It is with great excitement that we bring you the first edition of the Preschool Press for the 2017-2018 school year! Welcome to all of our new and returning families. We are thrilled to have you and your precious little ones with us! They are off to a great start, as there have been very few tears (the Kindergarteners have had many more,) lots of giggles and much fun as we have gotten to know our friends, teachers, therapists and lots of other people in this big, wonderful school! This year, we welcome a new speech therapist, Mrs. Laura Evatt. She will be with us several hours per week to support our language-rich curriculum and give individual attention to our various speech and language needs! Of course, Mrs. Michelle McKenzie is still here to love and take care of us, and Ms. Maria Perotin will continue as our Occupational therapist! We are starting the year with eight friends, Dominic, Nick, Walker, Joseph, Meko, Jonathan, Jovanny, and Gabriel, and they are settling nicely into a routine of fun and learning. Ms. Tara and Ms. Leslie are still working together in the SNPK AU classroom. They have four returning friends, Ava, John, Lakshya and Tomiwa.
In the pages listed in the top margin, you will find a wealth of information about our class, the curriculum, the current themes, and many tips and tricks you can use at home with your child to help support the things we do here! We are partners when it comes to the comfort and success of your children as we, hopefully, lay a very positive foundation of learning which will support them for the next several years of schooling. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have concerns, questions, ideas, or anything you would like to see your child doing. The school phone number is available on the Frey Elementary home page, and you can always leave a voicemail. Our emails are probably the best way to contact us at: Kelly1.Lewis@cobbk12.org (Ms. Kelly) , Dawn.McKenzie@cobbk12.org (Ms. Michelle), email@example.com (Ms. Tara) or Leslie.firstname.lastname@example.org (Ms. Leslie.) and We are so happy to be here to have the privilege of working with your children and getting to know you and your family this year!
As part of each new unit, I will be adding a new link in the “Concept Maps” page which will take you to the concept map for each new story. This will include the instructional standards I use to plan my lessons. This concept map also includes the vocabulary and essential questions that we explore throughout the unit. Please take the time to review these questions with your children. It would be very helpful for you to find copies of the books to keep at home. The children become so familiar with the books, and they love to “read” to Mom and Dad. Also, if you have the books at home, you can refer back to the pages to point out the answers to the questions. This helps develop beginning “research” skills.
I will also send a copy of the unit songs on a new CD for each unit. The songs are chosen carefully to help reinforce specific vocabulary and concepts throughout each unit. Please make a point to play these songs regularly for your children at home during playtime or “down” time, or play them in the car while out and about. This is an easy, fun way to support the concepts and learning we are introducing at school!
We have spent the first week of school reading the book Llama, Llama Misses Mama by Anne Dewdney. This story is about a little llama going to school for the very first time, and how sad he is when his mama must leave. The children all try to cheer up the little llama, but he doesn’t want to read or play or eat because of his sadness. Finally, the teacher convinces the llama that his mama will come back after he’s had some fun, and of course, she does. The llama learns that, although he loves his mama, he loves school too!
This week, we will continue our “Back to School” theme with If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff. It is a simple story that depicts one day in the life of a little mouse as he goes to school. The story is rich in action words and school related vocabulary. We will also emphasize sequencing, school rules and being good friends.
Ms. Tara’s class will follow the same theme, color and shape. However, two weeks will be spent on each chosen book. This week we will continue with Llama, Llama Misses Mama until Friday. We will then continue the “back to school” theme with If You Take a Mouse to School on Monday the 14th until 24th.
We will begin our “letter of the week” routine this week with “S.” Letters are also carefully chosen within the units, and the activities are designed to introduce the children to relevant vocabulary and sounds associated with specific letters. For this reason, we do not follow alphabetical order to introduce the letters.
Yellow will be our color of focus while the circle will find it’s way into many of our activities for the next three weeks. It is always helpful if you can reinforce all of these concepts with your children within the natural contexts of your day.
Dates to Remember
- Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – Please join us for Open House! I will have a brief presentation to welcome and inform you of every aspect of our program.
- Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labor Day holiday (no school)
What Do We Need?
Nothing! A very big THANK YOU to everyone for sending in the items on the class supply list! In this section, we will list things we are running low on, but please only send items if you are able!