Monday, March 5, 2018

Some of the Same, Some of the NEW!

Welcome to Mrs. Lauren’s class blog!

The first half of this blog will be of my class and the second half will be of Ms. Emily’s.
I am so ecstatic that I am finally able to post about what we have been doing at preschool!
I have greatly enjoyed getting to know each of your kiddos. They are wonderful and have
such big hearts for learning!

In the beginning of this year, we read “Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” and
“Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes.” We focused a lot on self-regulation, “calm yourself,
by yourself.” In each of these stories, Pete was able to calm himself by himself by singing his
favorite song instead of crying. We have been practicing this since day one and I have seen
changes in all the kiddos! We have learned about hot soup breaths (breathing in and out to
cool the pretend hot soup off). It really works! Ask them at home and I’m sure they will
remember. With these stories, we included some really fun activities: stepping in paint and
creating footprints and decorating our shoes with glitter and adding laces!

Currently, we are in the dinosaur era! We have been reading “Dinosaur Roar.” It has been
fun learning about opposites and roaring like dinosaurs! We have made T-Rex tails and
Triceratops hats. They have really enjoyed walking around the room with their tails and hats
pretending to be dinosaurs. We also played in a sensory tub with shaving cream, paint and
dinosaur toys. We learned that the opposite of dirty or slimy is clean. We played in the
“messy” tub (shaving cream and paint) and then washed the “slimy” dinosaur in the water
until he was the opposite, clean. They really enjoyed playing in the shaving cream and
transferring to the water to clean off!

All in all, they are having a blast and so am I! It is exciting to see them involved and
interested in all the activities we do. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s
life. I love them all dearly!



Welcome to Ms. Emily's blog!

We have loved “Where the Wild Things Are” just so much, that we devoted an especially generous amount of time to this wonderful classic by Maurice Sendak! The last 2.5 weeks spent with Max and his dear friends, the Wild Things, have been so fun, thrilling and whimsical.  We continued to add our own personal details to our “Max inspired Crowns,” we have been sizing them to a perfect fit for each student. Many of you saw these, included in the binders your students have built over the course of the year. We have enjoyed getting our crowns out in the mornings, after reading “Where the Wild Things Are”, and making the most of a good class RUMPUS together. Truthfully, your sweet children have been making me smile so much lately. This happiness, has been by way of their spontaneous urge to gather together for a coordinated, wild-hearted RUMPUS recurrently over the course of the days and now weeks.

I hope you feel entirely proud, I will gladly verify that you have some utterly talented ‘Wild Things” in your families! We have Max to thank for encouraging us to revisit and focus on our feelings and emotions (last semester began with this topic via “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain). Both of the aforementioned books explore a widespread collection of feelings and sentiments that I am grateful for the chance to explore, together in our class as we grow, learn and practice friendship at school.

Max has served us well as an excellent example to us, in the context of continual, diverse feelings that come up throughout our day to day, our experiences and inevitably our interactions. We spent time last week, observing, discussing/explaining and practicing the managing our own feelings (as well as Max’s, and those of the “Wild Things”). This conversation has been continually outlined and supported by our Spring Semester “Feeling Meters”! I have loved looking at the comparison of the Fall design vs. the new ones we have been making as a bit of a “rolling project.” The skill and development in fine motor practice, and your students increased ability to manage materials with their hands is so clear and evident. Our class’ ability to work for longer periods of time on the design and completion of work is SO CLEARLY illuminated in the differences between their early fall work and their current spring semester work.

We are winding down our RUMPUSING; we will however, carry on discussing  and building confidence with our feelings and self-regulation learning.  “Where the Wild Things Are” (Maurice Sendak) has served us so well. We had such a happy time a few weeks back, spreading the love and friendship on Valentines Day (which we always do, but we can’t pass up the chance to enjoy this holiday). I wanted to express how much I entirely enjoyed and appreciated the chance to sit down with you for conferences, both for the opportunity to share in stories as well as touch base and talk about the amazing growing and changing your children have done, are doing and will do in the coming months! Thank you for your time and energy.



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