Weekly Update 12/3-12/7

This week we continued to talk about what buildings are made of and what makes them strong. We also started our discussion of what is special about our building. We went on a walk to tally how many classrooms, restrooms, and offices were at Kloefkorn and we got to take a closer look at the heart in the library. After we examined the heart, the preschoolers were able to create their own to hang up in the classroom!

Our small groups this week included introducing water beads in the sensory table, making shapes with popsicle sticks, and working together to build a structure with blocks. This small group proved to be the most challenging for our students as it involved turn taking, waiting, and sharing. These are skills that can be practiced at home through games, talking, and play. For example, if you’re talking and your child has something they want to say you can remind them that it’s your turn to talk first then, then their turn. You can also reiterate that you know waiting is hard but it makes you feel happy (or any other positive emotion) when your child is able to wait for their turn.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on The Touching Rule (A bigger person should not touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy). We said that private body parts were anything that was covered by a swimming suit and discussed why it would be ok for a doctor to touch private body parts but not a babysitter. We also talked about what to do if someone breaks The Touching Rule and referred to those as the Safety Steps which are: 1. Say words that mean “no” 2. Get away 3. Tell a grown-up.

Reminders

December 18 — No School (PLC)

December 21-January 6 — No School (Winter Break)

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)

Weekly Update 10/22-10/26

This week we talked about who works with signs! Mrs Longoria came into the classroom to tell us about how she keeps students safe when walking across the cross walk. We practiced waiting for the crossing guard to put her sign up before walking across the street in front of the school. We also began learning some sign language! We practiced the signs for stop, please, and thank you this week.

During small groups this week the students learned about graphing, sequencing by size using nesting dolls, and we began talking about rhyming words. You can practice rhyming at home by gathering items that rhyme and having your child try to decide which items belong together. For example, car and star, rock and sock, cat and hat, etc.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on additional safety rules. We learned the Always Ask First Rule and we learned about things that are good for and bad for our bodies. Our Always Ask First Rule states that we must always ask an adult before going anywhere with or taking anything from someone.

We also talked about the size of our problems and appropriate reactions to various problems. We always ask, “Is that a big problem or a small problem?” and then talk about the type of reaction that is appropriate for the situation. This is a skill that can be practiced and modeled at home! If your child has a big reaction to a small problem, take a second to discuss what an appropriate response would look like and why it’s important. “When you scream/cry/yell it makes me think that you are hurt and that is scary. You could do this instead…”

 

Reminders

October 30 — No School (PLC)

November 5-16 — Second Quarter Home Visits **Don’t forget to gather materials to make your family sign!**

November 21-26 — No School (Break)

November 27 — No School (PLC)

 

Weekly Update 10/17-10/19

We had a lot of fun at preschool during our short week at school! The students discovered that we brought out a firefighter prop box and they enjoyed putting out fires around the classroom. We also had a visit from the fire truck! The preschoolers had the opportunity to examine the truck, see the ladder, hose, hear the sirens, and see what the firefighters look like when they are in their pants, jackets, and helmets. We talked about how they might look scary but they are there to help you and it is never safe to hide from a firefighter. The firefighters also talked about how important it is to have a family safety plan in case of an emergency at home. What’s yours?

During small groups this week the students were able to practice their tape skills, predict if they could blow certain objects across the table, and measure and compare block structures. Our social emotional curriculum focused on feelings and how to identify when someone is feeling a certain way. We practiced labeling our own feelings and looking at friends faces to identify how they are feeling. This is an easy “game” to practice at home! See if your child can identify how you’re feeling based on your facial expression/body language or if you can identify how they are feeling.

Home Visits

During our second round home visit you will be making a family sign! This sign can include family pictures, 3-d items, quotes, mottos, etc. I will be bringing out the paper and some materials to complete this sign and you and your child will do the rest! These signs will be brought to school to be hung up in the hallway and returned at a later date.

 

Reminders

October 30 – No School (PLC)

 

Weekly Update 10/8-10/11

This week we talked about the different kinds of signs that we might see in our environments and where they are found. The students were able to make their own advertisement, tell us their favorite place to shop, and draw the signs that they saw in our classroom.

