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Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

Week of October 18th

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool has had a very busy last few weeks! First, I would like to say “Thank You” to all the parents who could join us on our field trips to Center Grove. We had beautiful weather all three days . I would also like to thank all of you for committing to your child’s education by attending conferences this first round, preschool had a fantastic turn out. Hopefully we can finally get back on track a little bit before the holidays hit us! We have been working on a new theme which focuses on family and community. The focus is for the kiddos to learn about the people in their family and how others have similarities and differences in their families. We are also looking at neighbors and neighborhoods to see that there are houses, parks, and schools in our neighborhoods. A couple of the stories we…
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:00

First few weeks of school

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool is doing a great job of learning rules and what is expected of them here at school. Please help them work on using kind words, taking turns, raising their hands & waiting to be called on, and sharing when you are talking to them at home. Practicing these things and discussing them at home as well as at school will help all of us become better students. We began our religion sessions on Thursday, September 8th. The first day of school I spent explaining how the religion sessions work and showing them the handouts that will go home each week. Their favorite thing so far has been the ribbon bouquet and marching around the room to music with them! Those first days are a time for them to learn that they come in and hang up their backpacks, take their folders out and set them on…
Saturday, 23 April 2016 00:00

April 7-12

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News April 7-12 At School The month of April has been busy already! We have been on two field trips within a week and celebrated our 100th day of preschool  April 1st we had the opportunity to watch The Cat in the Hat at the Civic Center. The kiddos all seemed to enjoy this play a great deal! On April 5th, we visited the Temple Theater to watch Egg. Our 100th day of preschool was celebrated on April 7th in our classroom. I had several activities that were geared toward 100 and the kiddos were also able to enjoy a Dr. Seuss cookie with milk during snack time! Three Chicks Bakery in Polk City does a great job making my cookies each year, Thank you Amanda  We began a new lesson this week, Growing and Changing. The first part of this theme will focus…
Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

January 21-28

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of January 21-28, 2016 At School We have just finished up our unit on seasons and I think we could have spent another 2 weeks on it! There were some great questions from the kiddos with this unit and I’m hoping they have a better understanding of the difference between seasons and weather. Some of them are still a little confused on what type of weather to expect during each season. Some of the activities we did in math this week were making patterns and sorting with connecting people, picture card counting of items, recognition of numerals/written number words, tracing of numbers. (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities, classification, numeral identification) The dramatic play area was still set up as our St. Joe’s Heavenly Cocoa shop. They really enjoyed this so it was set up for a couple of weeks.…
Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

January 7-14

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of January 7-13, 2016 At School Our theme has been focused on Seasons this time around. The kiddos have been learning about our four seasons that we experience in Iowa. We have also been spending some good discussions on the weather that occurs with each season and how our weather this year has been off a little bit. During our calendar time we talk about the weather each day, the season, and we look at how the weather bear is dressed to determine if he is dressed for the weather or not. Some of the activities we did in math were our geometric pattern blocks, building our knowledge of more complex patterns (such as ABB or ABC), sorting pictures according to their season. This month we have been focused on an ABB pattern at calendar (tree, snowman, snowman). We also continue to work on…
Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

January 4-7

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of January 4-7 At School We spent the first couple of days back from Christmas break going over the classroom rules and expectations. Some of the big reminders the past two days were remembering to raise their hands at group time, sitting body basics (bottoms flat, legs crisscrossed, hands in lap, voices off, ears listening, and eyes on the teacher), and using walking feet in the classroom. We also discussed several changes that occurred over our break, such as beginning a new month, new season, and a new year. I also created a seating chart on the floor because it seems like some of the kiddos became a little too chatty sitting by their friends during large group. Table spots will be rearranged on Monday as well in order to allow them a chance to get to know other peers better. The final change…
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

November 23rd - 30th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of November 23-30 At School We spent the last few weeks focused on fall and Thanksgiving. Because there were only a couple of days of school last week I kept most of the centers the same for the kiddos. A huge “thank you” to Ms. Sue for stepping in while I was out of the classroom Monday and Tuesday. The class really seemed to enjoy having her in the classroom filling in. Also a big “thanks” to Ms. Lisa for making sure things ran smoothly as well. Some of the activities we did in math were matching colored clothes pin feathers to colors on a turkey, matching the number of feathers to the number on a turkeys belly, simple addition using math cards and apple/pumpkin counters, and writing numbers 1-5 in a Five Little Turkeys book. (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with…
Saturday, 21 November 2015 00:00

