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)

Weekly Update 12/16-12/20

This week we’ve been talking about how to make clothing. Mrs Bassett visited the classroom with her sewing machine and each child had the opportunity to learn about the different parts of the machine.

Our small groups this week were a little but different! The students decorated bags, made slime, decorated graham cracker cookies, and read holiday books.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on reminding students about the classroom rules and friendship skills. We practiced how to get a friends attention, how to ask for a toy, and how to invite a friend to play with you.

I hope everybody has a wonderful break!

Reminders

December 23-January 6 — No school (Winter break)

Weekly Update 12/9-12/13

This week we talked about how we take care of clothes. We discussed the different ways that people might wash their clothes and what types of soaps they might use. The students got to experiment with different types of soap (liquid, pod, and bar soap) to wash dirty socks. We also had two special visitors come to talk about the types of clothing that they wear. Ms Peggy brought in her 9-month old son, Henry, and her sister, Ms Martha, works in a dental office and talked about her scrubs!

 

In small group this week the students practice writing their names and clothing words with magnet letters, making letters and writing words in shaving cream, and retelling The Gingerbread Man. Ask you child if they can tell you the story about The Gingerbread Man at home!

Our social emotional  curriculum focused on The Touching Rule which says: A person should never touch your private body parts except to keep you healthy. We talked about what it means to keep you healthy and who can touch your private body parts to keep you healthy (Mom, Dad, Doctor).

Reminders

December 17 — No School (PLC)

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

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