Meet Mat Man

During small group, students were introduced to Mat Man.  Mat Man is from the Handwriting Without Tears approach that teaches students body awareness, drawing and pre-writing skills, counting, socializing and sharing.  The children listened to the song,drew Mat Man, and then worked with a partner to create him. There were many interesting conversations as the children were problem solving, building relationships with each other,  and compromising while listening to each other to create Mat Man.

Yeah, TEAMWORK!!!     

 

 

Meet The Critter Guy!

Today we had a special visitor/visitors in our room. Paul McCormack, also known as the Critter Guy came to our class along with some of his critters! Some of the children were a little apprehensive at first but then become comfortable with just petting the animals while others went beyond.

Meet Woody, the tree frog

Mr. and Mrs. Dove, Sqwab and Sqwib

Oreo, the mouse.

Cookie, the starfish. 

   

Cotton, the chinchilla was the favorite!

Pretzel, the Albino corn snake scared some of the children, but then they really warmed up to him!

 

 

 

THANK YOU Parents!

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the October  parent meeting and those who stayed and walked with us in the Walk-A-Thon.

Walk-a-Thon

A little sprinkle didn’t dampen our spirits! we had so much fun walking the track with the kindergartners and first graders.

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We went back to our room to enjoy breakfast and the snacks from the PTA. 

October Parent Meeting

Thank you to all the parents who attended the parent meeting and were active participants! We are so happy that you understand the importance of routines and fine motor skills.  Remember, you can always approach Mrs. Abdallah and I with any questions or concerns.

Going on a Book Hunt!

We went on a book hunt looking for books!! We went upstairs to the William Ford Library. Mrs. Abdallah and I showed the children how to check out books in the library.  We also practiced how to safely walk up and down the stairs.  The children will be bringing home the books after we show them how to take care of them.  Your child and you will also be signing a contract that promises to take care of the books when they come home, and bring them back to school safely.

Upon our return to the classroom, the children placed the books in their book bins to read during Daily 5.

Year Round Survey

Hello Parents,

This survey consists of two questions to collect parent feedback on the possibility to pilot year-round school concept in one or two elementary schools. One of the arguments for year-round schooling is that children will have better knowledge retention versus having too much of a mental break in the summer. School calendar would be extended to include additional four weeks in the summer. Please click on the link to share your feedback: https://goo.gl/forms/vtnCmpKQYcd6Q4jK2
يتألف هذا الاستقصاء من سؤالين لجمع آراء أولياء الامور بشأن إمكانية تجريب مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة في عدد صغير من المدارس الابتدائية. إحدى فوائد التعليم المدرسي على مدار السنة هي أن الطلاب يحافظون على متابعة التحصيل العلمي خلال الصيف. إذا قمنا بتنفيذ هذه
الخطة سيتم تمديد التقويم المدرسي ليشمل أربعة أسابيع إضافية في الصيف
   :يرجى النقر على الرابط لإكمال سؤالين حول مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة

October Parent Meeting

I would like to remind you that our next Parent Meeting will be on Thursday, October 19th, from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Mrs. Abdallah and I will answer individual concerns after the meeting. We will address bedtime routines and fine motor skills.  You will also have the opportunity to sign up for parent conferences in November, so please bring the times of your other children’s conferences.

Our conferences are scheduled for: 

Thursday, November 9, afternoon and evening conferences. (students will have 1/2 day)

Wednesday, November 15th are evening conferences, starting at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 16th are afternoon and evening conferences. (Students will not have school on this day).

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Meet George!

Meet George, our classroom Betta fish!  We just couldn’t keep calling him Fish. The first step was to brainstorm a few names. The children first voted on either Lulu, Henry, George, Bob, or Joe.  Through the first voting process, Lulu and Henry received the most votes. The students who had voted for George, Bob, or Joe had to decide between Lulu or Henry.  Henry won by a margin of 7 to 8.  The children participated in the community of the classroom,made a classroom decision built relationships with each other, resolved some conflicts, expressed themselves using language, recognized and used number words, as well as counted votes!

 

Our Morning in Preschool

We have been in school for an official two weeks of full days!!  I’d like to give you a glimpse of what happens after you sign your child in and say good-bye.  After the door closes, LOL, the students continue establishing relationships with each other, us, and problem solve conflicts that may arise.  They are building a sense of community.

After arrival time, it’s greeting time. We sing our welcome song, and sit down to hear the morning message. In morning message, we do attendance, introduce new areas, and  share today’s plan with the children. Then the helper of the day chooses a friend to go and wash their hands so we can eat breakfast.

After breakfast, we clean up the tables and get ready for outside time.

Sometimes we play on the black top, or go to the “mountain.”

  

We go back to the room for a water and bathroom break before we start small group. Small group is an adult initiated learning activity based on children’s interest and developmental needs. The children interact with materials, make choices and have discussions. We interact, converse with and scaffold their learning. As we complete small groups, the children start planning using different strategies to describe where and what materials they will use during work time.

Then, we work together to put our classroom materials away.  The students recall using similar strategies during planning time.  Now, it’s time to wash our hands and get ready for lunch.

Welcome to Preschool!

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Hello everyone, 

I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow, Monday, September 18th, is our first parent meeting from 8:45 – 9:45 am.  Please remember to bring your child’s blanket and extra set of clothing.  

For the rest of the week, the children will report at 8:40 am and be dismissed at 11:45. You have 7 days to accept the subscription to our blog page or it is canceled.  If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Slime Time!

The children had a great time making slime! They measured and mixed glue, liquid starch, and food coloring to make the slime.  At first they didn’t like the texture, but then enjoyed it as it changed from  a liquid into a solid!

 

Here’s the link to the site so you can make it at home!

http://www.prekinders.com/making-slime-experiment/

Materials needed: