Dear Pre-K Families,
What a great week we had in Pre-K! The boys and girls have met new friends and have begun adjusting to a new routine! After just a few days, the children come upstairs, take off their sweaters or jackets, if they have them, put them in their backpacks, take out their lunch and folders, and hang up their backpacks. They are quickly becoming independent, boys and girls. We are constantly using everyone’s names so that we quickly become familiar with each other. We played a getting to know you game as well, called “Doggy, Doggy Where’s Your Bone?” One friend will hide his or her eyes while another friend sits on a bone. No one tells the child who hid his or her eyes which friend is sitting on the bone as they guess the names of the children who might be sitting on the bone. We had a lot of fun playing this game!
I hope that you have all enjoyed the work that has come home so far. Your children had a great time water coloring the picture of the boy or girl they were given as they told me what their favorite activity was at school. Your children also completed a worksheet by drawing themselves, their favorite food, color and favorite thing to do. You will find this in their folder. Our class has also started making their “Summer Tree” for “Season’s Tree Chart”.
I have truly enjoyed our Circle Time with the class. Your children are excited to learn and they have all paid close attention as we discussed the following topics: 1. The date, month, day of the week, number to put on the calendar, and the year; 2. The “teacher helper” (this is a job), who takes a rubber ball for each day that we are in school and place it into a container. We will be doing the every day, counting cumulatively until we reach the 100th day of school; 3. The alphabet, names of the months and seasons. Finally, during Circle Time the children will work toward recognizing and spelling their names on their attendance cards.
I have begun writing with your children. We started off this exercise drawing straight lines, slanted lines, and curved lines. All of these shapes make up the letters of the alphabet!
We are thoroughly enjoying the lingering summer weather. The children are having a blast on the playgrounds. Inside the classroom, we also had lots of fun. The children have been working with all sorts of puzzles (sometimes in a team effort!), playing with play dough and singing songs to CD’s. Much more fun is in store, so please stay tuned.
I am very happy with the way our year has begun. All of the children are laughing and smiling when they are in school. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns you may have at (516) 334-1144. Enjoy the weekend!
*Reminder– Please make sure to send in a labeled pocket folder with your child every day. I am also still waiting for a few pictures of your children to put on our bulletin board.
*Important Reminder– Please make sure to read the labels of the food items sent to school. All foods must be peanut and tree nut free. Additionally, the labels cannot read that food was made in a plant that contains nuts.
*** School closed next Thursday, September 21st & Friday, September 22nd for religious observance.