Week of Sept. 28th

This week: We enjoyed a full week in KG1! This week, we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? everyday and looked at different parts of the story.  We talked about the colors of the animals in the story, found items around the room that were the same color, talked about the difference between words and picture, and put in the animals of the story in order (sequencing).  While reading books from the Curious George series, we talked about various good choices and bad choices that George makes in the story.  We also read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?  and How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?, discussing the good choices that we can make also.  We continued to play name games for the children to practice each others’ names.

On Tuesday, we read Little Blue and Little Yellow.  In the story, little blue and little yellow hug, and form green! We made our own little blues and little yellows with play dough and mixed them together to make green! The children made their own combinations with blue, yellow, and red playdough and saw all the colors that they could make.  We made a poster about how to make green, orange, purple, and grey.  The children loved this color mixing exploration.

In centers this week, we continued to focus on gaining fine motor strength using large tweezers, scissors, and other grasping activities.  The children were able to be creative in designing items from basic shapes, practiced sorting objects by color, kind and shape, and did finger painting on the first letter of their names.

We also practiced what to do during a fire drill.  The book we read said to: be still, listen to your teacher, walk in line, stay with your class.  We practiced walking outside quietly and lining up on our number outside.

Work coming home: During morning exploration, the children colored their own book based off the book Brown Bear.  The children may or may not be finished coloring.  This type of book is called an emergent reader.  The children are not able to actually read the words, but they have memorized the language and look at the pictures.  These books develop an early love of reading and feeling of success.  Today we all read the books as a class and they loved turning the page and reading together.  This is something that you can do with your child at home – please ask them to read it to you!

Some of the children worked on optional puppet pieces for the Brown Bear story; those are coming home today as well.

Next week: You should have received in your child’s folder our October calendar with all upcoming information.  Please note that we start swimming on October 16th.  Your child will need to undress and dress independently (underwear, shirt, pants, shoes) so please be working on that at home in preparation.

  • Sunday – we will begin show-and-tell this week.  Your child can ONLY bring show-and-tell on his scheduled day, otherwise we would not have time for other important learning activities! You can find the information on the tab labeled ‘Information and Schedules‘.
    • Scholastic magazines will also be sent home on Sunday.
  • Monday – Back-to-School information sessions are at 1 pm or 5:15 pm! Please click on this link to sign up if you have not done so yet.  Please respond even if you are unable to attend.
  • Tuesday – Library.  We will be bringing books home for the first time! They are to be returned on the following Tuesday.
  • Wednesday – Scholastic magazine orders are due.
  • Thursday – UAS Community Faire 12-5 pm

Back-to-School Information and Sign-Up

Dear Parents,
We would like to invite you to attend our Back to School Information Session on Monday October 2nd.  We will be offering two sessions for parents, which we highly recommend and hope you can attend one of them.  The sessions being offered are at:
  • 1:00-1:45pm
  • 5:15-6:00pm

You must fill out the Back to School Information Form to let your teacher know if you are attending and at which session before noon on Thursday

***Important Reply Needed***
The Back to School Information Sessions is not a parent conference time, but rather a session to learn more about our program and the curriculum we use.  Please note if you wish to attend the 1pm session we will be offering child supervision at that time.  We hope these times work well for you and we look forward to seeing all of you on Monday 2nd October,
Sincerely,
The Early Childhood Team.

Week of Sept. 20th

We had a lovely first week of school! Below, you will find our typical weekly blogpost.  The structure is as follows: this week, work coming home, and next week.  Please read these sections carefully to learn what we are doing in our class!

This week: We have begun our school year as KG1-LD with an emphasis on community.  This week, we have played many name games for the children to become comfortable sharing their name with others and to learn others’ names.  We have also worked on recognizing our first name each morning as we begin circle time.  We have a boy and girl helper of the day, who are our line leaders, door holders and calendar helpers.  The children have all made friends and it is delightful to see them playing together.

We have read many books this week, including the favorites Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and more books from the Llama Llama series.  We talked about Llama’s actions and how we need to wait patiently and to share toys with others.  We also read No, David! and David Goes to School, two books that show the bad choices that David made.  We went through the books again after reading them and talked about why the choices were bad and what we should do instead.

