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    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 Paraprofessional:

     

     Miss Susanne Fisher 

     

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  • We will be in session from

     8:45 am - 2:55 pm

     

    The chidren will not have specials offically, but will have a chance to interact with the Special Area Teachers. 

     

    Monday- Ms. Thomas

    Tuesday- Ms. Montano

    Wednesday- Ms. Burnett

    Thursday- Ms. Levi

    Friday- Mr. Villecco

     

    The students will have lunch in school and  a daily snack. 

     

    Lunch Time: 11:15-11:45

     

    Nap Time: 11:45-12:45

     

    Snack will be in the pm.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Thursday, January 6th at home plans

     

    You can pick and choose activities. Everyone will be marked present. Links are added for activities for those who have their own devices. 



    Daily Living skills:

     

    -Practice washing hands using the image below. 

     

    (Link for hand washing science experiment: https://www.livinglifeandlearning.com/glitter-germ-experiment.html) 

     

     Practice writing/tracing names (3’s should be able to trace their name, 4’s should be able to write it using a model)

     

    Social Emotional Learning: 

     

    (4’s)Draw a picture of a time that you felt sad. Tell someone what happened to make you feel that way. 

    (3’s) Draw a picture of what your face looks like when you are sad. Tell someone something that makes you feel sad. 

     

    (Link for game:

    https://disneynow.com/games/ready-for-preschool-feelings/GM5518394112)

     

    Gross Motor:

     

    • (3’s)Set up an obstacle course. Jump over stuffed animals. Crawl through chairs. Go around pots.
    •  (4’s) Make the obstacle course but add positional terminology as you plan and execute the course (in, on, over, under, around, ect.)

     

    (Link for song:



    Fine Motor:

     

    • Tearing paper-Using construction paper or old newspaper have your child tear the paper into 

    small pieces. Then glue designs to make mosaic pictures. (THIS IS HARD FOR MANY OF THE CHILDREN)

    • Play playdoh 

     

    Early Literacy:

     

    • (3’s) Write the letters of your child’s first name on paper. Hide them around the house and have your child find them. When they have found them all have them make their name.  
    • (4’s) Write the letters of your child’s first and last  name on paper. Hide them around the house and have your child find them. When they have found them all have them make their name. 

     

    ( Link for games:

    https://www.starfall.com/h/bpbbooks/book-02-school/?sn=bpbb-02-school--bpbbooks)

     

    Early Math:

    • Make patterns with beads, pom-poms, or blocks

     

    -(3’s) make an a, b pattern

    -(4’s) make an aa,b pattern

     

    (Link for game:

    https://www.abcya.com/games/shape_patterns)

     

    Extra activities:

     

    -Rainbow write your name.

    - Play, Play, Play- practice following directions, turn taking, imaginary play. 

    - Make letters out of playdoh. 

    - Color a  picture. 

    -Bake a yummy treat. Read the recipe together. Gather and measure out the ingredients. Strengthen motor skills by stirring and pouring. Describe what is happening to the mixture with each new ingredient that is added. Enjoy the yummy treat together. 




    Daily Songs we sing in Class:

     

    Alphabet song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyHypI9Cdr0

     

    Days of the week- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKqAblcwFOA

     

    Months of the year- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GtPKvvQ3hQ

     

    Weather Song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygryGkGpgUs

     

    Fundations-

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MMiie4vNwk








     

    Wednesday, January 5th at home plans

     

    You can pick and choose activities. Everyone will be marked present. Links are added for activities for those who have their own devices. 



    Daily Living skills:

     

    -Prepare and brush teeth independently. Set a timer for two minutes and watch themselves in the mirror.  (3’s may need modeling putting the appropriate amounts of toothpaste on their toothbrush.)  

     

    (Link for game: https://interactive.sesameonline.net/games/prod/161-brushthoseteeth/b3f8df6050e0f6122484f16283659d1ef4604c63/run/index.html

     

     Practice writing/tracing names (3’s should be able to trace their name, 4’s should be able to write it using a model)

     

    Social Emotional Learning: 

     

    (4’s)Draw a picture of a time that you felt happy. Tell someone what happened to make you feel that way. 

    (3’s) Draw a picture of what your face looks like when you are happy. Tell someone something that makes you feel happy. 

