Sunday November 22nd-good morning! Brrrr! So, as you know, this is a short
week--only Monday and Tuesday for the afternoon class, and Mon-Thursday for
the morning class. We will also be off on Friday to celebrate
Thanksgiving! I'll be celebrating with my ENTIRE family in North Carolina
and I' can't wait! We're celebrating a big first birthday too-can't believe
it's been a year since my grandson was born!
The morning class had such an amazing time at the First Grade/Readiness dress
rehearsal on Thursday. I had lots of compliments about how well behaved they
The afternoon class had a super fun visit from Elaina's grandmother. She
read us a fun story, and made those super cute turkeys with us. It was
This week we celebrate 5th birthdays for Evelyn, Marion and Elaina-woo hoo!
Both classes will be finishing up Brown Day and Thanksgiving activities this
week and getting ready to enjoy the long weekend.
Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week and a happy happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday November 15th-good morning! Boy, it sure was nice to have a break in
the middle of the week-thank you to our veterans. So, we have lots and lots
of 'yuck" already going through the preschool. The coughs are hanging on
forever! Don't forget that children should not be at school with fevers! If
you aren't sure-check in with the school nurse. I know we're going to be
bombarded with the nasty noses and I'm not too terribly worried about that-
we'll just keep washing our hands and wiping down surfaces with disinfectant
wipes. If anyone wants to donate more of those,that would be so helpful!
The afternoon class was surprised by their last names to sign in with this
week, and they're definitely getting the hang of it! We'll be practicing
more this week and next until we're able to confidently identify and state
our last names.
Both classes will be having lots of "turkey" fun this week and next week as
we get ready for Thanksgiving. We've been talking about harvest a little in
the afternoon class.
The morning class will be learning about triangles this week. I'm really
just interested in exposure to them and the ability to recognize them-
definitely not in drawing them-that's way too hard!
The afternoon class will be working on drawing rectangles-with big lines and
little lines. We've been working on: L, F, and E and will learn about H next
week--practicing making these at home and talking about the sounds they make
would be good practice-as long as when we're making them-we START AT THE TOP!
The afternoon class will be having a special visitor coming to our class on
Tuesday-she'll be sharing a Thanksgiving story and a fun craft with us-it
should be really fun! I can't wait!
Wednesday is our whole group movement day and Thursday is BROWN DAY in both
classes! Phew-what a busy week!
The remaining progress reports and graded IEP's will go home on Monday.
Again, if you are interested in a parent/teacher conference, please let me
know, and I'll be happy to set something with you!
Enjoy your sunny Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday November 8th-good morning! That seemed like a REALLY long week! The
time change is always hard on the little (and big!) ones!
Grades have closed and I have been working hard on progress reports and
grading IEPS. For the first quarter of the year, I write a narrative report
based on the whole child and his/her experience at preschool. I do a skills
checklist in Feb, another narrative in April and a final skills checklist in
June. Graded IEPS also come out quarterly as well. As always, if anyone is
interested in scheduling a parent/teacher conference, let me know. I see so
many of you on a regular basis, that I don't typically schedule conferences
across the board, but on an individual basis.
Both classes had SO much fun with the spider obstacle course in the gym this
week. Thank you so much to Mrs. Moulton for helping us through and also for
modifying some of the activities for us and our little legs!
Tomorrow is GRAY DAY in both classes. Sorry I didn't get out a note for this-
like I said, this was a crazy week! We will be finishing up our squirrel and
acorn activities this week and even learn about triangles in the morning
class on Thursday.
The afternoon class will be having fun with scarecrows and crows this week.
We will explore the letter "E" tomorrow and also learn to make the
numeral "2" on Thursday.
I want to take a minute to say how proud I am of all the preschoolers, in
both classes. We're really learning how to be members of a group and
managing ourselves accordingly. We're accepting and supporting new friends
who have recently joined the group and we're really becoming a team-
especially in the afternoon, because we're a little older and ready!
******PLEASE READ---NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY--VETERAN'S DAY!********
Enjoy the rest of your sunny Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday November 1st-good morning! I hope everyone had tons of fun last night
and also remembered to turn the clocks back! I can't believe it's already
November-the time is literally flying.
We're looking forward to participating in Mrs. Moulton's spooky spider
obstacle course this week and we're also wishing a Happy Birthday to Maverick
and Mae this week-4 years old!
So, we're getting ready to think about Thanksgiving and harvest, and getting
ready for the winter. Squirrels hide their nuts, and we'll have fun
singing 'Gray Squirrel" and exploring nuts and acorns. We'll practice our
colors and shapes, and counting with acorns.
The afternoon class will be talking about crows and scarecrows and their job
protecting the harvest.
Our next letter to learn about this week is "F" for fall! We'll decorate
our "F" and practice making the lip cooler "ffff" sound on Thursday. We all
need practice with this sound!
