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Preschool- Mrs. Anderson

Run, Run! As Fast as you can!

Dear PreK Families, 

  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! 

Mrs. Anderson & Miss Silvia

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

Dates to Know for December

  • Thursday, December 8th

    • Grinch Day (wear green)

  • Friday, December 9th

    • Pajama Day

  • Wednesday, December 21st 

    • Tuesday Dismal (2:20)

  • Thursday, December 22nd-Tuesday, January 4th 

    • No School Winter Break

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Play and Self-Regulation in Preschool

Are your children aware of their feelings, needs, and impulses? Can they calm themselves, control their behavior, and focus on tasks? Preschoolers who can do these things find it easier to take turns, make friends, and adapt to school routines. This ability is called "self-regulation." Teachers often wonder how to help children self-regulate. The answers may be, "Let them play!" 
  1. Let children have long periods of time daily to plan and take part in play activities. When you ask children ahead of time to choose what they want to play, you help them focus attention and follow through on plans. "Demitri, your plan was to play a board game. What game do you want?"
  2. Offer open-ended materials so children can plan creatively: blocks, sand, water, colorful scarves, streamers, etc. They may turn blocks into a city, a hill, or a bed. The scarves may become clouds, a waterfall, or blankets. 
  3. Help children put disappointments into words so they can calm themselves and focus on putting things back together. "your clock tower fell and you feel frustrated. You could build another one. Or do you want to put away the blocks and play with something else?"
Encourage make-believe play.
  1. Provide props so children can take different roles: Parents, baby, rescue workers, perts, dancers, magician. A child who pretends with others learns to follow the "rules" of the role he plays. "I am the waiter. I give you a menu, and you tell me what you want to eat."
  2. Observe to find out if children internally patrol their own behavior as they play their make-believe roles. "I can't play with Celia now, I am being the waiter for Kaya and Will."
  3. Give children a chance to set limits when a playmate doesn't follow the rules. They will often remind each other to control impulses during make-believe play: "Don't growl at me, Waiter. Waiters don't scare people."
Help children negotiate with each other during pretend play. 
  1. When children disagree, encourage them to talk to each other about what they want. 
  2. If plans have to be changed, remind the children that they have options. "You want the magic wand. But it is still Emma's turn. You can sit and wait. Or you can play with that cape that is magic and wear it until Emma's done."
For related web resources, see "Play and Self-Regulation in Preschool" at

December Board Meeting

Tue Dec 20 2022

January Board Meeting

Tue Jan 17 2023


Education Background:

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

Bachelor In Science, Early Childhood Education, Northern Illinois University

Educational Services:

19 years in Education

15 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. 


Community: Teachers Union (NEA)

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