We read the book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault) & put together the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom puzzle as a small group. We reviewed the ABC's & sang the Alphabet Song while Ms. Sheri signed the letters using ASL. We also read The Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn) & My Somebody Special (Sarah Weeks).
The Kissing Hand is a story about Chester Raccoon who is going to school for the first time. He doesn't want to go because he rather stay home with his mom. But his mom assures him that he will have a wonderful time in school. Then she shares with Chester a special family secret which will make school feel as cozy as home. Chester's mom kisses his palm & tells him that whenever he misses her while at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek & he will feel the warmth of her kiss. Chester felt much better about going to school & even gave his mom her own kissing hand for when she missed him.
My Somebody Special was a story about the special people who pick us up from school. We then spoke about our special somebody’s.
We're almost finished designing & decorating our birthday crowns. Once finished, they will be displayed in the classroom. When it's our special day, we will have our crown ready to wear!
Thank you for sending in items for our Beautiful Stuff project. We began showing off our materials & telling our friends about them. We also started sorting them by category. We are looking forward to designing our alphabet letters with all of the beautiful stuff we have collected. There's still time to send yours in if you haven't yet done so.
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 window. 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 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.
• School picture day will be on 9/30 & 10/1. Flyers & envelopes will be sent home soon.
• Field trip information to come soon.
• Speech screenings will be offered by Little Angels Center at no cost to families. More information to come as soon as the dates are scheduled.
• Please keep sending in those family photos for our family tree.
• Scholastic book orders will be placed this weekend.
Always feel free to speak to any of 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!
Happy Rosh Hashanah to our friends who celebrate. Hope you have a sweet New Year! L'Shanah Tova!
Have a wonderful 4-day weekend. See you all on Wednesday.
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce, Miss Miranda, Ms. Fabi & Ms. Bethany