Ms. Leslie's Loop

What's Up? Classroom and Communications Skills Program

February 10th - February 13th

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's hoping that the LOVE of February will warm us up and keep away the snow for a while! We're moving into February exploring Valentine's Day, and then moving into our transportation theme for the rest of the month! I couldn't help but include some winter time "funnies" below! I'm sure everyone was ready, at some point, over the past month or so to head out and dig your child's way back to school! Here's to crossed fingers that our schedule is more consistent this month and Mother Nature gives us a break! We've embraced the snow/ice/cold and we're moving on! So, here we go! I send much love and caring to you all for Valentine's Day and beyond!


Ms. Leslie :)

This little clip I am inserting is just interesting - and can you imagine the patience and perseverance it took? Many small steps do make miracles!

Guess What's Coming Up?

THIS WEEK WE WILL BE EXPLORING VALENTINE'S DAY AND ALL THINGS LOVE! WE'LL EXPLORE HAVING FRIENDS, THE COLORS RELATED TO VALENTINE'S DAY LIKE RED, PINK, PURPLE, AND WHITE, AND WE WILL ALSO TALK ABOUT SHAPES - ESPECIALLY A HEART! WE WILL EXCHANGE OUR VALENTINE CARDS AT CIRCLE ON THURSDAY - SO PLEASE JUST MAKE SURE TO SEND YOUR CHILD'S CARDS IN BY THEN! WE WILL ALSO BE MAKING VALENTINE PUDDING ON THURSDAY AS A SPECIAL TREAT! LOVE IS IN THE AIR IN OUR EC CLASSROOM THIS WEEK! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

STUDENT COUNCIL TOY DRIVE

This week, 2/10 - 2/14, the Cumberland Road Elementary student council will be holding a toy drive. The toy drive is to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which supports critically ill children in our area. If you would like to donate, please send in a NEW, unopened toy in your child's backpack and specify that it is for the toy drive. Thanks

Valentine's Day is around the corner!

We will be having the kiddos "exchange their mail (valentines)" at Circle on Thursday, February 13th! Please see below for a list of names! We will have some kind of special snack that week as well! Love will be in the air!


AM girls: Soso, Elise, and Kendall

AM boys: Brayden and Luke

Staff: Ms. Leslie, Ms. Susan, Ms. Tina, Ms. Jan. and Ms, Suzanne


PM girls: Kylie

PM boys: Chase, Landon, Ben, and Ryan

Staff: Ms. Leslie, Ms. Susan, Ms. Tina, and Ms. Jan


Please don't feel like you need to send Valentines for staff members, but some people had asked, so I included our names as well! :)

Miss Tina's Tidbits!

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY.....

Tool #2 Tempt: "I know it sounds strange, but sometimes we forget to give our kids the need to talk."

Tempting or "forgetting" to give our child everything they need (i.e.; Forgetting to give a spoon with their cereal, forgetting to open a pudding cup, forgetting to give a drink with meal time, not opening a toy box to get a preferred toy, not zipping a coat or helping with a zipper on a backpack, etc.) This is a nice way to "encourage" your child to request or use communication to get needs met or say something that is wrong on their own. We don't want your child to never have to use language to get needs met or tell you when something is wrong.

Yes sabotage is kind of fun to watch unfold sometimes. We can set up some situations so you can scaffold verbal models or cues to increase their language use in these situations too. I also attached a visual reminder to print out and post on your fridge to help you remember to "tempt" your child to use more language in their daily routine and now you can stop "anticipating" every one of their needs and wait to see "what" unfolds right before your eyes!

As educators, it's our job to encourage more independent functional communication for our kids in their daily routine. Watch the video and see what you can do to increase "tempting" your child at home!

Enjoy!! I would love to hear how it's going!!!

Miss Tina

Tempting Your Child to Communicate During Speech and Language Therapy (Part 2)

Let's Get Messy......Sensory Ideas for Home!

This week we to finish our theme of winter, we made melting snowdough! After making the dough, we rolled three balls, made a snowman, and added a nose, eyes, and stick arms! Then guess what? We helped him melt! The kiddos TRULY loved this project and I think would have played with the materials ALL DAY! So, I'm passing on the link and idea to you! YEAH! It came right from our classroom Pinterest page! If you're still interested in following me on Pinterest - please do so! You can find me under Ms. Leslie's class! Have some messy fun! :)

EC PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

You should have received an updated flyer about our upcoming EC Parent Information Night in your child's folder. We are lucky to have the HSE Intervention Specialist, Laura Rinderknecht, come and speak with you about using reinforcement strategies in the home. She will be discussing the use of reinforcement as a strategy to decrease problematic behaviors while increasing socially-appropriate behaviors. It is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Brooks School Elementary. Childcare will be provided by EC teachers and student helpers. You may drop off your child for childcare as early as 5:45. Your child will need to be picked up from childcare no later than 7:15. Please RSVP using the form that you received no later than Thursday, February 13, so that we may properly staff for childcare. Even if you had signed up previously (before we rescheduled), you will need to sign up again. If you have any questions, please let me know.

We've Got Skills!

In this section of our newsletter you will find skills we work on in our classroom. Some skills, you will notice, might be listed quite a lot, but they are skills that we are continually working on now and always! The rest of the list consists of things that may go with our theme, or they are newer skills we are trying to acquire! We always keep in mind....it's all a process! OH, and please don't think this list is all we work on! These are highlights of our hard daily work!


  • Sharing materials
  • Following our classroom routine, using a picture schedule
  • Taking something off of the flannel board, or placing a picture on to a picture or flannel board
  • Simple motor imitations (clapping hands, tapping legs, waving, giving high five's)
  • Working on "giving up" materials when we say, "1,2,3 my turn."
  • Isolating a point when we ask to "point to," or "touch ______"
  • Responding to directions such as, "come here, stop, walk with me"
  • Pointing to, matching, and naming different shapes (especially heart)
  • Recognizing friend's pictures and names!
  • Responding to directions such as, "come here," "stop," or "walk with me."


Check out what we are learning!

Special Notes and Upcoming News/Events


  • EC PARENT NIGHT - reschedule! This will be a great night filled with LOTS of information and practical tips to use every day! Wednesday February 19th 6-7 p.m. at Brooks School Elementary! Please RSVP by Thursday February 13th!
  • No School on Monday February 17th in observation of President's Day!
  • Toy Drive - see above for details!
  • Happy February to everyone!

Check This Out.....

We used a couple of these fun, interactive videos during our 2nd Circle over the last couple of weeks! We always try to get crowd participation! The penguins sliding down is a definite eye catcher for all! Also, to promote literacy, I am attaching one of our phonics sing-alongs! We just started using at our first Circle pictures that correspond to our beginning sounds. Even when we have difficulties with language, we can still find the pictures that begin with certain sounds - yet building on and increasing our vocabulary! ENJOY!
5 Little Penguins Children's Song Cartoon (By Patty Shukla)
Phonics Song 2

Thanks for taking the time and having the patience to read to the end of our newsletter!