Ms. Leslie's Loop
What's Up? Classroom and Communications Skills Program
November 2014...Weeks 11.3.14 - 11.13.14
It's all a process, but we'll get there!
Hard to believe we're quickly approaching fall break, which means our first nine weeks has almost come to an end! And let me tell you.....your children are working hard and making progress! We see progress daily, some in small doses, some in GREAT BIG strides, but daily progress! Although there might be days you feel like throwing in the towel or banging your head, just know, YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! You are raising small souls and building on their individual strengths! The video that I presented at the beginning of our newsletter speaks to the incredible qualities all children possess and how we must tap into these qualities! I don't endorse the website "raisingsmallsouls.com," in fact I couldn't even open the web page when I tried! However, the video made me think of the great things we need to do and are doing to educate our most individualized learners!
"Your child is a unique blend of talents, personality, and ingredients, nowhere else to be found." This is why our classroom is more than a classroom! It is often a bear's den, a beehive, a duck pond, an eagle's nest, a zebra's herd, a school of fish, a squirrel's nest, and yes, even a kangaroo from time to time. Thanks for always connecting home and school! Keep on doing what you do, build on those skills that make your child strive, and let's see where we fly and where we land!
Ms. Leslie :)
Guess What's Coming Up?
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Ms. Tina's Tidbits!
COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY.....
We are going to try and build on the toy list we had sent in our previous newsletter and bring you videos of how they can be used in play, used for requesting, and just overall communication! However, it's also important to note the fantastic activities you could do outside, especially as we explore our fall and farm themes! We did take an awesome nature walk inside (which is completely do-able depending on the weather), but we also want to build on the ideas of what fun is waiting for you outside! Please check out some fabulous ideas below in a link from "Let's Grow Speech!" A wonderful resource that gives us tons of ideas and the "know-how" to encourage language in a multitude of ways! Get outside in fall! Use your eyes to find things, your ears to hear, your hands to touch, your noses to smell, and even your mouth to taste! Learning by doing, and language by doing! Ready, set, GO! Have fun!
Let's Get Messy......Sensory Ideas for Home!
We've Got Skills!
- Sharing materials
- Following our classroom routine, using a picture schedule
- Taking something off of the flannel board, or placing a picture on to a picture or flannel board
- Simple motor imitations (clapping hands, tapping legs, waving, giving high five's)
- Starting to recognize our pictures and pictures of friends
- Making animal sounds!
- Walking down the hall and being able to stop, wait, go, and come here!
- Responding to our names.
- Matching picture to picture and picture to object!
- Being able to "give me _______" when an adult or friend is requesting something!
Check out what we are learning!
HSE Student Illness Policy
Field Trip to SMITH FAMILY FARM
Monday, Oct. 20th, 8:15am to Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, 1pm
7055 W 675 S
We take our trips this way so the place we are going can accommodate us with so many students going!
****PLEASE NOTE, if you want to attend/volunteer, you must have a background check on file and you must have watched and signed off in the anti-bullying video! Those links can be found on our HSE schools website..... hse.k12.in.us ****
It is taking up to 5 business days for those background checks to make it into the system, so I encourage you all to please do this if you haven't already! :)
Also, payment must be made for both you and your child if you are both going!
Everyone gets to take a pumpkin home, pet farm animals, take a tractor/hay ride, and play on their playground! It's a great day! I encourage parents to attend and enjoy the day with your child! Please let me know if you have any questions!
We're looking forward to a great trip!
Special Notes and Upcoming News/Events
- Picture re-takes, Tuesday, October 21st
- Field trips! Mark your calendars for Monday October 20th (AM CLASS ONLY), and then Wednesday October 22nd (PM CLASS ONLY). We are headed to the farm! It's a fantastic trip! We have "typical" AM and PM classes on Tuesday, October 21st!
- Parent/Teacher conferences - week of October 20th! Reminders about conference times are coming home this week!
- Fall break - Thursday October 23rd - Sunday October 26th, back in school Monday October 27th!
Time for our CRE BOOK FAIR!
Please consider supporting our C.R.E.S. library while providing your child with some great books at reasonable prices! All sales help fund new books and resources for our students!
Book Fair Dates:
Tuesday, October 21st from 1:00-8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 22nd from 1:00–7:00 pm
Location: C.R.E.S. Library
This year the book fair will be open during school hours on both days (see times above). These hours are only for parents shopping alone (some parents like to shop for “gifts” without their student). Students will not be dismissed from class to shop. They will have to shop online with an adult or attend the fair after school with an adult.
If your schedule is full during Book Fair week, or if you cannot find what you are looking for at the fair, be sure to visit the Book Fair online athttp://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hse-cres
Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from Monday, October 20th – Monday, November 3rd.
Check out this Special Event happening at the Fisher's Texas Roadhouse! It's happening this Monday, Oct. 13th!
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2nd Circle typically happens at the end of our day. It involves using some kind of video clip, or iPad app that is motivating and at the same time has TONS of concepts we can work on and learn from! Transitioning to our 2nd Circle is one of our easiest transitions!
I want ALL of them on!
We used magnetic wands with green and red magnetic "apple chips," (bingo chips), putting them on the tree and picking them off! Lots of great fine motor and problem solving!
Our fall nature walk.....
What a great time we had taking a walk in our hallways and looking for our fall items for our basket! Perfect time to work on directions such as follow me, stop, wait, and go!
I made apples for the tree!
We made SO MANY play-dough apples for our trees, I was afraid they were going to fall down! Our play-dough was scented too! Smelled like an apple pie!