Visual strategies are a great tool we use to support & increase receptive & expressive language as well as assist children in knowing what is expected of them. Just as we adults use calendars, grocery lists, & “to do” lists to enhance memory, our children also benefit from visual reminders.
Our circle time always begins by singing a few routine songs to shake out our “sillies” & help us attend to activities. During the course of the school year, the songs change every now & then. This week’s songs included:
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
Shake Our Sillies Out (Learning Station)
Criss Cross Applesauce
Hickey Picky Bumble Bee
Jump Up & Down (transition song)
We reviewed center expectations for our Pretend Play Center & read the book, ABC of Jobs (Roger Priddy) for ideas on what we can do during pretend play. We also introduced our Block Center by reading the book, Jack the Builder (Stuart J. Murphy). Next week we will introduce our Art Center to coincide with International Dot Day! We are looking forward to creating many fun art projects during the school year! This week we continued painting our birthday crowns, place mats & the 1st page of our portfolios.
We had our 1st school year birthday celebration! Happy 4th Birthday to Salvatore! Thank you to his family for sending in delicious peanut/tree nut free cupcakes for us to celebrate!
For some of our children, the honeymoon appears to be over. While some children experienced anxiety during the first few days of preschool, others have now realized that this is their new routine. Both scenarios are very typical for young children. Here are a few ideas to help out:
- Clearly state to your child where you will be & when you will return. It may also be helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited.
- Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include telling your child you are leaving in 3 minutes, a kiss & hug, or a wave from the door. Once you tell your child you are leaving, it is important to follow through. Extending the good-bye with, "Ok just one more kiss, & then I really have to go” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it. Avoid sneaking out, as this seems to encourage children to become less trusting & might make the next drop off day even harder.
I promise you, it is so much harder on us as parents than it actually is on our kids. Try not to feel guilty. I've been there myself. Children are so much more resilient than we give them credit for & adjust much easier than we think they can. While some might take a bit longer than others to adjust, they all eventually have a wonderful time in preschool.
- Holbrook Fire Department field trip is on 10/16/18. More info to come soon.
- Scholastic book orders will be placed this weekend.
- School is closed on Wednesday, 9/19/18 due to Yom Kippur. Wishing an easy fast for all of our families who observe.
- If you haven't already done so, please send in a family photo.
- Back to School Night is Wednesday, 9/26/18 from 7:00-8:00. This is an informational evening for parents only.
- Wear polka dots to school on Monday, 9/17/18.
Always feel free to speak to us about any concerns/issues you might have. We are all in this together & want your child to have the most positive preschool experience possible! Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce, Miss Fabi