SASD 4K Family Newsletter
Grow. Play. Learn.
December 1st, 2020
When parents learn activities and routines at school, they can continue them at home, which strengthens a child's brain development. Our 4K staff will continue to work hard to provide both in-person and virtual lessons to our 4K friends in the Stoughton Community. Even if your child is receiving in-person instruction in 4K, you can engage your child at home in some awesome activities our 4K teachers prepare in their virtual lessons.
Check out the link to the virtual activities and the great pictures below of our 4K teachers doing their virtual morning meetings!
With gratitude for your family,
Erin Conrad, SASD 4K Principal
Sara Jane Lee, SASD Inclusion Support Teacher
Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant
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.
The PHONICS Approach
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Why are PATTERNS important?
Even babies learn math concepts early on, and it all starts with patterns. Patterns are arrangements of things that repeat in a logical way. Those arrangements of colors, shapes, gestures, sounds, images, and numbers are a crucial concept for young kids and contributes heavily to their early math understanding.
Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. They also help children learn how to make logical connections and use reasoning skills.
For more information go to: Cool Ways to Teach Your Preschooler Patterns
The Pyramid Model
With the increasing prevalence of Coronavirus, you might be feeling challenged by the change in your routines, the need for social distancing, or the fear and anxiety around the virus and its effects on your family.
Your child might also be feeling this way in response to changes in your mood, changes in the daily routine, or changes in your environment. Click on the link for some tips offering guidance for supporting your child during this time: Helping Your Child During the Pandemic
Tucker the Turtle
A scripted story to assist with teaching the “Turtle Technique”
By Rochelle Lentini, Lindsay N. Giroux and Mary Louise HemmeterTucker the Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think at Home
Tucker the Turtle learns to be patient and joyful!
Self Regulation Skills: Relaxation Thermometer
Children who learn to regulate their emotions:
►Have an easier time making friends
►Handle disappointment better
►Relate more successfully with peers and adults
►Are less impulsive
Teach the relaxation thermometer strategy when children are calm and engaged. Remind children of the strategy when they need to calm down through use of visuals or props.
How You Can Help Children Self-Regulate?
►Model and discuss reasons for desired behaviors.
►Assist with language through labeling actions, feelings, and emotions.
►Provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play.
►Promote children’s independence across the day.
►Provide a place child can go to take a break and calm down.
►Provide positive feedback in response to the child regulating their behavior and help child regulate by modeling ways to calm down when needed.
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations | ChallengingBehavior.org
HOLDING SPACE FROM THE VIRTUAL DESK OF NURTURED HEART
The Nurtured Heart Approach Vocabulary:
Patient-"I can show my greatness by waiting for a turn."
Joyful- "I can show my greatness by sharing the smile on my face and the happiness in my heart with everyone."
Community Helpers-Stoughton Fire Department
ECTA COVID-19 Family Resources
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the U.S. Department of Education has designated the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) as the national hub for information and resources specific to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) early childhood programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click on the link for more resources which will help families navigate the ECTA website to find COVID-19 resources and information to support their children's learning and development.
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
Early Learning Information on COVID-19
For resources and information related to COVID-19 that are specific to the early care and education community, go to- 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