School starts on September 2nd, 2014. Are YOU ready? I know your kids are!! The daycare kids have been helping Miss Lynn get all of the preschool things ready to go!! To get you organized, below is a handy blank calendar!! Print as many copies as you want! You will find one for each month in your child's binder. Please check the calendar every school day and sign their behavior color (Initials are fine).
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About Our Day
Every morning, children start their day on GREEN. As the day progresses, they get moved up to higher colors for good behavior or moved down to lower colors for making poor behavior choices. We believe poor behavior is a CHOICE and that's what we teach the children. We encourage them to make GOOD behavior choices but when they make poor choices, we talk about it and offer optional ways to improve their behavior color. Once they are moved above green, they receive a colored cotton puff when they do something exceptional. This can be opening the door for someone, using manners, listening or other good things. Ask your child every afternoon how many puffs they get!! They love to talk about their puffs! When it's time to move their color clip up or down, the CHILD does this; not their teacher. This helps to reinforce that the CHILD is responsible for their behavior.
Each child has their own binder that goes home with them every day. In their binder is laminated ABC practice pages, their behavior calender, VOWEL strips, their weekly newsletter, and other learning materials. Each night, parents need to sit down with their child and go through their binder. Their behavior color on their calendars needs to be signed every day so that I know it's been seen and discussed. Please discuss their behavior every day so they can learn to become responsible. Their newsletter tells you what we are doing every week and on their calendar tells their homework for the day. Preschool is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so there is plenty of time to complete homework. It's important homework is done and turned in. When they start Kindergarten this will be a daily expectation. And also to be mentioned... homework is to be completed by the CHILD, not the parent. The directions explain what part the parents need to play in the process.
What we learn
Our letters, numbers, Bible verses, and sight words might change every week, but every day we go over them. Every new week we review the information from the week before. Every night we expect these to be reviewed at home also. Learning is best done through repetition. Our local schools teach whole word AND phonetical reading just like we do. We also have science, health & safety, nutrition, and craft projects. Other types of learning such as manners, responsibility, making good choices, and independence are JUST as, if not more important than the main subject areas. Ideally, when they start K-5, they should be able to recognize most of their letters and numbers, be able to count, be able to control their behavior, sit still and focus for short periods, follow instructions, and listen when spoken to. And those are the areas we focus the most on. This is preschool, not college. They won't be sitting in front of stacks of papers every day and left to complete them.
Each child's parent is required to pay a $25.00 registration fee. This fee covers some of their expendable supplies here at preschool as well as their binder, folder, and their home supplies. Each child is sent home on the first day with all of the supplies they will need to complete their homework. Supplies include, but aren't limited to, a hard plastic box with a glue stick, crayons, dry erase marker, watercolor paints, paint brushes, a jumbo pencil, eraser, safety scissors and a pencil sharpener for their jumbo pencil. A pack of construction paper as well as manilla paper is also sent home.These supplies will be replaced as needed throughout the school year by the preschool. Also included are their Bible verses for each week on a ring clip. Each child is also sent home with a lap sized dry erase board to practice letters and numbers on. The only thing parents need to buy is a backpack of choice. I do ask that it's a regular backpack and NOT one on wheels or with one strap. As you can see, the supplies sent home ALONE are more than $25.00. But we like to be sure every child has everything they need, both at preschool AND at home.