Welcome to Mrs. Lee’s PreK 4 Class!
Monday, January 14: After school programs begin
Tuesday, January 15: Spirit day
Monday, January 21: MLK – No school
Wednesday, February 6: Show Your Love Online Auction
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 a ton 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!
Welcome to Mrs. Lee’s PreK 4 Class!
Wednesday, December 12th: Spirit Day!
Thursday, December 13th: Polar Express Day (details coming soon) and Last day of after school programs
Wednesday, December 19th: Christmas party (11:00 in our room)
Thursday, December 20th: Christmas Service (11:00 in the sanctuary)
Monday, January 7th: Back to school after Christmas Break
We have had a fantastic time learning about our community! Now it’s time to celebrate our Savior’s birth.
“Workshop time” or “centers” is usually every child’s favorite time of the day and it is so incredibly important! So much is learned through play during this hour or two. The children are going to love the special Christmas centers. Here are some of the benefits of having centers in our classroom:
- Center time allows children time and space to practice social skills by learning how to join in on already established play. The children are learning how to negotiate the guidelines of what they will be doing in the center and how to divvy up tasks when it is time to clean up.
- Centers help kids become more self–aware as they are learning time management while exploring their interests. Self-regulation is practiced in how they talk to their friends, how they use self-control, and how they regulate their emotions.
- Centers are a time to practice what has been previously learned. It is a safe place to make mistakes. New skills can and will also be learned during this time. Language development occurs during centers as the children interact with their peers and teachers.
- The following are the centers that are available to your child weekly: Dramatic Play, the Reading Corner, Science/Math, Sensory Table, Blocks, Writing, and Art. Ask your child what their favorite center was each day or week. You’ll be amazed at how much they have learned!
I can’t believe we are nearing the end of the first semester. I love each of your children so much and am very proud of how much they have learned over the last couple of months. It’s going to be a fun and exciting December! As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Welcome to Mrs. Lee's PreK 4 Class!
11/5-11/9: Book Fair!
11/6: Spirit Day
11/8: Open House is from 5:30-6:30. The whole family is welcome!
11/19-11/23: Thanksgiving Holiday - No school!
11/28: Parent/Teacher Conference No school for your child. Stay tuned for more information!
Our animal unit was so much fun! Up next...Community Helpers! We learn a poem with each unit and use it to teach many different aspects of literacy. We just finished up a poem called "The Zoo". We memorized and acted out the poem, but the children were also learning many things along the way. We...
- used highlighter tape to identify letters and letter sounds
- identified rhyming words
- used a pointer to follow along from left to right, working on text directionality and concepts of print
- practiced reading fluently and with excitement
And so much more!
To extend their learning at home...
- your child might like reciting the poem with you
- begin the sentence and let your child fill in the final word
- ask your child about the new Community Helpers poem
One, one: the zoo is lots of fun!
Two, two: see a kangaroo.
Three, three: see a chimpanzee.
Four, four: hear the lions roar.
Five, five: watch the seals dive.
Six, six: there's a monkey doing tricks.
Seven, seven: count the elephants - 11!
Eight, eight: the tigers look great.
Nine, nine: penguins in a line.
Ten, ten: I want to come again!