I found a great list of children’s books that incorporate diverse perspectives. I was going to print this list for myself and read some this summer and purchase a few good ones to enhance our classroom library. I am not familiar with these books and cannot personally recommend them but here is the list in case you would like to try them too!
Here are two great books about those little mysteries we call children. These are great reads for grown ups to get some insight into what makes our little ones tick. I have read both and both have profoundly impacted how I think about the children and how I interact with them. I am planning to reread both this summer to help recharge myself for the next school year. Here are the links if you would like to check them out.
Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Positive Discipline for Preschoolers by Jane Nelson, Cheryl Erwin, and Rosalyn Ann Duffy
End of Summer School Newsletter
We had a wonderful summer school session. We made friends and connections, and became familiar with the routines of school. The kids enjoyed practicing letters A-R with songs, poems, coloring, and crafts. We learned about circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, pentagons, rhombuses, ovals, and the numbers 1-10. We enjoyed chalk drawing, puzzles, games, songs, and read aloud. I am proud of all the kids accomplished and excited to see them learn and grow in kindergarten.
Here are a few things practice at home to prepare your child for the upcoming school year:
- Student id number
- Writing first name
- Counting to 20
- Letter names and sounds (The students will learn them first trimester and they do not need to be mastered before kindergarten.)
- Identifying numerals 0-10
- Counting sets of objects up to 10
- Fastening and unfastening shoes, jackets, backpacks, and lunchboxes independently
- Following one or two step directions
- Unstructured play indoors and out
Please don’t worry if there are things on this list your child is still working on when they begin kindergarten. Any exposure to these skills will be beneficial to your child.
Important Dates for the Beginning of the School Year
Please check the school web site to stay informed of school events at www.cpsk12.org/beu.
August 10th– Meet the Teacher Night
Meet the Teacher Night is from 3:30-6:30 pm at Beulah Ralph Elementary. Meet your teacher and see you classroom. You will also sign up for a kindergarten screening appointment.
August 15th and 16th- Kindergarten Screening
Bring your child for your kindergarten screening appointment at the time you signed up for at Meet the Teacher Night. This appointment gives teachers valuable information about our students and helps guide our instruction at the beginning of the school year.
***The 15th and 16th are regular school days for all other grade levels besides kindergarten.
August 17th -First Day of Kindergarten
Arrival is from 8-8:20.
August 21st -Solar Eclipse
We will go outside to view this amazing scientific phenomenon. The school district is providing protective eyewear.
September 4th -No School for Labor Day
September 25th– No School for a Teacher Work Day
It was so fun to make ice cream. We measured sugar, vanilla, and milk into a zip lock bag. We tucked the milk mixture into a larger bag of ice and rock salt, wrapped it in a towel and shook like crazy! With enough shaking the milk mixture became solid like ice cream. The rock salt seemed to be the key to getting the milk mixture below freezing!
Thank you so much to everyone who sent in supplies and to Mr. Laughlin and Ms. Lauren for all their help!
Here is a link to the recipe we used if you would like try it at home!
We are so lucky to have two great helpers in our class!
One is our classroom aide Ms. Alice. She supervises lunch and recess and helps in our classroom in the morning. She has been helping the children practice their names with fun materials like play dough.
Your child will have the opportunity to explore early literacy skills through songs, games, read aloud, poems, and hands on activities. We will introduce letter names, sounds, and formation. We will also practice recognizing and writing first names.
We will explore early math skills through read aloud, songs, games, and hands on activities. We will learn about shapes, counting, and numbers. Your child with also practice their student identification number. They will need to be able to type it in a keypad, on a keyboard, and say it aloud during the school year.
Science/ Social Studies
We will explore a variety of student chosen topics through read aloud, crafts, and journaling activities.
Fine Motor Skills
We will build fine motor skills through craft activities and hands on activities using a variety of materials such as crayons, markers, scissors, and glue. We will work on building hand strength and practice gripping a writing tool appropriately. We will also use journaling, singing songs with actions, and building with blocks to develop fine motor control.
We will focus on building skills for play and friendship, and handling disputes. We will work on using words to ask for what we want and invite others to play. We will also work on building social skills helpful for school success such as walking safely in a line, focusing on our work, and raising hands to speak.
We will have a wonderful summer together, filled with fun and learning!
The last day of kindergarten was equal parts exciting and sad. After spending so much time together and investing ourselves in our classroom community, it can be a little hard to let go. We had an amazing year full of fun, but also challenges and opportunities for growth. I am so proud of all the kids accomplished but also how invested they became in the success and well being of their classmates.
We had a wonderful day to close out a wonderful year. Kindergarten ending is also the beginning of something new!