Occupational Therapy News from Ms. Sherwin for October 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Hopefully your child has adjusted well to Kindergarten and has settled in. It is a big adjustment for everyone, myself included! This year your child will be learning a handwriting program called Learning Without Tears and for short we call it LWT. This program has a multi-sensory approach that will build strong printing skills for writing letters, words and sentences. The program was developed by Jan Z. Olsen OTR and Emily F. Knapton, M.ED.,OTR/L to make handwriting less painful for children and enjoyable for all. So, in collaboration with the teachers @ MSKC, I will be assisting the teachers if they have any questions with the handwriting program. I have used the LWT program @ Hollis Elementary and at the Integrated Preschool and will continue to do so with the children @ MSKC. I look forward to a successful school year at MSKC.
Ms. Casucci’s Speech and Language Update for October 2019
Hello MSKC families! It has been a pleasure to get to know your student(s) during the month of September! Each newsletter will include a preview of what we will be working on for the following month in speech and language sessions. I will be focusing more on the ‘language’ component of ‘speech and language’ in these newsletters.
This October, we will have a Halloween theme in speech and language sessions! We will also be working on important pragmatic (social) language concepts such as expected and unexpected behavior when trick-or-treating, appropriately entering and exiting conversations, listening to others, and remaining on topic.
Book of the Month: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colandro.
Targeted vocabulary: ghost, goblin, bat, bones, owl, old lady, trick-or-treat
Home Activity: Take a walk around your neighborhood and look at the Halloween decorations! Discuss what you see, hear, smell, touch, and feel around you. There are excellent opportunities to encourage complete sentences and descriptive words. For example, “Look! A big, white ghost! Doesn’t he look scary?” and “Wow, two orange pumpkins! See how one is bigger than the other? Which one is bigger?”
Email me anytime with any questions or concerns!
Physical Therapy News from Ms. Dillon
From Our School Psychologist: Ms. Kidd’s Corner for 2019
Fall is here! Our new kindergarten friends are settling into their school routines as we move into the beauty of the changing season. During this time, we will be beginning our lunch bunches/snack bunches, and I am excited to offer this service to our students.
Lunch bunch/snack bunch is offered once a week during lunch/snack for students. We work on being a good friend, a successful student, and managing our feelings. Our lessons complement the Second Step curriculum, being shared by our classroom teachers. The group is meant to be a fun learning environment, that empowers our students to become independent in using their “toolkit” of strategies for successfully navigating their school day.
As we start the school year, one of the initial challenges many of our kindergarteners face is separating from home, and their very important caregivers. Often times this can feel overwhelming for our students, and can be upsetting to us as parents too! Happily, as our students get busy with their day, they are quickly caught up with the excitement of learning. Having predictable routines for the transition to the school day can be very helpful in reducing anxiety for our students. For example, every morning having a set schedule of helping to get lunch, backpack and jacket together, and perhaps a special hug or handshake to say goodbye. It can be helpful if our students are also reminded of what to look forward to after school, such as a special activity with their caregiver. Often times our students are still working on understanding the concept of the passage of time, so these reminders can be helpful in giving them something to look forward to.
In October, we will be working on using self-talk effectively, being assertive, and identifying feelings. I am looking forward to working with our kindergarten friends!
Please feel free to reach out at any time. Thank you for your collaboration in your child’s educational experience.