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:  

  • june

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Writing

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    On youtube.com, search for kids’ songs to sing.

    Draw with sidewalk chalk

    Squeeze lemons, add

    a little sugar and water for a refreshing early summer drink!

    Fill a sock with beans and play bean bag toss games together.

    Finger paint with red, white and blue paint. When dry, fold the paper into a card for Dad.

    Take turns picking a book to read under a shady tree.

    Count the stripes and stars on a flag.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Reward toileting success with a special treat.

    Decorate frosted cupcakes with chocolate chips.

    Practice jumping jacks. How many can you do?

    Cut out pictures from magazines and make a collage.

    Read a book about summer.

    Play hopscotch.

    Make a “kitchen band”. How many ways can you make music?

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Eat frozen fruit. Talk about temperature.

    Hot/Cold.

    Play in a sprinkler or with a hose.

    Blow bubbles. Let your child hold and dip his own wand.

    Paint letters with water on the sidewalk.

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

    Sing If You’re Happy and you Know It, Clap your Hands.

    Practice safety rules with puppets.

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Invite another family to go to the pool with you.

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

    Read Sam the Firefly by P.D. Eastman

    Catch fireflies. How many can you catch? Be sure to let them go again!

    Look up Sam the Firefly on YouTube.

    What fasteners can your child do? Snaps, zippers, Velcro, buttons?

    Eat watermelon outside. Save the seeds for next week.

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Draw a picture of the beach. “Paint” on glue then sprinkle real sand onto the picture.

    Read a book when it is dark. Use a flash light.

    Count your watermelon seeds. Can you make piles with 3 seeds in each pile?

    Sing the song “Have You

    Ever Been Fishing on a

    Bright and Sunny Day?”

    Teach your child how to wash his own face with a wash cloth.

    Make your own popsicles by freezing juice in paper cups. When slushy, add a popsicle stick to each cup.

    Visit the zoo. When you get home, move like the animals you saw.

     

    july 

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Writing

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor!

    Reading

    Math

    March around the house to music by John Phillip Sousa.

    Draw a picture of the zoo.

    Use cookie cutters to make shapes out of

    tortillas. Crisp in the oven.

    Go on a hike around a pond.

    Freeze small plastic animals in a large block of ice. Use a crab mallet to chip away the ice.

    Read books in a tent in your yard.

    Build a tower with blocks. How many blocks tall is it?

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Play with shaving cream in a baby pool. Then wash off with the hose.

    Make an ice cream float.

    Play hide and seek.

    String beads to make a necklace.

    Go on an alphabet walk—look for letters as you walk (on signs, license plates, etc.)

    Use blocks to measure the length of items in your house.

    Make popcorn and watch a Kid song videos together.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Writing

    Roast Marshmallows.

    Go for a ride on a real boat.

    Play with playdoh.

    Read Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen

    Fill a bucket with water. Experiment with the concept of float and sink.

    Sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat

    Take pictures with a camera.

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Fine Motor

    Cooking

    Roll down a hill, do somersaults.

    Make paper bag puppets.

    Have your child read a story to his puppet.

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

    Sing I’ve Been Working on the Rail Road.

    Play with a train set. Fit the tracks together in a figure 8.

    Visit a farm stand. Pick the most delicious fruits or vegetables they have!

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

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

    Read a book about vehicles.

    Play a board game like Candy Land.

    Go to a free outdoor concert.

    Wash hands before every meal. Start good habits early.

    Read, “End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad”. Buy fruit and make fruit salad.

    Visit a playground that you haven’t been to in a while. An “old favorite.”

     
      august

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Writing

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Do a puzzle while listening to classical music.

    Tape 3 markers together. Draw straight and curvy lines.

    Make an ice cream sundae.

    Play with toy cars. Have a race.

    Cut out letters out of magazines. Glue them together on paper to make words.

    Visit a library in a neighboring town.

    Fill a tub with sand or rice. Dig, scoop, and dump the sand.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Learn about clothing tags. They belong in back.

    Make a fruit popsicles.

    Visit a farm.

    Pound golf tees in Styrofoam with a wooden mallet.

    Read Swimmy by Leo

    Lionni

    Sort sea shells.

    Wear bells while dancing to music.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Teach your child how to peel a potato. Cut into strips and fry—making homemade French fries!

    Play tag.

    Color in a coloring book.

    Read At the Beach by Anne Rockwell.

    Count the number of people and the number of animals in your house.

    Sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

    Practice putting socks

    and shoes on independently.

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Hang from the monkey bars. Try to swing over to the next one.

    Play with mini marshmallows and tooth picks. What can you make?

    Read a family photo album. Talk about the people and what they are doing.

    Sort your toy cars by color, by type, or by size.

    Go to a free outdoor concert.

    Play Simon Says to practice following directions.

    Bake cookies together.

     

    september

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Sing Twinkle Twinkle or your favorite song together.

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

    Make up a story about a child who went to his/her first day of school.

    Count the trees near your house. Touch each tree as you say the number.

    Sing Wheels on the Bus together.

    Teach your child how to take out the papers from his backpack and give them to you.

    Cut an apple into slices. Let your child dip them into honey or peanut butter.

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Draw a picture of a school bus.

    Visit the library and check out books about going to school.

    Begin a bottle cap collection. Collect different colors and sizes. Continue collecting all fall!

    Sing Head, Shoulders,

    Knees and Toes together.

    Teach your child how to put on his own pants.

    Let your child slice a banana. Sprinkle with coconut or nuts.

    Visit an apple orchard and pick apples.

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Read a book about apples or apple picking.

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

    Make a shaker by taping 2 paper plates together filling them with 10 beans.

    Keep practicing dressing skills- socks and shoes

    Let your child help make dinner. He can stir and mix!

    Dance to your favorite songs together.

    Practice using scissors. Snip the edges of old mail, coupons.

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Count (and practice) holding up 1-5 fingers.

    Sing songs about hands (Open Shut Them; Where

    is Thumbkin, etc.)

    Teach your child how to wash his hands. Water, soap- rub- rinse-dry.

    Let your child help make a fruit smoothie.

    Roll, throw and kick a ball together.

    Make a necklace out of penne pasta.

    Make up a story about a child who loves to eat apples.

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Sing I’m a Little Teapot together.

    Practice hand washing before each meal.

    Bake cookies. Let your child pour, stir and taste!

    Ride a tricycle.

    Draw with sidewalk chalk.

    Read a book by Bill Martin Jr.

    Count everyone’s fingers and toes.

     
     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