Week of November 12th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News November 12th -17th At School It has been a busy week in the preschool classroom! Our friends from the Lion’s Club came in to visit on Tuesday and completed the eye exams on any student who sent the permission slip back to school. The kiddos did a great job and all students received a sticker that day, even if they didn’t have a picture of their eyes taken. We have been working hard on our letter U this week and will begin working on the letter C next. All of the kiddos have been working very hard on their cutting skills and practicing writing their names. Ms. Sue has also been visiting our classroom a couple of times a week in order to get acquainted with all of the kiddos. I will be out of the classroom on Monday and Tuesday next week and she…
Saturday, 26 September 2015 00:00

Week of Sept. 17th

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool is doing a great job of learning rules and what is expected of them here at school. Please continue to help them work on using kind words, taking turns, raising their hands, and sharing when you are talking to them at home. A couple of books we read in class together that the kiddos really enjoyed were: The Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook (these focused on blurting out or talking while others are talking). And the last book was Please Say Please: A Penguin’s Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler (this focused on using good manners). Practicing these things and discussing them at home as well as at school will help all of us become better students. We have been working on understanding our feelings and what to do with those different feelings. I read a…
Saturday, 26 September 2015 00:00

Week of Sept. 17th

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool is doing a great job of learning rules and what is expected of them here at school. Please continue to help them work on using kind words, taking turns, raising their hands, and sharing when you are talking to them at home. A couple of books we read in class together that the kiddos really enjoyed were: The Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook (these focused on blurting out or talking while others are talking). And the last book was Please Say Please: A Penguin’s Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler (this focused on using good manners). Practicing these things and discussing them at home as well as at school will help all of us become better students. We have been working on understanding our feelings and what to do with those different feelings. I read a…
Monday, 11 May 2015 00:00

Week of May 8th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of May 3-8, 2015 At School We continue to work on Kindergarten ready skills here at preschool. I have been stressing the importance of remembering to raise your hand and waiting to be called on. I think all of the kiddos who spent a day at the big school enjoyed their day as a kindergartener J. We are also still trying to help remind kiddos that even though our year together is growing closer to an end, there are still things to learn and our brain needs to remain focused for a few more weeks! Preschool continued to learn about our theme; Growing and Changing. The first week of this theme we focused on human growth and the changes we go through from birth into adulthood. The next few weeks we spent learning about animals and their life cycles. We spent some extra time…
Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Week of April 17th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Weeks of April 13-17, 2015 At School It has been a very busy month for preschool! We celebrated our 100th day of preschool this month, had our Spring concert for parents/family, began counting by 5’s and 10’s, and are practicing those Kindergarten readiness skills. Preschool began learning about a new theme last week; Growing and Changing and will continue to work on it this week and the following week as well. The students are learning about all the changes that occur as we grow from babies into toddlers, adolescents into teenagers, and finally becoming a grown up. There were some great conversations taking place in the classroom due to several kiddos who have recently added a new family member to their house J. Our religion piece fit in nicely as well since it focused on the birth of Jesus and being kind to others. I…
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

Week of February 13th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of February 9-13, 2015 At School We have been learning about construction the last few weeks in preschool. Our centers have been set up to go along with this theme and the kiddos seem to be enjoying it! They were able to shop or work at the hardware store, build with a variety of different objects, read books about construction, and learn about measuring. We have also incorporated the Valentine’s Day theme this week. So some of our activities were set up with heart themes or using the colors red, pink, white, or purple. Some of the activities we did in math were counting beads, matching heart shaped candy to the number of dots, making patterns with conversation hearts, we played a frog game where the kiddos had to roll a color & number dice and then feed the frog that many colored flies,…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00

Week of January 23rd

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of January 19-23, 2015 At School It was a great start to the New Year coming back from a 2 week break! The first few days we had to get back into the groove of our routine and going over a few reminders, but overall it was a pretty good week. We finished up our theme on seasons and began a new theme on animals. We also welcome a new month and a new year! Some of the activities we did in math were sorting lid and animal counters, geometric shape pictures, patterns, number puzzles, matching numerals to items. (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities, classification, geometric shapes) The dramatic play area was set up as a veterinary clinic for a while and now it is a pet store. There were several items in the clinic that were realistic to…
Friday, 02 January 2015 00:00

