Preschool Publication

January 8, 2016 Ms. Ronda & Ms. Lisa

A Glance into Room 325

We are getting back into the swing of things here in 2016! We are beginning to explore wintertime and all that it brings. We have had a busy week with Ms. Katy visiting from Mid-Continent Library for Storytime, library, language group with Ms. Renee, and a Conscious Discipline lesson about Draining and Ballooning. Here are some of the Desired Results Developmental Profile Indicators we used:
  • responsible conduct as a group member
  • using and understanding language (receptive and expressive)
  • sociodramatic play with peers

Morning Message

Our morning calendar helper joined in to write a portion of the Morning Message. He wanted to communicate an important fact of the day: "Indoor Recess."
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Scissor Tips

Try some of these strategies for those students having difficulty with orienting the scissors in their hand and cutting:

  • Use a sticker or mark the top of the scissors


  • Use a cue for keeping the thumbs of both hands up (teach “give me a thumbs up”)


  • For snipping have them cut across a thin strip of paper so the paper falls on the table or cutting straws which hop around which are both motivating


  • Use the image of an alligator chomping as they cut “chomp, chomp, chomp” for motivation


  • Remind them to keep their arms down by their side “no chicken arms”


  • Have them scoot away from the table to cut


  • Highlight cutting lines with marker


  • Try smaller chair/lower desk height


  • Use cues to place more fingers in the hole than just one


  • Use special scissors such as self opening for poor strength or coordination, small Benbow, scissors with separate hole for index finger


  • Teach standard grasp with thumb in small hole on top, index finger underneath for guiding, and 2 or 3 fingers in the large hole, helper hand to turn the paper so that cutting in a vertical plane rather than horizontal


  • For progressive cutting use cues for keeping the scissors open and not closing them completely


  • More advanced you can teach to cut off excess paper periodically to get it out of the way


  • On corners teach them to cut just beyond the end of the first line and then turn the paper they don’t cut off the corner


  • Take “check your grip break” during cutting activities to have students or teachers check everyone’s grip


Complied by Nancy Quitmeier OTR/L (Liberty Early Childhood Occupational Therapist)

Animated Alphabet

We have learned about several letters so far this year. We have met the characters that correspond with the letters P, U, O, M, X, A, D, T, S, R, H, L, and J. This week, we met Jenny Jaguar. She likes to say /j/, and her special action is juggling. Look for the letter J around your house and ask your child to tell you the sound of j. Make sure that you are going back through your Animated Alphabet "book" to color and review the letters.

Looking Ahead....

  • January 18th (Monday)-No School due to Martin Luther King Day
  • February 9th and 11th (Tuesday and Thursday)--Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign up coming soon)
  • February 9th (Tuesday)-Friendship Parties

Every Child Together....