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Last Weekly Update!

This will be the last blog post for this school year. This week we have spent time learning about who works with insects and their job titles. We also spent time celebrating and talking about our last days of preschool.

Our small groups this week had our students writing letters in shaving cream, playing ping pong pick up, and predicting if certain items would sink or float.

Our second step lessons this week were focused on our students moving on to kindergarten. We talked about how to make friends, how to be a good friend, and took a tour of Kloefkorn to see the rooms that they might be in next year.

We ended our week watching the Kloefkornucopia parade and cheering on our fellow Cubs!

Weekly Update 5/9-5/13

This week we talked about baby insects and the insect life cycle. We talked about how insects go through metamorphosis and what each stage of life is called. As an added bonus, our praying mantises  hatched and we were able to release them outside!

Our small groups this week included practicing writing letters and numbers, a word hunt in the hallway, and moving our bodies like insects and animals.

Our social emotional curriculum was focused on our students moving to kindergarten next year. Our oldest group of students practiced our listening rules and talked about what they are most excited about for next year.

Reminders

May 20 — Kloefkornucopia (preschoolers are not participating in the parade but will watch from the beginning of the parade route)

May 24 — Last day of PM preschool

Weekly Update 4/18-4/22

This week we talked about homes that insects make, how they work together, the patterns we notice, and how insects eat. Our butterflies have come out of their chrysalis! The students were all very excited to see them flying in our net. We will release them on Monday!

Small groups this week included the opportunity to practice tallying, retelling The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and playing an insect memory game.

Our social emotional curriculum reviewed safety lessons and introduced a new safety lesson. Our new safety rule is: Always ask a bigger person before petting a dog.

Reminders

April 26 — No Preschool (PLC)

April 28-29 — No School

May 24 — Last day of PM Preschool

Weekly Update 4/11-4/14

This week we continued talking about insects. We talked about how they communicate by making sounds and how they communicate without sounds. The students were really excited about our caterpillars this week who all are in their chrysalis phase now!

Our small groups this week included making birdfeeders, counting and comparing, and using a “wrecking ball” to knock down towers.

Our social emotional lessons focused on how to solve problems that we might have in the classroom.

Reminders

April 15 — No School

April 26 — No Preschool

April 28 & 29 — No School

Weekly Update 4/4-4/8

This week we celebrated the Week of the Young Child! Each day had a theme: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. For each day, we had a small group and large group that aligned with the theme for the day.

 

 

We spent a little time each day observing our caterpillars. The students are all so excited to watch them change and grow. Ask your child if they can tell you something about our caterpillars!

 

Reminders

April 15 — No School

April 26 — No Preschool (PLC)

April 28 — No School (Plan Day)

April 29 — No School

Weekly Update 3/28-4/1

This week we dove into our insect study. We learned that insects have 6 legs and 3 body parts. We went on an insect walk and introduced our caterpillars. Our caterpillars have grown each day and will soon make their chrysalis! The students have enjoyed looking at them every day and talking about what has changed.

Our small groups this week included a letter identification game, a number line game, and a shape game.

Our second step lessons focused on how to identify the problem. This is something that students struggled with a bit this week. They were able to tell me how they would feel if that problem occurred, but were unable to identify the actual problem. You can practice this at home by asking them to identify the problem in various situations.

Week of the Young Child

Next week, we will be celebrating the week of the young child. Each day has a different theme: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. If you have not sent me a family picture, please consider doing so so we can include your family picture for our Friday celebration!

Reminders

4th Quarter Home Visits — April 4-25

April 15 — No School

April 26 — No School

April 28-29 — No School

Weekly Update 3/21-3/25

This week we wrapped up our Balls Study and had our first day of our Insect Study. We celebrated our Balls Study by talking about our favorite parts of the study and reviewing the things that we have talked about.

Our small groups this week included making letters, numbers, and shapes with shaving cream and playdoh, and using magnatiles to make new pictures.

During our second step lessons we reviewed our classroom rules and expectations. We also talked about appropriate ways to join in play with other friends.

Reminders

March 29 — No Preschool (PLC)

Weekly Update 3/7-3/11

This week we talked about what animals use balls and what we thought was inside of a ball. Ask your child if they can tell you some animals that use balls!

In small groups this week we played a ball memory game, made shapes on geoboards, and made patterns using beads on pipe cleaners.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on reviewing our safety rules. We talked about how to stay safe crossing the street, reviewed lessons on guns and fire safety, and reviewed our touching rule.

 

Reminders

March 14-18 — No School (Spring Break)

March 29 — No Preschool (PLC)

Weekly Update 2/28-3/4

This week we talked about who uses balls and how they use them. We discussed how athletes use balls, how construction crews use them, and that you can eat them!

During small groups this week we used ramps and balls, made 3-D art with sphere shaped items, and dug for buried treasure in the sand.

Our social emotional curriculum focused on how to gain a friends attention, ask for a toy, and how to give a toy appropriately. We call these our LEAP skills. To get someones attention, we have to tap them on the shoulder, look at them, and say their name. We continue to practice this skill every day in the classroom.

Reminders

March 14-18 — No School (Spring Break)

Weekly Update 2/14-2/25

The last couple of weeks we have been talking about balls. We got to predict and then experiment to see if all balls bounce and if all balls roll. We also were able to weigh different balls and talk about the similarities and differences between heavy and light balls.

During small groups we practiced making letters, retelling stories, and identifying and making shapes.

Our 2nd step curriculum has focused on how to invite a friend to play with you and how we can use fair ways to play in the classroom.

Reminders

March 14-18 — No School (Spring Break)