January 8, 2016
Pre K Newsletter
“Art projects help children to develop the eye and hand coordination they will later need as they begin to write.”
-Helping Your Preschool Child
I hope you all had a wonderful and restful vacation! It was so exciting to see the children again and to hear all their stories. They were tired by the end of the week, but ready to learn and get back into the swing of things again.
We began our first science unit this week! We have been talking a lot about what living things need to help them survive and grow. I have every confidence that if you ask them the three things a living thing needs they will tell you: air, water and energy!
Bucket filling has been going great! I have noticed a lot of the children spontaneously complimenting, helping and thanking each other and me this week. It comes so naturally to this group of kids. I am so pleased with their kindness and their good manners.
I have been completing some math assessments this week. They are doing quite well in the areas I have been assessing: recognizing numerals, representing numbers with objects, comparing groups of objects and counting out objects. I will continue my assessments into next week as well.
For literacy I have really been focusing on a few key ideas: letter sounds (particularly the letter of the day), illustrations and what they tell us about the story, letters and how a group of letters make up a word. Here is a list of books that we have enjoyed this week:
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
The Little Red Sled
Next week, I would like to start a new type of communication. I have been sending home newsletters weekly and attaching them to the school website. I thought it would be nice if I also made phone calls home. Obviously, I will not get to everyone in one week, but I will put you on a rotating schedule so I will get to everyone once per month. During our chat, I would just like to check in to see how things are going and if you have any questions or concerns. If you would rather I did not contact you for any reason, just let me know J
Pre K and Title 1 Teacher