SASD 4K Family Newsletter
Grow. Play. Learn.
February 1st, 2021
The 2021-2022 4K enrollment process is almost here!! Please help spread the word about the SASD 4K program. The SASD partner with local organizations to provide our 4 year-old kindergarten program at 6 convenient locations in Stoughton.
LaPetite Academy, 635 Lincoln Avenue
www.lapetite.com (608) 873-5039
Martin Luther, 900 West Wilson Street
www.martinlutherkids.org (608) 873-8073
Pumpkin Patch Preschool, 1940 Jackson Street
www.mypumpkinpatch.org (608) 873-3380
Reach Dane-Head Start, 315 Mandt Parkway
www.reachdane.org (608) 444-6199
St. Ann School, 324 North Harrison Street
www.stanns-school.org (608) 873-3343
Weebleworld, 1815 Cedarbrook Lane
www.weebleworld.com (608) 877-2690
This year we ask new families to take a virtual tour of the sites when selecting an option for the 2021-2022 school year. Check out each website for more information. Some sites will set up in person and Zoom tours by appointment only. Please contact the directors for more information. Just a reminder that children do not have to attend the enrollment night with their parents.
Erin Conrad, SASD 4K Principal
Sara Jane Lee, SASD Inclusion Support Teacher
Mindy Holverson, SASD 4K Educational Assistant
4K 2021-22 Enrollment
Online enrollment for 4K opens February 22nd in Infinite Campus.
In person "drive-thru" 4K site selection is Tuesday, March 2nd, at Kegonsa Elementary School, 1400 Vernon Avenue Stoughton. Check out the 4K website for more information. Click on the link for more information on how to sign up for our drive-thru enrollment event.
February 17th and 18th
No School for 4K Students, in-person or virtually, February 5th,17th,18th,19th and 26th.
See the calendar below.
February is Black History Month
What's the Difference? Equity and Equality
Equality is the measure of sameness; being treated in the same way. Equity is a measure of fair treatment, opportunities and outcomes across race, gender, class and other dynamics. Justice means we've addressed the cause(s) of the inequity and the systemic barrier has been removed.
The distinction is important. We are told that to be fair we must treat everyone the same (equal). However, when we recognize the legacy of institutionalized and structural racism we understand that differing people and communities need different resources (justice, equity). In order to be equitable we provide specific, unique resources that will support people and communities getting their basic needs met and reaching their full potential. Sameness is not always fairness if the oppressed group remains disadvantaged.
in the Virtual Schedule on the SASD website.
Just a reminder if your child attends in-person instruction you can still access the virtual schedule for great activities and resources, just don't submit attendance on the site. Your child's teacher will submit attendance when your child attends school.
February 1-4: Unit 5: From Jungle to Desert; Week 2: Jungle Animals
February 8-12: Unit 5: From Jungle to Desert; Week 3: Desert Trip
February 15-16: Unit 5: From Jungle to Desert: Week 4: Desert Animals
February 22-25: Unit 6: Earth and Sky; Week 1: Daytime and Nighttime
Opening the World of Learning: Pearson Research Overview
Beyond the Basics of the Science of Reading
Reading scientists have recently included working memory as an important component of how students learn to read. Working memory is different from simple memorization. When children memorize sight words, as well as the sounds for letters and letter combinations, they use one of the most primitive and, from an evolutionary perspective, oldest parts of the brain: the hippocampus. The hippocampus stores memories and acts like a file clerk accessing different brain regions to retrieve them.
Phonics is based on the ability to distinguish the internal details of words, to be able to figure out the letters that go along with the phonemes (sounds) heard. For some children, this task is especially difficult when they struggle with auditory processing. Students who cannot decipher small changes in sound will inevitably struggle to learn phonics.
For more information go to: The Science of Reading: The Basics and Beyond
Math skills are so important and finding playful and engaging ways to teach those skills to preschoolers is crucial. Whether you teach math to a classroom full of preschoolers or are teaching your children at home, it’s important to use hands-on math experiences.
