Preschool Publication

February 19, 2016 Ms. Ronda & Ms. Lisa

A Glance into Room 325

Thanks to all who attended our Parent Teacher Conferences and/or helped with our Friendship Parties by donating and/or attending. It was great to see all of you and chat with you about your child! This week, we have begun learning about bears and bear stories. We read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and acted it out in small groups allowing everyone to have a turn and again offering it as a choice during Work Time. The kids loved it and were great actors! We also had time with our bears to compare with Ms. Renee during Language Group. We concluded our week by sorting and measuring our bears and with our friends from Ms. Cindy's room. We enjoyed a picnic with friends and some movement activities with our bears. Thanks for donating items for our picnic and for sharing your bears.

Here are some of the Desired Results Developmental Profile Indicators we used:

  • responsible conduct as a group member
  • using and understanding language (receptive and expressive)
  • sociodramatic play with peers
  • classification
  • number sense of quantity

Thanks to Our Readers!

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Fruit and Veggie Sign-up

This is from a sign up I added at: Please check it out if you would like to help us with this. We would love to have your help!

Dear Families,

I have been thinking quite a bit about the kids and how I would like to introduce them to a wider variety of fruits and vegetables in the classroom. To move forward with this, I am asking for donations of selected fruits and vegetables in the upcoming weeks until the end of school. I would like to ask for fresh foods; you do not need to do any prep work for these items, as we will work on that as well. Some of the fruits and vegetables may be new to the children; others maybe familiar. I just want to increase the amount of fresh foods that they are offered in the preschool setting. We are living in such a "carb heavy," processed food world; I want to show the children other options. I also plan to include some information about helping you include more produce in your child's diet in my upcoming newsletters as well. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions about this. I am excited to be a part of this with your child. Thanks in advance for your help!

Ms. Ronda

Conscious Discipline

Disappointment is a difficult emotion to handle. All parents ultimately want children to be good sportsmen, take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming others, and be able to stand tall after their falls in life (both literal and metaphoric). Here are some essential guidelines to help children with this type of pain:

First, your goal must be to help them deal with the emotion, not “happy them up.” “Happying them up” comes in many forms. It could be a distraction, a promise to buy a toy or taking them out for ice cream. This attempt to take away the pain can lead (in many years) to adults who unconsciously graze through the refrigerator or use shopping sprees to deal with disappointment.

Instead, we can provide empathy to help ease their pain and teach them that they can handle all that life brings to them.

“You seem _____________.” (Put your best guess of the feeling in the blank… disappointed, frustrated, sad, etc.) If you guess their emotion correctly, their body will relax. If you guess incorrectly, they will tense up, pull away or correct you. If this happens, simply try to describe the feeling again.

“You were hoping ______________” or “You wanted____________.” Describe the disappointment or hurt.

“It’s hard when ___________________.” Validate their feelings.

“You can handle it.” Offer assurance.

“Breathe with me.” Take a deep breath together, and then physically connect in some way.

Example: A child does not make a football team.

“You seem disappointed. You were hoping to make the team with your friends. You wanted this more than anything. It’s hard when things turn out differently than you wanted. You can handle this. Let’s take some deep breaths together.” Then hug or hold your child.

I’ve posted a great video on YouTube that explains how empathy helps children take responsibility for their upset in a compassionate, healthy way. MyConscious Discipline (educators) and Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline(parents) books also provide extensive information about ways to offer and benefits of empathy.

Animated Alphabet

We have learned about several letters so far this year. We have met the characters that correspond with the letters P, U, O, M, X, A, D, T, S, R, H, L, J, K, F, B, G and C. This week, we met Crazy Camel. He likes to say /k/, and his special action is crunching. Look for the letter C/c (capital and lowercase) around your house and ask your child to tell you the sound of C (we also talked about the letter c sometimes making a /s/ sound). Isn't our English language tricky to learn?! Make sure that you are going back through your Animated Alphabet "book" to color and review the letters.

Here's Something Fun the Kiddos Have Been Loving!

Looking Ahead....

  • March 15th (Tuesday)--Kindergarten Round-up at all Elementary Schools--If your child is headed to kindergarten in the fall, you and your child need to attend this evening.
  • March 21st-25th (Monday-Friday)--Spring Break--Enjoy some extra time with your little one!

Every Child Together....