In our LIPS lessons so far, we've learned to make "lip poppers" and "tip
tappers". When we pop our lips quietly, it makes the "p" sound and when we
turn on our voice to do it, it makes the "b" sound. Tip tappers involve
tapping the roof of our mouth with the tip of our tongues. When it's done
quietly, it makes the "t" sound and when we turn on our voice, it makes
the "d" sound. The new lip cooler sound that we'll learn this week makes
the "f" sound when we do it quietly, and when it's voiced, it makes the "v"
In our Second Step lessons, we're beginning to learn about different
feelings, and how to identify how someone feels by looking at their face,
their body, and then eventually,what is happening around them. We're getting
very good at talking about what we notice with our eyes!
Thank you to everyone that supplied goodies for our parties-everything was
delicious and the children had a great time!
Enjoy your extra long Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday October 25-good morning! So, we have another fun week ahead of us!
Fire prevention was very exciting, and Halloween is bound to be even more so!
Our class parties will be on Thursday for both classes. Sign-up sheets are
on the door. The children can wear costumes to school and we will have a
very low key party at snack time.
Tuesday is Black Day for both classes-you should have received a note about
Wednesday continues to be our gross motor/movement day in both classes, and I
appreciate your help with appropriate footwear for the children.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday October 18th-good morning--brrrrrrr! I guess we couldn't hold it off
forever! What a good week we had in both classes. Orange Day was fun, and
the morning class will be continuing with our fun orange activities tomorrow
as well. Check out our marble painted pumpkins on the bulletin board-they
were really fun for the 4's to make--and if you look carefully, you'll see
that the apples and pumpkins on the border are in patterns!
The morning class will be having all kinds of fun with pumpkin this week, and
we'll be singing "5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate"!
Picture retake day is Wednesday for those who want to participate.
Fire prevention week is this week, and I'm sure it's going to be VERY
distracting for us to have all that activity in the parking lot! The morning
class will be going out to visit on Tuesday at 9:45, so please dress
appropriately, and the afternoon class will be going out on Tuesday at 1:00.
The fire fighters do a great job of discussing fire safety at a
developmentally appropriate level--with lots of help from me! ha! We talk
about smoke detectors, stop,drop, and roll, get low and go, and not hiding
from fire fighters if they are coming to rescue us. We will be climbing out
the window of the trailer with their assistance and then check out the
emergency vehicles. It's really very fun and exciting.
I will do my best to have a party sign-up sheet on the door by the end of the
week. Our Halloween parties will be on Thursday Oct. 29th for both classes.
For new parents, these parties are VERY VERY (did I say VERY?) low key and
limited to snack time only. I respectfully ask that parents NOT plan to join
us as it can make it very difficult for little ones who are already off their
regular schedules. The children will dress in their costumes, and we'll take
lots of pictures, and even parade through the school for everyone to see how
cute we look! We'll return to our class and enjoy the special treats for our
snack time and that's it! Trust me--less is more at this age!
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to touch base with me!
Enjoy the frosty fall Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday October 11th-good morning and happy sunny Sunday! Let me start by
saying how very proud I am of the preschoolers during our evacuation drills
this week. Everyone listened and followed directions and stayed quiet for
succcchhhhhhhh a long time! Now, let's just hope and pray that we never have
to do it for real.
We had fun cooking our own applesauce in both classes this week--everyone
could smell it! Peeling the apples was a lot of work, but fun. The morning
class has also been practicing scooping up the apples with a variety of
spoons, ladles, tongs, etc. Very fun!
We'll continue with our apple activities this week, as well as beginning to
talk about fall leaves and pumpkins. Thursday is Orange Day for both
*****PLEASE READ: On Wednesdays, both classes have movement activities,
whether it's whole group, or small group. Please be sure your child is
wearing appropriate footwear to be able to participate effectively. Sneakers
are really the best option. Thanks*******
Thank you afternoon parents for "clearing out" a little more quickly. It's
great for the children to practice their independence!
Enjoy your fall Sunday, and have a great week!
Sunday October 4th-good morning-who has the heat on? At least the rain has
stopped for awhile! What a fun field trip to the apple orchard we had on
Thursday! The children had such a good time choosing the perfect apples for
our bags and they each tried to lift the very full bags! We all ate a juicy
apple and had so much fun trying not to get lost in the corn maize. We'll be
doing lots of cooking and eating this week. Don't worry-we'll definitely
share our apples with the morning class!