Week of December 12

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of December 8-12, 2014 At School We started a new theme this week which discussed the four seasons and the weather that we usually see in each season. This is an area that is difficult for preschoolers to understand because they have a hard time separating seasons from weather. While we have talked about both of these topics from the beginning of the school year, I am focusing on helping them understand that we have four seasons that rotate in a pattern each year and what types of weather changes we see with each one. We have also been sharing our theme with Christmas of course since its right around the corner. Some of the activities we did in math were making patterns with pony beads and pipe cleaners, using geometric shapes to complete Christmas/winter pictures, making playdoh ornaments to match the # shown…
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Week of November 17th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of November 17-21, 2014 At School Our theme this week has focused on the five senses and Thanksgiving. We discussed each of the five senses and how we use them. We also discussed how we use those senses in many different ways each day and sometimes don’t realize how often we are using them. We read some fun books about the five senses and also a classroom favorite titled, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Some of the activities we did in math were counting turkey feathers by clipping the appropriate number of clothes pins on a turkey based on the number shown on the belly. The students used a dye to roll a number and then place that many pony beads on a turkey feather, which was made of pipe cleaners. They were also able to make patterns with plastic…
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

Week of November 14th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News Week of November 10-14, 2014 At School Our theme the past few weeks in preschool has been Family, Neighbors, and Community. We have completed many fun activities that incorporate all of these things and show us how they all tie together. One thing that I tried to stress to them is that all of the community helpers could be a man or a woman. It was fun to hear their answers when I asked them questions about whether a teacher could be a man, or if a trash collector could be a woman J Some of the activities we did in math were using geometric shapes to create vehicles used by community helpers, sorting bears by colors, making patterns with different colored and shaped beads, simple addition, counting the days of the month and how many days we have been in school, discussing what number…
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Week of October 31st

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Dear Parents/Guardians – We have been talking about all the changes we are seeing in our Fall season recently. The leaves are really beginning to change colors and are falling off the trees. We are also talking about how much the temperatures change from morning to afternoon. We have decided that the mornings are very cool and the afternoons have been sunny and warm this week. The afternoon class likes to see the weather wheel change from cloudy to sunny or windy to sunny by the time they come in. The past few weeks the class has been enjoying several Halloween activities during centers time. Halloween bats, cats, spiders, letter and number beads, pumpkins, and more. The water was even colored to go with our holiday theme J (Areas focused on: interacts with peers, forms relationships with adults, attends & engages, shows curiosity & motivation, makes connections). Our literacy has…
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Week of October 17th

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Dear Parents/Guardians – The past few weeks have definitely been out of routine for the kiddos! We had our field trips the week of October 6th and then conferences and pictures the week of October 13th. Hopefully we can get back on track this week J As we prepared for our field trip to Center Grove Orchard we spent a couple of days discussing apples and pumpkins. The kiddos really enjoyed telling me how much they love apples and the many ways that they eat apples: sliced, applesauce, apple pie, apple crisp, and even apple muffins! The class also participated in making homemade applesauce with me after the field trip. I explained how we peel the skin off the apples and then cut them up into chunks to prepare for cooking. Each student was able to add apples, cinnamon, water, or sugar to the crock pot. We all enjoyed smelling…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

Week of September 26 - Preschool

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool is doing a great job of learning rules and what is expected of them here at school. Please continue to help them work on using kind words, taking turns, raising their hands, and sharing when you are talking to them at home. A couple of books we read in class together that the kiddos really enjoyed were: The Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook (these focused on blurting out or talking while others are talking). And the last book was Please Say Please: A Penguin’s Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler (this focused on using good manners). Practicing these things and discussing them at home as well as at school will help all of us become better students. We have been working on understanding our feelings and what to do with those different feelings. I read a…
Saturday, 06 September 2014 10:30

First days of preschool

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Dear Parents/Guardians –                 Preschool is doing a great job of learning rules and what is expected of them here at school.  Please help them work on using kind words, taking turns, raising their hands & waiting to be called on, and sharing when you are talking to them at home.  Practicing these things and discussing them at home as well as at school will help all of us become better students.                  We will begin our religion sessions on Monday, September 8th.  I always like to allow the kiddos a few days to get adjusted before we begin our lessons.  Those first days are a time for them to learn that they come in and hang up their backpacks, take their folders out and set them on the shelf of their cubby, and then go in and use the restroom and wash hands.  Once they get into the routine…
Monday, 03 March 2014 16:19

February Newsletter

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News                                                                                                  February 27th, 2014   At School                 The past few weeks in preschool our theme has been Let’s Move. The students are learning about being active and that staying healthy are important. Not only is it important to exercise and keep our bodies in shape, but it’s also important to eat healthy and choose foods that help us grow. Some of the students are trying vegetables and fruits that they have never tried before….and they actually like them! Be sure to ask your child if they tried something new at snack time lately. J Friday was a special treat because I brought in all the fresh fruits that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate. Most of the students really enjoyed plums!                 In math the students have been working on counting the number of exercises we do. You would think with as much energy as…
Thursday, 23 January 2014 13:39

