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)

Weekly Update 9/16-9/20

This week we wrapped up our Beginning of the Year Study by talking about how to make friends at school. We practiced taking turns, talked about who our friends are, and talked about what we like to do with friends both at school and at home.

In small groups this week we practiced our recall skills by playing memory, practiced our writing skills but writing letters and names in our journals, and worked on predicting by trying to guess how many times a ball would bounce. Writing is a fundamental skill that can be practiced from a very young age. Having your child begin by tracing letters with their fingers is a great place to start. When we are writing, we use the words, “Pinch and flip” in order to encourage the correct pencil grasp. This is a technique that most children are familiar with, and I am happy to demonstrate what it looks like on a home visit!

Our social emotional curriculum focused on practicing self-talk and talking about our solution kit. Our solution kit has problem solving ideas for social problems. The ideas are paired with visuals so that children can use it in the classroom independently.

Reminders

September 23-26 — First Quarter Home Visits

September 23 — Walk-a-Thon

September 24 — No School (PLC)

October 14 & 15 — Parent Teacher Conferences

Weekly Update 9/9-9/13

This week we finished our discussion about when things happen at school and began talking about who works at our school. We had two classroom visitors come talk about how they help at our school. Mr Craig talked to us about how he cleans the school and what materials he uses and Ms Rachel talked to us about how she helps friends who are hurt or sick and showed us some tools that she uses.

 

In small groups this week, students practiced making shapes with geoboards, moved their bodies in different ways on the playground, and played a letter game. We are working hard to learn our letters and letter sounds in preschool! We practice a few letters each week and each letter has a picture and an action that we do. Ask your child if they can show/tell you any of the pictures or actions for the letters H, T, L, or E.

 

Our social emotional curriculum talked about how to use friendship skills in the classroom. We practiced how to get your friends attention, how to give a toy, and how to ask for a toy. We also talked about fair ways to play in the classroom.

Reminders

September 18 — Picture day

September 23 — Preschool Walk-a-Thon

September 24 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/3-9/6

This week we finished talking about our rules at school and began talking about when things happen at school. We learned about how to appropriately play rhythm sticks, what resting position looks like, and we talked about the function of a clock.

During small groups this week the students used team work to complete a floor puzzle, worked on following directions using playdoh and cookie cutters, and learned about spatial relationships with beanbags by naming where their beanbag landed in relation to a basket. These words can be incorporated at home in your daily routines! For example, asking your child to put their toothpaste beside their toothbrush or telling them to put their toy behind the couch.

Our social emotional curriculum talked about how to pay attention and focus using atten-to-scopes (ask your child to show you their atten-to-scopes!) and how to appropriately get someones attention in the classroom.

Reminders

September 16-26 — 1st Quarter Home Visits

September 18 — Picture Day

September 23 — Walk-a-Thon

September 24 — No School (PLC)

 

Weekly Update 8/26-8/30

This week in preschool we talked about rules. We talked about what rules are, what rules we have in our classroom, and what rules we have in different parts of the building. We even came up with some new rules that we put in place for our room!

During small groups this week students worked hard to identify and write the letters in their name, match their symbol and their friends symbols to their names, and played color hunt bingo. Letter recognition is something that we work on all year in preschool and something easy you can work on at home. Start by pointing out letters you see around your house and help your child identify what letter it is. Once your child can identify the letters, you can support them in learning the various sounds that letters make!

Our social emotional curriculum taught students how to appropriately welcome new students to a classroom. We talked about how they felt on their very first day of preschool and how we can help other students to feel comfortable in our classroom. We also talked about our listening rules and practiced them throughout each day.

Walk-a-Thon

Packets were sent home last week and I am excited to see how much money preschool can raise! Students who are able to complete certain tasks are awarded with prizes at school 🙂

Reminders

September 2 — No School (Labor Day)

September 18 — Picture Day

September 23 — Walk-a-Thon

September 24 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 8/19-8/23

We had a fun filled first full week of preschool! The students continued to learn their friends and teachers names and explore new areas of the classroom and building. We talked about the name of our building and went on a walking tour to see the different places that we will go this year (gym, library, health office, main office).

In small groups this week we introduced the sensory table, water colors, musical instruments, white boards, additional dramatic play materials, and we drew family portraits. Our social emotional curriculum focused on safety rules. We learned about how to safely cross the street, ride in a car, play in water, and ride a bike. Ask your child if they can tell you what the safety rules are!

Walk-a-Thon

Please look in your Friday Folder for information and your donation packet for our Walk-a-Thon! 

Reminders

August 27 — No School (PLC)

September 2 — No School (Labor Day)

 

First Days of School!

We had a GREAT first couple days of preschool! The students learned about the areas of the classroom and the various rules that we have. We also spent a lot of time learning each others names and the names of the teachers in our room.

During our Second Step time, we learned about safety rules pertaining to riding in a car and riding on the bus. During small group, the students spent time in the toy area, house area, and block area learning about the rules and how to play safety and appropriately with the toys.

Reminders:

Please do not send toys, food, or any extra “things” from home in your child’s backpack. They can become very distracting and might get lost or damaged in the classroom. Additionally, we must be mindful of allergies and do everything we can to keep each child safe.