Weekly Update 10/22-10/25

This week we wrapped up our discussion of what food grows on trees and began talking about who takes care of trees. The students got to do a taste test of some food that grows on trees (lemons and plums) and they had some mixed reactions 🙂

During small groups this week we made a snack mix by following a recipe, made letters with pom poms, and practiced how to retell a familiar story. Ask your child if they can tell you anything about the story Henny Penny. We have read that story multiple times and each child has had at least 2 opportunities to help us retell it!

Our social emotional curriculum reviewed skills that we learned before the break. We reviewed our problem solving skills, our solution kit, and how to identify feelings.

Home Visits

Our 2nd quarter home visits will be occurring November 4-15. Please let me know if you do not remember what day/time you signed up for or if you think you need to reschedule!

Reminders

October 29 — No School (PLC)
November 1 — Pajama Day

Weekly Update 10/14-10/16

We had a wonderful short week in preschool! We finished up our discussion about who lives in trees and began talking about what food comes from trees. We generated a long list of food that animals eat and that people eat and will continue our conversation when we return from break.

Our small groups looked a little different this week. We practiced our spatial relationship and direction following skills to create a monster book and painted with tree parts. We also had a visit from the firetruck this week! The students have been using firefighter dramatic play props to pretend to fight fires. Some students took on the role of firefighters, some took on the role of preparing food for the firefighters, and others took on the role of placing the fires in various places around the classroom. It has been so fun to watch how they decide to play with the props each day.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on feelings this week. We talked about how we can look at someones face to identify how they are feeling and began to identify some emotions words. This week we talked about happy and sad.

Reminders

October 17-21 — No School (Fall Break)

October 29 — No School (PLC)

November 1 — Pajama Day

Weekly Update 10/7-10/11

This week we went on a scavenger hunt around Kloefkorn to look for evergreen and deciduous trees and we began our discussion about who lives in trees. We talked about what types of animals and insects live in trees and what types of animals and insects are harmful or helpful to trees.

In small groups this week the students practiced counting and number identification, how to observe and write or draw their ideas, and how to put together rhyming words. Rhyming words are sometimes tricky for preschool students and they need a lot of intentional practice to solidify their understanding. You can start having conversations about words that rhyme by talking about it at the dinner table. What rhymes with cup, plate, mat, etc? Accept and produce nonsense words as well to help support your child in producing rhyming words.

Our social emotional curriculum dove into some more safety rules. We learned safety rules about always asking adults first, guns, fire, dogs, and how to get found if you are lost. Take a minute to review these important safety rules with your child at home to help them generalize the rule between environments.

Reminders

October 14 & 15 — Parent teacher conferences

October 17-21 — No School (Fall Break)

October 29 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/30-10/4

This week we started talking about characteristics of trees in our community. We discussed how to measure the circumference of trees, used our senses to describe trees, and learned about the parts of trees. Ask your child if they can tell you about the different parts of trees this weekend!

In small groups, students worked on identifying letters, worked to make letters with popsicle sticks, and learned about patterns. Students used different colored bears to continue patterns on pattern mats and we have been practicing making patterns with our bodies such as: boy, girl, boy, girl and stand, sit, stand, sit. You can practice patterns at home using eating utensils, colored legos, or members of your family!

Our social emotional curriculum talked about how to respectfully ask for help if you need something. We talked about how it can be really frustrating if you can’t do something, such as zip your coat, but that we can practice asking an adult with a strong, respectful voice.

Reminders

October 14 & 15 — Parent Teacher Conferences

October 17-21 — No School (Fall Break)

October 29 — No School (PLC)