APRIL: DATES TO KNOW
4/15-4/19 Spring Recess - No School
PREK & K ENROLLMENT for 2019-2020 IS NOW OPEN
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ASK ME & REVIEW WITH ME - OUR WEEK IN PREK!
In March, we will be focusing on the following:
Color = green >> practice with Storybots Green and/or Green Song
Shape = rectangle >> practice with Storybots Rectangle
Numeral = 7 >> practice with Storybots 7
Talk daily to your child about things in their environment that are green and/or shaped like a rectangle. Talk daily to your child about the numeral 7 and count items together!
In our literacy stations, we continued to learn the letter "H".
To practice writing "H":
1. Big line down
2. Big line down
4. Little line across
Remember - PINCH, PINCH, PINCH! "Thumb is bent, pointer points to the tip, tall man uses it's side. I tuck my last two fingers in, and take them for a ride."
H is for Healthy! This week we discussed healthy foods. We read Scholastic's "You Are What You Eat" and identified foods that are healthy. We then cut on these foods and glued them to a plate; some friends added labels using letters they know and/or their understanding of letter-sounds.
When going over our weekly letter books, ask your student the following questions to help build an understanding of print concepts:
- Where's the front of the book?
-Where's the back of the book?
-Show me the title of this book.
-Where do we start reading?
-Show me with your finger which way I go as I read.
-You point to the words while I read the story.
-Use your finger to show me the first word on this page.
-Use your finger to show me the last word on this page.
-Point to one word.
-Show me two words.
-Show me the first letter in a word.
-Show me the last letter in a word.
Additionally, ask your child to "add more details" and "label" or "add words to their pictures".
When reading picture books, ask your student the following questions before, during, and after reading to help build comprehension skills and book knowledge:
Questions to Ask Before, During, and After Reading
Here are some overall tips for when reading with you prekindergartener:
Reading Rockets' Tips for Parents of Preschoolers
In math stations, we continued to work on number operations. We continued to work on combining sets of objects to find out the total by counting.
In completing this activity, we also learned to:
-connect numerals to quantities they represent
-use manipulatives to find a solution
-cooperate with other children
-take turns with peers
-work with others to solve problems
Activities to try at home:
find 2-D shapes / "flat shapes" at home
find 3-D shapes / "solid shapes" at home
identify them by name and discuss the difference between them (e.g., "flat shapes" lay flat, you can press your hand down on them; but "solid shapes" stand up from the ground)
continue to practice moving each object as you count --> Ask your child what "You only count what you touch" means
-continue to ask "how many?" when done counting
-continue to emphasize "We know how many cookies we have by the last number we said. The last number we said was [five], so we know we have [five] cookies"
SUBITIZE! - Practice recognizing how many without counting by using a dice and/or dominoes. Challenge your student to identify how many as quickly as they can!
COMPARE! - Talk about who was more or less cookies. Talk about if you added one or took one away, then who has more/less cookies.
COMBINE! - Talk about how many you have all together.
SORT! - Sort objects by color, size, or function. Sort buttons, coins, utensils, bows, socks...anything you can find!
Additionally, here is a video which explains the five principles of rational counting and how to help your early math learner build a strong foundation for understanding numbers!
To see pictures of this week's activities, please view my classroom blog "Gray's Gazette"
Please be sure to follow me on Twitter @Jacki_Gray to see pictures and/or access links of the fun, learning experiences we've been participating in at school on a daily basis!
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PLAYDOUGHWe will be using a different color play dough every month in our classroom, based on the color of the month. If you would like to sign up to make playdough for our classroom, please click here.
PREK FAMILY DIRECTORY
I hope you utilize this resource to establish friendships outside of the classroom for you and your child.
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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
All my best,