Preschool Press


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Thank you for all the help at the Friendship parties! It was great to have so many parents in attendance! Smiles were contagious as children enjoyed giving and receiving valentines.
During this week and next week our theme will be Transportation. We will focus on vehicles that move us from one place to another. The children will be encouraged to identify and sort where we use different vehicles, i.e. water, land, sky.

Weekly Skills

During the next few weeks we will work on a variety of preschool skills. These skills are modified to make sure they are appropriate for the variety of ages we have in our class. Below is a list of some of the skills we will work on during our Transportation theme.
  1. Labeling letter J, j
  2. Identifying rhyming words
  3. Labeling numbers 1-10
  4. Understanding which number is bigger or smaller using numbers 1-5
  5. Giving 3-4 details about a story
  6. Interacting with peers
  7. Working together with peers in order to complete a task.
  8. Using scissors and cut along a line.

Home Activities

As we work on a variety of skills during the next two weeks we look for further reinforcement of skills at home. This continued encouragement of concepts will increase understanding and application of those skills. Below are activities to do at home.
  1. Use the attached materials in the e-mail to expand on skills learned at school.
  2. Label different vehicles you see as you drive to and from places. Have your child help you keep track of how many trucks and cars you see. Then discuss if there were more cars, trucks or motorcycles.
  3. Play Red Light, Green Light at home as a family. You can measure how far each person moved in the game. To measure you can use a measuring tape but you can also use pencils, cotton balls, shoes, etc. Compare the different amounts of the objects to help show how far each person moved or how much further they had to go to get to the front.
  4. Paint with your child's different vehicles. They will enjoy rolling them in the paint.
  5. Ask what if questions with your child. What if we tried to ride a boat to the library? What would happen? This is great for expanding language and thinking skills.


  1. Yearbook order forms are due by 3/1.
  2. The HSE Special Education Administration would like to invite you to the 2013 - 2014 Special Education Parent Information Meeting. We will be hosting this event on March 5th, 2014. The event will be from 6 – 8pm at the FOCUS building. The FOCUS building is attached to the south side of the HSE Freshman Campus. The address is 12001 Olio Rd. Please enter through Door #21 - across from the tennis courts.

    Click on the link below to read about the break-out sessions offered and sign up for two different sessions. If you have any questions about the sessions or sign-up, please contact Casey Allen at

    The sign-up window will be closed at 4pm on February 21st.

    We look forward to seeing you on March 5th!

    Thank you,

    Tom Bell, Director of Special Education

    Casey Allen, Assistant Director of Special Education

    Dr. Barb Walters, Assistant Director of Special Education

  3. Our EC team is very excited to bring our first parent night of this school year… “Did I Just Reinforce That? The Ins and Outs of Using Reinforcement.” HSE’s Intervention Specialist, Laura Rinderknecht will help educate families on how the behavior that we pay attention to is the behavior that is repeated. We will learn to use reinforcement as a strategy to decrease problematic behaviors while increasing socially appropriate behaviors from our children. Come to learn the theory behind why these techniques
    will work for you! Presented by:
    Laura Rinderknecht (HSE Special Education
    Intervention Specialist)
    Where?: Brooks School Elementary
    When?: Wednesday, February 19th
    6:00-7:00 p.m.
    *Childcare will be provided by EC teachers and student helpers from 5:45-7:15 p.m. RSVP’s are required!*