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Preschool- Mrs. Anderson

Breaking Bread in Preschool!

  We’ve noticed that the children’s favorite meals often include bread or foods like bread (e.g. pizza, pretzels). The children are curious about the types of bread they eat, how it is made, the shape it comes in, and how we eat it. We think a study of bread will be a great opportunity for children to explore their interests.

To get our study started, we need your help to gather materials, such as baking supplies, baking gear, and ingredients. We’d also like to borrow cookbooks, recipes, or pictures of bread. Below are suggested items, but feel free to send other items that may enhance our exploration. Please label items with your name so we can return them to you at the end of our study. We promise to take good care of them! Also, please let us know if a family member’s occupation relates to bread (e.g., restaurant work, delivery person) and would like to share his or her expertise. We would love to arrange for that person to join our investigations. 

*baking pans            *rolling pins                    

*cookie cutters        *tortilla press

*pastry cutters            *empanada crimper

*plastic mixing bowls        *hand crank grinder or mortar and pestle

*wooden spoons        *aprons

*spatulas            *oven mitts

*measuring utensils        *cookbooks of breads with pictures


*different types of flour    *bread your family eats

*cornmeal            *baking powder

*baking soda            *vegetable oil


As we study bread, we will learn concepts and skills related to physical development, literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We’ll also develop thinking skills as we observe, investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas. 


Talk with your child about the bread you eat at home; sandwich bread. Naan tortillas. Examine bread in your local grocery or bakery. Talk about the features of bread, such as color, texture, shape, how it is stored, how it is used, and the difference between sweet and savory breads. Point out how breads are packaged. Notice bakery delivery vehicles and ask children how the bread is packed to avoid being crushed. Talk about who bakes bread. What equipment and supplies do they use?

Thank you for participating in our learning!

Here are some tips to reading with your Toddler...
Don't forget those reading calendars! They are worth treasure! 

How Do I Get Started? 
* Pick a book or let your toddler choose one. Point to a pictures and read the words clearly.
*Encourage your child to notice details in the pictures. Talk about what happens in the story and let them say the words along with you.

What books will my toddler like?
*Toddlers like picture books about people, animals, familiar objects, and favorite characters, with simple stories and rhymes. Your child may ask for the same book over and over, or for books about a particular topic. Board books are good for toddlers who are still learnig to care for books.

When should I read with my toddler?
*After a nap, after lunch, and before bedtime are popular times. Make reading part of your family's routines. Take books along when you go out with your toddler. Sharing books can be part of waiting at the doctor's office or the bus stop. Read a story instead of watching TV. Take your toddler along to the library or bookstore to find new books to read.

Where should I read to my toddler?
*Find a comportable place where you both can see the pages. If your child enjoys turning pages, be sure she can reach the book. Sitting in your lap or sitting next to you on the couch or even in the car seat.

How long should I read to my toddler?
* A few minutes, only as long as your toddler is interested. Some toddlers will listen for 10 mintues or more to a favorite book. Some will even insist on going through a stack of books with you! Others may be too active to sit still for long. Vary your voice or use a puppet to help hold your child's attention.

Who should read to toddlers?
Parents, grandparents, librarians, child care providers, even older siblings can help a toddler learn to love reading.

What if my toddler isn't interested in books?
Keep trying, but don't force it. Toddlers are busy finding out about their world. Talk with your chld, tell stories, sing or recite poems. Let them see you reading. Take them to the library and the bookstore with you. Such invitiations help many children develop an interest in reading.

For related web resources, see "Sharing books with your toddler" at

Mystery Readers!

Each week we will have a special visitor come in to read a book to our friends. This person will give out 5 clues as to whom they are and the students have to guess. Usually it will have something to do with the unit we are studying! Check back to see who gets to visit our classroom to read to us first! 
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Education Background:

Associate in Art, Early Childhood Education, Illinois Valley Community College

Bachelor In Science, Early Childhood Education, Northern Illinois University

ELL Certification, University of Phoenix 

Educational Services:

20 years in Education

16 years in Ottawa Elementary District 141

4 years St. Columba School Ottawa

Preschool, First Grade and Second Grade

Professional Experiences:


Social, Neediest Kids, School Improvement, Parent Teacher Organization


Autism Workshops, Sharing a Vision Conference, Creative Curriculum Workshops, 

Dealing with Difficult Children Workshops, CPI Training, AED Training, Dr. Jean 

Conferences, Autism Training, Handwriting without Tears


Community: Teachers Union (NEA)

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Starting School

Is your kiddo starting school? Here are a few things that they will need...
-Bookbag (big enough to fit a folder)
-clorox wipes
-a complete change of clothing (both main seasons)
-play-doh (optional)
-sidewalk chalk (optional)

¿Tu hijo está empezando la escuela? Aquí hay algunas cosas que necesitarán...
-Mochila (lo suficientemente grande como para que quepa una carpeta)
-toallitas para bebé
-toallitas clorox
-una muda completa de ropa (ambas temporadas principales)
-playdoh (opcional)
-tiza para acera (opcional)

Important Dates

August Dates:

22 - Supply drop off 5:30-7:00
23 - Preschool Orientation 9:00 
24 - Home visits
25 - Home visits
28 - First day of Preschool!!

22 - Entrega de suministros 5:30-7:00 23 - Orientación Preescolar 9:00 24 - Visitas domiciliarias 25 - Visitas domiciliarias 28 - ¡¡Primer día de Preescolar!!

September Dates:

1 - No Preschool, Preschool screenings for new students
4 - No School, Labor Day
15 - Book order due & Parent Involvement Activity due
22- Half Day for All Day Pre-K
25- Lincoln Book Fair Begins

1 - No Preescolar, Exámenes de Preescolar para nuevos estudiantes
4 - No hay clases, Día del Trabajo
15 - Vencimiento del pedido de libros y actividad de participación de los padres
22- Medio día para prekínder de todo el día
25- Comienza la Feria del Libro de Lincoln

October Dates:
4- Picture Day
6-No Preschool
9-No School Columbus Day
20-Book Orders and Parent Involvement Activity Due
27- Preschool Family Friday (No Class) (Student and 1 adult attends)

4- Día de la foto
6-No hay preescolar
9-Día de la Raza sin clases
Vencimiento de pedidos de 20 libros y actividad de participación de los padres
27- Viernes Familiar Preescolar (No Clase) (Asiste estudiante y 1 adulto)
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