What's New with Miller Kindergarten! Week 4
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Goals and Expectations!
We are off to a great start in Kindergarten! We enjoy all of the great questions and excitement for learning each day. To ensure the best possible Kindergarten experience and lay the foundation for your child's career as a student, we are working on the following goals:
1. Listening to Teachers
It is crucial that children are able to listen to and follow directions given by teachers. We consciously keep our instruction time short and meaningful. The time that your child is expected to listen and focus is deliberately planned to be developmentally appropriate. We have about 20 students in each classroom and so much to learn!
2. Keeping Our Hands to Ourselves
We value your child's safety above all else, so this is an especially important goal and is taken seriously.
3. Personal Responsibility
We are teaching your child that his/her folder, notes for the teachers, lunchboxes, water bottles, and other personal belongings are his/her responsibility. Of course we give reminders, but the responsibility for these items is his/hers. With about 20 students per class, we are not able to individually check all backpacks, folders, etc.
4. Personal Best
If you haven't heard this term yet, you will! We talk a lot about being proud of your work, which means that you've done the best you can.
We believe it is important for Kindergarteners to have respect for themselves and their belongings, respect for others by using kind words and actions, and respect for the school by taking care of our materials.
****We strive to provide a structured environment with clear expectations and consistent feedback for the students at school. We use the daily folder as a communication tool, so please check it daily. Notes that are written are not bad. They are to communicate things that we need your help reinforcing at home. We are a team, after all, and our shared goal is to help your child be as successful as possible. Thank you so much for your continued support.****
The importance of sleep for success in school
Sleep and School-aged Children (6-13 years)
Children aged six to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep. In particular, watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.
Sleep problems and disorders are prevalent at this age.
Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as ADHD and cognitive problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.
Sleep Tips for School-aged Children
- Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
- Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
- Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
- Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
- Avoid caffeine.
Source: National Sleep Foundation www.sleepfoundation.org
-Letter of the Week: Mm
-HFW (high-frequency word/sight word): we
-The __at word family
-Reading, writing, counting, and making the numbers 8, 9, and 10