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WELCOME TO PRESCHOOL!!

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WELCOME TO PRESCHOOL!!

SUPPLY LISTS - Click HERE to view the 2017-18 supply lists.

  

Special Area Class Schedule 2016-2017

Monday- Gym

Tuesday- Music

Wednesday- Art

Thursday- Library

Friday- Computer Lab

Books:

Predecodable Books!
Enjoy reading your predecoable books together at home. These books have sight words that we are learning in class as well as predecoable pictures. Your child will learn to read combinations of words and pictures and become a successful reader. You may keep these books in a special place in your home. Your child will receive 20 books this year.

1. Grandma's Visit          
2. A Family
3. The Picnic
4. Friends
5. In The Yard     

6. Helpers
7. A Firefighter
8. See The Tree
9. At The Park
10. In The Garden        

11. I Have
12. I Can See
13. Bears Can Go
14. She Can Go
15. You And I Have Bikes       

16. She Was On The Go       
17. The Box
18. The Farmer Is Up
19. Down On The Farm
20. He Had A Farm

Communication:
Ways WE will communicate with YOU

  • Weekly newsletters (sent in a take home folder)
  • Reading folder
  • Math folder
  • Notes home
  • Family information board outside of classroom
  • Displays in classroomor hallway
  • Phone calls
  • Family/teacher conferences, home visits
  • Class website
  • Email (please provide us with your email address)

Ways YOU can communicate with US

  • Phone calls & messages (please leave a message if its before 1:30 unless its an emergency) (Holston View Elem. School Office 423-652-9470)
  • Email Mrs. Egan: egans@btcs.org 

Classroom Responsibilities:
Classroom responsibilities are weekly jobs that each Preschooler will be assigned. These are chosen by the teacher or student.

Students take great pride in these responsibilities. Some of our class jobs are:  door holders, line leader, center planning assistant, room inspector, librarian, meteorologist, calendar writer, living things caretaker, meal time assistant, environmentalists, lunch count assistant, teacher's assistant, etc.

These jobs will change through the year as our needs and abilities change.

Curriculum:
The Pre K curriculum is designed to provide a learning environment with individual, self directed activities and group participation. Children participate in various activities planned to encourage growth in many areas of development. We follow the Tennessee Early Childhood, Early Learning Developmental Standards.

We use The Creative Curriculum for Preschool when creating our classroom environment and when planning our day. Each day’s plan includes: 

  •  Fine Motor Activities: cutting, drawing, gluing, painting, writing, puzzles and many small manipulative toys, sand, water play
  •  Large Motor Activities: Large block building. creative movement, jumping, climbing, games
  • Early Language and Literacy Activities: stories, songs, finger plays rhyming, story writing, introduction to letter recognition and sounds, pre-decodable books
  • Early Math/Science Activities: counting, sorting, matching, pattering, sequencing, measurement, shapes|
  • Music: songs, dance, rhythmic activities, listening, simple instruments
  • Social Play Activities: creative play in many dramatic play situations-house, grocery store, post office, restaurant, hospital, etc.
  • Art Activities: opportunities to create using paint, paper, crayons, chalk, clay, play dough, markers and many more
  • Outdoor Play: climbing, swinging, sliding, and group games as weather permits

Splash Into PreK by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

  • This reading curriculum is based on research. It combines quality children’s literature and phonemic awareness. Students learn the purpose of literacy.
  • Students will participate in whole group instruction, small group interaction, and learning center play. They will be given various opportunities to develop new skills and apply these skills.
  • You will receive home connection newsletters that will give you information about what we are learning and ways you can support your child at home.
  • Each child will receive a set of pre-decodable take home books. We will learn to read these in class. We encourage you to read these as a family at home.

Harcourt Math

  • Math concepts that will be addressed are observing and describing, sorting and classifying, number concepts, measurement, patterns, shapes, and graphing.
  • Students will be exposed to these concepts through active center play, manipulation of objects, large and small group discussions and activities as well as quality children’s literature.
  • You will receive letters describing what your child is learning in each unit. This newsletter will include some ideas.

