My email: Ctaylor@jacksonsd.org
I am so excited to be your child's teacher! We are going to learn so much together this year. PreSchool is an extremely important year in your child's life. We will create a solid foundation for learning. Children will learn appropriate social skills, as well as self-help skills and continue fine and gross motor development. We will also work on learning our letters and numbers. The children will practice writing their names daily. It is important that you reinforce these skills at home. There will be home school projects to bridge the home/school gap.
Your child will need a small backpack and a folder. Please make sure you label them with your child's first and last name. Your child will also need a complete set of extra clothes. You may want to have a supply crayons and fat pencils for home use. Please do not purchase expensive clothing for the school year. This is a very hands on program and we do get messy. Please make sure your child has sneakers, we do try to go outside daily!
Classroom Paraprofessionals: Trisha Guimaraes
We have learned the following Letters:
We have learned our letters in sign language too.
- A book bag that is labeled with your child’s name (Please make sure a folder will fit inside.)
- A complete set of extra clothes that will be left in the classroom. (Please label them in a Ziploc bag)
- Diapers/pull-ups if your child is not potty trained
- A family picture to hang up because we will miss you
- A daily snack
- A lunch
- A few extra masks
week we will work on letter A. The children will learn both sounds of A. We will work on formation too. We will also finish up our journey in space. Friday will be black out day. Please bring in a flashlight for your child that day.
Week 17:This week we are focusing on letter X. Again this one is tricky because they have to cross the midline. We will work through our normal routines so that they can gain a full understanding. We will also continue to work on our space study. They will learn about the order of the planets and what that means for temperature in relation to the sun. They will also work on numbers in a way that is the next step in their educational journey.
This week we will continue to work on space. Our goal is for the children to learn basic knowledge of space. We want them to know that they live on planet Earth and to be able to name a few planets, the sun is a burning ball of fire and about the moon. We will work on our sensory and fine motor skills by working on projects. We will also work through our normal routines to gain a full understanding of the letter Z. This is another tough letter. The idea of crossing the midline in writing is hard for preschoolers.
We will be focusing on letter Y. The children will work through our normal routine to gain a complete understanding of Y. We will be working on our self-portraits and this is me in January. We also work on understanding what a New Year's resolution is. We will also start discussing Space this week.
Week 14:Monday is Gingerbread Day- We are going to make gingerbread houses and make large gingerbread men. We will work on math skills with measuring and counting.Tuesday is Grinch Day- We will be making various projects using fine motor skills to tell the story of the Grinch. We will have grinch juice and a grinchy snack.Wednesday is PJ Day. We will have Santa pancakes for lunch. The children will get to play holiday themed games and work on letter sounds. We will also have our virtual Concert at 2 with a virtual visit from Santa.
Week 13:This week we are focusing on letter F. The children will work on their sounds and formation the best way they can via the computer. Monday through Wednesday we will be meeting via Google Meet, Thursday the plan is to come back to school. If this changes you have all the materials for those days. Thursday and Friday - please send back the work and we will complete it in class along with the alphabet pages and workbook pages that we did not send home. We will start the Creative Curriculum study when we get back to in-person since so much of it is hands on. It is too difficult to do via a google meet.Thursday- I will not be in school due to a doctor's appointment. Mrs. G will be there and will be ready to give hugs and complete lots of work. A new updated calendar of events will be sent home. The calendar with dates in their folder was a day off! (The other teachers never told me this until after it was in there!) I apologize for any confusion. The google meet concert will be the 23rd. That day is also Pajama day. The district calendar has this down as a half day, but since we are already operating on that schedule we will be in school at our "normal" time of 10-2:30.
This week we are going to keep trucking along and start on letter Cc. This is a hard letter for some, so you may see some backwards letters and that is okay. We will fix it once we get back to in person learning. The children are going to work as much as possible to maintain the same routine that we do normally. I will be dropping off work tomorrow to your houses. They are all labeled day by day. Each day you will just need to give them the packet. We will do breakout rooms to get the work done. Mrs. G will be doing the crafts and I will be doing the worksheets. These assignments are for the most part all things that they can do independently. They will need glue, crayons and scissors near them. I know you are all busy working, so as long as your in ear shot of them they should be good. If there is an emergency I will call you or text you through remind. If they
want to have their playdough with them that is great for them to use while we are doing whole group things to keep them sitting. They are not used to the idea of sitting for so long.
The meets are at 10:30 and 1pm. They can log on before the 10 am meet to socialize with one another. This is non structured so they can get that peer interaction.
The trees that were delivered can be decorate anyway that you want. If you need art supplies, please let me know.. If you are putting them outside they should be sprayed with a clear coat to be sealed. I can bring this to you if you need.
This week we will focus on letter V. We will work through our normal routine to gain a full understanding. We will work on letter formation as well as sound. We will continue our pet study to answer the question: How do we care for pets? The vocabulary words are: communicate, groom, organize, adult, veterinarian and clippers. We will also start to discuss the changes in the weather and why it is getting so cold.
Week 10:This week we are going to focus on letter H. We are going to learn how to sign, write and the sound of H. We are also going to work on making our houses and start to discuss our address. Please review this at home as well. We will also be working on getting ready for Thanksgiving. We will be making our Thanksgiving placemats and a Thankful project. We will be making hot chocolate and hashbrowns to eat H. In our creative curriculum we will be answering the question of the week: Where do pets live? The vocabulary is: habitat, cage, enclosure, aquarium, nest, bedding, gallon, and inch.Dates to Remember:17th- Family projects due19th- Family Tree LetterIf you have not signed up for conferences please do so at your earliest convenience.