     

    (Link for game:

    http://www.nickjr.com/nick-jr-originals/games/nick-jr-finding-feelings/)

     

    Gross Motor:

     

    • (3’s)Walk up and down stairs with alternating feet, without support, Jump from 12 inches with feet together

     

    • (4’s) Begin to jump rope, Throw a ball to hit a target, Jump back



    (Link for song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ9q4U2P3ig)

     

    Fine Motor:

     

    • Use a medicine dropper to move water from one cup to another.

    • Have children cut various lines that you draw on paper. 

    • Play playdoh 

     

    Early Literacy:

     

    • (3’s) Open a book and ask your child to “read the pictures to you.”

    • (4’s) Read a book to your child and have them choose a different ending. 

     

    ( Link for games:

    https://www.turtlediary.com/game/letter-recognition.html)

     

    Early Math:

     

    -(3’s) Write numbers 1-10 on a piece of paper. Ask the children to place pieces of cereal on each number. 

    -(4’s) Write numbers 1-20 on a piece of paper. Ask the children to place pieces of cereal on each number. 

     

    (Link for game:

    https://www.starfall.com/h/geometry/weigh-this/?)

     

    Extra activities:

     

    -Rainbow write your name.

    - Play, Play, Play- practice following directions, turn taking, imaginary play. 

    - Make letters out of playdoh. 

    - Color a  picture. 

    - Matt and Molly Social skills story (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tFjHpbcTEULCVrlWff0MfBELG3UvAcvsXjBSl9M3E8k/edit#slide=id.ga8ca02b61f_0_0)




    Daily Songs we sing in Class:

     

    Alphabet song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyHypI9Cdr0

     

    Days of the week- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKqAblcwFOA

     

    Months of the year- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GtPKvvQ3hQ

     

    Weather Song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygryGkGpgUs

     

    Fundations-

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MMiie4vNwk



     

    Tuesday, January 4th at home plans

     

    You can pick and choose activities. Everyone will be marked present. Links are added for activities for those who have their own devices. 



    Daily Living skills:

     

    -Decide what type of clothes you should wear based on the weather outside. Practice putting on socks and shoes independently. (3’s may need help figuring out what shoe goes on what foot.  

     

    (Link for game: https://www.abcya.com/games/dress_for_the_weather

     

     Practice writing/tracing names (3’s should be able to trace their name, 4’s should be able to write it using a model)

     

    Social Emotional Learning: 

     

    (4’s)Draw a picture of a time that you felt mad. Tell someone what happened to make you feel that way. 

    (3’s) Draw a picture of what your face looks like when you are mad. Tell someone something that makes you feel mad. 

     

    (Link for game:

    https://pbskids.org/daniel/games/guess-the-feeling/)

     

    Gross Motor:

     

    • (3’s)Practice walking on a line, balancing on one foot 5-10 seconds, hop on preferred foot 
    • (4’s) Practice jumping forwards and backwards, hopping 5x on one foot and then switching, balance on one food 8-10 seconds and then switch feet

     

    (Link for song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLaJ4jyKBUY)

     

    Fine Motor:

     

    • Bead cheerios or beads on string or uncooked spaghetti noodles.
    • Have children cut out shapes that you draw on paper. 
    • Play playdoh 

     

    Early Literacy:

     

    • (3’s) Show the child a letter that is in their name and have them find that letter on a box of food in the kitchen
    • (4’s) Play I- spy something that begins with a specific letter. Give your child a letter or sound and have them find something that begins with that letter. 

     

    ( Link for games:

    https://www.starfall.com/h/abcs/)

     

    Early Math:

     

    -(3’s) Pull out 10 objects. Ask the children to give you 1. Then proceed with numbers up to 10. Do not go in order. 

    -(4’s) Pull out 20 objects. Give the children two numbers and ask them to put that many in each pile. Ask which group has more. For a challenge ask them how many more. 

     

    (Link for game:

    https://www.starfall.com/h/numbers/feed-animal/?sn=math0)

     

    Extra activities:

     

    -Rainbow write your name.

    - Play, Play, Play- practice following directions, turn taking, imaginary play. 

    - Make letters out of playdoh. 

    - Color a  picture. 

    - Matt and Molly Social skills story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoDqv6LaJqo




    Daily Songs we sing in Class:

     

    Alphabet song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyHypI9Cdr0

     

    Days of the week- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKqAblcwFOA

     

    Months of the year- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GtPKvvQ3hQ

     

    Weather Song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygryGkGpgUs

     

    Fundations-

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MMiie4vNwk




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  • If you are unable to attend the Back to School Night inperson presentation, please click the links to view the agenda, powerpoint and video. They have also been emailed to you and a copy of the agenda and powerpoint will be sent home Tuesday with your child along with all paperwork given out. 