I CARE Curriculum: Peace Making Skills for Little Kids 

  • This curriculum addresses the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth of children.
  • It teaches love, compassion, trust, fairness, cooperation, and reverence for the human family and all life on our planet.
  • The concepts we learn will be incorporated into our daily interactions and classroom procedures.
  • Many activities involve whole group discussion, class meetings, sharing, the arts, children’s literature, role playing, and reflecting.
  • Students will learn to respect themselves, their school environment, and each other.

 Personal Safety Curriculum

  • This curriculum covers various safety topics such as: car safety, fire safety, strangers and safe and unsafe touch

 Assessment

  • Both the Open Court Reading and Harcourt Math curriculums offer performance assessments with each unit.
  • Each child will be given the Brigance Preschool Screen II at the beginning and the end of the school year.
  • Report cards will be distributed each nine weeks of school.
  • We also have a teacher created assessment that we use to keep track of your child's progress throughout each month.

Discipline:
Our intentions for the first several weeks of Pre K

1.     Create a climate and tone of warmth and safety
2.     Teach the schedule and routines of the school day and our expectations for behaviors in each of them.
3.     Introduce students to the physical environment and materials of the classroom and the school, and teach students how to use and care for them.
4.     Establish expectations about ways we will learn together in the year ahead.

Pre K Discipline Philosophy: Positive Discipline Classroom Management Tools
These are some tools and words that we (Pre K educators) will use in the classroom. These tools will enable us to avoid punishment, rescuing, controlling, and power struggles. We will choose our method based on the situation and the individual child’s needs.

  • Ask “what, how, and why” questions instead of telling “what, how, and why”. Listen to what the student says.
  • Emotional honesty: “I feel____, because ____, and I wish____.”
  • Limited choices
  • Encouragement before praise and rewards
  • Routines: involve students in planning
  • Jobs: to create a feeling of belonging and significance
  • Positive time out (cozy corner or vacation area) when students feel like they need a break
  • See mistakes as opportunities for learning
  • Help students to decide what they will do; “you two decide what you will do and then come back with a plan”
  • Two tongues: if you say it mean it, and if you mean it; follow through
  • Messages of love
  • Redirection
  • Kind and firm
  • Go beyond consequences: brainstorm for solutions
  • Say “no” (but use rarely, avoid overuse)
  • Compliments
  • Class meetings
  • Understand what is behind the behavior
  • The Wheel of Choice
  • Joint problem solving
  • Doing nothing: allowing for natural consequences
  • Follow through with dignity and respect

 Links:
1.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
2. Jan Brett's website
3. PBS Kids

4. Starfall.com

Party / Birthday Policy: 
If you choose to celebrate your child’s birthday with our class, you may pick one of these options:

**Please note that treats will NOT be allowed UNLESS prior approval is given by Mrs. Egan.**
*You may share a special activity (that you and your child enjoys) with the whole class. Example: painting, pottery, building, cooking, singing, crafts, dance, exercise, nature, reading, etc.

*You may bring non edible treats for everyone (goody bags, stickers, pencils, anything your child would like to share). *Please see Mrs. Egan before purchasing treats. 

*You may donate and/or read a special book to your child’s class in honor of them.

*We ask that you not bring balloons to our classroom. They can be a choking hazard.

 On a child’s actual birthday, our class recognizes the student.

 Quotes:
The child must know that they are a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like them. - Pablo Casals

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world - Albert Einstein

What is a home without children? Quiet. ~Henny Youngman

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

Sight Words:
High frequency words (sight words) These are our Pre K high frequency words. They are common words that we will learn to recognize. We are learning these words at school and practicing them while reading our pre-decodable books. Please reinforce these at home. Point them out to your child while reading books, on signs around town, and show them that these words surround them everyday. Monthly we will check your child's progress. If they know all of the sight words that we have learned so far they will get to spin the wheel for bonus at the next pep rally.

   you       and      have   I  the  he
she
a
 was  
in
see
on
at  with 
  is   had     can    go 
up down

Schedule:
Our Schedule varies daily and depends on the needs of the children.

  • eat breakfast at 8:30
  • eat lunch at 11:10-1:40
  • do center play for about an hour and clean up
  • have outdoor play time
  • do math and personal safety activities
  • do morning journals
  • have frequent potty breaks
  • do an Imagine It Reading lesson
  • have morning rituals
  • dismissal at 1:15

 

 

Transportation Procedures:
Pre-K students are Car Riders.