Guidance Parent Newsletter

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Hello Parents!

My name is Sophia Solano and I am the school counselor for Blessed Trinity. I started in January of last year so I'm still getting to know everyone. I love working at this school and getting to know your children!

My plan for this year is to send a newsletter out at the end of each quarter to discuss different tips and suggestions to help best support your little learner. If you ever have any concerns of questions please feel free to contact me. I am here Tuesdays and Thursdays and can be reached via email at counselor@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org or by phone at 904-641-3837 ext 336

Tips for Parents of Pre-K and Kindergarten Students

Start Conversations

Students who have strong oral language will have greater academic success. Build oral language by snagging time every day to have real conversations. Resist the urge to put on the DVD player while driving in the car. This is a perfect moment to talk! Ask your child questions and help them to respond in complete sentences. You can also play games such as 'I Spy' while on the go or preparing dinner: 'I spy something that starts with B' or 'I spy something that rhymes with star.' These early literacy skill builders can be slipped into even the busiest of schedules."—Deedee Wills, kindergarten teacher at Owensville Elementary School in Owensville, Mo
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Get Involved

Ask your student's teacher if you can volunteer in the classroom. Tell your child in advance that you are coming to be with the whole class, not just your child. Enter the classroom inconspicuously and wave and smile at your child from across the room, but encourage your child to remain with the lesson or activity. As you circulate, help children other than your child. Parent volunteers can be such a blessing!"—Jennifer Cook, literacy coach and former kindergarten teacher
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Spend Intentional Time Together

"I encourage you to take time and listen to your child. You can gain so much knowledge! Your son or daughter will be thinking, 'I love it when you talk to me about my work. I love it when you read to me.' When you show a genuine interest in their life, you cannot imagine the love they feel and the confidence they develop. I urge you to put down social media and turn off the TV and move to the floor to play with them, discover with them and learn from them. Give them 'us time' every day. Make them feel like they are the most important thing in your life."—Katie Mills, kindergarten teacher at Cassidy Elementary School in Lexington, Ky.
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Encourage Independance & Responsibility

"Consistently set the bar high. Most kids will rise to the occasion! I am a huge proponent of teaching 5- and 6-year-olds to be independent. There are so many ways they can take responsibility for themselves and their actions. They are responsible for keeping our classroom clean, cleaning up after themselves after snack, unpacking in the mornings and packing up in the afternoon. Offer similar opportunities at home, take a step back and see how capable your kindergartener is!"—Ronda Thomas, kindergarten teacher at Oak Mountain Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala.
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Read Together Everyday & Express How Much You Enjoy It

Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.

Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
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Online Request Form

If you would like to set up an appointment for me to meet with your student please fill out the online form here. This goes directly to me and then I will schedule a time during a non-core academic class to meet with your child and then contact you after.
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