Weekly Update 10/22-10/26

This week we talked about who works with signs! Mrs Longoria came into the classroom to tell us about how she keeps students safe when walking across the cross walk. We practiced waiting for the crossing guard to put her sign up before walking across the street in front of the school. We also began learning some sign language! We practiced the signs for stop, please, and thank you this week.

During small groups this week the students learned about graphing, sequencing by size using nesting dolls, and we began talking about rhyming words. You can practice rhyming at home by gathering items that rhyme and having your child try to decide which items belong together. For example, car and star, rock and sock, cat and hat, etc.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on additional safety rules. We learned the Always Ask First Rule and we learned about things that are good for and bad for our bodies. Our Always Ask First Rule states that we must always ask an adult before going anywhere with or taking anything from someone.

We also talked about the size of our problems and appropriate reactions to various problems. We always ask, “Is that a big problem or a small problem?” and then talk about the type of reaction that is appropriate for the situation. This is a skill that can be practiced and modeled at home! If your child has a big reaction to a small problem, take a second to discuss what an appropriate response would look like and why it’s important. “When you scream/cry/yell it makes me think that you are hurt and that is scary. You could do this instead…”

 

Reminders

October 30 — No School (PLC)

November 5-16 — Second Quarter Home Visits **Don’t forget to gather materials to make your family sign!**

November 21-26 — No School (Break)

November 27 — No School (PLC)

 

Weekly Update 10/17-10/19

We had a lot of fun at preschool during our short week at school! The students discovered that we brought out a firefighter prop box and they enjoyed putting out fires around the classroom. We also had a visit from the fire truck! The preschoolers had the opportunity to examine the truck, see the ladder, hose, hear the sirens, and see what the firefighters look like when they are in their pants, jackets, and helmets. We talked about how they might look scary but they are there to help you and it is never safe to hide from a firefighter. The firefighters also talked about how important it is to have a family safety plan in case of an emergency at home. What’s yours?

During small groups this week the students were able to practice their tape skills, predict if they could blow certain objects across the table, and measure and compare block structures. Our social emotional curriculum focused on feelings and how to identify when someone is feeling a certain way. We practiced labeling our own feelings and looking at friends faces to identify how they are feeling. This is an easy “game” to practice at home! See if your child can identify how you’re feeling based on your facial expression/body language or if you can identify how they are feeling.

Home Visits

During our second round home visit you will be making a family sign! This sign can include family pictures, 3-d items, quotes, mottos, etc. I will be bringing out the paper and some materials to complete this sign and you and your child will do the rest! These signs will be brought to school to be hung up in the hallway and returned at a later date.

 

Reminders

October 30 – No School (PLC)

 

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)