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Preschool- Ms. Anderson

Make Earth Day Everyday!

Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about trash and garbage. We might give the problem some thought when our community needs a new landfill, a crisis about dangerous waste arises, or litter gets out of control. But then we often forget about the ever-present challenge of dealing with trash and garbage. We think studying how to reduce, reuse, and recycle trash and garbage will engage children because they are familiar with and curious about the topic. 

As we study trash  and garbage and how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We will also be developing thinking skills to observe, investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas. 

What You Can Do at Home

Talk with your child about trash and garbage. Help raise your child's awareness of the kinds of trash and garbage your family creates each day. If you dispose of your trash at a dump or landfill, take your child along to see where the trash goes. Borrow some library books about trash, garbage, and recycling. If you recycle at home, help your child take responsibility for sorting items into your family's recycling boxes. 

When you are outside with your child and you notice a piece of trash on the ground, point it out and talk about it. For example, say, “I wonder why someone dropped that candy wrapper on the ground. Is it supposed to be there? Is there a better place to put it?”

Thank you for playing an important role in our  learning.

March 29: Yearbook orders due
March 31: Food Bags Delivered
April 11: PTO Meeting 
April 12: Kinder Reg @ Shepard 3:30-5:30
April 14: PTO Outdoor Movie Event 7pm
April 15: No School
April 18: No School
April 29: Preschool Family Friday (Reserve the day- You won't want to miss this one!)

Hello PreK Families! 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Our students have been investigating all of the nutritious food our lunches have to offer, so we are diving in to discuss the benefits of Healthy Eating and Exercising. The following are some tips I found to help make trying new foods easier! We will be discussing and trying different foods inside the classroom. If you would like to help by sending in a snack, please choose one of the food groups and message me for further information. 

 Offer preschoolers a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding on foods and beverages, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips

Model healthy behaviors

Preschoolers tend to copy what parents or caregivers do at the table. If you eat your veggies, they'll eat their veggies. And, it's good for both of you.

Think about their drinks

Sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and fruit drinks are sources of added sugars that are often high in calories. Beverages with no added sugars like water, unsweetened fat-free or low-fat milk (including low-lactose or lactose-free options), or fortified soy beverages should be the primary choice for children.

Prevent choking
Encourage children to sit at a table for meals and snacks and not wander around carrying food. Check out the USDA Team Nutrition worksheet for foods that are choking hazards at different ages.
Try new foods

Involve your kids in online and in-store grocery shopping and let them pick a new fruit or vegetable. This can help improve their interest in trying new things.

Get kids involved

Preschoolers can help at mealtimes by washing produce, tearing lettuce, stirring mixes, scooping ingredients, or setting the table.

Offer choices

Like adults, preschoolers like to have a say in what they eat. "A pear or an apple?" "Whole wheat toast or some crackers?" You offer the healthy options, but they get to choose.

The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite!

4 - Report cards come home
7-11 Kindergarten Pre-registration all week
15 - Lincoln Culver's Night
16 - Spring Pictures (Don't dress in Green!)
21-25 - No School for Spring Break
29 - Yearbook orders are due
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

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


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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

Educational Services:

18 years in Education

14 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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