We are excited to teach your child, watch them grow and learn this school year! Preschool is an exciting time! We will be busy learning lots of things but also have fun while doing it! Our website will be updated monthly with information about what is going on in the classroom as well as important dates, our website will serve as our monthly newsletter for the class. Below you will find information about what our classes are doing. The important dates will also change monthly. Lastly there will be things that remain on here all year like our class times, birthday treats, book orders and meet the teachers. Also remember to check your child’s folder daily for any information that might be sent home.
Preschool Class Times
Monday- Friday Morning 7:25am-10:25am, except Wednesday when it is 7:25am- 9:55am
Monday- Friday Afternoon 11:40am- 2:40pm*, except Wednesday when it is 11:10am- 1:40pm*
*Please note that the afternoon class will dismiss at 2:35pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. and 1:35pm on Wednesday. We dismiss five minutes before the older grades in order to avoid traffic congestion during dismissal.
Monthly Newsletter Information
The letters we will learn this month are H, D and R. We will finish up our unit on Food and then begin our unit on our neighborhood. In Social Studies we will be talking about using money and our neighborhood. In Science we will be talking about plants we eat and how heat can change different things, such as the sun melting snow. In Math we will be working with patterns, shapes and numbers.
January 17th– No Afternoon Preschool
January 18th– No School In-service
January 18th– Book Orders due
January 21st No School Martin Luther King Jr.
January 26th– Spaghetti Supper, All School Mass and Open House
Now that winter weather has arrived, remember if the weather is too cold to be outside we will be lining up five minutes before school starts inside. That means 7:20am for the morning class and 11:35am (except Wednesday 11:05am). We will continue dismissing the children from inside for pickup by the brick overhang.
If you have not labeled your child’s hat, coat, and gloves with his/her name, please do so. This helps us return missing items to children if they are lost or left behind.
We will have conferences coming up next month (February). The way to sign up for them will be through the e-mail link like the fall ones. More information regarding this will follow.
Books we will read this month/Nursery rhymes
Hide and Seek Hippo
Rosie Rabbit’s Radish
Detective Dog and the Disappearing Doughnuts
Feast for 10
Little Juan and the Cooking Pot
The Sneezy Snowman
The Johnny Cake Boy
City Mouse and Country Mouse
Arrival/beginning of day routine
Literacy or Math
Group Work at tables (Book time when children finish)
Science, Social Studies, Second Step, or Literacy
Heggerty (Phonics) Part 2
Circle time- This is how we start off our day every day. During circle time we are on the rug and do a variety of activities such as: question of the day, attendance, calendar, day of the week, Pledge of Allegiance, and Heggerty Phonics to name a few things.
Center time- This is the time during the day when the children get to play in the different centers of the classroom. We have center time on a daily basis. The centers we have in our classroom are: blocks, pretend play, toys & games (manipulatives), art, listening/library, writing, sensory table and technology. The children have the chance to go to three centers each day. The first center the children get to pick where they would like to go, then for the second and third center they are rotated to a different center by the teacher. Center time provides the children for time to interact socially with each other and learn through their play and exploration of the materials in the classroom.
Large Group Lesson– This is the time when we are on the rug learning from our Little Treasures curriculum, Everyday Math Heggerty Phonics, and Second Step. The Little Treasures Curriculum includes instruction on identification of each alphabet letter and letter sounds. Little Treasures is based around themes. Each theme teaches a variety of things, such as: friends, transportation, farm animals, zoo animals and many more! Everyday Mathematics is the curriculum used to teach preschool math concepts such as sizes, patterns, counting, numeral recognition, number concepts and more. Second Step teaches children about appropriate classroom behavior, how to name and manage feelings and how to get along with others.
Small group lesson- During this time we work with small groups of children on a variety of academic and social emotional skills. Small groups give us a chance to work more one on one with children and reinforce what we have been learning as a whole group. It also provides time to work with each child’s needs/abilities.
Snack- A favorite time of day! Snack is provided by the school. The children are provided a snack each day.
Outdoor Play– We try and get out to play on our playground (it is the one with the white picket fence around it) on a daily basis as long as weather permits. When the weather does not allow us to go outside we do different gross motor activities such as Gonoodle, dancing or games in our classroom.
Technology- We use technology on a daily basis in our classroom. We have a smartboard that the children will use for attendance each day. We also do a variety of activities and lessons on the smartboard that allows the children to interact and makes the learning hands on. We also have I-pads in the classroom that the children get to use. We call Friday our “technology day”, as that is when I-pads become a center choice for the children. We have a bunch of educational apps downloaded on them that they can choose from to play.
If you wish to send something to school for your child’s birthday please make sure it is a
non-edible item due to allergies. Some ideas to pass our for birthdays are: mini play-doh, stickers, pencils etc.. Two great places to check for ideas of a non-edible item are the Dollar Store and Target’s Dollar isle, both have some neat things! Thanks for your understanding about providing a non-edible birthday treat!
If you would like to invite people in your child’s class to a birthday party and want us to hand out the invitations, it must be for everyone in the class or all the boys if your child is a boy or all the girl’s if your child is a girl. We can not pass out invitations to just certain people. Thanks!
Scholastic Book Orders
Our four year old class will be doing scholastic book orders this year. If you wish to purchase from them you can go online and use the following information to place an order. We will not be sending home paper copies. We will let you know when the orders will be due.
Ordering online is fast and easy:
- VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code GQWYB
- SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
- SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!
Meet the Teachers
Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Blocker co-teach together. Mrs. Jordan is the lead teacher in the M-F Morning class and Mrs. Blocker is the lead teacher in the M-F Afternoon class. We also have a shared preschool aid in our classroom. Miss T is the preschool aid for all sections of preschool.
Mrs. Jordan is the lead co-teacher for the morning four year M-F class. Mrs. Jordan has taught pre-school level for over 17 years. She received a B.A. in Early Childhood Special Education with a minor in psychology from St. Ambrose. She has been a teacher at JFK for 16 years. Mrs. Jordan and her husband Jason have two sons. One is a sophomore at Assumption high school and the other is in seventh grade at Williams.
Mrs. Blocker is the lead co-teacher for the M-F afternoon four year old class. This will be her sixth year at JFK and the start of her ninth year teaching preschool. She received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb. She completed her Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the university of Northern Iowa (UNI) Mrs. Blocker enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke and their cats, Garfield, Holly, and puppy, Winston. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Finnley into their family this summer!
Ms. Alicia Turnquist (Miss T.) is the shared teacher’s assistant among the preschool classrooms. She received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University. She has been working in classrooms for almost 10 years. Miss T worked 5 years in the JFK Early Learning Center as an assistant and became the preschool assistant in 2013-2014. She has 2 wonderful children, an amazing finance and 2 soon to be “bonus” children!