Ms. Reid & Mrs. Hamade GSRP Preschool

Ms. Reid GSRP PreSchool

March is Reading Month!

March is Reading Month! 

We have a LOT planned for this month, so please keep an eye on your calendars. 

Next week, we celebrate Dr. Seuss! 

Monday- Hat Day

Tuesday- Wear your favorite color 

Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday! How silly can you dress? 

Thursday- Pajama day/cozy day 

Field trip to the Outdoor Adventure Center is on Thursday March 28th, all parents are invited to attend with their child. We will be taking school buses. Permission slips will go home next week. 

Parent teacher conferences are March 14th and 21st, No school on these days, reminder slips will be sent home next week as well. 

The school theme for March is Reading Month is “Camp out with a good book” so I will be sending home a camping themed reading log, if you and your child read a book together, fill out the reading log and bring it to school. One a week is all we ask! 

We are moving into our fairy tales units, and will be doing a lot of focusing on retelling stories. Hopefully your child talked to you about this week, where we read “There’s an Alligator Under my Bed,” the children loved it, and most of them were caught “reading” it in the book area on their own. We also read about, and saw the play of “Jack and the Beanstalk” again, another favorite. The children were so good for the play. I was very proud of them. We also talked a lot about things being funny, pretend, imaginary or fake, versus things that are real. 

After Dr. Seuss we will be delving into the 3 Bears, the 3 Pigs, and the 3 Billy Goats, we will do a lot of activities that help the children to retell, and bring the stories to life. Stay tuned! 

If you haven’t checked out the Google photos page in a while, I recommend it, we have been playing in the snow, building alligator traps, building with marshmallows, and so much more! Click the link below to check them out!

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Crazy schedule!

Dear parents,

I know between all the snow/ice/cold days we have had a super crazy schedule. My sincerest apologies for all of this, as we scheduled many things in advanced of all of this crazy weather. Can you tell crazy is my word of the day?? 🙂

Please pay close attention to your calendars, we have a lot going on! 

2/14/2019 Tomorrow (Thursday) Valentine’s Day + 1/2 day Pick up will be at 11:00, this is a district wide half day, teachers have professional development in the afternoon. Children may bring Valentine’s for each of their 16 classmates, please only sign the from section, so your child can pass them out independently! Thank you!

2/15/2019 + 2/18/2019 District Wide No School Mid Winter Break This means no school on Monday for our prek class 🙁 

2/19/2019 Tuesday Library field trip – Children arrive at 8:05, parent/guardian return at 12:50 and then meet us at Henry Ford Centennial Library NO LATER than 1:30 in the lobby. This is a trip that the children LOVE! Please fill out and return the permission slip asap! 

2/21/2019 Thursday Parent Meeting (Literacy) Parent and child come to school by 8:45, we will talk about learning abc’s, writing, etc. and then children leave with parents. We only have one more parent meeting after this one! 🙂 

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What did you do at school today?

Children often struggle to verbalize what they did in a school day. Try one or two of these each night, and see what kind of conversation you can spark with your child!

  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
  3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
  4. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
  5. What was the book about that your teacher read?
  6. What’s the word of the week?
  7. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
  8. Did anyone cry?
  9. What did you do that was creative?
  10. What is the most popular game at recess?
  11. What was the best thing that happened today?
  12. Did you help anyone today?
  13. Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
  14. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  15. What made you laugh?
  16. Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
  17. Who inspired you today?
  18. What was the peak and the pit?
  19. What was your least favorite part of the day?
  20. Was anyone in your class gone today?
  21. Did you ever feel unsafe?
  22. What is something you heard that surprised you?
  23. What is something you saw that made you think?
  24. Who did you play with today?
  25. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
  26. What is something that challenged you?
  27. How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
  28. Did you like your lunch?
  29. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
  30. Did anyone get in trouble today?
  31. How were you brave today?
  32. What questions did you ask at school today?
  33. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
  34. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  35. What are you reading?
  36. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  37. Teach me something I don’t know.
  38. If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  39. (For older kids):  Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
  40. Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
  41. What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
  42. What kind of person were you today?
  43. What made you feel happy?
  44. What made you feel proud?
  45. What made you feel loved?
  46. Did you learn any new words today?
  47. What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
  48. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
  49. What is your least favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
  50. If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
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Holiday break fun :)


Is your Preschooler bored and spending their time driving you CRAZY?  Lol, here are a few things you can have them do to keep their brains active and learning…

