I really enjoyed meeting with all of you on Wednesday. Thank you for taking the time to come meet with me. Please reach out if you have any lingering questions or concerns.
· Week of March 4th: GEARY
· Week of March 18th: LEWIS
· Week of March 25th: MELSON
· Monday, March 4th: March Birthday Celebration (8:45 in Wynne chapel)
· March 11-15: Spring Break! No School!
· Tuesday, March 19th: Spirit Day!
· March 25-29: Book Fair
· March 27th: Book Character Day
Past Unit: Using Our Imagination
Current Unit: Space
March reminds us of books due to Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the book fair, and book character day. We wanted to share our favorite authors to encourage you to read great, quality books to your children at home. Rich literature will deepen your child’s love of reading.
Favorite Author: Jan Brett
Why? She is known for her colorful and detailed illustrations. I love reading her books to the kiddos because she gives a hint on each page about what is coming next in the story. This engages them and keeps them wanting more!
Favorite Author: Ezra Jack Keats
Why? With simple texts, “neighborhood” experiences and topics that relate to a child’s daily life, Keats’ main character Peter, is fun-loving, imaginative and bright. His thoughtful side is evident in every book!
Favorite Author: Kevin Henkes
Why? Henkes uses relatable characters like Lilly, Owen, Chester, and Chrysanthemum to help us explore our feelings in a comfortable, safe way. His books allow children to talk about emotions in a productive way after seeing how the characters handle situations.
Favorite Author: Eric Carle
Why? What’s not to love about his books? Children of all ages love them. The colors are vibrant and the stories are playful, but his stories also offer children the opportunity to learn about topics that interest them.
Favorite Author: Mo Willems
Why? One of my favorite things about Mo Willem’s books is there is almost always a part in each story that make the children laugh hysterically. I also love his use of portraying feelings through his famed cartoon illustrations and characters.
As always, please let us know if we can help in any way!
The Pre-k4 team
Over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed learning how to stay healthy and take care of ourselves. This week, we began to dive into our unit called “Imagine It, Make It” which is all about using our imaginations!
· Week of February 4th: TAYLOR
· Week of February 11th: WILLIAMS
· Week of February 18th: WILLIAM
· Week of February 25th: BOONE
Conference Schedule for Wednesday, February 27th
9:00 WILLIAMS x2
***You are welcome to switch with someone! Please just mark it on the copy posted outside our door. Thank you!
Upcoming Dates and Reminders:
· Monday, February 4th: Celebrate February Birthdays in chapel (8:45 in Wynne Chapel)
· Wednesday, February 6th: HPPDS Online Auction
· Thursday, February 14th: Last time to lead chapel! 8:45 in Wynne Chapel
· Thursday, February 14th: Valentine’s party (11:00 in our room)- Parents are invited to join for the party. Students may wear their Valentine’s best on this day!
· Wednesday, February 20th: Spirit Day!
· Wednesday, February 27th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School for the children)
Past Unit: Growing Up Healthy
Upcoming Unit: Imagine It, Make It
Each week we have focused on a different letter of the alphabet. We practice identifying the letter, recognizing its sound, and learning how to correctly form and write it. We play around with the letter by sharing the show and tell bag items brought from home, creating letter of the week art (this week we used watercolor paint to make rainbows after practicing writing R) and engaging in various other activities. Alphabet knowledge is not only an important component of literacy, but a predictor for future reading success.
Some activities you can try at home to support your child in growing their alphabet knowledge include:
· Reading alphabet books like Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom and The Alphabet Tree
· Playing your own show and tell bag game: have your child collect 5 or fewer items in a bag from around the house, then give clues to the rest of the family to guess what is hidden in the bag
· Point out letters while reading books, out running errands (notice signs, letters on license plates), on mail, etc.
· Play with alphabet puzzles or letter matching games
· Provide sensory exploration of the alphabet such as adding rainbow sprinkles to a tray and having your child use a large paint brush to form letters in the sprinkles (could also use salt trays, clay, magnetic letters)
· Have your child help you make a grocery list and use a highlighter to find and highlight different letters on the list
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Happy 2019! It is so hard to believe it is already January. We have lots of exciting things planned for the second half of the year!
- Snack family for week of January 14: RUHS
- Snack family for week of January 21: SCHWARZ
- Snack family for week of January 28: SHANKLE
- Snack family for week of February 4: TAYLOR
- Spirit Day is January 15th
- No School on Monday, January 21st (MLK day)
- Thursday, February 14th, we lead chapel! (This is our last time to lead)
Past unit: Christmas
We loved spending time learning about the true meaning of Christmas (with a sprinkle of Santa) by reading books, making Christmas story bracelets, acting out the Christmas story, and more.
Current Unit: Taking Care of Yourself
As we begin this new semester and start talking more about kindergarten readiness, I always have parents ask how they can help at home. We often focus on letters and numbers, but it is also very important to provide exciting and interactive opportunities to strengthen your child’s fine motor skill development! Developing the strength in the small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb will help children to have correct pencil grip and gain control with writing utensils. Strong fine motor skills also help children complete important self-care tasks, such as buttoning and zippering. We incorporate lots of fine motor skill development opportunities into our days here at school!
Now is the time to look for the “tripod grasp” when your child is writing at home! Your child will love to sit and color or write with you. You can also incorporate mazes, dot-to-dot, tracing, and games like tic-tac-toe.
Need other fun ideas?
• Use tweezers to transfer things from one place to another
• Peel and put stickers on plastic cups or paper
• Cut, cut, cut! Let them use scissors whenever possible!
• Give them a squirt bottle with water to help you clean
• Play games like Connect 4 or Operation
• Use tongs or chopsticks to eat
• Ask your child to try buttoning or zipping up their jacket
As always, practice makes perfect! I am looking forward to a wonderful semester full of growing and learning. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!