It is hard to believe that it is November already. This month we will learn about and meet some very important people.
On Friday November 3rd we will have a visit from Officer West-our school resource officer. He will talk to our PreK students about his very important job and how they can stay safe in our community. We are asking for baked goods to be donated to Castle Rock Police Dept. The treats will be presented with a big card to Officer West. Donations are not required simply a good will gesture to our wonderful community helpers.
Our other units this month are centered around the first Thanksgiving. Our classroom will have a teepee for dramatic play and we will learn about how early settlers lived. We will celebrate by having our class Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday Nov. 15th at 11:15am.
We will continue with our daily play based learning centers-math, science, art, motor and language. Watch for wonderful art and science activities. I am sure your child would love to share all that we do. There will be 2 special Let's Find Out this month. We will read and learn in class. I know they would love to share with family at home. Encourage them to "teach" you what they learned by using this great at home tool.
With wintry weather soon to arrive please take note of the following. On snowy weather days please have students wear snow boots but bring regular shoes for wearing inside the classroom. We will go out in the snow but all students must have snow boots to do so. A warm jacket with their name written inside and hats and mittens (no scarfs please)
- Class starts daily at 8:15 and ends at 3:30. Please respect these times and be on time.
- Wear sunscreen everyday
- Send 2 snacks, lunch and water bottles every day
- Keep set of clean clothes in backpack at all times. Wash and return clothes that have been borrowed
- Always wear appropriate shoes, athletic shoes are best. No boots, sandals, crocs, etc.
- Tuition is due on the 5th of every month.
Happy Fall Y"All
AVA PreK Teacher/Director
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.