Happy New Year!
Ms.Lyndsey and I are super excited to have your little ones back! I think they definitely missed the routine and structure of school as they worked really hard to show us they remembered how to be safe and helpful members of our school family!
I hope the holidays were joyful and restful for you and I look forward to scheduling your home visits for February. We will have time to catch up and go over some of those areas we discussed at our last visit.
Overall, I see them growing up and turning the corner to be little independent people with a growing curiosity for learning about reading and problem solving. Thanks for your help with our Science unit on Matter - they really had a good grasp on the 3 states of matter and it is great vocabulary for them to build on in the next few years. I LOVED that they loved having homework during that week - so much fun! Just remind them of this when they get older!
It seems like a few weeks ago I was chatting with you guys at Meet the Teacher night...- fast forward to now and we are getting ready for 2019! WOW! They say time flies when you're having fun! Winter Fest was a blast! I know the kiddos had a good time - I heard all about their experiences the next morning. What a great example of experiences sparking great language and building vocabulary.
Be sure to check our picture timeline to see our last couple of weeks working as scientists discovering a lot about matter. We will wrap up this week making the gingerbread man! I'm sure you will hear all about how he got away!
Please check the backpack for their 2018 Christmas ornament...we wouldn't want you to miss hanging it on the tree this Christmas! Also, they should have a packet of practice pages that can help them keep busy over the break. PLEASE do not require they do too much at one time but use it to fill those quick down times and to keep them thinking.f
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hello Families! Hope you guys had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving just spending time at home and enjoying time with family! Don't forget to click on the This Month Tab to see pictures of our school family celebrating Thanksgiving together and building relationships! Thank you for allowing them to bring a special item to add to the feast. It is so powerful for them to see how when each person helps - it allows us to have so much! They enjoyed helping to make the macaroni and cheese, sitting around the table family style and serving themselves. I can tell you, I don't think I've seen them as quiet as they were - as they enjoyed the feast!
Now, we are ready to prepare for the Christmas holiday and another big break from school. These down times are great for recharging but please take these extra moments with your kiddo to reinforce appropriate behavior expectations and maximize those authentic learning opportunities. Some great examples include using the microwave and remote to learn numbers. Remember reading the cereal box at the table in the mornings? It still works! Have them find letters on the front and colors on the back. Anything that connects them to real life experiences is going to help!
I hope to see you all at our December family event ...Winter Fest. We will be celebrating with winter crafts, a visit from Santa (don't forget your camera) games, cookie decorating and a great time to meet and mingle with other families! Mark your calendars now for Thursday, December 13th from 5:30-7:00pm.
It's Turkey Time! We are kicking off November trying out a classic recipe for pumpkin pie! Cooking is a great way to enforce following directions and number sense. We can talk about more and less as we measure ingredients and watch them settle in the bowl. Try to include your little one in the kitchen as much as you can - there are great authentic learning opportunities that takes place and some great memories to be made.
We will also be learning about the holiday of Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful! We will celebrate with a school family feast and get ready for our time at home with our family and friends. Look for fun turkey art to decorate your home as we learn about the letter T and its sound. We are always counting and building our number base so make sure you take this time to count real life things! How many plates will you need at the table? Have your kiddo count out 5 ice cubes for their cup. Whenever we can tie the learning to emotions or things we are connected to - we can make it so much more meaningful for our little ones and it sticks with them!
Happy Thanksgiving and please check out the This month in Pre-K tab for new pictures!
A big THANK YOU to all of our parents who made it to their scheduled Parent / Teacher conference! Because you guys are such great parents - as of Wednesday October 24, we were able to reach 100% attendance! Your kiddos love knowing that you came to school to check on them and I really enjoyed our conversations as we compared notes about your little ones.
Be sure to take a look at our new pictures on the This Month In Pre-K tab. Make sure you scroll down to enjoy our latest pictures of the GV Fire Department visit and our fun at Faulkner's Ranch! I can tell you that your little one had a blast and was thrilled to take their very own pumpkin home.
We will continue our talk about the pumpkin harvest and enter November with a taste of our very own pumpkin pie!
