I do apologize for being late again. We had a very serious family emergency and that's why I wasn't at school on Friday and why I didn't blog.
I want to start off by asking you to hug your wonderful children and tell everyone that you love, that you love them. My Mom always said you have to live your life without regrets and I think that's very good advice. Also I have a line from a movie on the mirror of the Lincoln Room (you'll get to know all about it in time) that says, "Make sure to notice the collateral beauty." I read it every day and try to do just that.
This week we're starting our Big Day For Pre-K curriculum! Hooray! Our theme is "My Family." The Big Idea is "I am an important part of my family," the knowledge focus is children learn about family members, family roles, and unique qualities of families. Our social-emotional focus is kindness. I will give you all the information to log onto Big-Day For Pre-K in a separate note.
Today I introduced the theme and we brainstormed questions like who is in a family, what do families like to do together and where do families live? We started to make a book about families and read a story called Bear's Busy Family which also included the Five Senses. A great bonus! Mother Mary's Birthday is tomorrow, Tuesday, so we'll be saying The Hail Mary Prayer and talking about Jesus' Mother. In Handwriting Without Tears we'll concentrate on straight lines and work on shapes. I'll introduce syllables with a great song on our Alphafriend CD and work on Self Talk in our Second Step curriculum. It will be a busy, faith filled and fun week, I guarantee it!
A great big THANK YOU for all of the supplies that keep coming in, we are so grateful! I am working on assessing your children and scoring the ASQ's and can't wait to go over the results with you. Please remember that we are a team, you and I, so if there is ever a question or concern don't hesitate to bring it to my attention so we can work to make things better.
God bless each and every one of you,
Sorry I'm a day late with my blog...crazy weekend! For a Monday and not being able to go outside, all the kiddos had a great day today! We will continue our boot camp for this week and start on our Big Day For Pre-K curriculum next week.
Today Mrs. Mary came in and read the class a social story called, "How To Be A Super Friend!" Everyday we talk about Jesus and how much He loves us and I read a short story from the Preschool Bible. You're children's questions and comments are wonderful! Mat Man is a new character in our classroom. He teaches us big curves, little curves, long and short straight lines that help us with our writing skills and body parts at the same time. We'll continue on our journey to use scissors with the next phase which is snipping and the children will be learning how to use their glue bottles and make a beautiful design with the snips they've cut and their glue bottles. (Yikes!)
In our Second Step Social/Emotional curriculum we're learning to focus our attention. Everyone learned about their attentascopes in case they find themselves being distracted by their friends. I'll let the kids explain it to you! Finally something I've been so looking forward to, the children will start to sign in with their first names every day. Depending on where they are with fine motor and the letters in their names, they can trace their names or write them themselves.
Every day we review the listening rules, count on the calendar, choose an Astronaut and Friend of the day and talk about not being space invaders. The kiddos are learning all the rules so well they are constantly reminding their friends if one is broken. At first I felt like a broken record gently reminding the kids to distance themselves from each other and now they do it for me! What a relief, I didn't want to sound like a nag!
A couple of small things...please sign your child in and out using a pen and not a pencil. It's a state law. If you forgot your pen, I've got your back! Also, if you get the chance, please bring two pencil boxes to school for your child. Their big boxes are a mess and need desperate organizing as some of the girls have put it! Lastly, and I hate to say this but you all have been so massively generous that our refrigerator is bursting at the seams! Everything edible that you bring in has to be refrigerated andI just don't have room for the wonderful Costco sized snacks. Please don't think I'm not grateful, we have gone plenty of times with very little snack. It would also help if you could bring your child's snack on their snack day so it can go in and out on the same day. Also I'm running low on disinfectant wipes already! I know they're hard to find but if you do happen to see some at a store I would appreciate you picking some up for the classroom. I will reimburse you!
Thank you again to all my wonderful families and God bless you all,
The kids had another great week at school! I hope they come home and tell you all about it! It's been HOT but fortunately our class goes out in the morning so everyone gets a chance to run and play when we're out back and to listen to stories and dance when we're out front. I love it now but will complain when it gets cold outside! I'm a warm weather girl, you'll see me in my sweatshirt if it gets below 80 degrees! Everyone is learning the rules and expectations of the playground and the classroom. I hear them reminding each other when someone doesn't follow the rules!
Last week I said we were going to work on introducing the Bible (which I did) and begin work on our scissor skills. We decided to continue with boot camp last week and will get more into the Bible and scissor skills this week. Most of your children are very artsy! They love to paint and draw! When we go out back they can take their water color paints out and paint to their hearts content. I always like to have a science project when we go out back like picking flowers and learning what they need to grow, riding our bikes over bubble wrap and discussing why the bubbles pop, tomorrow we'll do leaf rubbings.
The children's boxes are quite a mess! I put everything in sandwich bags but they're hard for the kids to open. Can you please bring two pencil boxes for your child to help keep it organized? They can be found at the Dollar Store for .99 cents. Thank you! Also please remember to bring a pen when you sign your child in, please use a pen and not a pencil.
This week I will begin assessing the children starting with the alphabet. I'm looking forward to sharing
what I've learned with you during our Parent/Teacher Zoom meeting in October.
I'm always here for you as well as the children, so If you have anything you would like to discuss please call the preschool or e-mail me.
God bless you all,