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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     december

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Listen to music from a different culture.

    Have a “lather” contest when washing hands. Try to make a lot of lather!

    Make a fruit smoothie together.

    Go to Brookside Gardens Walk-through Winter Lights show.

    Make wrapping paper by printing with a ½ potato dipped in paint.

    Read The Gingerbread Boy.

    Sort your bottle cap collection by color or size.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Update the “special” toy to earn for using the toilet.

    Use cookie cutters to make gingerbread cookies.

    Hide a several gingerbread cookies. Go on a scavenger hunt- looking for them.

    Make holiday cards with markers, glue and glitter.

    Read holiday cards you receive out loud. Let your child “read” the cards to you.

    Look at the calendar. What special days are coming? Count the days left.

    Sing your favorite holiday songs.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Make hot chocolate. Let your child stir and add 2 marshmallows on top.

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

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

    Read an informational book about bears hibernating.

    Count the holiday cards you have received. Touch each card as you count.

    Sing Going on a Bear Hunt. Look up on YouTube!

    Check to see what clothes your child can put on/off by himself.

    Celebrate each success!

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Go on a hike around a pond or lake. Watch the birds fly south for the winter.

    Make a shopping list together to buy a pack of stickers. Save them for next week

    Read another book about bears. Talk about the different types of bears.

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

    Sing Jingle Bells. Tap two spoons together as you sing.

    Teach your child how to breathe deeply. Even children need to learn to self-calm and de-stress.

    Practice pouring milk from a measuring cup onto cereal.

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Put stickers on the tops of the bottle caps.

    Read a book by Laura

    Numeroff (If You Give a

    Mouse a Cookie)

    Sort the bottle caps. Let your child come up with how to sort them.

    Sing along to music by Raffi.

    Help your child clean up his toys by having boxes for each type of toy.

    Label with a picture.

    Dip apple slices in honey. Delicious!

    Play chase outdoors.

      
    january

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Learn a song about the months of the year.

    Set a goal with your child for something to learn together. Write it down, learn, practice and celebrate your progress.

    Use cookie cutters to make shapes out of

    tortillas. Crisp in the oven.

    Lay bubble-wrap on the floor. Drive cars and trucks over for a pleasing crackle and pop sound!

    Put finger paint into a zip-lock bag and seal. Enjoy finger painting without the messy cleanup.

    Practice naming all the letters in the month “January”.

    Go on a walk outdoors. Count the number of steps between objects you pass. Vary your step size and recount.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Mark the back tag of your child’s clothes with a permanent marker. Teach your child the back of the clothes.

    Make trail-mix using cereal, nuts, chocolate chips and dried fruit.

    Measure, stir and eat!

    Visit an indoor gym.

    Tape a marker to a small car. “Write” as you drive the car back and forth on paper.

    Enjoy reading The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by

    Shirley Neitzel together.

    Make a pile of all the socks your family has. Let your child find the matches.

    Download Walking in the

    Air from the album The

    Snowman by Howard

    Blake. Dance to the music.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Spread peanut butter or shortening on pinecones, then roll in birdseed for the birds to have a tasty treat.

    Make an obstacle course with a table, sofa cushions, an empty box or whatever you have in your house.

    Add drinking straws (cut to 1-2 “) to contact paper. Create shapes, letters, and designs.

    Read The Mitten,

    The Hat and Three Snow Bears by Jan

    Brett.

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

    Sing: Thumb in the thumb place; fingers all together. This is the song we sing in mitten weather.

    Teach your child how to put on his own mittens or gloves. (Mittens are easier!)

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Go sledding or ice skating.

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

    Read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

    Sort various sizes of white pompoms (“snowballs”) by size.

    Sing If You Are Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands.

    Keep practicing putting on mittens and gloves.

    Celebrate success!

    Make hot chocolate. Let your child stir and add 2 marshmallows on top.

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Drop vinegar tinted with food coloring onto a pan filled with baking soda. Sheer minutes of colorful fizziness!

    Collect items that start with the sound /b/. (ball, balloon, button, Big Bird, boat etc.). Name each one. Listen to the sound.

    Label your child’s dresser with pictures. Let him/her sort their clothes by putting like items together in their dresser.

    List out your favorite songs. Take turns picking the next song to sing together.

    Check to see what clothes your child can put on/off by himself/herself.

    Celebrate each success!

    Make popcorn. Toss some outdoors for the birds.

    Swim at an indoor pool.

     

     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