Centers from this week including lots of letter and number exposure, sorting by color, and strengthening the hands through fine motor activities.  We also practiced how to hold scissors properly and practiced cutting on a straight line.  Children also had practice using the glue bottles and only putting a few small drops on each piece.

Work coming home: This week’s work might include a letter stamping page and a page with foam numbers glued on.  These activities were designed to give children exposure to letters and numbers and to start conversations during the activities.  It is ok if the numbers are backwards and if the children do not know the letters; it was an initial fine motor activity meant to be an introduction to our content this year.

Another book coming home is Pete’s Shoes.  This story is modeled after Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.  Some of the children may have begun coloring but others have not.  This is a book for you to read to your child at home.  The children should be familiar with the longer story that we read in class, so you can also ask them to tell you the story in their own words.

Please empty the folder out each time something is sent home.

Next week: We have NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 21st.

On Sunday, we will continue with our circle time, literacy activities, centers, and free inquiry.  We will also be introducing color theory and mixing colors.  We will also create our first class book.

  • Sunday – please send in a family photo or email it to me if you have not yet done so.  I have received very few so far.  We will be doing an activity about our family on Wednesday, and we will need the picture for that.
  • Monday – please return quilt square with your child’s name and photo
  • Tuesday – we will have our first trip to the library!
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Upcoming – Back to School Night on October 2nd! Be looking for more information!

Policies

Here are some of our KG1 policies that may be helpful for you to know.

Birthdays

This is a time for your child to celebrate their birthday with classmates. It is our EC policy that  parents are allowed to bring a healthy snack (fruit kebabs, popcorn, fruit cups etc) and/or cupcakes or mini doughnuts. Please, no cakes or treat bags.

You will need to make arrangements with your child’s teacher a week in advance for planning purposes. Unfortunately due to fire regulations, we are not allowed to light any candles and would also appreciate no birthday decorations or party horns.

We would also like you to know that siblings, cousins or friends from other classes may not join the class celebrations.

Dismissal

Every day PreK/KG1 children are dismissed at 12:45. Please be on time and pick your child up at their classroom. Both the TA and teacher have scheduled meetings, planning and lunch to eat!

We do acknowledge that there might be the odd occasion that puts you behind schedule. Here is what that procedure looks like:

  • Notify your child’s teacher when you are able to do so but remember that while they have children in their care, they do not check emails.
  • Your child will stay with their teacher until 12:55.
  • At 12:55, the TA will take your child to the lobby by the main bus doors.
  • The TA will sign them over to one of our duty monitors.
  • Your child will sit and wait for you in this area.
  • The time your child is picked up will be documented.

Thank you for your cooperation on this important matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,
Crystal Hanna
Early Childhood Coordinator

 

 

Tuesday Schedule

Dear Parents of PreK and KG1 Students,

Thank you for your support and flexibility this past week during Student Orientation. The Early Childhood (EC) staff feels it has been a great success! EC Classes begin on Sunday, September 17th . We look forward to kicking off the school year with your child and family!

Tuesday, September 19th is the UAS’s first Early Dismissal Tuesday. Based upon EY family feedback, EY classes (PreK and KG1) will have a regular schedule on Early Dismissal Tuesdays. Classes will be dismissed at the usual 12:45 time.

Sincerely,
Crystal Hanna, EC Coordinator
David Dorn, ES Principal

Information from Kevin Fields, our school counselor

Here is a letter from Mr. Kevin Fields, our school counselor.  Please read to learn more about his role and how to help your child with the transition into school.

Welcome to KG1-LD!

Welcome to KG1-LD! This website will be used for weekly communication regarding lesson content, upcoming events, and our coming week’s schedule.  Please subscribe to the blog to receive an email every time new content is published.

Here is our KG1 welcome packet regarding information about our program.

Here is our supply list.  Please bring these items to school before the 17th.  The spare clothes, backpack, lunchbox, and water bottle should be labeled with your child’s name.  Please note that it is very important to have a backpack large enough to fit an A4 folder.

Thank you! Looking forward to a wonderful year!

 

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