The Patrick Henry Post
January 13th, 2023
This week, our Patrick Henry Post has been taken over by our amazing Preschool department! Take a look below for a glimpse into each of our Early Childhood classrooms to see what they are up to with our youngest students, and then explore some of the parent resources for those of you with young children at home.
From the Desk of Ms. Womack
PreK has been getting back into routine after winter break! We are refreshing our letter and sound knowledge, remembering how to be a good friend, and opening boxes from two of our Donors Choose projects-these projects include snacks for our class, flexible seating for our busy friends, and a floor piano! This quarter we will be learning about community helpers, we will be learning our last names, and we will be learning how to set boundaries. PreK is busy and we are learning so much!
From the Desk of Ms. Young
Our Pre-K students have really been so busy learning and growing together as a class. Each day is filled with mastering school routines, learning about letters and their sounds, colors and shapes, name recognition, reading and the love of books, numbers and counting, our bodies and our relationships with our classmates and our teachers and creative learning through sensory play, art and music. From mastering new skills to the art of making new friends we have had a jam-packed school year so far.
I’m also so grateful for our classroom aides – Ms. Qiarra Blue and Mr. Malik Easley. They both show up every day and give their very best to assist these students in all areas of learning and their day. They love working and playing with the children as much as I do.
I’m so grateful to work with these kiddos every day and love to see them working so hard and learning so much. I look forward to a wonderful 2023 with all of them.
Thank you, Ms. Blue!
Thank you, Mr. Malik!
Thank you, Andrew!
From the Desk of Ms. Smith
Our days in Pre-K have been filled with learning new things! Over the last two weeks, we have been studying community helpers and their roles and responsibilities. The students have been really excited to talk about what they want to be when they grow up! Next, we will study animals and their habitats. During literacy circle, we focus on letter identification, letter sounds, rhyming words, and syllables. The students are becoming Letter Experts! During math circle, the students have been working on identifying and writing numbers 1-10. Next, we will explore geometry and investigate the characteristics of shapes. The students are hard workers and I am proud of their determination and progress!
Thank you, Ms. Hill!
Parent Resources for Preschool Students
Preschool Dolch sight words
What's a sight word? It's a word a child learns to recognize on sight. Edward William Dolch first published these lists in 1936. From preschool to third grade, there are 220 Dolch sight words that are used so often in print that together they make up an estimated three quarters of all words used in children's books.
Preschool Sight Words
Start Off Your Preschooler's Vocabulary Lessons By Helping Them Learn Sight Words For Preschoolers Once a child moves from the toddler stage to preschool, it's time to move on from basic letter recognition skills. Children at this age are ready to learn new things like words for kids, preschool sight words, simple math etc.
Hands-On Math Activities for Preschoolers
Math is so fun to teach to preschoolers because there are a lot of daily activities that incorporate math. Preschoolers don't need worksheets for math...they should learn through play and hands-on activities. 1. Patterns with Bears Counting Bears are a great math manipulative to use with preschoolers.
55+ of the BEST Math Activities for Preschoolers
These math activities for preschoolers are sure to engage the kids as they explore early math. They run the gamut from counting to colors to one-to-one correspondence and include hands-on, multi-sensory ideas. Plus, there are even some free printables focused on math! Children naturally explore math throughout their day.
30 Science Activities for Preschoolers That are Totally Awesome
From science experiments to sensory explorations to STEM and STEAM activities, these science activities for preschoolers are sure to be a hit! If you are looking for simple science experiments and activities to do with preschoolers, then this list is perfect for you. Your kids are sure to have a blast exploring science!
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why do schools and businesses celebrate January 16th as MLK Day? MLK Day is a federal holiday that marks Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, which is officially January 15th, 1929, but every year it is celebrated on the third Monday of January. Dr. King, Jr. was one of the most influential people of his generation, and one of the most recognizable faces of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Dr. King, Jr. preached nonviolent resistance to the ugly injustices of our society, and he continues to influence millions of people even today through his legacy.
At Patrick Henry Elementary in St. Louis Public Schools, MLK Day is an important day to honor the life and legacy of a hero who impacted the lives of our staff and students. 98.5% of our student population is black at Patrick Henry, and the civil rights and liberties that Dr. King, Jr. fought for impact our students every day.
MLK Day Resources for Parents
How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books That Can Help
Sharing stories can be a powerful tool for talking about the complex realities of race, particularly in trying times. Here are a few resources and books to help foster conversation, empathy, and understanding with the young people in your lives.
Teaching Young Children about Race - Teaching for Change
A Guide for Parents and Teachers Recent events have led many parents and teachers to seek out resources to address issues of race and inequality with young children. We share with you here an excerpt from the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves.
15 Fantastic & Free Martin Luther King Jr. Activities for Kids
These 15 free Martin Luther King Jr. activities are excellent ways to honor and celebrate this amazing man with kids. You could use these activities to celebrate MLK Day or enjoy them in February to celebrate Black History Month. Learning About Martin Luther King Jr. With Kids Help your kids learn more about the life...
Martin Luther King Jr. Day classroom resources - PBS NewsHour Classroom
Each year, the United States sets aside the third Monday in January to remember the life and work of legendary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King's life ended abruptly when he was assassinated in 1968, but he left behind a generation of leaders who went on to continue fighting for equal rights.