Week 9:The following week we will explore P. We will work through our normal routines to gain a full understanding of P. We will also start to talk about what we are Thankful for. We will explore more about pets in our creative curriculum. THe question of the week is What kinds of animals are pets? Our words are: unpredictable, docile, aggressive, shelter, rescue. reception, supplies, interact, approach and unfamiliar.Please check your child's backpack daily . They have been coming in with a lot of toys which are causing a distraction in class.
Week 8:This week is a review week. We are starting our new creative curriculum unit about pets. A letter will go home today about the unit. This week's question of the week is : What do we know about pets and what do we want to know about pets. THe vocabulary words are : domesticated, wild, characteristics, nocturnal, category, and representation. Please send in a picture of your pets to add to the family wall. We also work on reviewing letters that we learned so far. I will also be completing another assessment on them that will go home once completed. We will work on numbers, shapes and counting concepts through fun Halloween activities. On Friday the children can dress up. Please do not send in weapons. They will also have a fun lunch and make a fun snack. We will make Spooky Candy Houses. If you would like to contribute candy please send it in by October 28th. We will also learn about the concept of voting. Monday they will register to vote and Thursday they will vote on their favorite type of cookie. We will learn about voting through our scholastic magazine. They will go home Thursday, so you do not have to worry about them over the break. All November activities will go home on Friday as well.Conferences have been moved to December 1-3. My parent portal login does not allow me to set up conferences through there. There will be a sign up genius link to register. If none of the times work please let me know. We can come up with a time. All conferences will be done remotely through a meet or a phone call. This sign up will be sent out on the 9th.Dates to Remember: Next week is Red Ribbon week. We will discuss ways to stay safe. We will talk about how we only take medication that mommy or daddy gives us and what we do if we find medicines.Monday- Wear redTuesday- Wear Team shirtWednesday- Wear your favorite HatThursday- Wear your lei or Hawian ShirtFriday- Wear bright colors or Halloween Costumes
Week 7:Next week is also the week of School Violence Prevention. We will work on ways to calm ourselves down before we get too upset. We use Daniel Tiger to help with this. You may hear your child say: When I get so mad that I want to roar, I take a deep breath and count to 4."Monday- Dress like a SuperHeroTuesday- Wear a peace signWednesday- Wear OrangeThursday- Wear as many colors as you canFriday- School Spirit Day
This week we are working on letter T. We will make tea and toast for snack. The children will work through our routine to understand the letter T. We will also work on Fire Safety. We will learn what to do if there is a fire in our homes. We will also learn about stop, drop and roll. The children will also learn who to call in the case of an emergency. This is a great time to practice addresses at home. Our Creative Curriculum Question of the week is: How do we make and keep friends? How can we be part of a group? The vocabulary words we will learn are : take turns, pinata, friends and microphone.
Week 5:This week we are going to discuss :"Who works at our school?" The vocabulary word is: neighborhood. We will discuss what jobs our parents have as well. We will also learn about the letter I. The children will work on both sounds of i. We will also work on making insects for our alphabet books. It is also respect week , so we will discuss ways to be respectful and how to show respect to each other and our families. On Friday we have ice cream to celebrate letter i.Respect week dates:Monday- wear blueTuesday- Wear yellowWednesday-Wear Crazy socksThursday- Crazy Hair dayFriday- Mismatch Day
Week 4:This week we will be starting our letter study. We will discuss the letter L. We will learn about formation and the sound. The children will start a routine to gain a full understanding of Ll. They will make the L page in their alphabet books. The girls (4 year olds) will start their workbooks to get ready for kindergarten.Our creative curriculum study will continue this week with the question of the week- When do things happen at school? The vocabulary words are :jalapeno, bagel, clock and schedule. We will work on schedules and understanding what comes next.Dates to Remember:- Reading Logs are due September 30th- Family Projects are due September 30th-There is no school Monday- September 28th
Week 3:This week we will continue our Creative Curriculum Unit. The question of the week is: What are the rules?The vocabulary words are: rule, resting, position, question and recommendation.We will also work on apples this week. We will find the star in apples, paint them and mix colors. The children will count seeds and add how many theirs and another student have. We will taste test apples and find out which kind they like the most. We will work on the parts of an apple as well as the life cycle.We will work on number formation through handwriting without tears this week as well.
Week 2:This week we will continue our Creative Curriculum Study about the Beginning of the Year. Our question this week is "What should we go if we get sad or scared at school?" The vocabulary words for this study are: tempo, pretend, real and scared. We will talk about feelings and ways that we can take control of them. We also will identify what makes us feel certain ways.We will also continue to work on strokes in handwriting and writing our names. We will work on building our names while learning how to use school supplies in the proper way. We will work in our journals and start the Handwriting Without Tears program. We are also going to work on number formations.
Week 1:We need to get this boring classroom decorated to look like a preschool classroom. We are going to finger paint and do a dot our names. We are going to make people to hang up outside the classroom that look like us. We are going to work on establishing a routine. ( I have one on paper that I think will work- but have to test it out with them.) Our curriculum this week focuses on the Question- What names do we need to know at school? We are going to get to know the school better by taking walks around the building (after the others leave). We are going to read stories about being in school and missing our families. We will get to know the names of our friends and what their interests are. We will also establish a baseline for cutting, handwriting, drawing, coloring and letter and number recognition.The schedule that I think may work:10- arrival, sign in, potty, question of the day, fine motor activity10:30- circle time11- Creative Curriculum Study and individual skills needed time, choice play12- Lunch, potty12:30- Social Emotional time, yoga activity, self regulation and mindfulness1- Small groups for letters and skills of the week, centers2- Story Time, snack, pack up and outdoor time2:30- dismissal
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