Announcements from Miss Cheryl,
Miss Ginger and Miss Kelley’s Class
Welcome Back to School
Thursday, August 5th begins another school year for our class!! Isn't it still summer?
It was wonderful seeing everyone at Meet and Greet. Everyone has gotten so big and changed so much. It is going to be a great year.
Let me explain how the day will change for those who will now be staying a full day. After recess and morning student departure we will have afternoon pre-academics. This is the time we concentrate on letter recognition and letter sounds for pre-reading skills as well letter and number formation for developing handwriting skills. I will be sending home tips to use with your child plus weekly homework. Your home involvement is needed for your child to reinforce these new skills through practice on what we are learning. Following our pre-academics time we will have rest, snack, preparation to go home and departure.
Please note the first six weeks (give or take) you may notice your child is very tired. This is big change for those who are going from 1/2 day to a full day. Please try to cut back their afternoon activities for a while. This will allow them time to rest after a long day. Please NO sleeping after school until bed time Otherwise they may not sleep well during the night. Remember 10 to 12 hours of sleep at night for 3 to 6 year olds is needed for well being and to learn.
We will be incorporating the Ga. Pre-K standards into our lessons again this year. To make learning more relevant to the students I will integrate literacy, math, social studies, science, creative development and physical development throughout our units and our day. As in the past I will be I will be using a literacy-based (story-based) approach for each unit. These first 2.5 weeks we will be concentrating on color recognition and welcome back activities. We will read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. this first week and a half and The Color Box by Dayle Ann Dodds starting the week of August 16. We will be exploring our school environment to find colors around us. We will be using color to count, pattern, create art, cook and learn new vocabulary to name a few activities.
Below are some Homework activities to do with your child. Make these activities fun!!! Most of these can be done over and over with each unit. They cover many of the Ga. Pre-K standards.
1. Look at books together. Allow your child first to find different colors throughout the book with you. (Ex. Touch the green leaf. Find the red apple.)
Next, have them tell you the color. (Ex. What color is the plate? What color is Clifford?)
2. Do the same activity when you are taking a walk in the neighborhood, at the grocery store, at church, in the kitchen or bedroom, wherever you are in your home or community.
3. Sing and perform the fingerplay “Where Is Thumbkin?” using color words with your child. First, using a marker put one dot of color (red, orange, green, yellow, blue) on the tip of each finger on one hand and on the coordinating fingers of the other hand. Next sing with your child showing them how to find the colors. Once they recognize the colors switch colors to purple, brown, white, black and pink. If you are unsure of the music or words go to the following website for both: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/thumbkin.htm
4. Say nursery rhymes with colors making sure you show your child the color. Some nursery rhymes include: Baa, Baa Black Sheep; Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear; Little Boy Blue; Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater.
5. Incorporate math concepts into color activities – Sort by color (ex. Food or legos or crayons); count objects by color (Let’s count all the blue trucks.); make patterns by matching, finishing and extending using colors ( we are starting with AB and ABC patterns); find heavy and light; short and tall; long and short; small/medium/large; shortest to longest; big and little using colored objects
6. Lay different colored shapes or just construction paper on the ground. Play games in which your child must hop, run, crawl, roll a ball, etc. to the different colors.
7. Color and draw just using one color until they can find and identify that color. Once they have mastered that color change to another color.
Letter of the Week and Handwriting (full day students only)
For letters we will start with Mat Man and listening skills. I will also incorporate games and computer programs such as Starfall.com. Once we start working on the letters I will be sending home letter sound vocabulary words as weekly review. Here are some ways to use these vocabulary sheets at home. Cut apart the sheets with the picture/words. Using two or three or more picture/words from each letter have your child say what the picture is, what the beginning letter is and the beginning letter sound is. Then have them sort the pictures by the beginning letter and/or beginning letter sound.
Find items in your home environment and other environments that begin with that letter sound.
We are just starting with simple strokes and shapes for handwriting. We will move on when they are ready. We will be writing on an upright easel using chalk when we first start making marks. When learning to write letters we will learn upper case first. Once all 26 letters are mastered we will learn to write numbers 0-9. If time and ability allows we may begin learning how to write lower case letters.
We will continue to practice writing their first names by tracing like last year. We will be using shortened crayons at first using a slanted surface such as a 3 inch binder. We will learn to write our names using upper and lower case letters.
Speech and Language- Miss Allison
Please send the completed black speech notes books to school on Monday.
The children love to look at them and “talk” about them.
We will send their black notebooks back on Monday afternoon.
Check out the Speech and Language page on the left side of this blog page.
Georgia Pre-K Content Standards Link
Here is a useful link to the Ga. Pre-K content standards. As special needs preschool educators our lessons are planned with these in mind as well as the individual needs of each student. You may find information on this site helpful when you are working with your child at home and in your community.