     

    Agenda

    Powerpoint

     

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  • Our Daily Schedule

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  • Week 19:

    This week we are focusing on G. The children will learn about the letter formation of Gg as well as two sounds of G. The children will work through our typical routine to gain a full understanding. We will cut out letter G to make a gumball machine. The children will also learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. 

    Week 18:

    This week we are going to continue our tubes and tunnel study. We will learn about the letter A this week. The children will learn both sounds of A. They will learn the formation of A. We will cut out an A to make an alligator. The children will work in their math books as well as their writing journals. We are going to work on our This is Me and How I write my name this week, since we  were unable to last week. 
     
    Monday- Please send back sheets and blankets
    Friday- Show and Tell something that begins with A. 

    Week 17:

     
    This week we are going to review what we have already learned. We also review the classroom routine and expectations so the children are ready for next week's letter. We will be doing our This is Me and This is How I Write my Name. We will be assessing the children and working on individual skills that the children may need help with. We will be starting our journey into space and learn about what astronauts do. Our dramatic play area will be transformed into a space station. 
     
    As always if you need anything please let me know. Monday all new paperwork for January will go home.

    Week 16:

    This week we are reviewing the letters we learned so far. They are going to make dreidels, candy canes and cards. We will use the review work to focus on fine motor skills. 
     
    Report cards are available on Wednesday. Sheets and blankets will go home on Wednesday. 
     
     Thursday is a shortened day. Please wear your pajamas. Mrs. Fisher and I will be providing breakfast for lunch. 

    Week 15:

    This week we are focusing on letter O. The children will work on both sounds. We will also learn the formation. The children will make an O into Olaf for their books. We will also work on finishing holiday gifts.  The children will be continuing their math and writing books this week and working on some craft projects to get ready for the holidays. 
     
    Invitations for the holiday concert went out last week. Santa will be attending after and you will be able to watch your child get their gifts. We will be having breakfast for lunch provided by myself and Mrs. Fisher. Please have your child wear their pajamas that day. 
     
    Monday- Light bulbs and Gingerbread men are due
    Wednesday- Wear flannel if you have it
    Thursday- Crawford will reveal their new sign. We will be attending the ceremony and it will be on JTV.
    Friday- Show and tell - Something that starts with O

     

    Week 14:

    Hello everyone, 

     
    Happy Sunday!!!  I hope you are all doing well. I cannot believe it is already December!  This month we have a lot to do. We will continue our letter study and work on expressing our ideas, social skills and basic math skills. The first social skill that we will focus on is listening. I sent you the pictures and wording that we are using. We will then move on to accepting no. Once we begin this I will send it to you. I just found out that Miss Tracie will be going to Johnson to another class when she returns in January. We will be getting Miss Susane Fisher. She has been in the district a long time. She has preschool experience and she and I worked together in Rosenauer. She is absolutely amazing. She will begin on Monday. The children were told she would be starting Monday and I think they are somewhat excited. The past few weeks we have had several paras in our room. I think her being in there full time will help our classroom run smoothly and give the children a sense of normalcy. 
     
    Last week we visited the holiday shop. The children made gingerbread men in art. We worked on the social skill of listening. We worked on letter U. The children worked on making ramps and buildings. I am going to start the tubes and tunnels unit this month. I will send home a letter on Tuesday with what this entails. 
     
    This week we are starting letter C. The children will work through our routines to gain a full understanding of C. They will cut a C to make a cat. We will turn our sensory table into Santa's wrapping station. We will work on math books and writing journals as well. We will continue to work on our songs for our holiday concert. I will send out the date later this week. 
     
    Monday- I will be out. I have two doctor's appointments. The children know and I left fun things that they are able to do with ease. 
     
    Tuesday- Makeup pictures.
     
    Friday- Show and Tell letter C. 
     
     
     
    Our songs just in case you want to practice at home or get a sneak peek:
     
     
     
     
     

     

    Week 13:

     

    This week we are going back to our normal routines and learning about letter U. The children will work through their routine to gain a full understanding of U. They will cut out a U to make an umbrella. We will also draw self-portraits and do their name writing for the month of December. 
     
