Weekly Update 10/8-10/11

This week we talked about the different kinds of signs that we might see in our environments and where they are found. The students were able to make their own advertisement, tell us their favorite place to shop, and draw the signs that they saw in our classroom.

During small group this week the students were counting and using 1:1 correspondence, playing stop & go using different body movements, and hopping on a number line. Our social emotional curriculum this week focused on safety rules about fire, guns, and rules about getting found if you’re ever lost or separated from an adult. In addition to these new rules that we learned, the students reviewed our rules about car safety and traffic safety.

Another skill we have been practicing is how to keep our friends and teachers safe from germs. As the cold weather approaches this is something that is vital in our classroom. We are teaching students how to cover their cough, blow their nose, and wash their hands. This is a something that can be practiced in the home environment as well. We know that these skills become habits when they are used consistently and across all environments. Please talk to your child about the importance of keeping everyone safe from germs and how to appropriately do so. 

Reminders

October 12-16 — No School (Fall Break)

October 22-26 — Red Ribbon Week (More information to come)

October 30 — No School (PLC)

 

Weekly Update 10/1-10/5

This week we continued our discussion about signs and the similarities and differences between them. We talked about the shape of signs, symbols that we might see on signs, and the differences between a banner and a sign. We are working on making a classroom banner that will be hanging in the school for everyone to see!

In small groups this week we went on a sign hunt in the hallway and tallied how many different signs we saw, played shape bingo, and made letters and shapes with popsicle sticks. The preschoolers LOVED our sign hunt tally game and many even continued it for the remainder of our school day. You can play this game at home too! You can go for a walk around your neighborhood and bring along a clipboard with a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Make a tally mark for every sign that you see on your journey and then count how many you saw.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to ask adults and peers for help. Morris and Mindy (our puppet friends) showed us that if we are having a problem we can always ask for help. They also showed us that we can ask in a strong preschool voice instead of using whines or tears. This is a skill that we practice and talk about a lot in preschool! Sometimes, things don’t always go the way that we want them to but we can be okay and ask for help!

Another skill we have been practicing is how to keep our friends and teachers safe from germs. As the cold weather approaches this is something that is vital in our classroom. We are teaching students how to cover their cough, blow their nose, and wash their hands. This is a something that can be practiced in the home environment as well because we know that these skills become habits when they are used consistently. Please talk to your child about the importance of keeping everyone safe from germs and how to appropriately do so. 

Reminders

October 8 & 11 — Parent Teacher Conferences

October 12-16 — No School (Fall Break)

October 22-26 — Red Ribbon Week (More information to come)

October 30 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/24-9/28

This week we began our Signs Study! We have been discussing that signs give us information and have identified lots of different signs around the building, in our classroom, and in books. We talked about what we already know about signs and things that we want to find out. The preschoolers have done a great job of noticing where signs are and asking different questions about them. See how many different signs you can see while driving to school or to the store!

Our small groups this week focused on comparing, making shapes, and predicting. The students had the opportunity to compare small quantities of objects using ice cube trays, use geoboards and rubber bands to create shapes and lines, and use their scientific inquiry skills to predict how many pom poms were in each scoop that they took.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on following directions. We talked about how the students could use self-talk to remind themselves about what the directions are or who they could ask if they forget. We also talked about how adults feel when they follow directions the first time. This is a skill that we practice numerous times every single day in preschool! You can practice at home by reminding your child to use self-talk after you give a direction and talking about how you feel when they complete the task.

Family Socialization

Don’t forget! Our first family socialization will occur on October 5 from 5:30-6:30 at Fun Night! You can register and pre-pay at: https://kloefkornpto.org/fun-night/

This event runs from 5:30-8:00pm and you are welcome to come at anytime, however, preschool staff will only be at Fun Night from 5:30-6:30pm.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are October 8 and 11. You should have received an e-mail from me that included the time of your parent teacher conference. Please let me know if you are able to attend this conference so that I can assure I have the correct materials ready to discuss.

