FEBRUARY: DATES TO KNOW
2/6 Early Dismissal for Students
*Since this is a scheduled early dismissal:
PreK AM will dismiss at 10:45 AM
PreK PM will meet 11:30-1:25
2/14 Valentine's Day
PreK students are welcome to bring in Valentines for friends!
There will be 18 students in the morning PreK in February.
There will be 10 students in the afternoon PreK in February.
When writing out Valentines, please write -
To: "Friend" From/Love: "[your child's name]"
This better allows students the opportunity to pass out Valentines independently.
There are many dietary requirements this year. As such, students will collect Valentines and take them home in a bag for parents to decide if/what you would like your child to consume.
If your child does not attend PreK on Thursday, 2/14, and they would like to bring in Valentines, they may bring them in on Wednesday, 2/13. (M/W/F students will take home their collection of Valentines on Friday 2/15).
2/18 - No School - President's Day
2/19 - No School for students - Professional Development for RSD6 Staff
*GCS & RSD6 SPIRIT DAYS*
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH - WEAR your Blue GCS Shirt
LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH - WEAR your Red Wamogo Shirt
*If you need a shirt, please contact the main office at 860-491-6020
ASK ME & REVIEW WITH ME - OUR WEEK IN PREK!
In January, we will be focusing on the following:
Color = white and black >> practice with White Song Black Song
Shape = moon >> practice with Crescent in Shape Town
Numeral = 5 >> practice with Storybots 5
Talk daily to your child about things in their environment that are black or white and shaped like a moon or crescent. Talk daily to your child about five items and count objects!
In our literacy stations, we learned the letter "J".
To practice writing "J":
1. Big line down
3. Little line across the top
(Due to the shortened week and weather-delays, we will continue to work on "J" next week)
Remember - "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."
Moreover, during literacy lessons, we have been discussing parts of a book - title, author, illustrator, characters, and setting.
When reading at home, ask your child what a title is; what an author and illustrator do; who the characters are in the story; and where the story is taking place (e.g., home, school, castle; in a forest, in a jungle, at the beach, etc.)
We also practiced identifying black and coloring/drawing black objects. In completing this activity, we learned to:
-recognize and identify basic colors
-recognize familiar two-dimensional shapes
-listen to oral directions to attend to a simple task
-respond to simple questions
-learn words linked to content being taught
-use helping hand to stabilize objects and papers
-use same hand consistently to hold crayons
-use fingers to hold crayons
In math stations, we have been learning to sort by color and/or size.
In completing this activity, we learned to:
-sort by color
-use visual cues to guide reaching for, grasping, and moving objects
-sort by size
-use manipulatives to find a solution
-compare size of two objects using big/small
-work together to solve a problem
Activities to try at home:
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.
SORT! - Sort objects by color, size, or function. Sort buttons, coins, utensils, bows, socks...anything you can find!
And remember - when counting:
-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"
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!
To view the latest photos of daily activities at Goshen Center School, please check out the following links:
GCS Twitter https://twitter.com/TraKeilty
GCS Instagram https://www.instagram.com/goshencenterschool/
GCS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/r6gcs/
PLAYDOUGHWe will be using a different color play dough every month in our classroom, based on the color of the month. For example, September will be blue.
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.
If you would like to access the directory, please click here.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
All my best,