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 on learning about feelings and what to do with those feelings when we have them. At this age it is so important for children to understand that feelings are something we have every day and that it is okay to feel that way. We discussed that it is okay to feel mad or angry and that when we feel this way we just use our words to express that we are feeling that way, we shouldn’t use our hands, feet, or unkind words when we feel angry or mad. I bet if you ask your child to name some feelings they can name several and show you a face to express each one as well.
I am currently working on individual assessments with each student that cover shapes, numbers, letters, and colors. These assessments will help me focus on those areas that may need some attention or move on to the next level if they are ready. If you would like to work on some things at home, the four areas I listed above would be beneficial. You could practice any of these in the car, while you are cooking dinner, or even 10 minutes before bedtime with flash cards.
The last thing I would like to mention is that the weather is beginning to cool off, especially in the mornings. Please make sure that you are dressing your child appropriately for the weather as we do go outside daily, weather permitting. Some of the students have complained about being cold outside because they do not have a jacket or sweatshirt with them. If you send a jacket or sweatshirt, you will also want to make sure their name is on a tag if possible so they do not get mixed up with another student. Even if it has rained overnight or first thing in the morning I may take the students out for a walk to get fresh air if the rain has stopped and there aren’t big puddles.
A HUGE thank you to all of the parents for being so patient with me, I really appreciate it!
- o September 30th: No School
- o October 3rd: School Pictures