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:  

  • february 

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Sing Barney’s I Love You song often this month!

    Read I Can Do It, Too by Karen Baicker. Talk about what your child can do by himself.

    Decorate cupcakes using sprinkles, coconut or candies.

    Do all these 10 times: jump, giant step, baby step and turn around.

    Draw hearts; trace, color inside. Add stickers. Give the valentine to someone special.

    Play an ABC game on starfall.com

    Get out your bottle caps collection. Let your child sort them by size, by color or any other way.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Let your child set the table: one plate, fork and napkin for each

    Make open faced grilled cheese using a heart shaped cookie cutter.

    Walk backwards today as often as you can.

    Use tweezers or tongs to pick up small candy hearts.

    Read Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.

    Sort the valentine cards your child received. Are any the same?

    Sing Skinamarink. (Look

    up on YouTube to learn it, if necessary.)

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Set out a variety of food items. Taste- test each one. Talk about it. Do you like sweet, salty or spicy foods?

    Bundle up and take a walk in a park or woods.

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

    Write object names on post-it notes. Let your child match them to objects in your house. (Door, window, lamp,

    Hide your child’s lunch. Let your child search for it; reinforce positional words such as “under”, “behind”, “next to”.

    March around the house to music by John Phillip Sousa.

    Practice opening containers: twist off lids.

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Pound golf tees into Styrofoam blocks using wooden crab mallets.

    Draw shapes, letters and numbers in shaving cream on a cookie sheet.

    Read Hi Pizza Man by Virginia Walter.

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

    Sing: There is a food that we all love and PIZZA is its name-o. P-I-Z-Z-A. (Sung to Bingo)

    Practice opening containers: straw wrappers.

    Order pizza and say “Hi Pizza Man” when the pizza arrives!

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Write your child’s name in large print with a highlighter. Teach him to trace the letters.

    Read The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by

    Philemon Sturges.

    What shape is a pizza? Cut it in to pieces. What shape are the pieces? How many pieces are there? How many are left after dinner?

    Sing Old Mac Donald with the animals in the Little Red Hen book.

    Check to see what clothes your child can put on/off by himself.

    Celebrate each success!

    Make individual pizzas using English muffins, sauce and cheese.

    Visit the play land at the mall.

     

    Preschool Family Activities Calendar:

      march

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    List your favorite songs. Take turns picking the next song to sing together.

    Practice holding juice boxes by the edges, to prevent accidental spilling.

    Make English Muffin Pizzas. Add your favorite toppings.

    Move like the animals. Crawl, slither, lumber, run, pounce…

    Use scissors to snip paper “grass”. Cut out a paper sun. Continue to make a spring picture.

    Read humorous books, such as Red Hat Blue Hat by Sandra Boynton.

    Sort Fruit Loops by color.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Talk about what clothes are needed for different types of weather.

    Make trail-mix using cereal, nuts, chocolate chips and dried fruit.

    Measure, stir and eat!

    Fly a real kite.

    Draw a picture of your kite flying adventure. Your child can dictate a sentence to describe his picture.

    Read Kite Flying by Grace Lin. This is a beautiful book about a family from China.

    Count the number of

    sides of different kites.

    What shapes are they?

    Sing the ABC song together. Which letter is for kites? What sound does the letter /k/ make?

    Cooking

    Movement

    Find Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Make open faced grilled cheese using a shamrock shaped cookie cutter

    Tiptoe like a leprechaun.

    String beads onto drinking straws.

    Name all the letters in the word “leprechaun”. What sound does the word start with?

    Sort a pile of coins into piles. Learn the names of each coin.

    Listen to Irish children’s songs, such as Michael Finnegan.

    Play Simon Says, a fun game to practice following directions.

    Movement

    Find Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Call a friend and go together to your favorite playground.

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

    Go on a walk and read all the street signs you find.

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

    Make a pattern of clapping, stomping, leg patting etc. Do this pattern while singing the song.

    Do you have a regular bed time routine? Help your child unwind with a calm predictable routine such as dinner, bath, stories, and bed.

    Make a smoothie with yogurt, frozen peaches, frozen blueberries and apple juice. So delicious!

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Have your child practice writing the letters in their name.

    Tell your child a story of your childhood.

    Go on a shape hunt in your house.

    Listen to the Pastoral

    Symphony by Beethoven.

    Can your child put on/take off his own shirt?

    Help them learn how!

    Make sugar cookies using a shamrock cookie cutter. Decorate with green sprinkles.

    Make a pillow pile and jump onto it.

     

     
     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