This week we have been talking about how we can reuse junk and make it into something new! We made binoculars out of old tubes, pulled junk from a mystery bag, talked about how to make instruments, and made new clothing!
Our small groups this week consisted of a memory game, sorting junk, and practicing our fine motor and writing skills. Encourage your child to practice their writing/fine motor skills at home by asking them to draw a picture of what they see, make a book about their day, draw on a white/chalk board, color with chalk outside, or put together small legos or other small manipulative. As society is increasingly adopting new technology, opportunities for fine motor practice has decreased in young children. However, these skills are still an essential part of every day life and need to be practiced in all environments.
As the school year winds down we are fortunate to be able to celebrate in various ways! On May 21st we will be celebrating Bill Kloefkorn with a concert and parade. Our preschoolers will join the rest of the school for a children’s concert before going to watch the student body participate in the parade. Due to the length of the route, we will not be walking in the parade. On May 22nd, we are going to practice eating lunch in the cafeteria! We will practice holding lunch trays, going through the line, opening milk, and throwing away food in the correct places. Finally, on May 23rd, we will be participating in field day. This is an event in which students participate in various activities that are set up around the school grounds. Students will need to be in tennis shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather and physical activities. Please take a minute to prepare your child for the events that will be taking place. The routine will look A LOT different the last week of school than it has all year which may be upsetting to some. We will be talking about it at school as well.
This week we talked about where trash goes and what happens when it gets there. Our custodian, Mr Craig, showed the preschoolers where our trash goes after we throw it away in the classroom. He showed us the different containers it gets put in and the scale they use to weigh it. We also talked about how we can reuse trash such as plastic bottles and bags.
During small group this week we practiced writing and illustrating a story, comparing containers using water droppers, and retelling a story using felt pieces.
Our social emotional curriculum focused on those transitioning into kindergarten. We talked about the listening rules and how they will have to practice their wait time and ability to follow multi-step directions. Our soon-to-be kindergarteners have been given more responsibilities in the classroom this week and will continue this trend until the end of the school year.
May 23 – Field Day (Your child must wear tennis shoes and clothing for physical activities)
May 23 – Last Day of School
We have continued our conversation about trash and where trash goes this week. We went on a trashcan/recycling bin hunt around Kloefkorn and the preschoolers loved using their attento-scopes to find the different bins that we have. We talked a bit about where trash goes and how we can help keep the Earth safe and clean.
In small groups, the preschoolers got to go bowling with recycled bottles, practice patterns with stickers, and practice action patterns with their bodies. We watched and practiced the moves to Banana, Banana, Meatball (a GoNoodle video) and then they were able to come up with their own action patterns.
Next week (May 8) will be the last day that we check out books from the school library. The books on this day will NOT go home with your child to ensure that they are returned the following week. Please continue to bring any library books that you may still have to make sure they are returned before the end of the school year.
May 23 – Field Day (Your child must wear tennis shoes and appropriate clothing for physical activity)
May 23 – Last Day of School
We started a new study this week! We are talking about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to keep our planet clean and beautiful. This week we began by talking about what we already know about reducing, reusing, and recycling. We went on a trash walk around the school and picked up any trash that we saw and we talked about the importance of letting an adult pick up any trash that is outside.
During small groups the children counted junk items, made sculptures with junk items and used new words to describe them, and practiced predicting, counting, and writing numbers.
Our social emotional curriculum focused on ways that we could be kind to our classroom, the Earth, and our environment. We talked about how we could keep our classroom clean by picking up trash, cleaning the tables after a spill, and making sure that we use kind hands with our toys.
April 30 — No school (PLC)
May 23 — Last day of School & Field Day (Make sure your child is wearing appropriate clothing to participate in physical activities)
This week we talked about who works with tubes and tunnels. We talked about scientists, firefighters, cafeteria staff, construction crews, and plumbers. The students got to conduct our own science experiment and take a field trip to to the kitchen to see how they use tubes!
In small groups this week, the students had an opportunity to use tubes to paint, practice lacing, and practice beading with beads and pipe cleaners. Beading and lacing are great ways to practice fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!
Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to solve a problem. The students practiced identifying the problem, using our calm down strategies, and thinking about ways that we could solve the problem. We learned that there are multiple ways that you can solve a problem and that you get to decide which one works best for you.
April 12 – Family Socialization
April 19 & 22 — No School (Break)
April 30 — No School (PLC)
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.
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:
**If you attend you MUST park in the staff parking lot on the side of the building**
April 1-17 — 4th Quarter Home Visits
April 12 — Family Socialization 2:30-3:30pm
April 19 & 22 — No School
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.
March 26 — No School (PLC)