One month gone already in this New Year. It was cold and hard for us to get the kids outside on a regular basis. Let’s hope warmer days find us in February.
The past month was filled with lots of fun as we focused on our math, science and language arts through the themes Winter and Space. On days when we couldn’t go out we took space walks and dodged meteors as we journeyed into space. The kids loved this very imagination filled role play. We watched an IMAX movie about the space station and watched Astronauts float weightless.
This month we will jump in to some more fun themes with special days like Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day ahead this month. Our monthly themes are Wild Animals, Pets, 5 senses, Winter Science/Polar Animals. We will use them to apply new concepts in all areas of the classroom.
We will begin a new sight word writing program and reading/math games. The strong phonics start we had is now going to help these kiddos blossom into great early readers and writers!
We are starting to play more team games. I have been so impressed by how the kids help each other. They are all such good friends and love being kind to one another. If your child comes home singing “Stop and Think”, ask them what it is all about. We have learned about reading friends feelings and understanding that knowing how others think and feel can help us be better friends.
Special Dates- 1/14/17 Valentine’s Day Party.
Parent planned/Parents in charge of running stations
1/16/17 No School Professional Development Day
1/19/17 No School Presidents’ Day
Birthdays- Geneivieve 1/5
Ms Monica 1/15
Ms DeAnn 1/27
As we have seen cold and flu season is upon us. Please review the illness policy and know it will be enforced for the betterment of all staff and students. We have also started soap at the door 😊
ILLNESS POLICY - HOW SICK IS TOO SICK? WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME
There are three reasons to keep sick children at home:
- The child does not feel well enough to participate comfortably in usual activities, (such as; extreme signs of tiredness, unexplained irritability or persistent crying).
- The child requires more care than program staff is able to provide, without effecting the health and safety of the other children.
- The illness is on the list of symptoms or illness for which exclusion is recommended.
Diarrhea, Fever, Flu Symptoms, Coughing-severe /persistent, Rash with Fever, Vomiting
Countdown to Spring… less then 35 days! YAY!!!!
All the Best,
December News 2017
Dear Parents and Families,
It is hard to believe that December is here. It has been wonderful getting to know each other and we have all come to care for each other in class. The students have made real connections with friends. As we go forward in class please know that we will continue to encourage kindness, helpfulness and what it means to be a “good friend”. In Pre-K we believe that the “anti-bullying” and showing RESPECT begins with us. Your amazing children will be leaders in the years to come and need to have the skills necessary to stand up and be a friend to all who need one.
To celebrate the holiday and giving season we will be learning about those less fortunate. We will learn the difference between want and need. As part of our money unit we will have a jar for spare change and donations. The loose change is used for money lessons all month, then it is donated. Our class will help sponsor a school in St Croix that was damaged by the hurricane. The jar will be kept just inside the classroom. Donations must be in by December 15th. Separate email to follow. Extra donations will be greatly appreciated.
Because we have families with different customs and different traditions we are being careful about our topics of discussion. We have some families that do not believe in “Santa”. Because I do not want the discussion of real or not real to arise, I avoid the discussion all together. We will make holiday crafts and will fill the room with decorations but will not encourage talking about Mr C.
Our last day before break we will have a Winter class party, December 21st from 10-11:30 am. Parents will be asked to contribute food, games and a craft. Melissa Bomsta (room mom) will be in touch soon. We will also have a holiday book exchange. Each child is asked to bring a book valued between $5-$10. Please make sure the book is not related to any holiday and appropriate for either boy or girl. The book should be wrapped and be labeled with a “from tag” your child’s name only. We will play a swap game.
Our class scholastic book account is always available. If you would like to go on and shop you may do so at anytime-you don’t have to wait for an order form. Please use our class code when shopping (RPXVC). Otherwise, you can look up our class account by searching Ms Dede Hemphill. Please do not use my name as I have a separate account. It normally takes 5-10 business days for delivery.
Coming Up- In the New Year we will be working on independent skill activities. The first one will be taking care of their own morning work. Students will be expected to carry all their own belongings into school and put their own snack in boxes and hang up things…etc. I expect parents to step back and let them do it. If they do it wrong it is ok…we learn from our mistakes. This will help prepare them for Kindergarten expectations.
Many Thanks!! Thank you to all who contributed to our Thanksgiving Day feast! Remember to log 2 hours of volunteer time.
A Very Merry ---Whatever holiday you celebrate!
How can I help my child be ready for Kindergarten? Most children will not completely master all skills but this is a guideline of what to look for. Encouraging your child’s independence is the best thing you can do for them.
Checklist for Kindergarten readiness
- _____ Listen to stories without interrupting
- _____ Recognize rhyming sounds
- _____ Pay attention for short periods (15-20min) of time to adult-directed tasks
- _____ Understand actions have both causes and effects
- _____ Show understanding of general times of day
- _____ Cut with scissors
- _____ Trace/draw basic shapes
- _____ Begin to share with others
- _____ Start to follow rules
- _____ Be able to recognize authority
- _____ Manage bathroom needs (wiping, changing own clothes)
- _____ Washes hands successfully.
- _____ Button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers- independently
- _____ Puts on socks independently
- _____ Puts on shoes independently
- _____ Feeds self and uses utensils correctly
- _____ Begin to control oneself
- _____ Begin to be responsible for personal items (hanging up backpack, lunch box)
- _____ Separate from parents without being upset
- _____ Speak understandably (missing some sounds is normal)
- _____ Uses pronouns correctly most of the time
- _____ Talk in complete sentences of five to six words
- _____ Look at pictures and then tell stories
- _____ Identify rhyming words
- _____ Identify the beginning sound of some words
- _____ Identify most alphabet letters
- _____ Recognize some common sight words like "stop"
- _____ Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape
- _____ Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
- _____ Count to 20+
- _____ Bounce a ball
- _____ Beginning to be successful catching a ball
If your child has acquired most of the skills on this checklist and will be at least five years old at the start of the summer before he or she starts kindergarten, he or she is probably ready for kindergarten. On the first day of school, children who are healthy, maturing, capable of self- help skills above, and are eager to learn will have a good start for the kindergarten year.