    On Wednesday we will be attending the holiday shop. If you would like your child to participate please send in money and a list of who you would like them to buy for. 

    Week 12:

    This week we will review the letters we learned. We will make our family trees and work on various thankful crafts. We will continue to work in our journals and math books. We will also work on social skills and ways to cope when we get upset. 

    Week 11:

    week we have conferences Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These are shortened days.  The children will be dismissed at 1:15. On these days the children will not have a nap time. We will have a quiet time where they can sit and relax and watch Daniel Tiger for 15 minutes to rest their bodies.  I look forward to meeting with you all. Please send back your pre-conference form so I can make sure to address all your concerns. 
     
    We are also going to be working on letter N. We will work through our routines to gain a full understanding. They will make a ninja out of the letter N this week. We will start to talk about what they are thankful for and what being thankful means. This will be the theme in our journal this week. We will also continue to work in our math books. 
     

    Week 10:

    This week we work on letter M. It is somewhat difficult to form. We will work on this this week and throughout the year. The children will learn the sound and formation. We will work through our routine to write, cut and make the letter in various forms. We will also finish up this month's portraits and assessments.

     

    Week 9:

    This week is a short week. We are only in school for three days. We have a lot to squeeze in and are going to have fun doing it. As always we will work on our math and writing journals in the morning and our letter work in the afternoon. This week we will focus on letter I. The children will learn both sounds of I as well as formation. We will be working with your letter routine to allow the children to gain a full understanding. I am going to try to do a letter assessment on them this week as well as our monthly self portrait and name writing. Please continue to work on fine motor skills at home. The best thing you can give your child is playdoh! It will work on hand development. 

    Week 8:

     

      I cannot believe that this is the last week of October. We are a little over 30 days in and the children are doing amazing. We are working on having the children use their words to express themselves instead of crying. You may hear them use the saying, " When you get so mad that you want to roar- take a deep breath and count to 4." We are using Daniel Tiger to work on social emotional learning activities. Miss Tracie and I encourage this throughout the day. They also are encouraged to work out their "problems" first before coming to a teacher. They still need practice on this and determining what is a tale and what needs to be told. We will get there. We also started learning to "read" words that have meaning to us. We are working on no, yes, car and bus. 
     
    I have to share a wonderful story with you all. We have started inclusion with 2 students from Miss Begley's preschool class. They are both borderline nonverbal. They have been coming with their para and are doing amazing. Thursday one of the children from their class came for second circle with Miss Jen. One of our students said oh wow, we are like twins. These two girls are very different appearance wise and personality wise and  when I asked my student- her response was simply because we both are friends and love school. This melted my heart and made me realize that inclusion is key to changing the children's mindsets about others who are very different in all ways. The next day one of Miss Begley's boys did not attend our morning meeting. The children started to get upset and wanted me to wait for him. When I told our children that we needed to start, they begged me to call into their room and of course I was not sure how to use the phone system to get into the right room. So later on in the day this boy came for another activity and the children ran to him and told him never to miss again. They have opened our classroom to these children with such huge hearts. They ask them to stay and do an activity with us and then proceeded to tell me that we need to have seats at our tables with their names for them. This to me tells me that you all are amazing parents and are modeling such amazing acceptance. These are all children who are so different in cognitive ability and vocal ability to your children and they do not see that. They see a friend!  
     
    Now after that long rant- last week we worked on F. The children did an amazing job with F. They all are starting to be amazing cutters and did a great job on their alphabet project. We learned about fire safety. They wrote thank you cards to local firefighters. We practiced stop, drop and roll. We worked on patterns and one to one correspondence. 
     
    This week we are going to review the letters we have learned. We will really work on getting everyone to start to write their name in a way that is recognizable. ( This is more for our 4's, but also for our 3's who are ready. ) We will also work on fall activities. Tuesday we will go outside and go to our playground pumpkin patch and complete pumpkin activities. The children will be coming home with their pumpkins. Thursday sheets and blankets will be coming home. Friday is our fall party and costumes are welcomed. If you signed up to bring any supplies, please send them in by Wednesday. 
     
    It is also red ribbon week and that means more fun spirit days! 
     
    Monday- Wear red. 
     
    Tuesday- Team shirt day
     
    Wednesday- Hat day
     
    Thursday- Bright color day
     
    Friday- Costume day ( There will not be a show and tell. ) 
     
    We are in need of newspaper to make our scarecrow on Monday! 

