Home/School Connection

 

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     Research shows that family engagement is critical to a child's academic achievement and social development. 

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     The two best ways you can support our school’s curriculum at home is by encouraging spoken language. I also suggest visits to the public library, and allowing your child to self-select reading materials that catch their interest. Fostering good reading habits at an early age helps children become proficient readers and life-long learners.

 

 Preschool Family Activities Calendar:   

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    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Dance as a family together after dinner. Play fast then slow

    Wash dolls or plastic animals in a tub of soapy water.

    Make a sandwich together.

    Do all these 10 times: jump, giant step, baby step and turn around.

    Pick up 10 raisins one at a time, and then eat them!

    Play “I spy with my little eye, something that is ___ (color)”

    Collect leaves. Count how many you have.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Let your child pick out his clothes to wear.

    Practice pouring milk from a measuring cup onto cereal.

    Visit a new playground.

    Draw a picture of a pumpkin.

    Read a book about Fall such as Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson.

    Count the number of bottle caps you have collected.

    Listen to music by Mozart while resting or reading quietly.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Make “Ants on a Log”: spread cheese, cream cheese, or peanut butter on celery. Add raisins.

    Make a “fort” out of a blanket draped over a table.

    Trace your child’s hands. Mark the date and save this paper!

    Read a book about pumpkins.

    Go on a twilight walk. Count the number of pumpkins on your street.

    Sing the ABC song together.

    Practice putting socks and shoes on.

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Rake leaves and jump in!

    Make a leaf rubbing. Put a leaf under paper and rub, use side of a crayon.

    “Read” the boxes and cans in your pantry.

    Measure the height of your child. Record with tape/date on a closet door.

    Play drums using wooden spoons and an upside down pot.

    Begin to teach your child to put on his own jacket.

    Make warm cider. Let your child sprinkle and stir cinnamon sugar.

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Play with pipe cleaners.

    Bend and twist them.

    Make shapes.

    Read a book by Dr. Seuss.

    Look at a clock together. Label the numbers.

    Sing the nursery rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock.

    Keep working on independence in putting on his jacket.

    Slice a banana. Make a “sandwich” with mini chocolate chips.

    Go on a hike in the woods.

      

     november

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Look up your favorite song on YouTube.

    Make up a game saying “please and thank you.”

    Make pudding using an egg beater.

    Play tag.

    Practice using scissors. Snip the edges of old mail, coupons.

    Guess what a book is about by looking at the pictures.

    Let your child set the table: one plate, fork and napkin for each person.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Go on a walk and look for all the stop signs.

    Practice safety.

    Spread apple butter on toast.

    Count backwards from 10 while you stomp your feet. Add other motions.

    Trace your child’s hands. Mark the date and save this paper!

    Read another book by Bill Martin Jr.

    Sort the silverware. Forks together, spoons together, etc.

    Sing “If You are Happy and You Know It”.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Make an apple pie. Let your child help roll out pie dough.

    Make a pattern: clap, jump, clap, jump.

    Color a picture of your family members

    Write down a prayer or words of thanksgiving.

    Give everyone a copy.

    Measure the height of your child. Record with tape/date on a closet door.

    Sing along with a favorite song on YouTube.

    Get a toy to play with ONLY when your child has success in the toilet.

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Play at a new playground.

    Make a necklace out of penne pasta.

    Play an ABC game on starfall.com

    Count the number of bottle caps you have collected.

    Dance together to your favorite songs.

    Give your child a sticker for keeping his pants dry and clean.

    Spread butter on toast. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

    Fine Motor

    Reading!

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Play with playdoh. Roll, pound, pat, poke, make snakes, cut with scissors.

    Look at a photo album together.

    Make a pattern with your bottle caps.

    Go on a “listening” walk. How many sounds can you hear outside?

    Buy “big boy” or “big girl” underpants. Practice wearing them for a short time. Celebrate every success of keeping the m dry and clean.

    Let your child put 2 grapes on a toothpick for each family member.

    Play bounce and catch with a ball.


     BOOKS TO READ

 

Please see below for skills you can work on at home to reinforce skills being taught in school:

*Practice letter recognition

*Review Letter identification and sounds for Oo, Kk, Qq, Pp, Nn, Ee, Zz, Aa, Jj, Gg, Rr, Xx, Dd, Ww, Ll, Ii, Bb, Tt, Vv, Yy,  Uu, Cc, Hh, Ss,  Mm, and Ff

*Practice counting items up to twenty

*Practice rote counting aloud to twenty

*Practice the correct pencil grip

*Practice using scissors

*Practice spelling and writing first and last name

*Practice writing your numbers from one to ten

*Practice reciting your address and phone number

*Play with play dough to enhance fine motor strength