Sunday December 1st-good morning, and, ready or not, welcome December. ONly
fitting that it's a snowy morning. I hope everyone had a wonderful
Thanksgiving and few days off. I know I enjoyed time with family and a few
days to relax.
Both classes will be exploring stars this month, and since we only have 3
weeks of school before Christmas vacation, the holiday fun will begin right
away! I have a feeling there's an elf hiding in our classroom right now!
He'll be busy during the next 3 weeks;D
The afternoon class will have a big surprise when they sign in tomorrow-shhhh-
we're going to start practicing our last names! We will also be working on
the remainder of the letters with diagonals: V,W,X,Y, and Z.
Both classes will continue to practice counting, numeral recognition, and
sorting. The afternoon class will practice patterning and rhyming as well.
Remnders: 1. There is no school for all of NBCS on Friday Dec. 6th.
2. Monday Dec. 9th is Silver Day for both classes
3. TUESDAY is outside play day for the afternoon class.
4. THURSDAY is outside play day for the morning class.
5. PLEASE, please send your child with SHOES, not slippers, to
change into from boots. Slippers are very slippery, and also not
appropriate if we were in an emergency.
Enjoy your snowy Sunday-drive carefully and have a great week!
Sunday November 24th-good morning, and what a freezing morning it is! Yikes!
We had a fun Brown Day on Thursday and are having fun with our turkey
As you know, it's a very short week for us this week. We will explore the
number "3" in both classes. The morning class had fun creating their "3"
book last week, and will practice the numeral itself. We will also continue
talking about triangles (they have 3 sides and 3 corners too!)
IN the afternoon class, our exploration of "3" will include making the
numeral on our slates with the "wet, dry, try" method from our HWT program,
and then practicing it again inour workbooks.
We welcome Peyton to the afternoon class tomorrow! Remember, no school for
the afternoon class on Wednesday. The entire school dismisses at 12:00.
Enjoy the rest of your blustery Sunday and have a great week!
P.s WE ARE IN DESPARATE NEED OF DISINFECTANT WIPES FOR THE CLASSROOM!!!!!
Sunday November 17th-good morning. We have a full, fun week planned this
week for both classes. The morning class continues with the squirrel and
acorn fun and I have a special treat planned! We had lots of fun making, and
eating our squirrel treat. We worked very hard to count 10 peanuts, scoop
the seeds and the popcorn without spilling.
The afternoon class has been working very hard on their letters with
diagonals: A,K, M, and N so far. We'll explore triangles as well.
Thursday is Brown Day for both classes, and we'll be having lots of fun with
turkeys in both classes.
Everyone should have received progress reports and IEP's as appropriate. I
attached some information regarding letter formation with the 4 yr old
progress reports. If the children receive the same information and guidance
about how to print their names, it will be much easier for them in the long
I am scheduling conferences for anyone interested in having one. Just let me
Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!
Monday November 11th-good morning and Happy Veteran's Day. Take a moment
today to give thanks for the service of our soldiers, past and present, in
all of our families.
What fun we had in the morning class last week with those gray squirrels.
Ask your child to "swish his/her bushy tail"! We will continue with our gray
activities and some more squirrel fun as well. We will explore triangles this
week. They have 3 sides, so we'll also talk about the number 3!
The afternoon class continues to practice our letters with clay and
fingerpaint. This week we will learn about "diagonals." those are tricky
and are necessary to make triangles and also the following letters: A,K,M,
N. These will be our focus for the next few weeks. We are also singing
songs about the alphabet, doing alphabet puzzles and exploring alphabet cards
that make a puzzle when put in the correct order.
Progress reports and graded IEP's will go home either Thursday or next
Monday. Attached to afternoon reports will be some information about how we
make letters in our HWT program, and some practice sheets for home. Always
great practice, as long as we're consistent in how we help the students.
TUESDAY is outside day for the AFTERNOON class, so please be sure your child
has appropriate clothing for outside play. THURSDAY is outside day for the
MORNING class, so the same holds true for the morning kiddos as well.
Enjoy your day with your family and have a great week!
Saturday, November 2nd--good afternoon and what a beautiful afternoon it was!
Well, Halloween was a great success, except for the pictures I tried to take
of the kids-they all came out ridiculously blurry-boo. Oh well, we had a
great time in both classes, and had lots and lots of yummy snacks. Hurray tht
the rain held off for the parade, and the children were soooo excited to see
all of you in the crowd!
We get back to a more typical week on Monday, with the morning class having
lots of fun with squirrels an nuts/acorns. We have a couple of fun songs to
sing, and lots of counting, color recognition, sorting, shape recognition and
numeral recognition activities.
