This week we talked about what buildings are made of and what keeps people safe while they are building structures. The students were able to see and touch drywall, shingles, bricks, plywood, and 2×4’s to gain a better understanding of various types of building materials.
Our small groups this week allowed students to practice recognizing and making different shapes, practice identifying the beginning sounds of words, and they got to experiment making structures with blocks and shaving cream.
Our 2nd Step lesson focused on accidents. We learned that accidents happen all the time! We also learned what steps to take if we accidentally do something to a friend. We can tell the friend that it was an accident and check to see if they are okay or if we can help them.
December 11 — No School (Plan Day)
December 15 — No School (PLC)
December 23 – January 4 — No School (Winter Break)
This week we finished talking about what buildings look like in our neighborhood and started talking about who builds buildings. We were able to enjoy the nice weather and take a couple of walks to look at the different features of houses and talked about tools that are used to build houses.
In small groups this week we practiced identifying emotions and talking about why someone might feel a certain way, made patterns using actions, and predicted and counted pom poms in different sized jars.
Our social emotional curriculum talked about safe and unsafe touches. We learned our ways to stay safe: Stop and think, what’s the rule, say words that mean no, and tell a grown-up. We also learned that even if someone wants to give us a safe touch, like a hug, we can always say no.
November 23-November 30 — No School
This week we began talking about our buildings study. We talked about what a building was and what kinds of buildings we have seen. We also spent some time looking at pictures of different buildings and talking about what we noticed.
In small groups this week we practiced making letters, went fishing for numbers, and practiced retelling a familiar story. The story we read this week was The Three Little Pigs and the Big Red Dog. Ask your child if they can tell you what happened in our story!
During our Second Step time we talked about what might make us feel angry. We practiced showing friends what our faces look like, talked about times that we have felt angry, and talked about ways to calm our bodies if we are feeling very angry.
November 9-20 — 2nd Quarter Home Visits
November 10 — No PM Preschool (Extra PLC day)
November 24 — No School (PLC)
November 25-27 — No School (Thanksgiving Break)
November 30 — No School (Plan day)
This week we wrapped up our signs study. We talked about our favorite parts of the study and discussed what we learned about signs. Next week we will start our buildings study!
In small groups this week we practiced graphing, making rhymes, and making shapes. You can practice rhyming with your child by singing familiar nursery rhymes and pointing out rhyming pairs, reading books with rhyming words, and making up silly words to rhyme with their names or the names of family members.
Our social emotional curriculum focused on identifying the emotions scared and surprised. We talked about times that we might have felt that way. We also talked about safe and unsafe substances for our bodies. We discussed who can give you medicine and what to do if someone unsafe tries to give you something.
Second Quarter Home Visits
Our second round of home visits will occur November 9-20. Please let me know if you don’t remember the time you signed up for or if you need to reschedule your visit.
November 2 — No School (Plan day)
November 3 — No School (Election day)
This week we finished our discussion about the characteristics of signs and began talking about where signs are found. We talked about advertisements and displays that they might see at a store. During choice time one day, we decorated a banner that will be displayed in the hallway. Our banner says “We have grit and we won’t quit!”
One small group this week introduced the concept of tallying. Each student got their own tally sheet and practiced how to tally signs that we found around the room. The other small groups were making letters with popsicle sticks and sign bingo.
We learned some very important safety rules this week. The first one is the Always Ask First rule. This rule tells us that we should always ask an adult first before trying something or going somewhere. The second rule we learned is our gun safety rule which says that we never touch guns. Take some time to talk to your child about the importance of these safety rules and how they apply at home.
October 15-16 — No School (Plan day & Fall Break)
October 27 — No School (PLC)
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.
September 29 — No School (PLC)