Reminders

October 5 — Family Socialization @ Fun Night 5:30-6:30pm

October 8 & 11 — Parent Teacher Conferences

October 12-16 — No School (Fall Break)

October 30 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/17-9/21

This week we have been discussing appropriate ways to make friends and enter groups of play. We have been practicing our friendship skills in the classroom and talking about how we can be kind friends. The students had an opportunity to draw a picture of how they have been kind to their friends or siblings and we will be hanging them up in our classroom!

This was the last week of our Beginning of The Year Study! We will begin a new study, our Signs Study, on Monday. There is an attachment in your e-mail that explains what we will be talking about and how you can help us learn during our new study.

In small groups this week we worked on predicting and counting, writing about ourselves, and playing a memory/matching game. Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to use self-talk in the classroom and we also reviewed our Hold procedure.

We introduced some new materials in our art center this week! The students were able to use tape dispensers and staplers (with adult supervision). The preschoolers did a GREAT job following directions while using these new materials. They had fun making books, sending letters, and experimenting with the materials. I encourage you to allow your children to use these items at home 🙂 They are more than capable of using them in the correct way with adult supervision.

Reminders

September 25 — No School (PLC Day)

October 5 — Family Socialization @ Fun Night 5:30-6:30pm

October 8 & 11 — Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00

October 12-16 — No School (Fall Break)

Weekly Update 9/10-9/14

This week we finished up our discussion about when things happen at school and began talking about who works at Kloefkorn. We had a special visitor, Ms Carol, come talk to us about what she does in the kitchen to make our food each day. The preschoolers had a lot of great questions for Ms Carol (How do you make chicken? What’s your favorite ice cream? What’s your favorite color?).We also read The Gingerbread Man and then went on a Gingerbread hunt to find him in the classroom and the school. During small groups this week the students worked on identifying letters, making shapes with geoboards (rubber band boards), and making pretend cookies with playdoh.

Our social emotional curriculum this week focused on fair ways to play (share, trade, play together) and also how to appropriately ask for and give a toy. These are skills we work on every single day in preschool and they are skills that can be practiced at home during routine times of the day. For example, at meal times have your child practice asking for a particular food item or drink.

Save the Date!

Our first family socialization will occur on October 5 from 5:30-6:30 at Kloefkorn Elementary. We will be participating in Fun Night! The following website will give you more information about the event: https://kloefkornpto.org/fun-night/

*The actual event is from 5:30-8:00 and you are welcome to come at anytime, however, preschool staff will only be there until 6:30*

Reminders 

September 19 — Picture Day

September 21 — Walk-a-Thon & Pajama Day!

September 25 — No School (PLC)

October 5 — Family Socialization @ Fun Night 5:30-6:30

Weekly Update 9/4-9/7

This week in preschool we have continued to talk about rules we have in our classroom and at Kloefkorn. We also started to talk about what happens during our day, for example, what happens during small group or large group, and how we know when those parts of our day are coming. We talked about the clock and that it helps us know when things happen and how we can look at our schedule to determine which part of the day comes next.

During our small groups this week, students were able to practice using their positional words (next to, behind, in front of) by tossing bean bags into a bucket, compare sizes of structures using unifix cubes (taller than, shorter than, more, less), and identify letters by putting together a puzzle. These are all skills that you can practice at home using various objects or your child’s own body (e.g., stand behind the chair, are you bigger or smaller than the table?, what letters do you see in your bedroom? etc.).

Our social emotional curriculum discussed how we can focus our attention using our attento-scopes (ask your child to show you what they look like) and continued to practice how to be welcoming to new peers and adults in the classroom. We also had an opportunity to practice our new Standard Response Protocol procedure of Hold. This would occur if there was ever an emergency inside the building in which they needed the hallways clear (e.g., medical emergency where medical personnel needed to get to someone quickly).

Reminders

Please continue to empty your Friday folders and send them back on Monday (or the next school day).

September 19 — Picture Day @ 1:30pm

September 21 — Walk-a-thon & Pajama Day!

