All posts by Christa

Weekly Update 9/21-9/25

This week we concluded our Beginning of the Year Study and began our Signs Study! We spent some time looking at signs and talking about what we noticed about them, what we thought they might mean, and looking around outside to see if we could see any signs.

During small groups this week, students went fishing for letters, made letters in shaving cream, and made letters with playdoh. This week was all about letter identification! These are just a few ways that you can practice letter identification at home.

Our second step lessons focused on listening and following directions. We talked about who you could ask if you forget what to do. We also talked about our solution kit. The solution kit includes pictures of various ways that students can solve social problems in the classroom. Some ideas are to get a timer, trade toys, ask nicely, or play together.

Parent Teacher Conferences

The Early Childhood Department decided that preschool will not participate in parent teacher conferences this year. This information will be shared during a home visit instead. If you receive an email requesting that you sign up for conferences, please ignore it.

Reminders

September 29 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/14-9/18

This week we finished our conversations about who works at Kloefkorn and began to talk about how to make and keep friends at school. We wrapped up our talk about who works at Kloefkorn with a Gingerbread Man hunt! The students had such a fun time finding clues and searching for our Gingerbread Man.

Our small groups this week allowed students an opportunity to make their own book, predict how many times they thought balls would bounce, and practice answering wh- open ended questions. This is a very important skill that we practice each day in preshcool. You can practice at home by asking wh- questions that don’t have a right answer and allowing your child ample time to answer without interruption. For example, “If you were the Gingerbread man, where would you hide? Why?” “Why do you think _____ happened?” etc.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to use self-talk to help remember multiple step directions. You can practice this at home by giving simple multi-step directions such as stand up, turn around, sit down or jump, clap, sit down.

Reminders

September 29 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/8-9/11

This week we talked about when things happen at school. We spent a lot of time focusing on our visual schedule and talking about what we had already done and what came next in our day. We also began talking about who works at our school.

Our social emotional curriculum taught us fair ways to play. We learned that we can play together, trade, or take turns. We practice using our fair ways to play every day!

Our small groups included making shiny paint, learning how to use geoboards, and practicing how to write letters. We provided each child with their own letter book that will be kept at school. It helps students to start at the top of each letter when making them and is great letter identification practice!

Reminders

September 14 – September 25 — First Quarter Home Visits via Zoom

September 16 — Picture Day

September 29 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 8/31-9/4

This week we talked about rules at school and when things happen at school. We learned about our three big rules at Kloefkorn: Be safe, Be respectful, and Be responsible. We also spent some time using our atten-to-scopes to focus on our schedule at school to see what things come next in our day.

On Thursday, we had some special guests. Miss Kelsey  and Mr Eric zoomed into our classroom and taught the students some dance moves! Miss Kelsey and Mr Eric are professional dancers at Lego Land in Florida. Miss Kelsey is Mrs Bassett’s daughter!

 

In small groups this week, students practiced how to find the letters in their name and write their name, they went on a color hunt in the classroom, and they practiced different ways to move their bodies outside.

Our social emotional curriculum introduced our Atten-to-scopes and taught the preschoolers how to focus their attention on things. Ask your child to show you their atten-to-scopes!

Reminders:

September 7 — No school (Labor Day)

September 14-24 — First Quarter Home Visits via Zoom

Weekly Update 8/24-8/28

This week we continued talking about our friends and teachers names and began talking about our feelings. We talked about what things make us happy, scared, or sad and talked about what you can do if you have big feelings while you’re at school.

 

Our small groups this week included matching names and pictures of friends, exploring playdoh tools, and going on a scavenger hunt to find certain things in the classroom.

 

This week our social emotional lesson focused on listening skills. We played listening games such as Ms Christa says and used our listening song actions. Ask your child if they can sing our listening song for you. It goes like this:

Eyes are watching (point to eyes)

Ears are listening (point to ears)

Voices quiet (finger in front of lips)

Bodies calm (hug body)

This is how we listen, this is how we listen.

At group time, at group time.

Reminders

September 7 — No School (PLC)

September 14-25 — First Quarter Home Visits

 

First Week of School!

We made it! Our first week of preschool was a blast. We had so much fun welcoming students back to the classroom and getting to know everyone. We spent the week learning our friends and teachers names, how to wait your turn, how to walk in line, and how to be in preschool.

Our social emotional lessons included some safety rules about car seats and holding an adults hand while crossing the street. Ask your child if they can tell you our safety rules! We also reviewed our new rule about wearing masks in the classroom. We reminded our students that our masks must be worn over our mouths and noses at all times. Take some time to practice this at home! You can set a timer or complete a short activity while your child is wearing their mask.

Our small groups this week taught students about different areas of our classroom. We learned about the block area, house area, table toy area, art area, book area, sensory table, and science area. After we learned about the areas, students were able to play in those areas during choice time.

Reminders

August 25 — No School (PLC)

Last Week!

I know this is not how anyone expected our year together to end, but I want to say a sincere thank you to everyone for their flexibility and grace while we worked through our remote learning. I truly appreciate your willingness to participate and communicate during our last quarter.

 

I hope everyone has a great summer! Online learning videos and the daily challenges from the library will be available through June 30!

Weekly Update 4/20-4/24

Find our what our friends notice about insects: What We Notice About Insects?

 

Wyatt helped celebrate his brothers birthday at home and helped decorate their sidewalk/driveway with things that would make people smile!

Channer worked on a craft from his church!

Emberlyn has been spending a lot of time outside enjoying the nice weather!

Maggie has been busy this week! She spent time outside in all the different weather, completed lots of crafts, and made smoothies!

4/13-4/17

I put together a document with songs from our classroom — you can find it here:

Songs from the classroom!

Let me know if your child has any other requests and I will try to find them and add them to the document 🙂

Find out what your friends know about insects! What we know about insects

Look at the additional resources for preschool!  Additional Books/Resources for Preschool

Channer has been doing puzzles and has been able to spend some time outside!

Maggie has been doing some creative dress up and imaginative play!

Wyatt and his brother did a Lego challenge!

Ella got a new bike for Easter! She has been spending some time learning how to ride.