PCHC Spotlight

April 2014

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Reminders, News and Events:



  • April 3 - Anne Arundel County Public Schools – 2 hour early dismissal
  • April 6-12 - Week of the Young Child
  • April 9 - Lifetouch Photos – watch for details
  • April 14-21 - Anne Arundel County Public Schools Closed for Spring Break (PCHC Open)

Happy Birthday!


4 – Kyle Denny

8 – Zachary Wallace

13 – Alexander Earnest

15 – Christian Bell

16 – Ella Wilson

17 – Kaleb Pack

20 – Gregory Horne

24 – Jeremy Voss

25 – Savanna Longfellow

Classroom Updates

Infants

With our rough winter finally over, it is time for Spring to move into its place. As the old saying goes, “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” so that is why this month our theme will be the weather. We will look at the sun, the rain, and the clouds and try to get a better understanding of them all. We will listen to songs such as “Mr. Sun,” “Rain & Thunder,” and “Rain, Rain.” We also will hopefully get to take stroller rides outside as long as the weather permits. As Easter approaches, we will play with Easter Eggs, listen to Easter songs, and try to hop like Easter bunnies! Let’s kick off Spring!

Ms. Allison and Ms. Dar

Toddlers

Spring is here; what a wonderful season! We will get to know the outside world and the little creatures that live in it. We will look for ants, lady bugs, etc. We will also give the children magnifying glasses to look at things up close. We will teach the children sign language to help them learn their five senses! This month we will review the colors and shapes we have learned.

Ms. Brittany and Ms. Kim

Twos

Finally spring is here! The twos are more than excited to open a new chapter to a warm month. This month’s theme is called “Fun With Nature.” Our topics will include creatures that hop, crawl, and fly. Then we will take advantage of the lovely weather and learn about planting and growing.


The learning goal for this month is to identify animals and their movements. Miss Ashley and Miss Brendalee would like to do an Easter Egg Hunt for the children. You will get a detailed explanation of the Hunt shortly. We also want to welcome Ella Wilson. We are happy to have you on board the PCHC Express.

Miss Ashley and Miss Brendalee

Threes

Welcome to April! This month we will be ending our alphabet with letters X, Y, and Z. We have lots of fun spring activities planned like an Easter Egg Hunt on our playground and dying eggs. We will also be planting flowers and watching them grow over the next few weeks. We will have a spring party on Friday, April 18, so be sure to keep an eye out for a signup sheet by the door.


This month we will start to focus on learning more words in sign language starting with yes and no, mommy and daddy, and love. As always if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Miss Mandi & Miss Tiffanie

Fours

We’re hopping right into Spring with a good book. The fours and fives are excited about reading and learning sight words. We will also be learning sign language and Spanish.

Thanks to all the parents for participating with the St. Patrick’s Day party. We look forward to our Easter Egg Hunt and party this month. We will learn the sounds of the letters W, X, Y, and Z. Just a reminder: no toys from home are allowed in the classroom other than Friday for show and tell.


This month’s theme is “Fun With Nature.” We will be planting spring flowers, exploring insects, and the outdoor environment, as we compare the changes in season. We will be outside every day so please make sure that your child has the appropriate attire. We are happy to say Ms. Alicia will be returning after Spring Break.

Miss Alicia and Miss Nickole

School Age - Homework Center

Greetings Parents!

Spring has officially sprung! The school-agers are excited to get outside and play after homework. Although we anticipate warmer temperatures we will be encouraging every student to still wear their jackets, sweaters, or long sleeves when we go outside until the weather truly breaks. I ask that you help us with this by reminding your child of this rule as well.


I am excited for all the fun and exciting things that are to come for the school-age program at PCHC. One of the new and exciting things added is our science experiment segments and our exercise and movement activities after snack. Engaging the children in exercise and movement opportunities helps them to not only be active but allows them to get out their wiggles, which in turn helps with focus and concentration during homework time. We invite you to ask your child about his/her day and the new things coming to the school-age room.


Parent Reminders:

  • Homework will be completed at the center every day, unless you prefer to have it done at home. (Just let us know)
  • Please no electronics or toys from home.


Thank you!

Miss Monique and Miss Tiffanie

Staff Spotlight On: Ms. Brittany

This month we are highlighting Miss Brittany, our toddler teacher.


Why I Teach: I teach because I enjoy working with children of all ages.


Miss Brittany has been teaching at PCHC for about a year. She comes to us with a wealth of experience working with infants and toddlers. She loves working with her toddlers. She plans many wonderful sensory activities to allow her children to explore their environment.


Miss Brittany also gives her little ones many opportunities to interact with each other and develop their social and early language skills. They play with language through rhyming and alliteration (using words that begin with the same sound). She reads to her children and allows them to interact with books! Her children love to sing, dance and march in parades. They are learning their colors, shapes, and animals. They love to make animal sounds! They are also learning to count to 10 and they love to sing the ABC Song! Miss Brittany is a wonderful teacher! Her children love her and they have such a wonderful time in her classroom.

