A Look at Our Week

Mrs. Petty & Mrs. Bayn's Class - Room 206

Looking Back...

We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! Overall the children seemed ready to get back into their school routine. This week we brought baby dolls and baby care items into our house area. We also introduced some new materials for the house area that Mrs. Petty won at the MiAEYC Early Childhood Conference in Grand Rapids. The children were very excited to work and play in the house area this week!

We also worked on:

  • a journal page about what we did over Spring Break
  • sorting objects by beginning sound
  • read the story "Mud" and worked to retell story events in order
  • using craft sticks, 2 oz cups, and wood cubes to create structures - there was quite a bit of problem solving and helping one another going on with this activity!
  • using art materials to create the letters of our name instead of writing our name
  • measuring blocks using counters - we specifically worked to measure an object starting from one end and measuring to the other end.

Some Skills We Worked On...

  • Measuring
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor
  • Art
  • Alphabetic Knowledge
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Comprehension
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Concepts about Print
  • Writing
  • Number Words & Symbols
  • Counting
  • History

Coming Up...

This week the children will:

  • begin working on a special project that will take some time to complete - it's a secret!
  • work on sorting skills by exploring different kinds of seeds
  • make their own book and read it (if they choose) to their classmates
  • make seed paper - this is something the teachers have not done before so it should be an interesting activity :-)
  • set up a grass growing experiment - this will also take some time to complete
  • work on making a simple map to get from home to school - the goal is to identify landmarks that are passed on the way to school

Extra Information

  • Ms. Shelton's last day with us is Wednesday, April 13th. Please take a moment to wish her well as she graduates and begins her career!
  • Before break we sent home your child's extra clothing so that you can check sizes and swap it out if needed. Please make sure to send new clothing back to school as soon as possible.
  • Reading folders are going home once again this week. If your child has not received their folder, it is because I did not get their folder and book back from before Spring Break.

Six Steps in Resolving Conflicts - from HighScope

Many families have asked what we do when we work with the children to resolve conflicts in the classroom. Here are the steps we follow - this is taken directly from HighScope's website. If you have any questions or need clarification on any part of this, please don't hesitate to ask!

Six Steps in Resolving Conflicts

1. Approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions

  • Place yourself between the children, on their level
  • Use a calm voice and gentle touch
  • Remain neutral rather than take sides
  • Set limits if necessary

2. Acknowledge children’s feelings

  • “You look really upset”
  • Let children know you need to hold any object in question
  • Describe their actions

3. Gather information

  • Ask for information from each child and listen carefully

4. Restate the problem

  • “So the problem is…”

5. Ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together

  • “What can we do to solve this problem?”
  • Encourage children to think of a solution
  • Help clarify the details

6. Be prepared to give follow-up support

  • Describe how they solved the problem
  • Give acknowledgment - “You solved the problem!”
  • Stay near the children