Friday, September 21, 2018

Homecoming with Preschool and Kindergarten

One of the many benefits of a single P-12 campus are the shared experiences our students can have with one another.  The main Homecoming Rally is too loud and long for preschool and kindergarten, but this does not stop us from having a chance to join in on the fun!

Every year the Homecoming court creates a smaller experience for our youngest students. Today we got to meet the members of the court and learn the "M - U" chant!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Building Area

In our Building/Engineering Area, it looks like we are playing, but here is what we are working on to prepare us for our future learning:

 I can be a creative problem solver.
 I can think critically to plan and put abstract ideas into action.
 I can think creatively in order to plan designs to build.
 I can listen to and be respectful of others ideas.
 I can collaborate and work as a team with peers.

I can negotiate and solve arguments arising from differences in opinion in a positive manner.
I can focus on a task until it is finished…I can persevere!
I can develop spatial awareness.

 I can negotiate and solve arguments arising from differences in opinion in a positive manner.
 I can focus on a task until it is finished…I can persevere
  I can develop spatial awareness.

I can explore mathematical concepts such as height, length, fractions, symmetry, and shapes.

I can explore science concepts such as gravity, force and motion, stability, balance and, and cause and effect.

 I can use my writing skills to create plans, document what I made, create a story about what I made or give directions to a friend on how to make it.

 I can use my reading skills as I understand the importance of sequence, an important early reading skill, as I retell how I created my objects and how they work, read books, and read the plans that my peers have made.

Note From Chaplain Z


3:30-4:15 PM | Sukkah Decorating Party (near the Labyrinth). All are invited to help decorate our Sukkah, which is a handmade striation that honors the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. Join us for snacks and help create and hang fall garlands and art. The Sukkah will be in place until October 2. Questions or want to volunteer? Contact LS Chaplain Nan Zosel.

10:00 AM | Blessing of the Animals (outside US Entrance). Families are invited to bring pets or stuffed animals for this spirit filled tradition. Art faculty Kat Corrigan and her family will share a puppet show that you “otter” see! Other members of the Breck art department will create pet portraits; optional donations will go to the Animal Humane Society. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Field Trip CHANGE! + (Field Trip Shirts)

Due to the forecast of rain on Thursday, we are postponing our apple orchard field trip to Friday, September 28th.  

Your child will also be bringing home a bright yellow shirt. This is our field trip shirt for the year. Please send your child to school wearing this shirt on any field trip of the 2018-19 school year. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Conference Registration

Conference registration opens for families of 3 or more on September 24.  Registration opens for all families on September 26 and closes at 6:00pm on October 3. Breck uses an online registration system. You will be getting an email with details from the office SOON.

Ms. Carter and I look forward to sharing our initial observations and establishing goals for your child in partnership with you.

Fine Motor

Many school have noticed that fine motor skills are becoming weaker in children.  This trend These are critical for academic work and lifelong independence.  

Fine motor skills involve the coordination of small muscles in children’s hands and fingers.  Strong small motor skills are essential for completing many academic tasks such as holding a pencil correctly for writing or drawing, coloring, cutting and pasting.  They are also important for many self-help tasks, which include utilizing eating utensils, zipping, buttoning, opening jars, brushing teeth and more!

Efficient fine motor abilities also require a variety of other developmental skills working together simultaneously, such as visual attention, hand-eye coordination, shoulder/elbow stability, spatial awareness and core strength.

Tasks you will see that are developing fine motor skills in the classroom:
       *Play dough exploration
       *Scissor tasks
       *Small manipulative play (Legos is one example)
       *Tweezer challenges
*Use of different writing/drawing utensils (markers, crayons, pencils, etc)
*Encouragement with independent buttoning, zipping and opening
*Vertical surface work (painting on the easel)
*Block building

In the classroom we have many activities to assist with developing fine motor strength. Working with your child on drawing, lacing, tying, cutting with scissors, using silverware, beading are some simple ways to foster continued growth at home.

Thank You

Thank you to those who could make it to Back to School Night last night.  If you have questions or were not able to make, please let me know. We can set up a time to meet and continue our discussions about the curriculum in preschool.