  1. Have your child practice writing their first/last name.
  2. Look through an ABC book with them…have them name as many letters as they can.  Practice naming the ones they can’t remember.
  3. Practice counting out loud from 1-10 or 1-20 or 1-30 (depending on what number your child can count to by themselves).
  4. Use measuring cups/spoons and have your child put them in order from largest to smallest.
  5. Walk around the house and count how many windows, beds, pillows, doors, spoons/forks you have.
  6. Write numbers 1-10 on paper and draw pictures to represent the amount of each number.
  7. Have your child help you with household chores: sorting laundry into piles by colors (sorting by color), folding towels (shape identification), setting the table for dinner (counting)…it’s getting stuff done at home and learning all in one!
  8. Spray shaving cream on a cookie sheet and practice writing numbers in the shaving cream (messy, but SUPER fun)!
  9. Call a classmate and see if they can come over to play.
  10. Go for a walk outside and keep track of how many cars pass you on the road as you walk on the sidewalk.
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My apologies for not getting on here sooner, we have just been so busy!

We said good-bye to Malak this month, as she moved across town, and welcomed Ali into our classroom. Next week Nuor is starting a new adventure in a new state, so we will have to see who comes to be with us next! We will miss Nuor very much, and her super bright smile.

We have been working really hard on writing the letters in our names, counting, and problem solving with friends. The children are all making so much progress, it is a wonder to watch it unfold.

We are working on the story of The Gingerbread man, and will continue through next week. We made our own, and even got to try some! I had a request to make a house, so I am going to try and work some magic this weekend! Stay tuned!

I hope you are all enjoying using the Google photos account, feel free to like and comment on the photos so I know you are looking at them!

Wednesday 12/19 is the Winter Fair at Cotter school! It is so much fun! Parents and children attend together, there are lots of activities, Santa and Elsa! Look for the flyer in your child’s folder! 

Thursday 12/20 is Pajama Day and a 1/2 day! We will do lots of fun pajama themed activities this day! 

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Parent meeting catch up

Click on the link above for exciting news from Scholastic! They make it super easy to order online. I will be getting the children the $1 books for their book boxes!

If you missed the parent meeting you can catch up using the link above to review the presentation we went over today!


Thank you to everyone who came today, and participated in the meeting I hope you learned some and had fun with your child.


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Parent meeting tomorrow at 8:45! PLEASE be on time! I am excited to share lots of great ideas and activities with you! Parents attend with children and children go home following the meeting. 

Dearborn GSRP Preschool is now on Instagram! Follow us @dearborncotterschool 


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Tips & Tricks!

Just a quick friendly reminder! Please, please, please arrive for the beginning and end of the day on time! Thank you! 

“W” Sitting 

I have noticed MANY of our students sitting in a “W” position.  When children sit in this manner it is a sign of a lack of trunk muscles, and can lead to tightening of the muscles in the hips and thighs. I invite the children to sit criss cross applesauce or to lay down when playing to avoid sitting like this. Please also work on it from home.

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Scissor skills!

We are working on introducing scissors and the proper way to hold them. Any practice your child can do at home would be amazing!! We try to encourage the children to keep their thumb up, and elbow down to maintain control of the scissors, and be using them in a safe way. I draw a small smiley face on their thumb to help remind them to keep their thumb up (see image below). Scissors are a tough fine motor skill to master, so we try to get them into the children’s hands as often as we can. Don’t be afraid to try them at home.


As always, please talk to me if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to partner with you! Have a great weekend! 

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Away we go!

Happy 1st full week of school! We made it!

I am so excited to see what this year will bring. The children are transitioning into school beautifully. We are working on routines and procedures and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. We have had a few tears, but that is expected, and I promise it gets easier the more consistent we all stay.

We have been introducing the children to the areas in the room, and what materials are available to them. We have been spending time outside, and on our rainy Thursday we got to go to the gym for the 1st time. The children are already picking up on so much.

We also welcomed 8 new chameleons to our classroom, and we will be naming them next week. The children are loving them!

Please be sure to return any missing paperwork. MANY of you need to turn in a 2nd form of residency, this is a cable, internet or phone bill. I already have your DTE bill so I need an alternate bill. Thanks so much!

Thank you to everyone who has been picking up and dropping off on time, it means the world to both myself and the children! Consistency is KEY in PreK!


Have a great weekend and please don’t hesitate to ask questions, we are here for you!

Want to see photos of how awesome our 1st week? Click the link below!


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