Sunday, October 14, 2018

Week of October 8th

This week, we continued to work on our family unit.  We will continue that unit for the next few weeks.  We will continue to have discussions around who's in our family, how we can help our family and family traditions.  

Centers this week: 
rug: doll houses 
writing: tracing lines 
manipulatives: lacing 
dramatic play: pet shop 
art: fall tree painting 
sensory table: acorns with tweezers 

Books we read: 
Noisy Nora 
Llama Llama Mad at Mama 

Small group activities: 
Sequencing picking an apple then eating it 
Pumpkins on a Vine (tracing the line, then putting the correct number of pumpkins onto the vine) 
Noisy Nora's house (gluing the correct shapes onto Nora's house) 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Week of October 1st

This week, we started our family unit.  We talked about different types of families and who lives in our house.  The students seemed to enjoy telling us about who lives in their house, and their siblings.  We introduced a new preschool life skill this week.  It is- When I give you a direction, follow it right away.  We had a lot of practice throughout the day with following directions.  Everyone did a great job with this life skill!

Centers this week:
Rug: trains
Writing: name writing/coloring
Manipulatives: gears
Dramatic play: super market
Art: white boards
Sensory: rice

Books we read:
Is your Mama a Llama?
Oonga Boonga
Who's in a Family?
Peter's Chair

small group activities:
Mat Man activities (Handwriting Without Tears curriculum), building AB patterns, finding what does not belong in a group and following directions activities. 

I have created a class instagram.  You can find us at beccoutstandingowls. The account is private, so please request it and I will accept you! I will try to post pictures there weekly for you to see what your child is doing during the day.  If you haven't already, please send in your family information (who lives in your house).  Also as a reminder, parent teacher conference forms are due on October 12th.

I hope everyone has a great long weekend!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Back to School Night!

You’re invited to Back to School Night!


Where: The Outstanding Owls Classroom  

When: Wednesday, October 3rd

Morning Program Parents 6:30-7:00pm
           Afternoon Program Parents 7:00-7:30pm

We would love for you to join us for a brief overview of the Outstanding Owls classroom and enjoy your child’s work on display!

This is not a time to discuss your child’s individual progress, please respect everyone’s confidentiality. Conferences will be scheduled for a later date.
I will be happy to answer general classroom questions during this time.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Week of September 24th

We have had a great week in the Outstanding Owls room.  We continued to work on preschool life skill 1, which is saying yes when I say your name.  We practiced using whole body listening this week, which is having listening ears, a quiet voice and calm body.  This can be hard, especially in the beginning of the school year, but the students are doing a great job!  Starting next week, we will begin our family unit.  If you haven't already, please send in a note or email me stating who is the members in your family (including pets!).

Centers this week:
Rug: blocks
Writing: name writing/coloring
Manipulatives: peg boards
dramatic play: babies
sensory: sand
art: owl craft/stamps

Books we read:
5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
The Letters are Lost by Lisa Campbell Ernst
When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

Small group activities:
Monday: copying shapes and lines
Tuesday: sorting apples to an apple tree by color
Wednesday: identifying letters in names and gluing them in correct order
Thursday: shape identification and color identification
Friday (just the morning friends): using dice to identify numbers and counting 1 to 1 correspondence

Starting Monday, we will start our family unit! We will discuss different families and who lives in our houses. We are also starting our handwriting curriculum: Handwriting Without Tears. 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Week of September 17th

We had another great week in the Outstanding Owls classroom!  Students are learning the classroom routines and are enjoying learning and getting to know their friends.  This week we introduced the PBIS system.  Students earn stars daily, once they earn five stars they earn a prize!  To earn stars, they need to follow the 'expected' behaviors.  These include: following directions right away, having a calm body and/or following the Preschool Life Skills curriculum.  Right now, we are working on preschool life skill number one, which is, "When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say yes".  We will continue to work on that life skill for the next few weeks.

Centers this week: 
rug toys: big cars
manipulatives: number puzzles
dramatic play: birthday party
sensory: pasta
art: dot markers
writing: coloring

books we read:
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (this was a classroom favorite!)
These Hands by Hope Lynne Price
Why Am I Different? by Norma Simon

Small groups:
Monday: self portrait craft and name writing practice
Tuesday: using dot markers to write our names
Wednesday: practice writing our name and drawing our own self portraits
Thursday: introduced scissors and practiced cutting lines
Friday: painting red, orange, green and yellow for our classroom mural

Burlington Public Schools just launched a new website.  Here is the link:

The BECC also has its own website, which is available here:

Have a great weekend!