APRIL: DATES TO KNOW
4/15-4/19 Spring Recess - No School
4/25 - Muffins, Math, & Mrs. Moore at GCS 9:00-10:00
Join to learn how to support children in mathematics!
4/26 - Deadline for items for PreK Taco Fiesta Basket
The students at Goshen Center School will be creating baskets to be raffled off at the GCS Taco Fiesta. Each grade level will be collecting items for their selected theme. The items will be arranged by the students and on display at the Taco Fiesta on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m at Camp Coch.
Grade PreK’s basket theme is “Arts & Crafts”.
Suggested donations are:
Construction Paper Yarn and/or string
Felt Pipe cleaners
Foam sheets and/or foam cutouts Pom-poms
Whole puncher Paint
Tissue paper Paint brushes, etc.
Other ideas and/or donations to add to our
“Arts and Crafts” basket are most certainly welcome!
Thank you in advance! :)
MAY: DATES TO KNOW
5/2 - Taco Fiesta 5:00-7:00 at Camp Coch
5/10 - Please let me know by May 10th if your child will be attending the End of the Year Celebration so I can plan accordingly (for those who do not attend PreK on Tuesdays, and are planning to attend our End of the Year Celebration)
5/18 - Calling All Superheroes! Come support The James M. Fitzgerald IV Foundation at GCS from 12:00-4:00 PM. See attached flyer for more information.
If you are interested in ordering apparel to support The James M. Fitzgerald IV Foundation, please visit https://jmf19.itemorder.com/
JUNE: DATES TO KNOW
6/11 - PreK End of the Year Celebration
PreK will be having a celebration on Tuesday, June 11th.
During our celebration, prekindergarten students will perform a few of their favorite songs and we will watch a slideshow of this years events and activities.
The celebration will take place in the prekindergarten classroom, so please be mindful of occupancy. Adults may need to stand.
To accommodate parent/guardian schedules the celebrations will take place at the following times:
-morning PreK will have their celebration at 10:30 AM (prior to pick-up)
-afternoon PreK will have their celebration at 1:00 PM (following drop-off)
If your child does not attend prekindergarten on Tuesday and you would like him/her to attend the celebration,
please bring your child in for the corresponding times:
Morning PreK by 10:20 AM
Afternoon PreK by 12:50 PM
***If your child does not attend on Tuesday, and you would like to bring them in to participate, please let me know by May 10th so I can plan accordingly.***
*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 April, we will be focusing on the following:
Color = purple >> practice with Purple Song
Shape = square >> practice with I’m A Square and/or Storybots Square
Numeral = 8 >> practice with Storybots 8
Talk daily to your child about things in their environment that are purple and/or shaped like a square. Talk daily to your child about the numeral 8 and count items together!
In our literacy stations, we learned the letter "Q".
To practice writing "Q":
1. Big curve
2. Keep going back to the top
3. Add a little line
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."
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 have begun working on further strengthening our understanding of basic concepts and math vocabulary. This week, we practiced "shortest".Basic concepts are more than vocabulary words. They are tools for thinking and solving problems. You play a very important role in helping your child learn basic concepts and generalize them to new and different situations by using them when talking with him or her to describe everyday activities and events. Try to include basic concepts in activities that you know interest your child. If the activity becomes more like drill or practice, your child may not want to participate. Here are some examples of situations in which you can help your child learn basic concepts:
· Read a book or watch a TV program with your child. Ask questions about the story or program (e.g., What did George do first? Last? What happened at the end of the story? What part of the story did you like most?
· Take a walk, or go for a ride in a bus or car. Name and describe the things you see and experience. Next, ask your child to tell what he or she sees (e.g., a tall building, a bridge across the river, a long tunnel, the house at the end of the street).
· Go to the playground or part. When your child is playing, you can use basic concepts to describe size, position, and quantity (e.g., Climb to the top of the slide. Do you see the bird under the tree? How many leaves do I have?).
· Play with a pet. Use the words before, around, after, over, under, in front of, and behind while playing with a pet.
· Work together in the home. Make piles of objects of various shapes and sizes such as clothing. Compare and group objects (e.g., Let’s put all the dark socks in a pile). Talk about the order of instructions and amounts while cooking, (e.g., First, add all the big potatoes). Have your child follow directions in the order you give him or her when repairing or painting. Talk about the location of items on shelves.
· Talk about the events of the day. Ask about what happened during the day, the first thing the child remembers, the most enjoyable activity, etc.
· Use family outings as opportunities to use basic concepts. At the service station, empty, full, front, back, right, and left are some concepts that can be used. At the grocery store concepts of size, quantity, weight, and location can all be used.
Other Math 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!
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. 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 Spring Recess!
All my best,