October is here! That means time for planning for most of you what will be our second visit together! Last month, Home Visits were very productive and now it's your turn to visit me here at school! Notices have been sent home regarding your scheduled conference time. If you have not received a notice or you need to revise your time - please call or email me ASAP!
October also brings us a visit from the Grandview Fire Fighters! This is always an exciting time and such an important learning experience for your little one. We absolutely want them to know how to keep themselves safe and what to do in case of an emergency. Also, we are planning a trip to the Pumpkin Patch this month! You will get more details on this event at your scheduled conference time.
Just a reminder - you can communicate with me daily on your students daily report. I love to hear stories of good times at home where the best learning happens every day! Keep up the good work parents! Your kiddos are doing GREAT! I look forward to seeing you in the next couple of weeks.
Summer is coming to an end and we are feeling hints of fall! School is officially underway and we are loving it! I think we have gotten past the newness of it all and everyone is settling in nicely.
So far, we have been focusing on learning routines and getting to know new friends. Also, we have met all 26 of the letter friends and we are already learning their names! I hope you are starting to see and hear your little ones awareness of print increasing. Take time to build on those moments when you hear them say “look, there’s my letter friend!”
The kitchen is a great place for counting! Encourage them to point and touch one at a time as they count. A neat trick is to have them count how many eggs are left after you crack a few for breakfast! Learning is fun when you include it in your everyday actions – it’s more meaningful and memorable for your kiddo!
For those of you who we did not get to meet during our Meet The Teacher Session or have not had the chance to visit just yet, my name is Kimberly Kayhill and Ms. Lyndsey and I are thrilled to share your little one with you this year! We've had an exciting start to the school year filled with learning the routine for school and making new friends.
Below are a few housekeeping things that will help your kiddo get off to a smooth start…
A consistent bedtime
Send them off with hugs and kisses – assure them they will come back to you!
We do have snack first thing – it is small so, if you know your little one requires more. Please provide something hearty at home.
Dress them appropriate for pre-school – we can be messy and accidents happen! Avoid flip-flops if possible.
Send school supplies whenever you can – thanks if you’ve already sent them
They need a backpack to carry things home
Welcome them home with more hugs and kisses – Check the daily note and be excited about tomorrow!
Feel free to call or email if you have any questions – below is my contact information…LET’S HAVE A GREAT YEAR!!!
Kimberly Kayhill – Classroom Teacher
Lyndsey Taylor – Teacher Assistant
316-5465 (classroom) email@example.com
316-5500 (front office)
316-5510 (school nurse)
I just wanted to make sure everyone knew about our annual Spring performance coming up in just a couple short weeks! Maybe you hear your kiddos singing tunes around the house or maybe they are just singing along in the car but not to the radio? Well...those are our performance songs that we have been practicing diligently! Be sure to invite the family, call the neighbors, and get your cameras ready - it will be a night you don't want to miss. We will see you here at High Grove( in our main gym) May 8th at 7:00 for our performance. Thanks so much!
Spring is here! Or is it? This January weather pattern we are having in April just will not let us be great! This is always a bitter sweet time. We have worked so hard and the results are AMAZING! However, it also means that goodbyes will be coming soon and that is always the hard part.
They have learned how to be at school, they have learned lots about letters and numbers, they have learned about many topics that have made them smarter about their world, they have learned how to be considerate of others, and best of all, they have gained an independence that will help them in all aspects as they grow and mature. I have talked with almost every family about their students’ progress thus far and if you have not had a conference with me for whatever reason – and I have not called you to reschedule – please call me anytime.
You recently got a flyer about the 6-week training program for parents who want to learn more about our Conscious Discipline initiative. Please call to register for a spot – just a few left. Dental Day is on April 27th. Please complete the form and send it back by April 10th. Students cannot see the dentist if they do not turn it in. Also, Keep April 17th on your calendar for the Kindergarten Information Meeting at 6:00. This is very informative especially if this is your first Kindergarten student or maybe first in a while. Two Kindergarten teachers will be here to give you an overview and answer any specific questions you may have.
We will be finishing up this month with Nursery Rhymes and Planting as our last couple of units. Soon they will bring home a book of rhymes and any plants that survive till the end – so hopefully you guys can keep them going at home :). As always – please call me if you have any questions or just need to chat!
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