I miss you! My day just isn’t the same without your smiling faces!
I hope you are trying to keep up with your school work. Even though we can’t be together right now, doing our lessons is one way we can still be a class.
Here is another idea to keep us close in our hearts:
Every morning, let’s start the day the way we start the day in our class. First, let’s all say a prayer and ask God to bless our families and bless all the people who are sick. Then, try and think of one thing you would like to pray for. Remember to pray for your friends and your classmates, too. I will be doing the same thing at my house. I will be praying for all of you and your families and your special intentions. I promise I will do this every day until we can all be together again in our classroom.
I would love to hear from you about what you are doing while you are home. You can email me using my school email. You can even send me a picture! That would be really fun!
All Weekday Home Assignments are sent Monday-Friday in My Student Progress.
You’re Suddenly a Homeschooler!
How To Keep Your Kindergartener Learning!
Here are are some ideas based on educational research and best practices, and I thought it might be helpful if I shared a few of them.
The most important thing to remember is that minutes matter in educational lives of young children. Every minute passed is a minute your child will never get back. Kids are primed and ready to learn, and there’s a lot you can do with what you already have in the house to keep your child’s mind active.
Please be sure to read, read, read, and talk, talk, talk with your children. Here are some other ideas that will keep the learning going during this challenging time.
Set a Routine
First, routine is critical. Kids in their early years thrive on routine, and they most consistently get this in school. It’s important to establish a daily routine while your child is at home and to follow it. Set times for reading, math, snack time, lunch, and even free play.
Keep a Journal
Encourage your child to write down what they see, hear, think, and feel briefly each day. Any subject is fair game. You’ll be making a lot of memories together during this time, and written recordings of them will become treasures for you and your child later on in life.
Start a Pen Pal Program
Kids love to get mail. Because contact with other kids may be limited, consider starting a pen pal program with classmates, family, and other friends. They can send their letters by email or by good old-fashioned snail mail. And, not only do kids get the benefit of writing, they’ll also love practicing reading when they receive letters from their pen pals!
Tell a Shared Story
Work together to make up a fun story. Begin a with an opening like “Once upon a time, there was a hungry frog.” Then ask your child to say the next sentence. Continue taking turns adding to the story until it is finished. This is a rich literacy and language-development activity that’s bound to bring big laughs. And when you’re done, you can create illustrations that bring the story to life.
Before kids learn about standard units of measurement, like inches, feet, pints, and gallons, they can begin to understand the concept of measurement using non-standard units. Use shoes to measure the distance across a room (How many shoes does it take to cross the room?) or pencils to measure the length of a table. Use different sizes of cups and glasses to fill a large bowl or bucket with water. Then talk about how the size or the cup or glass affects the number of times you use it to fill the bowl or bucket.
Children enjoy cooking with family members!
Work with Patterns
We’re most familiar with visual patterns-patterns of shapes, sizes, or colors, for example-but patterns can also involve sounds or movements. Work with your child to identify the next item in a pattern you start, or alternatively have him or her start patterns for you to continue. Here are a few examples: Visual Patterns, Sound Patterns, and/or Motion Patterns
Sort, Count, Compare
Provide your child with a pile of objects that includes different colors, shapes, or sizes, such as buttons, paper clips, or blocks. Ask your child to sort the objects, count how many are in each group, and order the groups from fewest to most. Challenge your child to find other ways the objects could be sorted.
Please feel free to reach out to me during this unprecedented time.
Meet the Teachers Working with the Kindergarten
Miss Kristin Still, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Margaret Oberst, Librarian
Mrs. Linda Drummey, Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Jonathon Sheffer, Music Teacher
Mrs. Martha Grant, Technology Teacher
Mrs. Alexandra Hummel, Art Teacher
Mrs. Leslie Gonzalez, School Counselor
Enjoy the Kindergarten End of the Year Poem!