Visual strategies are a great tool used to support & increase receptive & expressive language as well as assist children in knowing what is expected of them. Just as we adults use calendars, grocery lists, & “to do” lists to enhance memory, our children also benefit from visual reminders.
Our circle time always begins by singing a few routine songs to shake out our “sillies” & help us attend to activities. During the course of the school year, the songs change every now & then. This week’s songs included: Welcome Song; Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes; Shake Our Sillies Out; Criss Cross Applesauce; Hickey Picky Bumble Bee; Jump Up & Down (transition song)
We learned the Pledge of Allegiance, which we will say every day after our circle songs. We also sing our “Creative Kids Anthem” every day after the Pledge. Our Helper of the Day holds the flag for us and also counts the number of boys, girls & total number of children in school.
Our books this week included: The School Book (Todd Parr), Our Class Rules (Scholastic), ABC School's For Me (Susan Katz), Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes (Eric Litwin) and Hello, School! (Scholastic). We also discussed what we like to do in school.
We continued painting our birthday crowns, place mats & the 1st letters of our names using water-color paints as well as began our Yellow Collages.
Our Pre-K kids began small group. During small group time we practice our readiness skills via fun activities. We use the same Fundations Curriculum that is used by Sachem & Connetquot School Districts. This week we introduced the letter/sounds Aa & Bb.
For some of our children, the honeymoon appears to be over. While some children experienced anxiety during the first few days of preschool, others have now realized that this is their new routine. Both scenarios are very typical for young children. Here are a few ideas to help out:
- Clearly state to your child where you will be & when you will return. It may also be helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited.
- Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include telling your child you are leaving in 3 minutes, a kiss & hug, or a wave from the door. Once you tell your child you are leaving, it is important to follow through. Extending the good-bye with, "Just one more kiss, & then I really have to go” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it. Avoid sneaking out, as this seems to encourage children to become less trusting & might make the next drop off day even harder.
I promise you, it is so much harder on us as parents than it actually is on our kids. Try not to feel guilty. I've been there myself. Children are so much more resilient than we give them credit for & adjust much easier than we think they can. While some might take a bit longer than others to adjust, they all eventually have a wonderful time in preschool.
- School picture day is Monday, September 23, 2019.
- Holbrook Fire Dept field trip will be in October. More info soon to come.
- Scholastic book orders will be placed this weekend.
- School is closed on Monday, 9/30/19 & Tuesday, 10/1/19 due to Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year to all of our families who observe.
- If you haven't already done so, please send in a family photo.
- Wear polka dots to school on Monday, 9/16/18. We will be celebrating International Dot Day all week long!
Always feel free to speak to us about any concerns/issues you might have. We are all in this together & want your child to have the most positive preschool experience possible! Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce