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)