The afternoon class will be learning about harvest and having fun with
scarecrow and crow activities.
I will be completing some informal assessing in both classes in preparation of
our first report card. Grades close on NOv. 7th and report cards will go out
the following week.
I will be scheduling parent/teacher conferences in the next couple of weeks.
Please contact me if you have a specific time or date that you would like to
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week!
Sunday October 27th-good morning! Welcome to a crazy, busy week at NBCS! On
Tuesday, both of our classes will have their chance to visit with the fire
fighters and have a great lesson on fire prevention. I have most permission
slips back, but if yours hasn't been returned yet, please return it
Wednesday is BLACK DAY for both classes and Thursday is Halloween!!! The
children can wear their costumes to school, if they choose, but keep in mind
that the afternoon class will be walking in the parade, outside. The weather
is looking pretty good, but we will be outside for around 45 minutes or so.
Party sign-up sheets are on the clasroom door, so stop by and check them out,
or feel free to give me a call or e-mail, and I can let you know what we
The morning class will have their party at snack time (around 9:30-10:00) and
will be VERRRRRRYYYYYYY low key. We will most likely just go outside after
to run off some of the sugar!:)))
The afternoon class will have their party at about 12:15 or so, before the
parade. Again, low key!! The parade begins at 1:00, so find a good spot
along the route to take pictures!
Just a reminder, I have not had great luck with parents attending parties,
because it's just too hard for 3 and 4 yr olds to remember that they are
still "preschoolers" when Mommy or Daddy is around. Thanks in advance for
Friday, November 1st, is a teacher workshop day, so there is no school for
Now that it's getting cooler, please keep in mind that the morning students
will definitely go outside on Thursdays (unless it's raining) and afternoon
students will definitely go outside on Tuesdays. Please plan accordingly
with your child's clothing, outerwear and footwear. Thanks
Enjoy the sunny Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday October 20th-good morning! It's looking like another beautiful fall
Sunday-can't wait to get out there and enjoy it!
Let the Halloween fun begin! This week we will be exploring spooky materials
and activities set up, and we will be able to have a turn with it on Tues. in
the afternoon (dress your child appropriately for climbing and crawling!) and
Thursday for the morning class.
We have lots of "pumpkin" activities planned as well! We have 1 nice big
pumpkin to carve for the class, but if someone is willing to donate another
so both classes can experience the "goo", we'd really appreciate it.
This week the afternoon class will begin to practice tracing our first names.
I've held off on this because we weren't really ready, but since so many of
the children are so invested in printing their names, it's time to teach them
the correct way to form their letters--FROM THE TOP! Ask your child to
sing "where do you start your letters?" for you.
I will try to have party sign-up sheets on the door by the end of this week.
Parties will be at 9:30 in the morning class on the 31st, and 12:00 in the
aftenoon class (before the parade).
Enjoy the beautiful Sunday, and have a great week!
Monday October14th-good morning! Feeling so grateful for this beautiful
sunny Monday to relax and enjoy the weather/foliage.
We have another busy (though short) week on tap this week. We will continue
talking and learning about squares in both groups and will sort shapes to
find those we know so far: circles and squares.
The afternoon class has been counting, counting and practicing recognizing
numerals to 10. We are now "air writing" at calendar--always starting t the
top! We've also begun to notice patterns at calendar and we know a pattern
is something we see or hear "over and over and over". We'll be practicing
our own this week.
Thursday is Orange Day in both classes-perfect color for this time of year
and all the fun pumpkin activities we have planned. Speaking of pumpkins-I
picked our pumpkin from our garden on Thursday-it's soooooo big. We'll be
carving it soon.
Enjoy the day and have a great week!
Sunday October 6th-Happy Birthday Miss Lisa! And Happy October to all of you-
it sure came quickly, didn't it?
We had a wonderful field trip to Brookdale Farm stand on Monday and we
couldn't have asked for better weather. The children were so excited to pick
apples, especially their own bags to bring home. We've already made
applesauce and a delicious apple crisp this week in the classroom. They're
telling me they want to make apple pie-oh boy!
The afternoon class learned a fun song last week: "where do you start your
letters?" The answer is "at the top!" We've been practicing talking about
top, middle and bottom, to get ready to form letters. This week we will be
finding our beginning letter for our first names, and making a big line down
from the top of the chalkboard to the bottom to sign in. We'll talk about
how many names we have of each letter.
We'll also be talking about squares and the numeral 2 in both classes.
Some things that would be great to practice at home are: rhyming games with
your 4 yr olds. We attempted a rhyming pre-assessment this week, and very
few of the children have any idea, at this point. Singing rhyming songs, and
reading rhyming books is the perfect place to start.