We've learned a song in the morning class "Way Up High In The Apple Tree" and
our apple project this week will have the words on it so your child can sing
it for you! Both classes need lots and lots of work with scissor ad pre-
scissor skills, so we'll be focusing on that quite a bit. Tearing paper with
our fingers is a great way to strengthen our fingers. Letting your child
practice with scissors, cutting out coupons or something like that is awesome
On Thursday, there will be a school-wide lockdown/evacuation drill. It's
certainly not a fun part of school, but a necessity. I keep it as simple as
possible as far as explanations for the children. We "lockdown" in case
there's a "bad storm that could break our windows, or a sick animal that
wants to get in, or a stranger." I minimize the "stranger" part. As far as
the "evacuation" part, I talk about if something "stinky" spills in the
school and we need to go somewhere else so it can get cleaned up.
Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to walk and be outside for
a period of time. If you have any other questions about this, feel free to
So, many of you afternoon parents have noticed the arrival craziness, and I'd
like to now encourage you to drop off your child and leave right away. We're
practicing independence and learning to complete our own jobs, and are
getting really good at it. So, please "drop and go"! Thanks!
Enjoy the rest of your relaxing Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday September 27-brrrrrr! Good morning! Fall is definitely here! We had
another great week of preschool, learning about circles in the morning class
and exploring a variety of ways to make circles: printing, glueing, and
building with out wood pieces on the rug. We even searched in the sand table
and found circles hiding in there! Tomorrow is "Red Day" and we'll explore
red with a collage, fingerpaint, making a book about red and discussing
many "red" things in our environment.
Apples are red, and we will begin talking about, and having fun with apple
projects for the next few weeks. We'll be learning a fun fingerplay "Way Up
HIgh in the Apple Tree"--maybe your child will sing it for you!
The afternoon class is going to Brookdale Farm Stand on Thursday. If you
don't already have the permission slip, it should be in your child's cubby.
We'll be picking a large bag of apples for the classroom! The children are
Tuesday will be our first Library visit. Preschoolers do NOT borrow books
from the library. We will hear a story from Mrs. Charles, and then have an
opportunity to look at picture books. We will learn to match the letter on
the book spine to the correct bin in the bookcase-well, eventually!
Wednesday will be our first whole group social skills and movement day. Mrs.
Dana will be introducing our Social Thinking curriculum and we will be
talking about feelings and thoughts. This curriculum blends really well with
our Second Step Social Skills program as well. We'll probably have fun with
some familiar (for most of us) yoga poses with Mrs. Anderson. Please make
sure your child is wearing appropriate foot wear to exercise in-thanks!
The book order went out on Friday, so those should be coming in 7-10 days or
This month's calendar packet will include some hand-outs from our Handwriting
Without Tears curriculum about helping your child practice correct crayon
grip and also about helping to learn to print his/her name. If you have any
questions about these, just ask.
Looking forward to a great week-hopefully the rain will come and go before
Enjoy your sunny Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday September 20-good morning! We survived our first full week and I'll
tell you, everyone was wiped!
Yellow Day was fun and we really enjoyed fingerpainting in yellow! The
afternoon class has been working very hard on holding crayons and scissors
correctly. We learned a new song "pick up a crayon" and also a poem about
This week we will have our first "Wet, Dry, Try" lesson with our slates to
begin to learn how to make letters and numbers. This is a process of using
wet sponges to 'erase" the number from the slate, and then repeat with a dry
piece of paper towel, and then trying ourselves with chalk. It's a fun way
to reinforce the process without putting a pencil in our hands (which we're
definitely not ready to do!).
We always make sure to start our letters at the top, whether tracing with
our finger, or building with our wooden pieces, or doing "wet, dry, try". We
learn uppercase because they all start at the top. If you are working with
your child on printing, make sure to remind him/her to start at the top-
thanks! For more information about this program, check out the link to
Handwriting Without Tears.
We've also been working very, very hard on counting, and placing numerals in
order, 1-10, using a numberline to check. We'll be practicing this all year
until we can do it independently.
The morning class has continued to practice the daily routine, look to see
what's "open" during our center time and try a variety of activities. We're
beginning to learn to sort by color, and we're spending a lot of time talking
about "same" and "different".
This week we'll begin talking about circles. We'll make circle collages,
sort circles, walk in circles and have a chance to paint a large circle at
We're also going to try making "Mat Man" together with our wooden pieces from
the Handwriting Without Tears program. This process reinforces body part
awareness, counting, taking turns and becoming familiar with the shapes of
the pieces. There's also a huge language component as we talk about
positioning of the pieces: next to, top, bottom, up, down, etc.
I'll be submitting the book order at the end of the week, so if you wish to
order books this month, make sure to do it by Thursday. I will be sending
home a book order (or 2) every month, except December and June (they don't
come back in time).
A note will be coming home this week for "Red Day" which will be next Monday
the 28th, and the afternoon class will be going on a field trip next Thursday
Oct 1 to Brookdale Farm Stand in Hollis to pick apples. Be on the look our
for that permission slip as well!
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful fall Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday September 13-good morning! Well, we survived another crazy hot week-
barely! Looking forward to more reasonable weather this week.
