I am so very excited to begin a new year at the coop with lots of old friends and some new friends as well! It’s going to be an amazing year full of adventure, learning, social interactions, projects, arts, crafts, potlucks, special visitors, field trips, classroom pets, friendships (and fights) and most importantly, FUN!
I wanted to first of all request that you email me a head shot of your child. I’ll need it for many things around the classroom and the school.
Also, I wanted to give you an idea of what we will be striving towards together as a class.
Increasing independence is key this year as we prepare for the big K! Successful independence with lunch and snack will continue to be practiced. Keep in mind what containers your child is able to open on his or her own and give plenty of practice, praise and support with such activities at home.
Reading Readiness: Although developmentally, most preschoolers are not ready to read independently, we can encourage those pre-literacy skills as we continue to learn and know friends’ name in print, as well as be aware of simple sight words such as “stop” or “go”. Most importantly, a love for reading can be passed down as our children share books with us or witness us as adults enjoying a book. An early love of reading is so powerful in a child’s life and their educational career.
I’ve attached the Wildflower Daily Flow for you to read over and tried to explain the methods to my madness. Even though the activity might seem quite simple, I strive to provide a teaching moment in each and every opportunity possible.
On another note, our classroom is coming along quite nicely with so many families and staff that have generously donated the time to help complete our journey back homeJ We are still not all the way there yet, please join me at the many scheduled work days coming up. It’s actually a lot of fun and a great way to meet other families.
As if you haven’t done enough already….I have a few wish list items for our classroom. If you see any of the mentioned items at home and would be willing to donate them or pick something up second hand; that would be most appreciatedJ
Simple orange “Hot Wheels” tracks that fit together
Small/medium pvc pipe pieces to use in a water transporting experiment
“Littlest Petshop" type things
Sandpaper sheets (It's an alphabetic sensory activity:)
And don’t worry, I cleaned out my boys “dress up” box and we will have tons of football players and superheros in addition to the many princesses we usually meet in our classroom each day.
Most importantly, home visits are offered on Thursday, August 16th and Friday, August 17th and are available 9:30am thru 1:30pm each day. Please email directly with a time that will work for you and your child. Remember the home visit is simply a time for me to get to know your child better on his or her own “turf” and is about whatever they basically want to lead me around and do or show meJ The visit typically last about 20-30 mins.
Lastly, for those of you new to the school or my classroom. A little about me...... I received my BS in Early Childhood Education from Frostburg State University in 1997 and have over 17 years of experience directly teaching children in both preschool and elementary classrooms as well as owning a successful nanny agency. I've been married for almost twelve years and I have two boys ages 7 and 11 who are both alumni of the coop.
As my children attended the coop before I became employed as a teacher, my experience with our lovely school began as a parent. I've been a daily cleaner, a board member, and a substitute teacher for the school before being officially hired as the Rainbow teacher in 2007. The coop continues to be a very important part of our lives and we fully participate in this wonderful community.
Save the Dates:
August 16th and 17th: Home Visits (or as scheduled by your teacher)
August 18th: Family Fun Day (3:30-5pm)
August 22nd: New Parent Orientation
August 27th: Child Orientation
August 28th: 1st Day of School
Additional Help on Workdays to be announced!!
Thank you for sharing your children with me and contributing to our unique school in such a special way,
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