Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Preschool News Week of October 24-28

What We've Been Learning:

Whole Group:

Topic of Study: Pets: We created a KWL chart to include what we Know about Pets, what we Want to Know about Pets and what we Learned about Pets.  We will use a lot of different resources to research our topic of Pets to include non-fiction books, online resources and hopefully a guest speaker or two.  We would like to invite our families to participate in any way in our study on pets.  Perhaps you would like to share a picture of your pet (you can email to me or send a print) or perhaps you work with animals in your job or as a hobby and would like to come in and share with our class what you do.  Please email and let me know any ideas you may have.  We welcome family participation in our learning.    

Read it Again: Clifford Goes to Dog School  We worked on identifying the title of the story and we learned that when we read, we go from the left to the right.  We also focused on three new vocabulary words: smart, perfect, and surprised.  We talked about what these words mean and the students provided some examples for each word.  We continue to work on rhyming words.  I am very happy to say that after re-assessing our 4 year olds for rhyming yesterday, that 25/32 students were proficient in rhyming.  That is a huge growth!  Continue practicing at home!  Lastly, we worked on describing major events from our story.  

Small Groups:

  • Creating patterns with unifex cubes
  • Using scissors to cut out our Socktober socks
  • Journals
  • Sorting Pumpkins by color
  • We created a story map for Clifford Goes to Dog School.
  • We sorted dogs by their attributes and used adjectives to describe them.
  • No Jolly Phonics this week due to early out on Friday.


During center time, there are so many opportunities for your child to develop positive social skills.  Whether it be sharing materials (please may I have it when you are done?), taking turns by setting a timer, using words to express feelings (I didn't like it when you knocked my block tower down, could you help me build it again?), solving social problems or planning activities with another student, our students are encouraged to talk things out with each other and shown how they can appropriately handle a situation themselves.  Our goal is to help your child to be self-sufficient and confident in meeting their own needs/wants by providing modeling in how to handle social situations.  Students are encouraged to use kind, calm voices when they speak to their peers and praised when they handle a situation respectfully with a peer.  There is research to indicate that a student's success in school is related to whether or not they have a friend.  It is our job to help your child achieve that goal by developing positive social skills.  Preschool is a very important time in your child's development!!  


October 28: Early Out Schedule
AM Class: 8:15-10:15
PM Class: 11:15-1:05 (PM Class will need to bring a sack lunch please)

October 31: Costume Party for Preschool

Please Enjoy Pictures of Our Learning:

 Our Animal Hospital is open!

 Making Pizzas for our Pizza Party

 An ice cream party for the afternoon class!

 Doing the Boogie Walk during whole group songs
 Our Clifford story map

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Preschool News Week of October 17-21

What We've Been Learning:

Whole Group Learning:

Incredible Flexible You: We are reviewing Thinking with Your Eyes and remembering that you can tell what someone is thinking about by seeing what they are looking at as "eyes are like arrows".

Read it Again: The Night Before Preschool.  We discussed how many words were in the title and how I point to the words to read the story.  We created a list of the places the children went in the story and focused on using positional words such as over, under, behind and inside.  We also practiced rhyming words with the -ed ending such as bed, head, red, and bread.  We discussed the setting of the story as we read each page.  

Small Group Learning:

  • Toilet Paper Measuring
  • Shoe Graph
  • We worked on recognizing words that rhyme.  We played a game where we focused on the -ack rime (sack, pack, black, back, track)
  • We played color and shape bingo.
  • We worked on creating patterns using unifex cubes.  For example red, blue, red, blue.  
  • Jolly Phonics: Nn

Center Time Learning:

Building: Dinosaurs
Dramatic Play: Vet Clinic/Animal Hospital: Students voted for this new center!  
Sensory: Rice I Spy
Art: Collage Items 
Discovery: Leaf rubbings and pine comb measuring
Puzzles: Lacing shapes
Math: Spider Number Puzzles, Bigger/Smaller Game
Writing: October/Animal Hospital words
Library/Story Retelling: Halloween Scene

Party Day:

This Thursday, preschool will have a party to celebrate filling our party puff jar.  The morning class voted to have a pizza party and the afternoon class voted to have an ice cream party.  

Upcoming Dates:

Red Ribbon Week Dress Up Days: (Next Week)
Monday: I'm too Bright for drugs-Neon Day
Tuesday: Red Ribbon Day: Wear Red
Thursday: Elect to be drug free-USA day
Friday: Dreaming of a Drug Free Life-PJ Day

October 28 will be an early out dismissal schedule.  AM class will be in session from 8:15-10:15.  The PM class will be in session from 11:15-1:05.  The PM class will need to bring a sack lunch please.  
October 31 Preschool will have a costume party.  Your child may wear their costume to school.  We do request that masks not be used at school for your child's safety.  Please consider comfort for recess as well.

Please Enjoy pictures of our learning:

Here we are graphing our shoes for a Math lesson in small groups.
 Here we are doing toilet paper measuring in Mrs. Mehlert's small group.  We measured our arms and then compared the lengths and then we measured items around the room.

 A collage tray was added in the art center and has been very popular!  So much creativity!
 Trying out some of the stick puppets that were made with the art collage materials!

 Leaf rubbings in the science/discovery area.  
We discussed the veins on the leaf and the function they serve.
 Tracing and measuring pine combs is another activity at the science/discovery area.  
We can order them from shortest to longest.  
 We looked at a book and learned that pine combs are the seeds for the pine tree.  We even have a small pine tree that grew from one of these seeds.  
 Wow, look what we can build!  Future architects at work!

 Magnatiles are very popular in our classroom and they lead to a great discussion on shapes and building principles! 
 Once again, those engineers and architects at work problem solving and creating.

 The Itsy Bitsy Spider Flannel board...great for story retelling to include beginning, middle and end as well as to increase vocabulary.
 Puzzles are not only fun to do but great for building cognitive skills of persistence and problem solving.

Have a great rest of your week and please email me with any questions, concerns or comments!