SASD 4K Family Newsletter

Grow. Play. Learn.

November 2nd, 2020

Balancing Online/Remote and In-Person Learning for Young Children-- This month we want to recognize our parents and 4K teachers with joy and thanks! We know the importance of early literacy, social/emotional/play and motor development.

Here are some principles of early childhood learning that could be helpful in shaping how we support children during this time. The list of ideas are meant for teachers, parents and caretakers of young children who are planning for the next few months – trying to balance learning, safety and mental survival. Parents and teachers, thank you for all that you do and how hard you are working for children.

With Gratitude,

Erin Conrad, 4K Principal

Sara Jane Lee, 4K Coordinator

Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant

OWL Curriculum

In September the OWL curriculum theme was "Welcome to School". In October the focus was on "My Family". November our 4K friends will head into Unit 3- talking about "Our Community".

Community helpers are very important; they keep the community safe and healthy, make life better for people in the community, and help the community function more efficiently. Other community helpers assist us in times of emergency, such as police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

Our 4K friends at the Pumpkin Patch had a visit from the Stoughton Fire Department.

SONDAY System Let's Play Learn

Let’s Play Learn offers structured, systematic, multisensory practice. It is used as a tool to develop foundational reading skills and prevent reading difficulties or as an intervention for those who need to strengthen pre-reading skills.

Enjoy a review of some of Ms. Matz's Sonday lessons!

Alphabet Song

Color Song Video

Numbers Song

Clap Patterns

OWL Early Numeracy

4K friends will learn to use location words, such as over, under, above, on, near, far. They will learn about solid shapes and about putting solid shapes together to make objects.

Learning shapes not only helps children identify and organize visual information, it helps them learn skills in other curriculum areas including reading, math, and science. Learning shapes also helps children understand other signs and symbols. A fun way to help your child learn shapes is to make a shape hunt game.

Handwriting without Tears

Teaching students at a young age to write improves their reading skills by helping them recognize the connection between the letters they see and the sounds the letter make.

Everything we can do to build a strong relationship with the written word is important for a child's future development. Check out the wonderful handwriting from some of our 4K students at Weebleworld below.

The Pyramid Model

The Wisconsin Pyramid Model is a framework for implementing a culturally responsive and equitable multi-leveled system of supports designed to enhance social and emotional competence of young children, promote the development of program policies and practices, and provide early care and education providers with practice-based coaching to ensure that evidence-based practices are integrated and used with fidelity.

The Pyramid Model Framework focuses on:

  • prevention of behavior that challenges by intentionally supporting nurturing and responsive relationships,

  • creating high-quality learning environments,

  • teaching and supporting the practice of key social and emotional skills, and

  • designing collaborative systems to support caregivers to employ highly individualized supports when children need them.

Tucker the Turtle

Tucker the Turtle Learns About Rules

Our Preschool Rules

Tucker the Turtle is Energetic

Tucker the Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think

Click on the link for more resources from The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations or see below for a couple more social/emotional strategies.

Some Starters for Giving Positive Feedback and Encouragement

For more information go to:

Some Starters for Giving Positive Feedback and Encouragement

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

Self-Regulation Skills: Breathing Strategies

Self-Regulation is the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and behaviors in different settings and activities.

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

For more information go to: Self-Regulation Skills: Breathing Strategies

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

The Nurtured Heart Approach

In November, our 4K friends will focus on the words:

Unique- "I show my greatness by knowing there is only one me and celebrating that by being the best that I can be."

Learner- "I show my greatness by looking with my eyes and listening with my ears."

Energetic- "I show my greatness by making healthy choices of running, climbing, jumping and swinging on the playground."

Responsible-"I show my greatness by starting right away when it is time to clean up."


Holding Space

This newsletter shares a strategy to help your child become more independent, and a better communicator and problem solver. Feel free to check out some "nuggets" you make have missed. Past newsletters are linked in this week's news.

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Resources for Families

Find research-based resources, tips and ideas for families—from child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more! naeyc For Families

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

This website has information about the definition, characteristics, causes, and fre-quencies of emotional and behavioral disorders. It also has brief information related to specific disorders. Links to numerous other resources are included on the website. The website also has a link to this information in Spanish.

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education

All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. Thus, all early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. They can do this best when they are effectively supported by the early learning settings in which they work and when they and their wider communities embrace diversity and full inclusion as strengths, uphold fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities.
Sesame Street explain Black Lives Matter
Educating on Equity

SASD Site-Look for resources for kids and adults

Free COVID-19 Community Testing at Alliant Energy

  • Alliant Energy Center: 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713

  • Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

  • No appointments or pre-registration necessary

  • Drive-thru, bike-up, or walk-up

  • No ID is needed and you won't be asked for your immigration status

  • Spanish and Hmong translators are available onsite

  • For a free ride to the site, call the Public Health Transportation Line at (608) 243-0420. A transportation company will then call you to schedule the ride. It’s preferred that you wear a cloth face covering when using this service.

  • Coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and National Guard


Stoughton Food Pantry

520 S. 4th Street, Stoughton

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m.; Closed Fridays; First Saturday of the month 9 to 11 a.m.

*Call for an appointment: 608-873-8103

Happy Thanksgiving

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Get your young chefs excited for dinner by involving them in the kitchen with these kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes! Additionally, assisting with recipes helps children develop their reading and math (measuring) skills.

Thanksgiving Songs for Children Video

This collection of popular Thanksgiving and fall (autumn) songs for children includes Thanksgiving dances for children, popular Thanksgiving and fall children’s action songs, rhymes and more! Your children will enjoy this playlist collection filled with seasonal favorites— ideal for preschool, kindergarten and elementary age children. They also make great brain breaks during virtual learning.

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Contact us!

Erin Conrad, 4K Principal/Kegonsa Principal

Kate Ahlgren, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Sara Jane Lee, 4K Inclusion SupportTeacher

Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant

SASD 4K Website

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