just like us!

Our small groups this week consisted of making playdoh, making letters in shaving cream, and practicing patterns.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on using our Always Ask First rule which states that you must always ask the person in charge before you do or take anything from anyone. We also began talking about good and bad substances for your body. We spent a lot of time talking about who can safely give us medicine and who should not be giving us medicine. Ask your child if they remember the rules surrounding these topics!

Family Socialization 

Our Family Socialization will be on November 25 from 2:00-2:30pm! We will have various games/activities that you can participate in with your child in the classroom.  Please note that the party ends at 2:30pm and you are welcome to take your child home at that time or you can leave and your child will be dismissed at our regular time. Due to the Kloefkorn dismissal time, we will not be allowing family members to stay throughout the remainder of our day. 

 

Reminders

November 4-20 — 2nd Quarter Home Visits

November 25 — Family Socialization from 2:00-2:30pm

November 26 — No School (PLC)

November 27-December 2 — No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Weekly Update 10/22-10/25

This week we wrapped up our discussion of what food grows on trees and began talking about who takes care of trees. The students got to do a taste test of some food that grows on trees (lemons and plums) and they had some mixed reactions 🙂

During small groups this week we made a snack mix by following a recipe, made letters with pom poms, and practiced how to retell a familiar story. Ask your child if they can tell you anything about the story Henny Penny. We have read that story multiple times and each child has had at least 2 opportunities to help us retell it!

Our social emotional curriculum reviewed skills that we learned before the break. We reviewed our problem solving skills, our solution kit, and how to identify feelings.

Home Visits

Our 2nd quarter home visits will be occurring November 4-15. Please let me know if you do not remember what day/time you signed up for or if you think you need to reschedule!

Reminders

October 29 — No School (PLC)
November 1 — Pajama Day

Weekly Update 10/14-10/16

We had a wonderful short week in preschool! We finished up our discussion about who lives in trees and began talking about what food comes from trees. We generated a long list of food that animals eat and that people eat and will continue our conversation when we return from break.

Our small groups looked a little different this week. We practiced our spatial relationship and direction following skills to create a monster book and painted with tree parts. We also had a visit from the firetruck this week! The students have been using firefighter dramatic play props to pretend to fight fires. Some students took on the role of firefighters, some took on the role of preparing food for the firefighters, and others took on the role of placing the fires in various places around the classroom. It has been so fun to watch how they decide to play with the props each day.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on feelings this week. We talked about how we can look at someones face to identify how they are feeling and began to identify some emotions words. This week we talked about happy and sad.

Reminders

October 17-21 — No School (Fall Break)

October 29 — No School (PLC)

November 1 — Pajama Day

Weekly Update 10/7-10/11

This week we went on a scavenger hunt around Kloefkorn to look for evergreen and deciduous trees and we began our discussion about who lives in trees. We talked about what types of animals and insects live in trees and what types of animals and insects are harmful or helpful to trees.

In small groups this week the students practiced counting and number identification, how to observe and write or draw their ideas, and how to put together rhyming words. Rhyming words are sometimes tricky for preschool students and they need a lot of intentional practice to solidify their understanding. You can start having conversations about words that rhyme by talking about it at the dinner table. What rhymes with cup, plate, mat, etc? Accept and produce nonsense words as well to help support your child in producing rhyming words.

Our social emotional curriculum dove into some more safety rules. We learned safety rules about always asking adults first, guns, fire, dogs, and how to get found if you are lost. Take a minute to review these important safety rules with your child at home to help them generalize the rule between environments.

Reminders

October 14 & 15 — Parent teacher conferences

October 17-21 — No School (Fall Break)

October 29 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/30-10/4

This week we started talking about characteristics of trees in our community. We discussed how to measure the circumference of trees, used our senses to describe trees, and learned about the parts of trees. Ask your child if they can tell you about the different parts of trees this weekend!

In small groups, students worked on identifying letters, worked to make letters with popsicle sticks, and learned about patterns. Students used different colored bears to continue patterns on pattern mats and we have been practicing making patterns with our bodies such as: boy, girl, boy, girl and stand, sit, stand, sit. You can practice patterns at home using eating utensils, colored legos, or members of your family!

Our social emotional curriculum talked about how to respectfully ask for help if you need something. We talked about how it can be really frustrating if you can’t do something, such as zip your coat, but that we can practice asking an adult with a strong, respectful voice.

Reminders

October 14 & 15 — Parent Teacher Conferences

October 17-21 — No School (Fall Break)

October 29 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/23-9/27

This week we began our Tree Study! We have been talking all about what we already know about trees and taking time to explore and talk about the trees around Kloefkorn. If you have any tree parts that you would like to donate, please bring them in! We are looking for tree cookies (cross sections of trees to examine rings), big or unusual leaves, seed pods, tree roots, etc.

In small groups this week the students practiced number identification and counting, measuring and comparing, and sequencing by size.

Our social emotional curriculum talked about how to use self-talk to follow directions in the classroom and at home. We practiced this skill all week!

Reminders

October 14 & 15– Parent Teacher Conferences

October 17-21 — No School (Fall Break)

October 29 — No School (PLC)