During small group this week the students were counting and using 1:1 correspondence, playing stop & go using different body movements, and hopping on a number line. Our social emotional curriculum this week focused on safety rules about fire, guns, and rules about getting found if you’re ever lost or separated from an adult. In addition to these new rules that we learned, the students reviewed our rules about car safety and traffic safety.

Another skill we have been practicing is how to keep our friends and teachers safe from germs. As the cold weather approaches this is something that is vital in our classroom. We are teaching students how to cover their cough, blow their nose, and wash their hands. This is a something that can be practiced in the home environment as well. We know that these skills become habits when they are used consistently and across all environments. Please talk to your child about the importance of keeping everyone safe from germs and how to appropriately do so. 

Reminders

October 12-16 — No School (Fall Break)

October 22-26 — Red Ribbon Week (More information to come)

October 30 — No School (PLC)

 

Weekly Update 10/1-10/5

This week we continued our discussion about signs and the similarities and differences between them. We talked about the shape of signs, symbols that we might see on signs, and the differences between a banner and a sign. We are working on making a classroom banner that will be hanging in the school for everyone to see!

In small groups this week we went on a sign hunt in the hallway and tallied how many different signs we saw, played shape bingo, and made letters and shapes with popsicle sticks. The preschoolers LOVED our sign hunt tally game and many even continued it for the remainder of our school day. You can play this game at home too! You can go for a walk around your neighborhood and bring along a clipboard with a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Make a tally mark for every sign that you see on your journey and then count how many you saw.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to ask adults and peers for help. Morris and Mindy (our puppet friends) showed us that if we are having a problem we can always ask for help. They also showed us that we can ask in a strong preschool voice instead of using whines or tears. This is a skill that we practice and talk about a lot in preschool! Sometimes, things don’t always go the way that we want them to but we can be okay and ask for help!

Another skill we have been practicing is how to keep our friends and teachers safe from germs. As the cold weather approaches this is something that is vital in our classroom. We are teaching students how to cover their cough, blow their nose, and wash their hands. This is a something that can be practiced in the home environment as well because we know that these skills become habits when they are used consistently. Please talk to your child about the importance of keeping everyone safe from germs and how to appropriately do so. 

Reminders

October 8 & 11 — Parent Teacher Conferences

October 12-16 — No School (Fall Break)

October 22-26 — Red Ribbon Week (More information to come)

October 30 — No School (PLC)

Weekly Update 9/24-9/28

This week we began our Signs Study! We have been discussing that signs give us information and have identified lots of different signs around the building, in our classroom, and in books. We talked about what we already know about signs and things that we want to find out. The preschoolers have done a great job of noticing where signs are and asking different questions about them. See how many different signs you can see while driving to school or to the store!

Our small groups this week focused on comparing, making shapes, and predicting. The students had the opportunity to compare small quantities of objects using ice cube trays, use geoboards and rubber bands to create shapes and lines, and use their scientific inquiry skills to predict how many pom poms were in each scoop that they took.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on following directions. We talked about how the students could use self-talk to remind themselves about what the directions are or who they could ask if they forget. We also talked about how adults feel when they follow directions the first time. This is a skill that we practice numerous times every single day in preschool! You can practice at home by reminding your child to use self-talk after you give a direction and talking about how you feel when they complete the task.

Family Socialization

Don’t forget! Our first family socialization will occur on October 5 from 5:30-6:30 at Fun Night! You can register and pre-pay at: https://kloefkornpto.org/fun-night/

This event runs from 5:30-8:00pm and you are welcome to come at anytime, however, preschool staff will only be at Fun Night from 5:30-6:30pm.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are October 8 and 11. You should have received an e-mail from me that included the time of your parent teacher conference. Please let me know if you are able to attend this conference so that I can assure I have the correct materials ready to discuss.

Reminders

October 5 — Family Socialization @ Fun Night 5:30-6:30pm

October 8 & 11 — Parent Teacher Conferences

October 12-16 — No School (Fall Break)

October 30 — No School (PLC)