Everyone should have picture forms for tomorrow. If not, see Ruth in the
office. The morning class is heading down about 8:30 and the afternoon class
will be going immediately after everyone arrives at 11:30. I'll let you know
as soon as I know when "re-take" day will be!
So, the afternoon class has been learning about centers this week. We are
learning to stay at our area until a teacher says it's time to change and
we're looking to see where our friends go to help us remember where we're
supposed to go! It's definitely a work in progress!
We met "Mat Man" this week-see the link about our Handwriting Without Tears
program. We're going to learn about using wood pieces (big line, little
line, big curve and little curve) to build "Mat Man" and also to make some
uppercase letters soon. First we need to learn how to make "big lines"
and "little lines". Then we'll move on to letters
With Mrs. Dana, we're doing some listening to environmental sounds, and
getting ready for some phonemic awareness lessons that involve listening to
sounds: like rhyming!
Tomorrow, we'll be sharing our "Weekend News" --that's great practice for
using complete sentences, recalling events, and trying to organize our
thoughts in a logical sequence.
The morning class has also been working very hard to learn the classroom
routines and participate in activities that are "open". This too, is a work
in progress! Participation at circle time is improving really quickly and
everyone is learning to be good listeners.
On Monday mornings we'll be having a group obstacle course before circle with
Mrs. Anderson. We'll be using scooters, balance beams, tunnels, etc. It's
tons of fun and is so good for our muscles! Mrs. Dana will be doing whole
group language and oral motor activities at circle on Monday and Thursday and
we'll even do yoga with Mrs. Anderson on Wednesdays! Circle time is a very
important part of our day! And lots of fun too!
So, this Thursday is "Yellow Day" for both classes. We like to see if we can
dress up in the color of the day and bring in a little item that can be glued
onto a class color collage. If your child isn't at school on a color day,
you can certainly send the item the next time.
Finally, I have a blue hooded sweatshirt with a monster on it-anyone?
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday September 6, 2015-good evening, and I hope everyone is enjoying this
beautiful Labor Day weekend.
We had a wonderful (although incredibly hot!) first week of school and all
the children seemed really happy to be there. Both classes participated in
school-wide fire drills that were a bit scary, but important. We know that
we need a "big noise" for a "big problem." We also all know that we go
straight to the flag pole with our class and do not stop to play.
The morning class is going to continue our fun "crayon" theme this week and
we'll be using crayons, sorting, counting and even making a headband with our
names in crayons!
The afternoon class will be having lots of fun with school bus activities.
Wee are going to also make headbands with our names, but ours will be in
buses! We'll have a fun language lesson with Mrs. Dana to talk about what
things are "school" things and what things are "not school" things. Mrs.
Anderson will be coloring with us and I will be assessing our numeral
I want to thank everyone who came to the picnic and also to those who brought
in all the classroom supplies! They are greatly appreciated!
A couple of housekeeping items: 1. we're going to try hard to maintain our
handwashing on arrival policy that we implemented last year. Once the
children get used to it, they remember better than I do! 2. Afternoon
parents bringing children to school, I'm sure you've already noticed that we
have some children in the classroom between 11 and 11:20, so please wait for
a staff member to open the door so as to respect their privacy. 3. I have a
change of clothes for most children and if you haven't brought it in, it's
really a good idea.
It's supposed to be another really hot week, so be sure your child has plenty
to drink in his/her lunchbox and be sure to apply sunscreen or send a hat for
Be sure to e-mail me with any other questions, and enjoy the rest of your
Have a great week!
Sunday August 23, 2015-good morning! The final countdown has begun and I am
working frantically to get the welcome packets together and out in the mail
by Tuesday at the very latest. I spent all last week at a great conference on
Autism and ABA at Antioch College in Keene. I had a great time and learned a
lot, but now, of course, I'm a little behind schedule. You don't even want
to know what the classroom looks like right now!
The packets will include a "homework" assignment for your family, information
about the potluck picnic on the 31st, and a bunch of other information.
School starts on Wednesday September 2nd. I would love to have all morning
children at school on Wed and Thurs of that week if possible, to ease the
transition a bit. Remember, the next week begins on Tues the 8th.
I'll be writing on this page every week, usually on Sunday mornings with
highlights from the week, special activities, and upcoming events. If you go
to the "what's coming up in preschool?" page, I have a calendar of important
days for that month. "The things we want" page is our classroom wish list.
There are actually a few things on there now!
I love e-mail, and check it several times a day, so this may be the best way
to stay in touch with me.
If, between the website, and the packets, there are still some questions,
please feel free to email me any time.
I'll be at school this week Tues-Thurs for another workshop, and hopefully
getting that room pulled together.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the picnic on Monday the 31st!
Enjoy your last full week of vacation!