March 30-April 3

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Weekly Update 3/2-3/6

This week we continued our discussion about balls and got to explore various ways to use them. We used exercise balls, marbles, jacks, and tried to bowl using different sized balls. We also had a special visitor come read to us on Thursday to celebrate Read Across America Week!

During small group, the students practiced their memory skills by matching ball pictures, made shapes with geoboards, and used beads to make patterns.

Our social emotional curriculum reviewed the touching rule and ways to stay safe as well as the safety rules that we learned at the beginning of the year. Ask your child if they can remember our rules and ways to stay safe!

Reminders

March 9-13 — No School (Spring Break)

March 27 — Family Socialization at Kloefkorn Fun Night

Weekly Update 2/24-2/8

This week we talked about what makes balls move and who uses balls. We got to experiment with water and got to go to the gym to practice how to use a variety of balls (basketball, volleyball, soccer ball, etc.).

In our small groups this week students practiced making their name with magnets, used straws to try to blow different balls on the table and carpet, and worked on their recall skills by playing the game What’s Missing? This game is easy to play at home and can be done very quickly. You find 3-5 items, show them to your child, put a blanket on top, take 1-3 items away and see if they can tell you what’s missing! It’s a great way to practice memory and recall skills.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to invite friends to play and how to join friends in their play. We talked about how students could give a play idea to a group of friends or ask to join or help them with what they are already playing. We also talked about how to be kind to all friends all of the time in the classroom. Take some time to talk to your child about kind words and actions that they can display in the preschool classroom.

Reminders

March 3 & 5 — Parent Teacher Conferences

March 9-13 — No School (Spring Break)

Weekly Update 2/18-2/21

This week we continued to experiment with balls and tried to answer the question, do all balls roll? The students had the opportunity to test that theory with various types of balls and practiced working in partners.

In small groups this week students practiced making 3-D shapes with playdoh, used ramps to see which balls rolled faster than others, and explored environmental print and got to make their own sign.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to appropriately invite a friend to play and how friends feel when they are included in play.

Reminders

February 25 — No School (PLC)

March 3 & 5 — Parent Teacher Conferences

March 9-13 — No School (Spring Break)

Weekly Update 2/10-2/14

This week we continued our Balls Study and explored various sizes and types of balls and started exploring whether or not all balls bounce.

During small groups, students practiced their guessing and counting skills, how to tally, and got to bounce balls and count how many times they bounced.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on our fair ways to play in the classroom. We talked about how students can play together, trade, and take turns with materials.

Reminders

February 17 — No School (Plan day)

February 25 — No School (PLC)

March 3 & 5 — Parent Teacher Conferences

Weekly Update 2/3-2/7

The preschoolers had a fun time celebrating the end of our clothing study. They got to enjoy a “fancy” lunch and got to strut their stuff for some Kloefkorn students and staff! We also began our Balls Study this week.

 

In small groups this week, students practiced how to use a graph, sorted buried treasure in the sand table, and got to build shapes using pipe cleaners.

 

Our social emotional curriculum taught the students a new strategy for waiting. We discussed that you could count while you are waiting to wash your hands, or for your turn for a toy, or while you’re sitting in the car. We practiced counting items that were blue, counting friends in the classroom, and rote counting while waiting.

 

Reminders

February 14 — Spring Party @ 1:15pm

February 17 — No School (Plan day)

February 25 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 1/27-1/31

This week we continued to talk about special clothing that people wear for different events. The students shared their photos from weddings, soccer games, Halloween, and other times that they wore special clothing.

 

In small groups this week, students illustrated their own Mitten story, practiced counting and comparing, and moved their bodies in different ways over letters taped on the floor in the hallway.

 

Our social emotional curriculum continued to focus on big feelings and how to calm our bodies down if we are having a big feeling. This week we focused on angry feelings. We also reviewed how we keep our bodies safe during a shelter drill.

Valentine’s Day

Our Spring party will be on February 14 at 1:15pm. During this time students will have an opportunity to pass out Valentine’s Day cards. We currently have 16 students enrolled in our classroom, however, that can change before the 14th. Please do not write individual names on the cards as that makes it very hard for students to pass out independently. Keep in mind that candy/food is not allowed but other small items are ok.

Reminders

February 5 — Fancy Dress Day

February 14 — Spring Party @ 1:15pm

February 17 — No School (Plan Day)

Weekly Update 1/21-1/24

This week we began talking about special clothes that people wear to work. We talked about the different parts of the firefighter and police officer uniforms that we saw when they visited (during 2nd quarter) and the students were able to talk about the special things that their family members wear to work!

During small groups the students learned about alliterations and sorted objects based on their beginning sounds, worked on 1:1 correspondence while counting using clothespins, and worked on 1:1 correspondence while counting using cotton balls. Counting using one-to-one correspondence, or using one number for each item, is an important skill to practice whenever you can. You can practice counting stickers, toys, magnets, candy, etc. and emphasize that the student use only one number for each item.

Our social emotional curriculum continued to focus on big feelings and how to calm our bodies when we are having big feelings. This week we talked about feeling disappointment and why you might feel that way. We also reviewed how to calm our bodies by taking deep belly breaths.

 

Reminders

January 28 — No School (PLC)

February 5 — Fancy Dress Day

Weekly Update 1/13-1/17

This week we talked about how we can make clothes. Mrs Bassett and Ms Peggy brought in some supplies to show us how to crochet and how to knit! We talked about the different tools they need for each and what types of things they can make.

 

Our small groups this week allowed students to experiment with mixing paint using mittens, introduced new 3-D shapes, and had students practice how to make shapes using geoboards. 3-D shapes are all around us and I challenge you to ask your child if they can spy any throughout your day!

 

Our social emotional curriculum talked about how to calm down if you are having a big feeling. Mindy and Morey were feeling very frustrated this week and we helped them calm down by putting their hands on their tummy, saying stop, and taking some deep breaths. We practiced how to calm our bodies down if we are feeling scared, excited, sad, or having any other big feelings.

 

Reminders

January 20 — No School (MLK Jr. Day)

January 28 — No School (PLC)

 

Weekly Update 1/7-1/10

We have had a wonderful first week back from break. This week we reviewed the rules of our classroom and reviewed friendship skills.

 

In small groups this week the students made playdoh, played a memory game, and got to write/draw about what they did over their winter break.

Our social emotional curriculum talked about what it feels and looks like if you are worried. We talked about how your tummy might hurt and that you can talk to a teacher or other adult to help you feel better.

Home Visits

Our 3rd quarter home visits start January 13. If you do not remember what day you signed up for or if you need to reschedule, please let me know.

Reminders

January 13 — 3rd quarter home visits begin

January 20 — No school (MLK Jr. Day)

January 28 — No School (PLC)