Pre-K Teaching Times

April 2016 Edition

Theme- Make It Move

Let's get moving! In this unit, we will explore the different ways things move and the various forces that move them. Students will learn how people and animals make things move as well as how the wind and machines make things move. Children will develop their understanding by listening to stories, participating in discussions, engaging in concept- related play, and learning new vocabulary.

Scream the Theme

Set your room up for "purposeful play". The block center can become a construction site. A construction site is a great place to see things move. Have children help you act out building an office building. The students can be the construction workers (carpenter, painter, bricklayer, architect, construction worker, machine operators). Have them give you suggestions on how the workers should interact with each other and what each worker should do.

Whiteboard Activities for Make It Move

Social Emotional Development

Second Step curriculum has a great social and emotional activity that accompanies the "Make It Move" theme. Brain Bulder 3- Stop and Start on page 21 of the Early Learning SecondStep Teaching Materials book, involves lots of moving and following directions. A copy of a stop sign is needed to play the game. The teacher will explain the rules by saying, "when I say START, move in your own space, and when I say STOP, show me the stop pose". This game should only be played for a few minutes at a time. It can also be used during transitions. You can propose different forms of locomotion, such as a train, airplane, animals, and so on to make the game more challenging.

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TALK Strategies- Parallel Talk and Self Talk

According to the Hanson Initiative for Language & Literacy, center time provides a valuable opportunity to engage in extended conversations by observing what children are doing, then commenting, asking questions and expanding on what is said. For chidren whose language skills are not as developed, engaging in back and forth conversations may be difficult. Techniques such as parallel talk and self talk can be effective to model the language for them. These techniques help to encourage conversation.

Parallel talk allows children to hear words and sentences that describe the world. The teacher talks about what they are doing while they are involved in an activity.

Self talk is another way to give children opportunities to hear words and sentences by talking about what you are doing. These techniques allow children to hear words paired with objects and actions in order to learn language.

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OWL End-of-Year Assessment

  1. Soon we will be administering the OWL End of the Year Assessment to see how kindergarten ready our students are. The data gained from this assessment will allow us to measures gains, strengths and weaknesses of our instructional program. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the Literacy Assessment and about 10 minutes for the Math Assessment. The assessment window begins April 25th. This data will be entered into a spreadsheet with student data. You will receive the spreadsheet by May 1 or sooner.

Materials needed:

* End of the Year Assessment Recording Form

* Assessment Visuals- Alphabet Knowledge, Phonological Awareness,

Concepts of Print and Numbers and Operations

* 10 Color Cubes from manipulative kit

* An age- appropriate storybook

Important Lottery Information for Parents

The Office of Early Learning is excited to announce that the 2016-2017 Pre-K lottery is here! Atlanta Public Schools' Pre-K program is an age-appropriate instructional program that prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. APS' Pre-K lottery will be accepting applications from April 1-24, 2016. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 24, 2016. For more information or to complete an application visit us at

Get a jump start on the process by gathering the necessary documents listed below.

Pre-K Enrollment Requirements:

Birth Certificate or Passport

Parent Photo ID

Proof of Residence (electric, gas or water bill, lease or mortgage statement) Cable and phone bills are not acceptable OR

Affidavit of Residency (if the utility bill, lease or mortgage statement is not in parent's name)

Child's Social Security Card or waiver

Proof of Guardianship (if applicable)

Proof of Income- Head Start Sites only (W-2, Tax Return, SSI, TANF)

Child's Peachcare, Medicaid or Health insurance card

Immunization Certificate (Form 3231) and Ear, Eye and Dental Form (Form 3300)

For Head Start locations- Head Start dental and physical exams are required

Upcoming April Dates/Events


1st WSO Screening (entering and linking documentation)

11th Begin theme- "Make It Move"

11th-22nd PALS Testing Window

25th End-of-Year Owl Assessment begins

27th Monthly PD (3:30-5:00)

29th Health and Safety Checklists Due (Head Start sites only)

Pre-K Summer Transition Program Coming Soon!

The Pre-K Summer Transition Program will take place at 6 Pre-K sites this summer. It will run from May 31st- July 14th. Atlanta Public Schools will be closed July 1-10 and the program will not serve students during that time. If you are interested in the teacher, assistant, or transition coach positions, please apply. Review the email sent by Karen Hurley-farmer for details.

Spring is Here!

This is the time of year when students are excited about the warm weather and opportunities to play. Therefore, please be mindful that young children need daily activities to address restless behavior. Please plan activities to keep students active and engaged. Allow time for music and movement in the classroom and outside play to burn energy while promoting important aspects of learning. As you know, this is also the time when kids can become a bit over excited. Please ensure that you exercise patience and gentle reminders in effort to prevent any issues or reports of misconduct. Please exercise cooling down techniques for you and the children. Keep calm and remain in control of your emotions no matter how much your buttons feel pushed. Our children deserve a safe place for learning each day and we want to ensure that you are able to continue to positively impact the lives of our youngest learners.
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