News From Room 1

December 16, 2015

Important Dates

Friday 12-18-15 is our Polar Express day. We will be watching the movie Polar Express from 9-10:40 (or until we loose interest.) It will also be a P.J. Day! Everyone wear your warm and fuzzy P.J.s

Tuesday 12-22-15 last day before Winter Break

Wednesday 12-23-15 through Friday 1-1-16 there will be NO SCHOOL-Winter Break

Monday 1-4-16 we will have care but there will be NO FOOD SERVICE so you will need to provide breakfast and lunch for your child.

Monday 1-18-16 NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day

Monday 2-15-16 Purple Monday, We were originally scheduled for no school to honor Presidents Day but the School Board approved this day as our make-up day from Blue Tuesday (the Royals Celebration, Blue Snow Day...) We will have school this day!

In Review

The last few weeks have been full of fun and learning. We used our fine motor artistic skills to create chocolate swamps, and peppermint candies for Winter Wonderland. We have explored a few new sensory items; chocolate mud dough, and cinnamon oatmeal. We had fun with the new items and we still find water and sand enjoyable, which is great because many skills can be developed with sensory play. We took a day to continue exploring the peppermint experiment that was in the Peppermint Forest at Winter Wonderland. Observing the reaction, making comments about what will happen and was happening or experimenting with different options, develops scientific knowledge and skills. We love to play ring around the Rosie, and act out the song "Goin' on a Bear Hunt." During our time in the Multi-purpose room we have been playing red light, green light, stop and go, and Freeze. These games will be helpful as the children gain their independence and want to walk/run to the car by themselves. If we practice at school and at home playing games like these, when they do reach that point, we will be able to use any of those words and they will stop.

We are beginning to witness Conscious Discipline skills in action. The children are recognizing when their peers need a wish well (not just when they are absent,) they are able to ask their friends to stop, move over, ask for a turn and tell their friends my turn, give it back and are they are able to give them back. I witnessed a friend upset after drop off, a friend came to me and stated "We wish well," he and I sang the wish well song and it helped the friend calm down. Another friend noticed a peer upset and having trouble with a Lego train staying together and she bent down and asked, "You need help?" It is powerful to see two and three year olds displaying helpfulness, compassion, and empathy.

Coming Up:

We have just a few more days before Winter Break. We will spend those days painting, building, exploring, and having fun.

When we return we will continue working on our social skills during play times. We will use markers, crayons, scissors, and beading to strengthen our fine-motor skills. We will introduce colored cubes, clowns, applesauce lids, and spike balls to develop mathematical knowledge of sorting, color recognition, and counting. And of course we will be doing more science experiments and natural exploration to develop skills of investigation, observation, reflection, and scientific reasoning.

Enjoy your break and see you in 2016!


We are in need of Kleenexes and wipes going into the new year, if you can bring them before break that would be great and if not when we return will work just fine.

Just about everyone in diapers will need them when we return and if your child is potty training we'd appreciate the pull-ups that have the easy open sides versus the ones that slide on like underwear. The slide on ones require a little more time to change.

We could really use at least one weather appropriate complete (socks, pants, shirt, and underwear if needed) set of clothing. We do play in the sensory table with water and messy items, in the sink, in puddles, and mud outside, and we paint. With snow chances increasing we will go out and explore it if the temperatures allow, therefore socks and pants will be needed.


With colder temperatures upon us please remember our weather policy. If the feels like temperature is 20 degrees or above we will go outside. We will be playing in the snow and we love to explore puddles after the rain. Please make sure your child has mittens, a hat, and a winter coat each day. If it is going to warm up in the afternoon and jacket is ok as an extra but at 9 a.m. it is still chilly and we want them to be safe and warm. You are welcome to provide a snow suit or snow pants and snow boots on days of snow, we will dry them and keep them safe.

Potty Training Tips:

We have had quite an interest in potty training over the last few weeks, something to truly celebrate!!! We have had a few success stories and I wanted to share how it worked for them. They used a longer weekend and just took the "plunge" by putting their child in underwear and taking them potty at regular increments. They experienced many accidents to begin with but by the end of the weekend had achieved success.

Here are a few tips I researched:

Know the signs of readiness:

Instead of using age as a readiness indicator, look for other signs that your child may be ready to start heading for the potty, such as the ability to:

  • follow simple instructions
  • understand words about the toileting process
  • control the muscles responsible for elimination
  • verbally express a need to go
  • keep a diaper dry for 2 hours or more
  • get to the potty, sit on it, and then get off the potty
  • pull down diapers, disposable training pants, or underpants
  • show an interest in using the potty or wearing underpants

Pull-ups or underwear...

Experts sometimes disagree about whether to use disposable training pants. Some think that they're just bigger diapers and might make kids think it's OK to use them like diapers, thus slowing the toilet-teaching process.

Others feel that training pants are a helpful step between diapers and underwear. Use of them during the night is helpful until bladder and bowel control is achieved overnight. Once the training pants remain dry for a few days, kids can make the switch to wearing underwear.

To begin:

  • Set aside some time to devote to the potty-training process.
  • Don't make your child sit on the toilet against his or her will.
  • Show your child how you sit on the toilet and explain what you're doing (because your child learns by watching you). You also can have your child sit on the potty seat and watch while you (or a sibling) use the toilet.
  • Establish a routine. For example, you may want to begin toilet teaching by having your child sit on the potty after waking with a dry diaper, or 45 minutes to an hour after drinking lots of fluid. You may be able to catch your child peeing. Only put your child on the potty for a few minutes a couple of times a day, and let your child get up if he or she wants to.
  • Try catching your child in the act of pooping. Children often give clear cues that they need to use the bathroom — their faces turn red, and they may grunt or squat. And many kids are regular as to the time of day they tend to have a bowel movement.
  • Have your child sit on the potty within 15 to 30 minutes after meals to take advantage of the body's natural tendency to have a bowel movement after eating (this is called the gastro-colic reflex).
  • Remove a bowel movement (poop) from your child's diaper, put it in the toilet, and tell your child that poop goes in the potty.
  • Make sure your child's wardrobe is adaptable to potty training. In other words, avoid overalls and shirts that snap in the crotch. Simple clothes are a must at this stage and kids who are potty training need to be able to undress themselves.
  • Some parents like to let their child have some time during the day without a diaper. If he or she urinates without wearing a diaper, your child may be more likely to feel what's happening and express discomfort.
  • Offer your child small rewards, such as stickers or time reading with Mommy, every time your child goes in the potty. Keep a chart to track of successes. Once your little one appears to be mastering the use of the toilet, let him or her pick out a few new pairs of big-kid underwear to wear.
  • Make sure all of your child's caregivers — including babysitters,grandparents, and childcare workers — follow the same routine and use the same names for body parts and bathroom acts. Let them know how you're handling the issue and ask that they use the same approaches so your child won't become confused.

Above all, be sure to praise all attempts to use the toilet, even if nothing happens. And remember that accidents will happen. It's important not to punish potty-training children or show disappointment when they wet or soil themselves or the bed. Instead, tell your child that it was an accident and offer your support. Reassure your child that he or she is well on the way to using the potty like a big kid.

And if you're torn about when to start the toilet-teaching process altogether, let your child be your guide. Don't feel pressured by others (your parents, in-laws, friends, siblings, coworkers, etc.) to begin. Many parents of past generations started potty training much sooner than many parents do today. And it all depends on the child. Kids will let parents know when they're ready.