Arrival and Dismissal Times - Our morning 4K class begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Our afternoon 4K class begins at 12:45 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Books -Many wonderful books will be shared with the children. It is encouraged that you read at least 5-10 minutes a night with your child. Monthly Reading Logs are sent home for you and your child to complete together. At the end of each month, a prize is given to those who turn in their completed Reading Logs.
Communication - Communication between home and school is vital in assuring success for your child. We are a team working together to help your child do their best.
Differentiation - Students have an array of ability levels, learning styles and previous experiences. Your child may learn differently than his/her peers. In 4K we teach to meet your child’s social, physical, behavioral, emotional and educational needs.
Expected Behavior - Our classroom focuses on three rules. They include: being safe, responsible and respectful. Whenever a student is caught doing something good, such as helping a friend, cleaning up, staying on task, using nice words, etc., they may receive a small “warm fuzzy.” Your child will have the opportunity to cash these in for a special prize out of our classroom prize box.
Filling Buckets - One way to try to teach children social behaviors is through a book entitled “How Full is Your Bucket?” by Tom Rath. The book explains that each person has an invisible bucket that they carry around with them each day. When your bucket is full, you are happy and when your bucket is empty, you feel sad. You can fill a person’s bucket by doing kind things, being respectful and helpful, and saying nice things to them. When you fill someone’s bucket, your bucket is filled also because it feels good to make someone else feel good. You can also dip from a person’s bucket by saying hurtful things, not sharing or physically hurting them. Our classroom goal is to be bucket fillers. A special reward is given when the class has filled their bucket!
Guidance and Gym - The school Guidance counselor comes into the classroom to teach lessons that focus on personal and social skills, such as listening, friendship, cooperation and so much more! The kids also get to go to Gym class!
Homework - Every month, a calendar of fun and educational activities will be sent home with your child. It is not required that all of these activities be completed, but it’s encouraged that you do some of them with your child because it is a great way to spend time with your child and also reinforce what they have learned at school.
Independence - One of our 4K goals is independence from adult assistance. We work very hard throughout the year teaching your child how to do simple tasks on their own, such as getting outdoor clothing on and off, solving problems with friends and doing their own work. Your child will experience much joy when they independently complete a task.
Jobs and Journals - Each week the children will be able to perform a classroom task, such as line leader, line caboose, calendar helper, etc. Writing takes place in 4K. Students will work on writing through stories and journals. Encourage your child to write at home!
Kindness - Each child in our classroom is unique and wonderful. In 4K we learn about how we are unique and special. We celebrate our differences and similarities.
Library and Literacy - Our class will have library once a week. Your child will select one book and will be able to take it home for the week. Literacy is an important part of our 4K classroom. Our literacy focus includes story comprehension, answering questions, listening skills, rhyming and letter/sound recognition. A great program that we will be using in the classroom is called “Literacy Links.” Through this program the children will recognize letter sounds through hand motions.
Math - Our focus in math is counting objects up to 10, recognizing relationships with number sets, creating patterns, graphing objects and recognizing shapes and colors. Our goal is to teach each child to recognize the relationships between math and the world around them.
Newsletter - A class newsletter is sent home every Friday. It offers a glimpse into what is happening in our classroom. It also includes important upcoming announcements and shares what we have been learning about that week. Outside - When the weather is nice out and time permits, we go outside to play on the playground.
PALS Testing - All 4K students will be tested using PALS. It stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening. It measures the essential components of literacy that research indicates are predictive of reading achievement. PALS measures name writing, upper-case alphabet recognition, lower-case alphabet recognition, beginning sound awareness, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness and nursery rhyme awareness. PALS is a literacy assessment designed to provide information to teachers about what their children know about early literacy fundamentals.
Questions - Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education. We will make every effort to meet with you and discuss your concerns. We feel that it is our job to work together as partners to help your child have a successful first year.
Report Cards - There are three trimesters during the school year. A report card will be sent home at the end of each trimester. The assessment cards reflect the progress your child has made towards our 4K benchmarks/goals.
Show-and-Tell - Your child may bring one special item from home that goes along with our monthly theme. During this time, your child will describe the object and other students will be given the opportunity to ask questions. This helps the children work on their language skills and questioning skills in a fun and special way!
Themes - Each week we focus on a different theme that reflects the interests of the children. We use our topic of interest to teach all subject areas. This makes learning more meaningful and connected.
Unique - Each child in our classroom is unique and wonderful. In 4K we learn about how we are unique and special. We celebrate our differences and similarities.
Volunteers - We love to have parents come into our classroom to help out with our learning centers, read with students or to the whole class, put up or take down bulletin boards or anything else that needs to be done.
Writing - The children learn how to write by using the Handwriting Without Tears program. In this program the children learn the proper hand grip and how to correctly write all of their upper case letters.
X-tra Special and eXciting - 4K is such an eXciting, magical year! Each child is eXtra special to us and we will guide them gently and consistently all year long. Thank you for sharing them!
You! - Please remember that YOU are your child's first and most important teacher. No one can influence your child's life in the way that you can!
Zzzzs- Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest. Setting and keeping a bedtime will help them to be alert and ready to learn each day!