    Week 7:

    This week we will focus on letter F. We will work through our routine to learn words that begin with F, the sound of F as well as the formation of F. We will be working on Fire Safety this week too. The children will learn what to do if their homes catch on fire as well as stop drop and roll. 
     
    It is also Safe School week. 
     
    Monday- Be a HERO - Help Everyone Respect Others - Dress like your favorite superhero or wear a superhero shirt
     
    Tuesday-Peace, Love & Happiness - Spread good vibes & promote peace - wear peace signs and/or tie dye apparel
     
    Wednesday-Unity Day - Wear orange to show that we are united for kindness, acceptance & inclusion
     
    Thursday- Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti - Wear as many colors as you can
     
    Friday- Show and tell something that starts with F, United As One - Wear your school spirit wear to show we are united to keep our school & each other safe
     

    Week 6:

    This week we will work through the same routine to learn about letter B. B is tricky and you may see some d's. This is totally normal. We will make a butterfly out of the letter B with our cutting. We will learn about Christopher Columbus and that he had three ships. They will do a math activity and labeling activity that is ship themed. We will continue to work on our math and writing journals this week. 
     
    The book fair is on Tuesday.
    Friday is show and share- Letter B.

    Week 5:

    This week is letter T week. We are going to start our letter study and we do this in a very routined way. We work on the same activities each week, but only change the letter. This allows the children to know what to expect. We will learn the sound of T, the formation of T as well as words that begin with T. The children will practice writing T and finding the letter t in the classroom and school building. We will be making painted toast this week as a snack that begins with T. It is also the week of respect. We will discuss what it means to respect someone and how that we deserve to be treated with respect. 
     
     
    Monday- Stomp Out Bullying. Wear Blue(Send back sheets and blankets)
     
    Tuesday- Kindness is the Golden Rule- wear yellow or gold
     
    Wednesday- Positive Vibes. Wear A Positive Vibe/Saying Shirt
     
    Thursday- Crazy for kindness. Wear crazy hair
     
    Friday- Kindness is classy- Dress to impress it's Picture Day 
     ( Show and Share - letter T)

    Week 4:

    This week is apple week. Please bring in 2 apples for us to work with this week. We will be doing so much with them. They will paint with apples, find the special star in an apple, weigh apples, find out if they sink or float and make predictions. We will also do our first cooking activity this week when we make apple sauce. 
     
    Monday- Back to school Night at 7 pm and 7:30. If you are unable to attend I will be sending out the agenda and video of me presenting tomorrow on my lunch or prep. They are also going to be posted on the class page. If you are not able to attend I will send home all the materials that will be given out on Tuesday with your child. 
     
    Tuesday- National North Carolina Day aka Celebrate Dr. Harrison Day! Wear NC Blue and jeans day!
     
    Friday- Show and Share- Bring in something that makes you happy. 
     

    Week 3:

     

    This week we will work on the All About Me Theme! The children will make big posters that showcase information about themselves. We will make family portraits. We will do a writing activity that discusses our feelings.  We will work on a project for Back to School Night. The children will continue to add parts of the routine into their day. 
     
    Notes:
     
    - Please send back clean sheets and blankets on Monday!
     
    - Show and Tell Friday is something blue. 

    Week 2:

     I am going to assess them to gain a baseline. This is just so that I know what I need to work with your child on during small groups or individual time. I will be asking them to name colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. I will also ask them to write their name, cut on lines, color a picture and draw a picture of themselves. I will look at how they hold a pencil and which hand they favor. They are also going to be making a little person that looks like them to hang outside to showcase their art work. They will also make a pout pout fish to go along with the story we will read and  they will finger paint their name.  We are going to go outside and play with chalk and the parachute as well.

    Week 1:

    We are going to learn the routine. The children will learn each other's names. We will make a Grandparent's Day craft. We will learn about September 11th. 

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     We have learned the following Letters:

    -Bb

    -Cc

    -Ff

    -Ii

    -Mm

    -Nn

    -Oo

    -Tt

     

     

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  • Show and Tell: (Friday)

    SHOW AND TELL : Show and Tell this week is something that begins with A. 

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  • We are learning words about words that have meaning to us. 

    -Yes

    -No

    -Car

    -Bus

    -Go

    -Stop

    -I

    -A

    -Mom

    -Dad

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  •  Supplies:

    • 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 

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