# Pre-K News

## ATTENTION FUTURE KINDERGARTEN PARENTS!

Kindergarten orientation is Thursday, March 13th. The kindergarten team has asked that YOU BRING YOUR FUTURE KINDERGARTENER WITH YOU! It will take place at the elementary school. Mrs. Conn and Nurse Lu will be discussing policies and procedures with the parents. The kids will be divided up between the three kindergarten classrooms and will have planned activities to do with the teachers. Please find other arrangements for siblings. There will be no childcare available. We highly suggest you attend this orientation. This is a great opportunity for you to see what lies ahead and for your kids to get into those classrooms.

## OUR CURRENT STUDY IS...

BALLS, BALLS, AND MORE BALLS! This week we discussed if all balls bounce. We compared balls with air in them, ones that are completely solid, foam balls, and a few others. We determined that not all balls bounce, not all balls bounce straight back up, balls bounce up to different heights, and that weight of the balls does not determine if it bounces or not.

A special thanks to Ashley Sigler for coming in and talking to the morning kids about volleyball. She talked about how to play, the different hits, muscles needed, etc. The kids loved it!!

IF YOU PLAY A SPORT WITH A BALL AND WANT TO COME EXPLAIN IT TO THE KIDS, Please let us know!

## SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

RHYMES WITH BALL: We read a poem about a bouncing ball. We then tried to find as many words as we could that rhyme with "ball".

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT: We measured the circumference of different balls. The kids made the connection between that and doing it during our tree study!

BEACH BALL TOSS: We played catch with beach balls that have letters on them. The kids had to tell us letters that their hands were touching when it was their turn.

PAPER PLATE BALLS: We used large paper plates to make a variety of balls. Come check these out in the hallway or on our boards if you are in the building!

MARBLE PAINTING: We marble painted on small paper plates to make our own marbles to hang outside our classrooms. It takes some skill to keep those marbles from rolling all over the place!

BOUNCE: This book is about which balls bounce better. It compared heavier and lighter balls. It helped out with our discussions this week.

HAVE A BALL: This was about all kinds of balls like ones used in sports. The kids could really relate to this one.

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF: The classic story about the troll under the bridge. Kids always end up pretending to be the troll during the day! This will come into play with some small group activities next week.

## SONGS, POEMS, and GAMES!

SO many simple games to play INSIDE with balls.

1. Count how many times a ball bounces

2. Roll two...which rolls further? Measure it.

3. Roll a ball back and forth. Say ABCs as each person touches the ball.

4. Hide and seek...hide a ball and have kids find it using directional words.

## CASUAL PICTURE ORDERS

We need casual picture photo orders by Tuesday, March 11. Please return them as soon as possible if you wish to order pictures! Thanks!

## JOLLY PHONICS

The kids are introduced to a sound every week. So far we have learned s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u and l. This is a progressive program, building on what we have already learned. There is one part of this program where see what words we can make out of the ones we have learned. They are getting really good at reading the words we put up on the board, AND helping us sound out words we tell them we want to spell. Some of them are even spilling many three letter words on their own or with minimal assistance. The younger kids may not be at this level, but they are watching and listening and getting some repetitive exposure that will develop into greater skills next year.