Play, Learn, & Grow in 4K
Pumpkin Patch is Thursday, October 17th!
Library Book Reminder
- With the changing weather jackets and hats are becoming necessities. In 4K the expectation is that students are able to independently dress themselves for the weather, including zippers/buttons, boots, hats, gloves, snow pants, etc. Please start practicing these skills at home to help students adjust when at school!
- Please have your child go to the bathroom before arriving to school, we are finding more and more students who come in and immediately need to go. We take 2 full group bathroom breaks, 1 after recess and 1 after snack, and a 3rd bathroom break for those who say they need to go towards the end of play centers before heading home.
- Conferences are coming up. If you have not yet, please sign up on the link provided by Cathe Sweet. Please be mindful that our conferences are 15 minutes each and that I must stay on time to ensure families with multiple children are able to make it to their other conference times, so your promptness is much appreciated!
- With cold and flu season upon us please reinforce good hygiene habits with your children including how to cough/sneeze into your elbow and how to blow and wipe your nose. We give these reminders daily in school and are staying on top of washing hands as much as possible, but making that connection between school and home always helps!
- Book orders are due today, October 11th. Please submit online through Scholastic if you plan to order books!
During handwriting we have extended our knowledge of shapes to help us learn how to draw a house using simple shapes. We talked about how the size of our house must be large enough for people to live inside and that the base of a house is a square, the roof a triangle, a chimney a rectangle, squares for windows, etc. This will continue to come up and be related to our mat man drawings especially when we draw pictures to tell stories in our journals.
In our handwriting lessons we have started talking about colors. This week we looked at red and green by first reading stories containing the colors and then having children color pictures in their handwriting book using that color. We are still working on learning the difference between scribbling (quick lines) and coloring (careful, slow brushes) and we have been using the individual colors to help with these skills.
We introduced the difference between good choices and poor choices focusing on how good choices make our hearts happy and make ourselves and those around us feel safe and that poor choices can lead to someone feeling hurt or in the blue/red zone. We went through different situations and discussed as a class if they were a good or poor choice and why along with what might happen if we followed through with a poor choice. Examples of these scenarios were sharing with a friend, using walking feet in school, hitting others, screaming indoors, etc.