Weekly Update 11/28-11/30

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing break and holiday. This week we started talking about what buildings are made of. The students had an opportunity to see shingles, dry wall, bricks, straw, and sticks and determine which building materials were sturdy and which would collapse. We were also able to go for a short walk to identify what types of materials the houses around our school are made of.

Our small groups this week focused on letter identification and matching, making trains with cubes, and using your body to make patterns. The students were able to decide what type of pattern they wanted to make, demonstrate it to their friends, and then do it with them. For example, one student might want to clap, stomp, clap, stomp. This would be a fun (and quick) activity to try at home with siblings or parents!

Our social emotional curriculum talked about accidents and caring and helping. We talked about what it means if there is an accident (spilling milk, bumping into a friend, knocking over a friends tower) and what an appropriate response would be (clean it up, make sure friend is okay, apologize and offer to help rebuild). We also discussed what it looks like to be a caring and helpful friend in the classroom and at home.

Attendance

The office staff have asked that you contact them directly if your child will be absent for any reason. You are more than welcome to shoot me an e-mail as well, but I will no longer be forwarding those e-mails to the office.

 

Reminders

Dec 18 — No School (PLC)

Dec 21 – Jan 6 — No School (Winter Break)

 

Weekly Update 11/12-11/16

This week we talked about what the buildings in our neighborhoods look like and began our discussion about who builds buildings. We were able to take a walk to a near by house that in currently under construction. We talked about the different people that worked on the house (contractor, plumber, electrician, realtor, etc.) and what types of tools they used to build it. We will be continuing to talk about who builds buildings next week. If you have any building materials that you would be willing to donate or let us borrow, let me know!

In small groups this week we worked on spelling our names using magnet letters, solving story problems using math concepts, and creating patterns. Our social emotional curriculum focused on safe and unsafe touches. We talked about what each type of touch looked like and how they make people feel.

Screen Time for Preschoolers

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “for children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.”

The overuse of screens can lead to a decreased attention span, behavior concerns, sleep disturbances, and childhood obesity. Take a minute to think about how much screen time your child gets every day. Is it supervised? Is it educational? Is it less than an hour? If you were able to answer yes to all of those questions, keep it up! If you answered no to these questions, visit the website below to develop a plan to support your family in decreasing your screen time.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx#home

 

Fall Party

We have gone ahead and planned the activities for our kiddos for our fall party. If you would like to come and participate with your child, you are more than welcome to do so. Our party begins at 1:30 on November 20 and concludes around 2:00 at which time you can choose to take your child home early, you can leave until pick-up, or stay to hang out with us 🙂 I just ask that you let me know what your plans are ahead of time. Thanks!

Reminders

November 20 — Fall Party @ 1:30

November 21-27 — No School

November 39 — Book Orders Due

Weekly Update 11/5-11/9

This week we began our Building Study! We have been talking about what we already know about buildings and what we would like to learn about buildings. We introduced new building materials in the classroom and the students have been hard at work making structures together.

 

Our small groups focused on making letters with new materials and letter identification, finding buried treasure in the sensory table, and retelling The Three Little Pigs using props. Ask your child if they can tell you the story of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Red Dog (Clifford version).

 

Our social emotional curriculum focused on same and different. We talked about how it’s okay for you to have a different feeling than a friend about the same thing. For example, one friend might really like to play in the block area and another friend might not like that activity as much. We’ve been continuing our discussion of big vs small problems. We always ask them student, “Is this a big problem or a small problem?” We also use a rating scale from 1 (no problem) to 5 (emergency).

Fall Party

We have gone ahead and planned the activities for our kiddos for our fall party. If you would like to come and participate with your child, you are more than welcome to do so. Our party begins at 1:30 and concludes around 2:00 at which time you can choose to take your child home early, you can leave until pick-up, or stay to hang out with us 🙂 I just ask that you let me know what your plans are ahead of time. Thanks!

Reminders

November 5-16 — Second Quarter Home Visits

November 20 — Fall Party @ 1:30

November 21-26 — No School (Break)

November 27 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 10/29-11/2

This week we wrapped up our signs study and began our new buildings study. The students talked about what they would like to share with their families about what they learned during our signs study, what did they tell you? There was an attached note to my e-mail that describes our building study and how you can help us by bringing in pictures of various types of buildings or houses. Additionally, if you or someone you know works with buildings in any capacity (construction, architect, planner, window maker, etc.) and would like to make a visit to preschool, let me know!

During small groups this week we practiced tallying, graphing, and predicting how many items were in a container. We practiced how to formulate our own questions to survey the class (favorite type of weather, favorite color) in order to practice documenting (tallying/graphing) and comparing the results. You can practice this by taking informal polls during meal times, car rides, walks, etc.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on feelings and how to identify when people are feeling a certain way. We talked about how we can look at their face, eyes, and body language to determine how a person might be feeling. This week we introduced Super Friend capes! Each child had an opportunity to decorate a cape and can wear it throughout the day if they are being a Super Friend (kind words and actions). If they choose not to be a Super Friend, a teacher will take their cape until they can demonstrate their ability to be kind to friends. Children always have an opportunity to earn their cape back and it typically only takes around 2-3 minutes.

Home Visits

Our 2nd quarter home visits will be occurring November 5-16. We will be making family signs during this time as well as discussing our GOLD assessment results for the first checkpoint. I will be bringing a few supplies to make signs and you can add pictures, words, decorations, etc. in order to complete your sign that will be hanging in our classroom.

Reminders

November 21-26 — No School (Break)

November 27 — No School (PLC)