October 11, 12, 13, 2016
A Peek at Our Week
Another skill we are working hard on is our ability to correctly hold a scissors and cut paper. We encourage you to have a scissors available at home for your child to have assisted and supervised cutting time. Paint samples from home improvement stores are a great tool for cutting practice. They are firm enough for little hands to easily hold and small enough that at the lines can be cut with only a few snips of a scissors, allowing for a feeling of success!
We are continuing to work on holding a pencil with a correct grip. This week, we traced shapes and transferred shapes from one piece of paper to another, copying the shapes we traced onto a blank space. We also learned about the letter Oo and "rainbow" wrote both upper and lowercase O's.
We strengthened our fine motor muscles using Q-tips to Q-tip paint the letter Q.
We continue to discuss what it looks and sounds like to be kind and to use our manners. We look for opportunities to teach about kindness and being polite during all of our class time interactions. We discuss ways to handle our frustration and to move our feelings from the yellow zone to the green zone. Some of the strategies we use are deep breathing, giving ourselves a hug, squeezing our hands together, taking a break in a quiet place or maybe even some alone-time coloring to calm ourselves down.
Conference Forms Sent Home
No School Thursday, October 20
There is no school on Thursday, due to the Education Minnesota Conference for teachers.
Wednesday, October 26 is Picture Day
All children will have their school photo taken on Wednesday, October 26. If you would like to place an order for school photos, you are invited to do so using the forms sent home this week. Return them to school at any time. You can also place an order online.
Thursday, October 27 is PJ Day
Your Kangaroo is invited to dress in pajamas on Thursday, October 27 for a day of extra special fun in the classroom!