Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Preschool News Week of August 29-Sept. 2

What we've been learning:

Whole Group: 

Incredible Flexible You:  We have read the story Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings.  We learned that each of us have different thoughts and feelings and how our actions can effect others.  

We have been reading literature about going to school to include: If You Bring a Mouse to School, Friends at School, Will I Have a Friend, The Kissing Hand and Dinofours, It's Time for School.  

We discussed things we will be doing at school and made comparisons between the books we have read and our own classroom.   

We continue to work on learning classroom routines, our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) Rules, and group time behavior expectations (ask your student's to tell you what "Give me Five" means at group time).  Next week we will introduce classroom jobs and begin Jolly Phonics, our letter and letter sound program.   

Small Groups:

We participated in activities to go along with Incredible Flexible You to reinforce the idea that we all have different thoughts and feelings and sometimes we can tell what someone is feeling or thinking by looking at their body language. 

We began journaling, introduced patterns using body movements, worked on positional words in a game called Where's the Bean Bag?, water painted and worked on forming the letters in our names with Bendaroos.  


Sensory: Green sand and sand toys
Art: Markers, glue, scissors, collage materials
Science: Magnets
Library: School books, alphabet and counting books
Writing Desk: Dry erase boards
Math Toys: Manipulatives for building, sorting, and counting
Dramatic Play: Kitchen
Blocks: wooden blocks, train set, cardboard blocks, farm set, doll house

We are working on every one doing their fair share with cleaning up after center time.  We are seeing some great helpers.  

Next Week:

We will begin our PBIS punch cards.  Students will earn punches for making positive choices in our classrooms.  These punches will earn them the opportunity to purchase items in our PBIS school store based upon the number of punches they receive.  We also will have a class puff ball jar.  Students will be able to add puff balls to our jar to earn class parties once the jar is full.  Students are very excited and motivated by this and love to pick what type of party we have.

We will also begin Jolly Phonics, our letter/letter sound program.  Jolly Phonics includes a song and action for each letter/letter sound.  We love Jolly Phonics in preschool!

Upcoming Dates:  

Sept. 5 No School-Labor Day
Sept. 12 No School-Teacher Professional Development

You may view our September Calendar by clicking on the Preschool Calendar Tab on our Blog Home Page.  

Please enjoy pictures of our learning!

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