Parent's Corner

Kindergarten registration begins April 8! It is so exciting to look forward to Kindergarten! Our little ones will be going to ‘big school!’ Kindergarten brings excitement, wonderment, and a little nervousness about the unknown. It is a wonderful time in a child’s life – new friends, new teachers, and so many new things to learn! Enjoy the journey!

Parents often wonder whether their children are ready for Kindergarten. We want them to have a strong foundation and continue developing a lifelong love of learning. We want to see them succeed to build the confidence to venture out and learn new things. There are many charts and checklists of skills showing what our children need to know to be ready for Kindergarten. Some of them can seem a bit overwhelming. As you review the list of skills, think about the things your child can already do! We are always available to answer any questions you may have – we want parents and children to feel comfortable moving to ‘big school.’


Our teachers plan their lessons based on where their learners are currently, using a variety of strategies to build the skills they need to succeed in school. PCHC has assembled the following list of skills that will ensure a strong start in Kindergarten:


CRITERIA

Letters and Words:


  • Recognizes and names at least 10 letters of the alphabet
  • Matches a letter with the beginning sound of a word: for example, matches the letter “b” with a picture of a banana
  • Recognizes rhyming words such as cat and hat
  • Recognizes letters in his or her own first name
  • Begins to write some of the letters in his or her own first name
  • Recognizes his or her own first name in print
  • Understands words such as “top” and “bottom” and “big” and “little”
  • Recognizes words or signs he or she sees often, for example: McDonalds, Wal-Mart or stop signs and exit signs
  • Begins to draw pictures to express ideas and tell stories
  • Recognizes and names at least five colors



Speaking


  • Shares and talks about his/her own experiences in a way that can be understood by most listeners
  • Follows directions with at least two steps, for example: “Pick up the blocks and put them on the shelf, please.”
  • Initiates and joins in conversations with adults and children
  • Asks questions about how things work in the world around him, for example “Why do babies cry?”
  • Says and/or sings familiar nursery rhymes
  • Answers simple questions: who, what, when, where?



Books


  • Holds and looks at books correctly: for example, holds the book right side up and turns the pages one at a time from front to back
  • Tells a story from the picture on the cover or in the book
  • Retells a simple story such as the Three Little Pigs after listening to it while looking at the pictures in the book
  • Makes simple predictions and comments about a story being read
  • Shows growing interest in reading and being read to



Number and Shapes


  • Counts out loud from 1 to 10 in correct order
  • Identifies written numbers from 1 to 10
  • Puts written numerals in order from 1 to 10: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Counts at least 5 objects such as 5 bananas and 5 cookies
  • Sees the numeral 3 and understands this means 3 objects, such as 3 cookies
  • Adds and subtracts familiar objects such as buttons, counting bears
  • Recognizes and names 4 shapes: circle, square, rectangle and triangle
  • Uses familiar objects, such as raisins, to show concepts of more and less
  • Draws a line, circle, rectangle, triangle, X and +



Same, Different, and Patterns


  • Matches two pictures that are alike
  • Looks at groups of objects and says which are the same shape, color or size
  • Tells things that go together, for example: a spoon and fork are for eating and a fish and a boat go in the water
  • Repeats a pattern you start, for example: step, step, jump: step, step, jump
  • Puts three pictures in order, for example: 1. Planting flower seeds, 2. Flowers growing, 3.Picking flowers



Self-help, Social/Emotional


  • Tells full name, address and telephone number
  • Tells if he or she is a boy or a girl
  • Tells how old he or she is
  • Takes care of own needs such as toileting, washing hands, dressing and trying to tie his or her own shoes
  • Adjusts to new situations without parents being there
  • Runs, jumps, hops, throws, catches and bounces a ball
  • Rides a tricycle
  • Uses pencils, crayons and markers for drawing and writing, cuts safely with scissors
  • Attempts and completes tasks, understands it’s okay to make mistakes
  • Remembers to say “please” and “thank you”
  • Resolves conflicts with playmates and others appropriately
  • Responds appropriately to his feelings and the feelings of others
  • Uses words to express feelings, “I’m angry,” “I’m sad”
  • Takes turns, shares and plays with other children
  • Initiates positive interaction with peers
  • Puts puzzles together



Health and Safety


  • Follows a set routine and schedule for preparing for bed, personal hygiene and eating meals
  • Uses good habits, for example: uses a spoon to eat, closed mouth when chewing, covers nose and mouth to sneeze and washes hands after using the toilet and before eating
  • Is aware of and follows simple safety rules
  • Asks for adult help when needed
  • Participates in vigorous physical activity daily



Following is a link to a list of books that will prepare your child for Kindergarten. Enjoy!


http://www.hcpss.org/schools/kindergarten/booklist_hcl.pdf


Please Note: If you have difficulty accessing the booklist via the link above, we have printed copies of the book lists for you as well. You can find them on the table in the lobby. Happy Reading!!