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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:   

  •  november

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Look up your favorite song on YouTube.

    Make up a game saying “please and thank you.”

    Make pudding using an egg beater.

    Play tag.

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

    Guess what a book is about by looking at the pictures.

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

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Go on a walk and look for all the stop signs.

    Practice safety.

    Spread apple butter on toast.

    Count backwards from 10 while you stomp your feet. Add other motions.

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

    Read another book by Bill Martin Jr.

    Sort the silverware. Forks together, spoons together, etc.

    Sing “If You are Happy and You Know It”.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Make an apple pie. Let your child help roll out pie dough.

    Make a pattern: clap, jump, clap, jump.

    Color a picture of your family members

    Write down a prayer or words of thanksgiving.

    Give everyone a copy.

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

    Sing along with a favorite song on YouTube.

    Get a toy to play with ONLY when your child has success in the toilet.

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Play at a new playground.

    Make a necklace out of penne pasta.

    Play an ABC game on starfall.com

    Count the number of bottle caps you have collected.

    Dance together to your favorite songs.

    Give your child a sticker for keeping his pants dry and clean.

    Spread butter on toast. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Play with playdoh. Roll, pound, pat, poke, make snakes, cut with scissors.

    Look at a photo album together.

    Make a pattern with your bottle caps.

    Go on a “listening” walk. How many sounds can you hear outside?

    Buy “big boy” or “big girl” underpants. Practice wearing them for a short time. Celebrate every success of keeping the m dry and clean.

    Let your child put 2 grapes on a toothpick for each family member.

    Play bounce and catch with a ball.

      
     december

    SUNDAY

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Listen to music from a different culture.

    Have a “lather” contest when washing hands. Try to make a lot of lather!

    Make a fruit smoothie together.

    Go to Brookside Gardens Walk-through Winter Lights show.

    Make wrapping paper by printing with a ½ potato dipped in paint.

    Read The Gingerbread Boy.

    Sort your bottle cap collection by color or size.

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Update the “special” toy to earn for using the toilet.

    Use cookie cutters to make gingerbread cookies.

    Hide a several gingerbread cookies. Go on a scavenger hunt- looking for them.

    Make holiday cards with markers, glue and glitter.

    Read holiday cards you receive out loud. Let your child “read” the cards to you.

    Look at the calendar. What special days are coming? Count the days left.

    Sing your favorite holiday songs.

    Cooking

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Make hot chocolate. Let your child stir and add 2 marshmallows on top.

    Make a “fort” out of a blanket draped over a table.

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

    Read an informational book about bears hibernating.

    Count the holiday cards you have received. Touch each card as you count.

    Sing Going on a Bear Hunt. Look up on YouTube!

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

    Celebrate each success!

    Movement

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Go on a hike around a pond or lake. Watch the birds fly south for the winter.

    Make a shopping list together to buy a pack of stickers. Save them for next week

    Read another book about bears. Talk about the different types of bears.

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

    Sing Jingle Bells. Tap two spoons together as you sing.

    Teach your child how to breathe deeply. Even children need to learn to self-calm and de-stress.

    Practice pouring milk from a measuring cup onto cereal.

    Fine Motor

    Reading

    Math

    Music

    Self-Care

    Cooking

    Movement

    Put stickers on the tops of the bottle caps.

    Read a book by Laura

    Numeroff (If You Give a

    Mouse a Cookie)

    Sort the bottle caps. Let your child come up with how to sort them.

    Sing along to music by Raffi.

    Help your child clean up his toys by having boxes for each type of toy.

    Label with a picture.

    Dip apple slices in honey. Delicious!

    Play chase outdoors.


     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