September 25 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 8/27-8/31

This week in preschool we talked about rules in our classroom and school. We reviewed the rules we have established and the students generated some new rules for us to follow each day. The rules in our classroom are: Eyes are watching, ears are listening, voices quiet, body calm. We sing a song with these lyrics each day to remind ourselves of our listening rules, ask your child if they can sing it for you!

Our social emotional curriculum focused on welcoming and how we can welcome new friends or guests to our classroom. Our new friend Morris (puppet) stopped by to help our friends practice how we can be welcoming. We also talked about listening and what it means to be a great listener.

In our small groups this week we worked on identifying letters in our names, identifying and recognizing colors in the classroom, and we practiced writing our names. You can help support these ideas at home by reviewing the letters in your child’s name with them. If your child knows how to spell their name, try asking about the letters in a random order.

Friday Folders

I wanted to clarify some things about our Friday folders that I failed to mention last week. The book orders are completely optional. These orders are done through our classroom and if you choose to order books they generate points that can be used to purchase books or materials for the classroom. These will be sent out each month and can be entered online at the Scholastic website. These books will be sent to school and then we will send them home with your child. The activities that I send home are also optional to complete.

The items in your Friday folder can be taken out and kept at home. If there is information that you don’t need or won’t use, feel free to recycle it.

If you have any questions about what is in the folder, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Reminders

September 3 — No School (Labor Day)

Weekly Update 8/20-8/24

We have had a fun and busy full week of preschool! This week we focused on who’s names we need to know at school and what to do if we get sad or scared at school. We were able to draw family portraits, talk about who we played with, and even got to take a building tour!

On Wednesday, we got to go to the library to check out books! Mrs Mason, our librarian, talked to us about how important it is to take good care of the books that we borrow each week. Books are due back to the library every Wednesday.

We introduced our writing journals during large group on Friday. These journals are a place for the students to practice their writing and drawing skills, articulation skills, and their ability to answer questions. These journals will be sent home at the conclusion of the school year so that you can see the progress that your child has made in these areas.

In small groups this week we were able to continue exploring the various interest areas in the classroom. We learned the appropriate ways to use markers, crayons, water colors, and playdoh in the art area, how to use big books in the library area, how to play with water and sand in the sensory table, and how to use rhythm sticks in the music area. Next week we will be going on a color hunt around the classroom, learning how to identify the letters of our names, and going on a name hunt in the classroom.

We continued reviewing our car and traffic safety rules during our social emotional lessons. We pretended to look all ways before crossing the street and to buckle up when getting in a car. Next week we will begin our Second Step curriculum and focus on welcoming and listening skills.

Friday Folders

Each Friday, your child will bring home a Friday folder in their backpack. These folders contain letters from the school, book orders, practice sheets, and artwork. Please empty these folders and place them back into backpacks to return on Monday. The worksheets that are sent home are optional activities that you can complete with your child at home. These will typically correspond with the letter of the week that we are focused on in the classroom. Book orders can be entered online using the classroom code.

Reminders

August 28 – – No School (PLC)

September 3 — No School (Labor Day)

First Week of School

Our first day of school was a success! Our preschoolers learned and practiced the routines of drop off, lunch, toothbrushing, small group, choice time, large group, outside time, and read aloud. Phew! They were busy.

This week during small group we focused on the block area, house area, and toy area (puzzles and magnatiles) and went over rules and expectations of each area. Next week we will be exploring the art, library, science, sensory table, and music area.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on car safety and traffic safety. We learned about the importance of seat belts and how to safely cross the street. Next week we will continue our discussion about safety rules surrounding cars and traffic.

 

Reminders

August 28 — No School (PLC)

September 3 — No School (Labor Day)

Back to School

Welcome to Kloefkorn Preschool! I am excited to start a new school year, get to know new families, and welcome back returning families to the program. This is the blog that I will use to post updates each Friday to give you some insight into our week. These updates will include the topic for the week, the social emotional lesson(s), and a brief preview of what we will be doing the next week. Please let me know if there is any additional information that would be useful to include each week.