1. Roll and Dot the Number is a quick preschool math game that will teach kids to identify numbers and count while learning one to one correspondence! It is one of our favorite preschool math activities!
2. This Build and Measure Block Center is such a neat way for kids to explore measurement!
3. These Counting Bears Number Strips are a hands-on way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn numbers, counting and even colors.
4. These Tree Play Dough Numbers Mats are a great way to work on a number of math skills including counting to 10!
5. Work on color recognition and sorting with these Button Sorting Cups.
6. This Simple Fine Motor Counting Math Tray is super easy to set up and provides excellent fine motor practice too.
7. Grab your craft sticks and make these Colors and Patterns craft sticks for your math center!
8. Teaching Symmetry to Preschoolers with LEGO DUPLO is perfect for teaching symmetry to preschoolers and young kids.
For more information and many more activities go to Preschool Math Activities that are Fun and Engaging!
The Pyramid Model
Children love to listen to stories. Not only are stories used to entertain children, they can also be used as tools to teach new skills and expectations. Many parents read books to teach their children the alphabet or numbers, but stories can also be used to:
- Teach social skills, such as how to take turns.
- Teach clear behavior expectations for a time of day (e.g., quiet time) or event (e.g., road trip).
- Reinforce routines, such as getting ready for bed.
- Prepare for new experiences, such as the first day of school.
- Address a challenging behavior, such as hitting.
Click on the link for more ideas and some scripted stories!
Tucker the Turtle
Tucker Turtle is a terrific turtle. He likes to play with his friends school. But sometimes things happen that can make Tucker really mad. When Tucker got mad, he used to hit, kick, or yell at his friends. His friends would get mad or upset when he hit, kicked, or yelled at them. This month our 4K friends learn to work together even when they get really mad or upset.
Tucker the Turtle gets organized at home and school!
Tucker the Turtle shows self-control at home and school!
Tucker the Turtle is imaginative at home and school!
Tucker the Turtle works on being a good learner at home and school!
HOLDING SPACE FROM THE VIRTUAL DESK OF NURTURED HEART
The Nurtured Heart Approach Vocabulary for the Kids:
"I show my greatness by putting my school things where they belong."
"I show my greatness by walking in line, staying in my own space and keeping my hands to myself."
" I show my greatness by looking with my eyes and listening with my ears."
"I show my greatness by dreaming of becoming a builder, a parent, at teacher or a superhero."
From the virtual desk of NHA:
Check out Miracles from Molecules for a simple strategy for teaching your children character and helping them see the greatness that you see in them.
To your (and your child’s) GREATNESS, Humanity, & Significance!!!
For more information on the Nurtured Heart Approach click on the link.
Resources for Processing Current Events
While we know that our PreK-12 classroom communities vary in students’ age, course content, available instructional minutes, and even format (in-person or virtual), we wanted to share the following bank of resources for you to consider as we move through uncertainty we may experience as impacts of the insurrection unfold.
Talking to Students about the News (Teacher & Family Focus): When Bad Things Are Happening (Teaching Tolerance)
Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
Talking & Educating about the News (Educator Focused): Beyond the Stoplight
Responding to the Insurrection at the US Capitol (Facing History and Ourselves)
Foundations of Democracy and Government (Share My Lesson)
Peaceful Transition of Power (Bill of Rights Institute)
‘A terrible thing happened’: How teachers are explaining the Capitol insurrection to students (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Trauma Response Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The Department of Children and Families
Resources to help essential workers, providers, and families navigate the child care landscape during the COVID-19 crisis- link
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Provides the latest information, data, and resources- link
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Considerations and guidance for schools and child care- link
Kate Ahlgren, Director of Curriculum and Instruction email@example.com
Sara Jane Lee, 4K Inclusion SupportTeacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant email@example.com