Welcome to Mrs. Lee’s PreK 4 Class!

Reminders:

Snack Families:

Week of March 4: Shelton

Week of March 18: Stark

Week of March 25: Wilson

Week of April 1: Chavoya

Important Dates:

  • March Birthday Celebration (8:45 am in Wynne chapel)
  • March 11-15: Spring Break! No School
  • Tuesday, March 19: Spirit Day
  • March 25-29: Book Fair
  • March 27: Book Character Day

CLASSROOM NEWS:

Past Unit: Using Our Imagination

Current Unit: Space

March is going to be a busy month and one with a lot of opportunities to cultivate our love of books! We will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the book fair, and book character day. The Prek4 team wanted to share our favorite authors with you to encourage you to read great, quality books to your children at home. Rich literature will deepen your child’s love of reading.

Mrs. Faircloth

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!

Mrs. Hahn

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!

Mrs. Hines

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.

Mrs. Lee

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.

Mrs. Puckett

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 reach out if you have any questions

Love,

Mrs. Lee

Welcome to Mrs. Lee’s PreK 4 Class!

Reminders:
Snack Families:
Week of February 4th: Losey
Week of February 11th: Patterson
Week of February 18th: Penley
Week of February 25th: Phillips
 
Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 4th: Celebrate February Birthdays in chapel (8:45 in Wynne Chapel)
  • Wednesday, February 6th: HPPDS Online Auction
  • Thursday, February 14th : Valentine’s party (1:00 in our room)- Parents are invited to join for the party. Students may wear their Valentine’s best on this day. **Please bring 13 unnamed valentines. Please try to avoid candy. Some fun ideas are small toys, stickers, erasers, pencils, etc.**
  • Wednesday, February 20th: Spirit Day!
  • Wednesday, February 27th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School for the children)

 
CLASSROOM NEWS
:

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, its sound, 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

Love,

Mrs. Lee

Welcome to Mrs. Lee’s PreK 4 Class!

Reminders:

Snack Family
1/14: Hodzic
1/21: Khaleel
1/28: Ledford
2/4: Losey

Important Dates:

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

CLASSROOM NEWS:

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!

Love,

Mrs. Lee