## "Before and After"

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we continued to talk about changes around us. We focused on changes that we are going through: growing up and going to Kindergarten or a new classroom. We spend the week remembering the past year and preparing for the changes that will come their way next year.

We sequenced baby to adult picture cards. This works on the skill that friends are able to organize life around events, time, and routines. Sequencing is the ability to place things and events into the right order. For children, learning to sequence is an important skill as it helps their ability to understand their surroundings and the actions that take place there. Recognizing sequences helps friends learn letters, sentence forms, story formats and counting.

We played a “roll and tally” game. We took turns rolling a die, then for the number we rolled, each child wrote the number, recorded how many by making a tallies, drew a picture of that many objects, and also wrote the word of the number. Some friends were able to do this independently; some friends needed help sounding out the word to write. Some friends traced and counted with the teacher. This worked on collecting data and being able to organize it in a graphic representation. Graphing charts helps prepare early learners to collect and organize data. They also learn how to count, make tallies and sort objects in the process. Students learn how to survey their peers and store information accurately through creating or reading standard picture graphs.

In talking about growing up and maturing, we sorted and discussed pictures that were about the past, present and future. We drew events from each child’s life and took a step down memory lane. Recalling events is important in sequencing and relating other events to events in their own lives. We looked at baby pictures of our friends and guessed who it was. It was fun to see how some friends changed or did not change as they grew up!

We practiced reviewing numbers by rolling the die, identifying the number, writing the number and number name, drawing out the number, and tallying the number. This activity utilized different ways that a number can be represented.

We also practiced identifying numbers by making towers with blocks. We matched the towers to their corresponding number. Knowing basic number skills is the foundation for math and science skills later on.

Ms. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten By Joseph Slate

Almost by Richard Torrey

When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis

Ideas for Home:

-Talk about changes in life, growing up, and their new school.

-Visit their new school.

Word of the Week:

Kindergartener – one who is going to kindergarten.

June 2 – End of the year party

AM – 9:55-10:40am

PM – 2:10-2:55pm

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!

Have a great weekend!

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Miss Referente and Staff

## Miss Referente

PPCD Teacher

Beaty Early Childhood School