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!
Spring is near and happy daylight savings time! So relieved to have the extra hours of sunlight and a chance to get outside more. Thank you to those who have opened their homes to us so far for the last home visit of the year. Ms. Lyndsey and I enjoy getting to see the kids in their home environment and it really helps us to make a deeper connection with them.
This month not only are we having a lot of fun learning about healthy choices with the letter H, Letter S brought us Dr. Seuss books that are helping us learn about rhyming words. I hope your little one is talking about healthy choices and junk foods at home. We are learning what each type of food does to our body and hopefully making better choices for snacks!
In just a short while we will have Spring Break. March 26-30...keep your little one busy but, most of all enjoy your time with them. Talk, read, read, and talk. Two of the most valuable things you will ever do with your child. Happy Spring!
Happy Valentine’s Day! It looks like February is bringing us the snow we have been wishing for! I hope you get a chance to get out and play in the snow a bit. Keep in mind these are GREAT moments for your kiddo to build language and work on basic concepts of big, bigger, biggest as you build those snowmen! Counting comes in handy when you see who can make the most snowballs before the ultimate snowball fight! Remember learning is always tied to memorable moments!
As we learn more vowels and the sounds they make - we have been stringing letters together to build short words and a few of them are ready to read the sight words in various contexts. Several of them are still learning consonants and sounds in isolation and that's ok. I think they are all working and learning at a pace that is good for them - I am so excited for each of them because they have all come so far!
Don’t forget to use those Conscious Discipline breathing strategies at home when things get frustrating for them and when their feelings start to grow! With our focus on being kind and doing random acts of kindness - I hope you hear your little one talking about filling buckets and being a SAFEKEEPER. With Conscious Discipline, we are really trying to teach the kids to manage their feelings and take care of each other! We are so supportive of our school family - I really see them making connections with each other and trying to be helpful in solving problems.
I'm looking forward to meeting with you for our second Parent/Teacher conference in the upcoming weeks! Remember Ms. Lyndsey and I will be coming to your house to visit this time.
Happy New Year! 2018 has come quickly and what an exciting time for your little ones! As they are maturing, things will become easier for them and they will continue to make connections that will help to shape them into great little learners! Don’t be afraid to give them a little more independence and see what they can do! Remember mistakes are teachable moments.
We will start the second semester with a few changes and extended expectations.
A quick review of what it looks like and sounds like to be at school and to be a helpful member of our school family is always helpful and very needed after a long break. It can be hard to get back and remember the expectations of the school environment. I will resume daily notes for a while. Please remember to celebrate what went well and discuss short term goals for making the next day even better.
Winter gives us a chance to enjoy some fun crafts and activities as we learn and develop some key vocabulary and language. We are focusing on writing, pre-reading skills, and building vocabulary. I am looking forward to scheduling your next home visit and gong over their progress thus far.
Let's get ready to get back to schedules, routines, learning, and having fun! I am happy to be back at school... I missed your little ones!
Hello! I can't believe we are half way done with the school year already! They say time flies when you're having fun!. Although our classroom has been evolving since August – I think we are all invested in our school community and we are working really hard each day to encourage each other and be good friends. By now, friendships have formed and I see kiddos who are so interested in the learning. I hope you are hearing many positive stories about school and friends!
December has started with such excitement as we look for Elfie... our very own Elf on the Shelf! She watches us to make sure she can tell Santa all the good things we’re doing at school. Also, we will be making our very own Gingerbread Man (I hope he doesn’t run away) and having fun with holiday art work! So, a lot going on in just a few short weeks. Soon it will be time for Winter Break so, get ready to enjoy your little one at home until next year!
Remember to exercise those brains over the winter break. Keep behavior expectations high. Practice letters, counting, colors, and words in authentic situations around the house, in the car, and the grocery store...use those teachable moments!
Enjoy your families and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!
Can you believe we are well into the Fall season and Thanksgiving planning is in order? Thank you to all who came to the Parent / Teacher conference. I think we had great conversations that will help the kiddos maximize their learning and school experience. I believe it’s safe to say – for such a short amount of time, their progress is pretty impressive! I am so proud of each of them for their own individual progress and work on the things that challenge them.
We enjoyed our first field trip to the Pumpkin Patch! It was a chilly one but we still had fun on the hayride, we enjoyed feeding the animals, and selecting just the right pumpkin to take home! Way to go parents – everyone was bundled up to perfection.
As we head into November we plan to continue our work with letters and sounds. We will be exploring patterns and developing our number sense with Math vocabulary such as more, less, fewer, and greater. And of course, November brings “Turkey Time” so look for those cute turkey projects to hang on the fridge!
October brings a lot of fun and things to prepare for! We are settling in nicely as a group and learning school as well as classroom expectations! We are also preparing for our first field trip of the year. We will be going to Faulkner’s Pumpkin Patch and having a blast! I will have permission slips and more details at the Parent / Teacher conference.
Every day we say our Safe-keeper Pledge and talk about being safe at school. I talk to them about taking care of each other and being a school family much like they are a family at home with mommy and daddy. Please remember to send in your family photo to help us create our family board for our classroom. This helps them feel close to you when they have to be at school.
I am excited to see you for your scheduled conference time! This is one of my favorite times of the year when we can get together and go over your child's progress. They have learned so much already and I am so proud of them!
Welcome to the Title One Pre-K program! For those of you who we did not meet at the August Sneak a Peek night - my name is Kimberly Kayhill and our Teaching Assistant is Ms. Lyndsey Taylor. We have been enjoying getting to know your little ones and we feel like we are off to a fantastic start!
The first few weeks we have been busy learning routines and what being at school looks and sounds like. All of the kiddos are working very hard to make adjustments that are very new to them so it is always a learning process. Our focus has been mainly on self-regulation and learning some important breathing techniques to help calm our bodies down when needed.
The kids are having a lot of fun getting to know each other and making new friends! Ms. Lyndsey and I have enjoyed visiting with everyone during the home visits. Thank you so much for allowing us to come and begin making those connections to develop the home and school family.
August/September is a time to get to know each other and the expectations - along with completing quick assessments on pre-academic skills and looking at social emotional development. I look forward to setting up more in-depth conferences for October to share what I've learned about your little ones already! Thanks for sharing them with me - let's have a great year!
Wow! I can’t believe we are in the final month of school! Every year I think it goes faster and faster! This was our first year with the half day program and I think we can definitely say it was fast paced but, we can be thankful that 15 more kiddos got a chance to experience the Pre-K program and will be better prepared for the Kindergarten year.
We have lots of fun things planned for May – with Field Day, flower planting, the Year End Program and enjoying the warm weather. Let’s finish the year with fun and using all that we’ve learned to pull it all together. We will wrap up our learning with seeds and insects (not my favorite but the kids LOVE it)! Clear your calendars for May 16th at 7:00. We are planning our year end program and would love to see you and your family there. The kids have been working hard to practice songs for you and they will receive their Pre-School Certificate that night.
Thank you to all who have had a chance to conference with Ms. Lyndsey and myself. I think we can agree – your little one has come a long way since August! Thank you for being a great partner with us and promoting the home/school family. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THEM WITH US… WE HAVE TRULY ENJOYED THEM!
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