For 3 yr old parents: count anything and everything with your child. Also,
practicing colors would be super helpful as well.
All of the children are fascinated with scissors--putting out a pile of paper
and scissors and letting your child snip it all us is a great activity for
Feel free to call or e-mail with any questions or concerns!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday september 29th- good afternoon! HOly cow-I can't believe I didn't do
this this morning! I guess I was in a hurry to get outside and enjoy this
perfect September Sunday!
Speaking of perfect weather-let's keep our fingers crossed for our afternoon
class tomorrow as we have our field trip to Brookdale Farm Stand in Hollis.
Weatherchannel.com is saying 70 and sunny. That's the one I'm sticking with!
We will be outside for the entire visit, and the grass around the apple trees
is usually very wet. Keep that in mind when dressing your child. We will
take our snacks and have a quick picnic snack in between picking our apples,
and exploring the corn maize. I'm sure the children are as excited as I am
for tomorrow!! Please, please be on time,as we will be leaving no later than
11:45 and closer to 11:30 is even better.
We had so much fun doing yoga again with Mrs. Anderson and I was amazed at
how many children remembered all the poses from last year. Mrs. Dana
introduced us to 4 new friends from our Social Thinking curriculum and read a
story about the "thoughts" we have in our brains. We will build on this
theme to learn about focusing our thoughts or managing our thoughts.
Tuesday brings a new month and we will draw in our journals again. ""October
makes me think about....." I draw with the children and we brainstorm about
topics that we've been talking about. After the chidlren (with my guidance)
they dictate to me and I write their words on their pictures. This is the
very beginning of writing!!
We will also begin building the following letters with our wood pieces this
week: E, F, H, I, L, T. If you notice, all these letters have only
horizontal and vertical lines. Those are the strokes we've been focusing on
so far. We will eventually move towards letters that have straight lines and
curves (B,D,G, P, ), those with just curves (C, O, S) and finally those with
diagonal lines (A,K, M, N,Q, R, V, W, X, Y, Z). J, and U are in a group by
themselves, because the language we use for them is "big line and TURN, not a
We will be making the letters with wood pieces, clay, and a stamp and see
board (like a MagnaDoodle). We will also be tracing them in our workbooks
and eventually printing them on our own.
I believe strongly in the developmental sequence of this program, as it
doesn't require paper/pencil work too early. Many of the children are no
where near ready for that. They are still holding the pencil in a fist,
switching hands, and none are able to imitate a diagonal line yet.
This week brings apple activities in both groups. The morning class worked
very hard tearing and s nipping paper to make their apples on Thursday. We
will continue to make many apple crafts, and count, sort, and explore apples.
I am looking forward to a "normal" week in the classroom without all the
disruptions like pictures and evac. drills. Although, I must say, I was
beyond proud of both classes during both of these unusual activities. We
even received many compliments regarding our behavior during the drill!!
Thank you Kingston for the sandbox sand-it was awesome to play in it on
Thursday, and the weather is looking like we'll be able to enjoy it quite a
bit this week as well!
Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday SEptember 22, 2013- good morning! The sunshine is an unexpected
surprise! And it's looking like another great week!
We worked hard again this week and I was able to complete all my PALS
screening with the afternoon class. Mrs. Anderson was also able to help
assess our pre-writing skills as well. She'll be introducing crayon grip
tomorrow with a cute song called "Pick Up A Crayon" from our HWT program.
We'll experiment with some cutting this week as well.
In the afternoon class, we enjoy a whole group lesson from Mrs. Dana and Mrs.
Anderson every other Wednesday. This week will be our first time! Mrs. Dana
has a fun "Social Thinking" lesson planned and we'll get to do some our our
yoga that we love, with Mrs. Anderson! This is always a super fun day in
preschool! I'll always try to put it on the calendar so we can be prepared
with "yoga-friendly" clothes and shoes.
Wednesday and Thursday are crazy, busy days for both classes, with class
pictures on Wednesday, and the evacuation drills on Thursday. The weather is
looking good, but please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for a
long walkj (especially in the morning when it's still quite chilly).
Thursday is also Red Day for both classes.
The morning class continues to explore the number 1 and also the shape
circle. We'll be sorting circles and squares, tryng to make circles from our
playdoh, and talking about body parts, both on ourselves and on Mr. Potato
We welcome our new friend Ella tomorrow!
Afternoon parents, please look for field trip information this week. We're
scheduled to go to Brookdale Farm Stand on Monday September 30th to pick
apples, visit the baby animals, explore the corn maize and climb on Pumpkin
Man! This is always soooooo much fun!
