Fun in 4K

October 2nd

Click on the link below to sign up for a fall conference. As a reminder, conferences are virtual this year. I will be in contacting you in the upcoming weeks to give you information about the procedure we will follow. I look forward to talking with you soon and giving you an update on your little learner!

Be Respectful & Be Responsible

This month we will be focusing on: Be Responsible and Be Respectful. This past week we had multiple discussions about what it looks like, sounds like and feels like to be responsible and respectful. This is what the children came up with:


Be Responsible

* I can wash my hands.

* I can hang up my backpack.

* I can use the bathroom all by myself.

* I can clean up after myself.

* I can put my coat on all by myself.


Be Respectful

* I can use good manners.

* I can raise my hand.

* I can use a quiet voice.

* I can keep my hands to myself.


Discussing these agreements at home is a great way to bridge school and home. It also helps to reinforce the rules from home :)


We are also learning what it means to be a friend. We read the book My Friends by Grace Jones while focusing on these three questions:

Who can be a friend?

What does it mean to be a good friend?

Where can you meet friends?

Literacy Learning

Our literacy learning focus this month continues to be on identifying the letters in our name. Many children have also started to take notice of the letters in their friend's names. The children have also begun to practice writing their names. Right now the children are learning to write their names. In order to support them with the correct pencil grip, the children have been doing activities to build fine motor strength. We build fine motor strength by playing with play dough, coloring, lacing beads, tearing paper and cutting.


Our interactive read aloud this week was People Who Help At School by Janet Preus. The children learned that there are many people at school who help them learn and keep them safe. And of course adults are not the only ones that help at school, each and every child can help make their classroom a fun, happy place to learn.

Math Learning

Our math learning focus continues to be on identifying shapes, but next week we will begin to practice rote counting and counting objects up to 5.


Many children come to school already able to count. However, to develop a good understanding of number as quantity, children need to encounter quantities in many different ways. Strong counting skills are required before moving on to more complex number concepts, such as addition and subtraction. We will be engaging in lots of opportunities for counting in the coming weeks!

JACKETS, HATS AND MITTENS... OH MY!

Cold weather is upon us! One very important skills that your child will learn this year is how to be independent with his/her self-help skills. With the weather getting colder, everyone is now wearing coats to school. Even though most 4Kers are able to get themselves dressed to go outside, I have noticed there are quite a few children who are struggling to be independent when getting ready for recess. The biggest area of difficulty seems to be students not being able to zip their own coats or fixing their sleeves if they are inside out. If your child is not able to zip his/her own coat, then be sure that you are giving your child plenty of opportunities to practice this skill at home. (If you are the one that is zipping your child's coat at home, then your child will have trouble zipping his/her own coat at school.)


It will also be important for you to consider your child's self-help skills when you are choosing new winter coats, snow pants, mittens and boots - your child should be able to independently put on and take off any items he/she wears to school (That includes shoes! If your child cannot tie shoes, then consider choosing slip-on or velcro shoes that they can get on and off independently.)

PreK PALS Testing

Over the next few weeks all 4K children will complete Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening for Preschool (PALS-PreK). PALS-PreK is an informal assessment tool used to measure young children's early literacy development. The tasks on this assessment, which include Name Writing, Upper-Case Alphabet Recognition, Lower-Case Alphabet Recognition, Letter Sounds, Beginning Sound Awareness, Print and Word Awareness, and Rhyme Awareness, reflect skills that are vital for children's future reading success. PALS-PreK supports teachers as they plan, implement, and assess appropriate classroom literacy experiences in order to meet each child's individual literacy needs.


If you would like more information about specific tasks on the assessment please ask me. You can support your child's literacy development during the preschool years by reading books together, singing songs, providing opportunities for writing, as well as noticing print and letters in the world. With help from both home and school, your child will be on their way to becoming a successful reader!