Weekly Update 3/25-3/29

This week we have been discussing some different ways that people use tubes. We wrote letters and put them in “mail tubes” to mail to another preschool class in the district and we experimented with marbles and different sized tubes/tunnels.

 

During small group this week we talked about 3-d shapes, went on a treasure hunt for 3-d shapes, and discovered what types of items would roll/move down a ramp. The students were able to predict what they thought would happen, complete the experiment, and talk about why it either rolled or didn’t roll.

Our social-emotional curriculum focused on saying the problem. We role played different problems and practiced identifying what the problem was. This is an easy skill to practice at home! You encounter numerous little problems everyday. You can call attention to the situation and ask your child if they can identify what your problem is and brainstorm ways to solve it.

Family Socialization 

Our family socialization is scheduled for April 12 from 2:30-3:30pm. This is an opportunity for you to actively engage with your child in the classroom. There will be activities for you to complete, a science experiment, a building contest, and activities to engage in outside. Please RSVP here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XYefkCn5OUUckRNiWpffkxsJW7_DNGctmIdv4XYO7RI/edit?usp=sharing

**If you attend you MUST park in the staff parking lot on the side of the building**

Reminders

April 1-17 — 4th Quarter Home Visits

April 12 — Family Socialization 2:30-3:30pm

April 19 & 22 — No School

Weekly Update 3/18-3/22

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great, relaxing spring break. We hit the ground running in preschool this week. We started talking about different ways that people and animals use tubes and tunnels. We introduced our new class pets (worms) and the students have been able to observe them digging their tunnels! We also had a special visitor, Mr Bassett, (who is an Anatomy and Physiology teacher at SCC) come in to talk about the tunnels in our bodies. He brought in models of veins and arteries and had some hands on activities for the class.

 

Our small groups this week consisted of exploring the Starfall ABC app on the iPad, playing a matching and counting game, and playing a memory game. Did you know that you can lock your child into an app on the iPad? This feature allows you to restrict your child from opening any other app or browsing any content that might not be suitable for young children. It is a feature called guided access which can be found by going to: settings — accessibility — guided access. You can turn this feature on and set a passcode. I’m unsure if this feature can be found on any other operating systems, however, if you are wondering about yours let me know and I can try to find out!

 

Our social emotional curriculum focused on reviewing classroom rules and problem solving skills. We reviewed our solution kit which has ideas for how to solve social problems in the classroom. Some of the solutions include getting a timer, sharing, or trading.

Save the Date

Our spring family socialization will be on April 12 from 2:30-3:30. We will have various activities set up that you and your child can complete or you can choose to just play with the materials with your child. This is an opportunity for you to participate and actively engage in your child’s day! If you plan to attend, please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XYefkCn5OUUckRNiWpffkxsJW7_DNGctmIdv4XYO7RI/edit?usp=sharing

**If you attend, you MUST park in the staff parking lot on the south side of the building** 

The rest of the building dismisses at 2:53, so we cannot impede the flow of traffic during this time.

Reminders

March 26 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 3/4-3/8

This week we talked about different types of tubes and got to explore PVC pipes, water hoses, and rain gutters. We talked about what we noticed about the different types and what was the same and different about them. We introduced the concept of a Venn diagram and filled it out while talking about the similarities and differences.

This week we also had a special visitor! Pat the Cat in the Hat came to visit the preschoolers and read Dr. Seuss books! Each child got to hold a stuffed animal character from a Dr. Seuss book and use them to act out The Foot Book. The students had a great time listening to the stories and interacting with their animals.

Our small groups this week consisted of making bird feeders with tubes, going on a color hunt through Kloefkorn, and using our predicting and counting skills. Our social emotional curriculum focused on reviewing our friendship and problem solving skills. The students had multiple opportunities to practice these skills throughout the week.

Travel Book

If your family is going on a vacation or doing something fun over spring break, bring in a picture or two! I am going to create a preschool travel book so that students can share where they have been and what they did. This will help foster recall, conversation, and public speaking skills. Feel free to bring in or email me pictures from previous trips if you think your child would be able to recall some details about it. It might be helpful to write something on the back of the picture so I can assist if needed when your child is telling their friends.

Reminders

March 11-15 — No School (Spring Break)

March 26 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 2/25-3/1

This week we have been talking about tubes and tunnels and the differences between the two. The students had opportunities to use tubes in new ways and explore tunnels of various lengths. We talked about the things that can go through tunnels and the students drew/wrote in their writing journals!

Our small groups this week consisted of shape matching and identification using tangrams, using team work to put together new big puzzles, and identifying and matching beginning sounds. Talking about the sounds that different letters make is an easy activity to add to any routine. For example, toothbrush and toothpaste both start with the T sound. Practicing skills across environments helps children to generalize the skill to all settings.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on appropriate ways to ask friends to join play and ways for you to ask to join in play. The students had opportunities to practice this skill during large group settings and during choice time.

Reminders

March 5 & 7 — Parent Teacher Conferences

March 11-15 — No School (Spring Break)