Week of January 24, 2014

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News                                                                                                  Week of December 20-24, 2014   At School                 The past few weeks in preschool our theme has been Construction Zone. The students have been learning that “tools” can mean more than hammers, screw drivers, and wrenches. We discussed how a fork is a tool when we eat, a shovel is a tool used to move sand from one place to another, and pencils are tools that help us write. Ask your child what the word “construct” means, most of the students will tell you that we build or make something.                 In math the students used tape measures to measure pieces of wood, the desks, and several other items in the classroom. We also discussed different lengths, such as shorter or longer when we cut pieces of wood to build things. There was a memory game that involved matching small construction equipment with…
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:52

Week of December 9-13, 2013

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Preschool News                                                                                                  Week of December 9-13, 2013   At School The first thing I would like to say is “Thank You” to all of my families! The preschool music program was a huge success J I hope you all enjoyed it as much as the kiddos did. They worked so hard on all of these songs and were excited to sing them for parents. Please be watching for details about a spring concert!   Our theme the past few weeks in preschool has been Animals Everywhere. We have completed many fun activities that incorporate both wild animals and domestic animals. The students have discussed the difference between the two and decided which animals we could have as a pet in our home versus those animals that need to live outside in the wild. I brought in some beanie baby animals and we played a game to decide which animals would…
Monday, 25 November 2013 13:36

Week of November 18th

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class   Preschool News                                                                                                                          Week of November 18-22, 2013   At School  Our theme the past few weeks in preschool has been the four seasons and of course Thanksgiving. We have completed many fun activities that incorporate both of these themes.              Some of the activities we did in math were Candy Corn Counting, Pumpkin Alphabet/Number Matching, Thanksgiving Pie, Calendar work. The areas that were covered were: counting, one to one correspondence, recognition of numbers, connecting numerals to their quantities, & knowledge of patterns.              Our science activities involved classification, compare & contrast, and discussions about how our environment changes. We had some science mats that required the students to classify items according to the seasons, a puzzle that required students to match clothing to the seasons, and stories that allowed the students to…
Monday, 11 November 2013 11:51

Week of November 4th

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Dear Parents/Guardians –                                                                        Our theme in preschool has been our 5 senses. The past few weeks we have focused on activities that allowed the students to use their sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell; both in the classroom and outside of the classroom.   During our field trip to Center Grove Orchard the students felt and heard the cold wind and rain while exploring the orchard those two days. The students were able to pet the goats and feel the cool, smooth corn as they jumped and dug in the corn pit. While walking through the store we could smell the warm apple cider and fresh baked apple donuts. Our tour ended with apple tasting and a comparison of sour apples versus sweet apples. Despite the cold, rainy weather we had a great turnout for…
Friday, 04 October 2013 16:00

Week of September 30th

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Dear Parents/Guardians –                   Preschool continues to work on learning rules and what is expected of them here at school. They are all doing a great job!                   This week at school we focused on learning about families and communities. We read a book titled, Full, Full, Full of Life. This book told a story of a boy whose family has a special tradition. Each week the entire family, including uncles and aunties get together at grandma’s house to have a special meal. Jay Jay spent time helping his grandmother set the table, feed the fish, and watch for family to arrive. They also spent time after all the family left cuddling and hugging each other. Another book the kiddos really seemed to enjoy this week is titled, House. This book helped them see that houses are different in many ways. Some houses are big and some are…
Friday, 27 September 2013 16:54

September 27th Newsletter

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool is doing a great job of learning rules and what is expected of them here at school. Please continue to help them work on using kind words, taking turns, raising their hands, and sharing when you are talking to them at home. Practicing these things and discussing them at home as well as at school will help all of us become better learners. This week at school we focused on learning shapes and rhymes. We read a book titled, The Great Shape Hunt. This book allowed the students to see another classroom and all of the shapes that were in that classroom. We made comparisons between our classroom and the one in the book to see if we had the same shapes and some of the same items that the classroom in the book had. We covered all of the basic shapes which included the square,…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:10

September Newsletter 2013

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  We have had a great start to our preschool year! I hope the students are having as much fun as I am. We have learned many new things already.   I’m sure most of the students have come home singing or talking about the fun songs we have at school. I have to say that the most popular songs so far have been “Peanut Butter” and “The Tooty Ta” by Dr. Jean. We have fun singing and dancing to both of these. The “Peanut Butter” song is goofy because I ask the students about wearing the peanut butter on different areas of their bodies such as their head, shirt, socks, and even their underwear. They ask me on a daily basis if we can sing the “Peanut Butter” song. If they haven’t shown you yet ask them to show you how the song goes!   We have been working…