As always, feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns and it's
always helpful to receive an e-mail when your child is going to be absent!
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Sunday and have a great week.
RobinSunday September 15th-good morning! We had another great week in
this week. Everyone is settling in and enjoying exploring new and old
If you've noticed your afternoon student come home with a variety of stamps
and stickers on his/her hand, it's because we've been working very hard to
learn our "right" hand for the Pledge of Allegience, and also for shaking
hands. This is the beginning of our pre-writing curriculum: we will be
talking about left and right a lot as we learn where to start making letters,
Our first Second Step lesson focused on listening rules. We practiced "eyes
watching", "ears listening", "voices quiet", and "body calm." Ask your child
to show you!
Mrs. Dana and Mrs. Anderson joined our center time in the afternoon this
week. They will both be with us 3 x's per week. Mrs. Dana generally focuses
on articulation on Monday, language development and/or social skills on
Wednesday, and phonological awareness on Thursdya. Mrs. Anderson generally
focuses on pre-handwriting on Monday, gross motor skills on Wednesday, and
fine motor skills or Thursday. We always look forward to their fun centers!
Yellow Day was a huge success in both classes. The morning class will
continue with a variety of "yellow" activities tomorrow for reinforcement.
The afternoon students were very excited to receive their very
first "workbooks" on Thursday, and practiced some careful coloring on
the "yellow" page of their "Get Set For SChool" workbooks. These go along
with the HWT program we are using and will be used to reinforce many of the
skills we will be practicing throughout the year. They'll stay in the
classroom and go home in June. Feel free to ask me and I'll show you the
We will continue with lots and lots of counting activities in the aftenoon
class this week-any practice you can squeeze in at home is always
Both classes will learn about circles this week and we'll have lots
of "circle" activities.
I'll be starting some PALS (phonological awareness and literacy screen) pre-
screening with the afternoon class this week. It's a 10-15 minute screen
that assesses : uppercase letter ID, lowercase, beginning letter sounds,
rhyming, concepts of print and nursery rhyme comprehension. The purpose of
this is strictly to see what the kids know already and helps me drive my
instruction based on their skills. It's repeated in June to show progress.
We are soooooo looking forward to the sandbox sand that Kingston's family
will be bringing to us-boy do we need that! thanks so much.
Enjoy your sunny Sunday, and have a great week!
RobinSunday September 8,2013-good morning and welcome back! What a great
week of preschool we had-I definitely think the tears are going to stop very
I am happy to report that I have received almost all of the "back to schol"
paperwork-just waiting for 1or 2 more, and I think the bus routes are settling
down as well.
This week we'll be jumping right into our curriculum and learning about the
school routines and expectations. Afternoon parents-it's great that more of
you are allowing your children to complete their daily arrival routines
independently. We are also working on independence at snack time and
dismissal as well. I've been working with each child independently to learn
to pack up backpacks and we're getting the hang of it.
The morning class will be exploring the concept of "1" this week--this is the
first step in numeral recognition and also understanding 1 to 1
correspondence. We will also be practicing the language concepts of "in/out"
In the afternoon class, we will be learning which hand is our "right" hand for
the Pledge of Allegience, and we will also be exploring and becoming familiar
with the wood pieces from our HWT curriculum.
We are going to take our time with learning to print our first names, and
begin with stamping our names to learn the individual letters/sequence. I
realize some students are already printing their names, but we will practice
printing/tracing in a few weeks with the HWT terminology. In the meantime, if
you want to support your child at home, please encourage him/her to "start at
the top" when makeing ALL letters!
Thursday is YELLOW DAY for both classes. As usual, we'll all try to wear
yellow that day. The morning children are invited to bring YELLOW collage
materials to contribute to the class color collage, and the afternoon children
are asked to bring something small (fits in your hand) that is yellow that can
go in a "feely box" and be taken out for discussion.
We are desparately in need of some new sandbox sand if anyone can donate a bag
or two. It would be greatly appreciated.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and have a great week!
Thursday August 15th-well, today was the last day of summer school, and now I
breathe, for a minute! Just kidding! We had lots of fun this summer and I
have seen some wonderful progress!
Next week, I hope to put together my "back to school" packets and get then
out to you all. I'm planning on our back to school picnic for Thursday,
August 29th, from 4-6.
I will be at school all day that day, and also on Tuesday september 3rd,
if anyone has any last minute questions.
We will all start school on Wednesday, September 4th! I am sooooo excited to
By all means, feel free to e-mail me with any questions in the next 2 weeks--
I check my e-mail every day and will get back to you quickly!
I'll be in touch!
See you soon!