Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time Change

We had a great first week of school. The kids are full of energy and excited to learn! This week, we focused on getting to know each other and learned about our routines at school.

We have decided to change our meeting time to 9:00 (instead of 9:15). We hope this will be more convenient for you.

Here is our new time:

9:00-11:30

Remember, feel free to just come in (you don't have to knock). Also, feel free to park in my driveway. If you need anything from us, please let us know how we can create a better learning environment for your cute kids.


Thanks!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We are full!

I am happy to announce that our class is now officially full. We look forward to a wonderful and fun school year. We will see you at our "Back to School Night" Saturday!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Back to School Night

We are having a "Back to School Night" on
Saturday, August 27th
6:00-7:00 pm

  • Meet the other students and parents
  • Learn about our routines and rules
  • Help your child become familiar with our school
  • Eat yummy food!
School portraits will be taken by Media Specialties (photography and prints donated by Media Specialties)!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Awesome curriculum

We are excited to announce that we will be using some fabulous, hands-on curriculum from Handwriting without Tears preschool program, Get Set for School. I love this curriculum because it uses a multi-sensory approach to teach letters. It is a fun way to get kids excited to write, rather than feel intimidated or anxious.   If you would like more information about the Get Set for School curriculum we will be using, go to http://www.hwtears.com/hwt.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Learning Letters

Teaching your child the letters of his or her name is another great way to prepare him/her for school. Before students learn to write their name, they need to be able to say the letters or recognize them if they are written. My husband came up with a catchy tune to teach our daughter her name. Now she goes around the house singing her "name song." She gets excited when she sees a word in a book that has one of "her" letters.

More important than teaching the name of letters to your child is teaching the sound that the letter makes. Knowing the "sound that the letter makes" is a vital skill in learning how to read. For example, teach your child that the letter "C" makes the sound in the beginning of the word "c-c-cold."  We really try to focus on teaching the sounds that letters make, in addition to letter identification.

A great DVD that teaches the sounds that letters make is Leap Frog's Letter Factory. This educational video is available at the library. I personally like it because it has a catchy mnemonic to teach the sound of each letter of the alphabet. This is a great dvd to teach letter knowledge, one of the six early literacy skills needed to become a successful reader.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Looking forward to next school year

Here are some of the fun things we look forward to doing during this next school year at Learn with Me Preschool:
  • Hatch butterflies (to learn about life cycles)
  • Opposite obstacle course (To learn about opposites and the letter O)
  • Pirate/princess picnic followed by a pajama party with pancakes (Letter P)
  • Kite field trip (to learn about weather)
  • Play the hand bells and learn songs
We still have spots available for next year.
Please contact Jessica at 871-4234 if you are interested.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Now enrolling!

Learn with Me Preschool is currently enrolling three and four-year-old students. There is a $40 registration/holding fee.  This fee not only secures your student's spot, but covers cost of supplies and workbooks (Handwriting Without Tears). There are limited spots as we like to keep our classes small. Please contact Ms. Jessica if you are interested!

Ms. Jessica
871-4234
lwmpreschool@gmail.com

*Students must be potty-trained.

Daily Routine

Here is an example of a typical day at Learn With Me Preschool.

9:15
Arrive/Table Time: Students independently engage in fine motor and conceptual activities as they arrive.

9:35
Circle Time: Welcome song, days of the week, calendar, weather, Pledge of Allegiance, letter of the week, good citizen theme, story and theme-related instruction,
10:00
Small Group Work: Theme or letter-related activity


10:20
Center Time: Students chose between 4-6 learning centers (reading corner, dramatic play area, writing center, blocks, art center, music station, etc).
10:55
Clean up: Students clean up their stations and wash their hands to get ready for snacks.

11:00
Snack Time: Students practice manners as they refuel for the rest of the morning.  Our reading center is also open to students as they finish their snack.
11:15
Outside Play/Gross Motor Activity: Students engage in gross motor activities outside (weather permitting). 
11:30
Circle Time: Review concepts learned, music and movement activities, closing song.

11:40
Clean up: Gather papers.  Put on shoes and backpacks.  Get ready to go home.

11:45
Goodbye!



*Daily schedule is subject to change due to special projects or activities.

Read

". . .Children are made readers on the laps of their parents" (Emilie Buchwald).

The best way you can prepare your child for kindergarten is to read to him or her everyday.  You can make reading fun by acting out stories or making-up voices for different characters.  You can also pick a special time or place to read.  My daughter loves for me to read to her in her "princess castle" everyday before she takes her nap.  Whether you put on a puppet show or read by flashlight, do whatever you can to make reading fun!