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.