Michelle Jordan & Melanie Blocker – Preschool

We are excited to teach you, watch you 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 7:45am- 10:45am, except Wednesdays when it is 7:45-10:15am

Monday- Friday Afternoon 12:00pm-3:00pm, except Wednesdays when it is 11:30am- 2:00pm

Monthly Newsletter Information

Academic Information

Letters we will be learning this month are: L, J, Q, U, and Y. We will begin our unit on Animals in the Wild.   In Social Studies we will be talking about different animals around the world and their habitats along with globes and what our world looks like. In Science we will talk about Ocean animals and animals that can fly.  In Math we will continue to working on measurement and counting to 20.

We will continue doing our weekly Second Step cards, which help us learn about feelings, emotions, being a good friend and how to make good choices.  We do our Heggery Phonics program twice a day to help with pre-reading skills.

Important Dates 

April 20- Book orders due

Reminders/Important information

Check your child’s folder for their little letter book, it is the same one we are reading in class. Also look for the sound motion sheet to see what motion we are teaching for the letter sound. Practice the motion and the sound at home too will help your child learn it.

Hopefully Spring weather will make an appearance and we can go outside and play again!  Make sure you send a coat with your child everyday while the weather is still chiller.

The end of the preschool school year is approaching us soon! We will have a spring end of the year program in May. More information about this will be sent home in your child’s folder later this month, so be on the lookout for it!

On Monday, April 16th, the school library will be hosting Paula Savianno, a local children’s author, who will be here to promote her newest book. Each preschool class will get to take a trip up to the library on this day and listen to her read the book.

Books we will read this month/Nursery rhymes

What Begins with L?
Jaguar’s Jungleberry Jamboree
Peanut butter and Jellyfish
Jamboree
The Quiet Quail
The Yak Who Yelled Yuck
Up!
Over in the Grasslands
Moving Day
Miss Spider’s ABC
The Lion and the Mouse
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
The Crocodile and the Hen

Daily Routine
Arrival/beginning of day routine
Circle Time
Learning Centers
Literacy or Math
Letter Knowledge
Snack
Heggerty (Phonics)
Group Work at tables (Book time when children finish)
Science, Social Studies, Second Step, or Literacy
Heggerty (Phonics) Part 2
Outside
Go home

 

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- Don’t forget to check the snack calendar to see when your child has snack. When you receive a note home that it is your child’s turn to bring in apple juice, please make sure it is 100% apple juice. If you do not recieve a note home about apple juice you do not need to worry about sending it to school with snack. Please also make sure that the snack is in its original package with the ingredients clearly listed and from the required list. Thank you!

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.

 

Birthday Treats

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 old M-F class. Mrs. Jordan has taught pre-school level for over 17 years. She recieved a B.A. in Early Childhood Special Education with a minor in psychology from St. Ambrose. She has been a teacher at JFK for 15 years. Mrs. Jordan and her husband Jason have two sons. One is a freshman at Assumption high  school and the other is in sixth grade at Williams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Blocker is the lead co-teacher for the M-F afternoon four year old class.  This will be her fifth year at JFK and the start of her eighth year teaching preschool. She received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb. She recently 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 and Holly, along with cooking, photography, swimming and traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Supply List

1 backpack-large enough to hold a folder, papers, projects. ( NO wheels please)
1 box of 24 crayons (regular sized crayons)
8 glue sticks
1 pair of child size scissors
1 box of washable markers
1 package of play doh (4 set package)
1  package small paper plates
1 package of water color paints
1 box of quart size Ziploc bags
1 small plastic work box (about 8”x5”) with your child’s name on it.

An extra change of climate appropriate clothing labeled with child’s name in Ziploc bag.

Please make sure your child’s name is on the outside of the backpack, scissors and work box

You will be asked throughout the school year to provide paper towels, Clorox wipes and Kleenex. We will have a note and or calendar for you to see when your child needs to bring it in. This helps us save space in our classroom so we do not have a huge supply to store. Thank you! :)