Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Max wants nothing but a dragon shirt and Ruby is insisting on buying him a much-needed pair of pants, per
the instructions of their mother. Max does not give up on his beloved dragon shirt and reminds Ruby every chance he gets. Ruby gets sidetracked in the store trying on dresses and Max manages to wander in the store after dozing off and not finding Ruby in the dressing room. Max finds his coveted dragon shirt, puts it on and is "found" by two policemen in the store. Well, now the dragon shirt is covered with yummy ice cream and Ruby has no choice but to purchase the shirt for Max!
Friday, February 19, 2010
When the students return from February vacation we will being unit 4 the "World of Color." Students will be exposed to the following books:
Max's Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven
dear juno by Soyung Pak
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
See How They Grow: Chick by Jane Burton
Chicken's Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen
The following activities are home carry over ideas that go along with unit 4, spend some time to notice and observe colors. Please keep in mind that all of these activities do not need to be completed within a certain time frame. They are fun activities to do for the month as we explore the "World of Color"
Read a book. Talk about your child's favorite part of the story
Tell each other what you dreamed about last night. Talk about feelings that dreams bring up.
Listen to music. March, bounce, sway, stomp and clap. Name each action.
As you drive talk about uphill, downhill, under, over near and beside.
At the store, talk about the different departments and what is sold in them. Let your child predict where to find things. (a grocery store is perfect for this)
Let your child tear up lettuce for a salad and name the colors of all the ingredients.
Cut many small circles, rectangles and triangles from colorful magazine pages. Use the shapes and a glue stick to make a collage.
Turn the tables and let your child "read" a familiar book to your. Talk about it and help if asked, but don't contradict your child's version.
Draw a simple map to show where you live and where school is. Talk about how to get from on place to the other.
Let your child help open the mail. Talk about what each piece is and show a few words as you read them.
Talk about clothes family member are wearing. find different colors and patterns, like stripes or dots.
Make up easy rhyming riddles for your child to guess: "I'm little and I can crawl or fly. I'm not a rug a hug or a mug. I'm a _______(bug)!"
At the grocery store give color clues for items you plan to buy. Your child can find the rice in the red box or the fruit that's long and yellow.
Pretend to be birds and fly around. Ask your child what he or she can see in the neighborhood from up in the air.
Friday, February 12, 2010
The Cub Cadet's had a lot of fun today using the I Pod Touch to work on preschool concepts. We have several I pod's that we use to help reinforce basic concepts. The children enjoy using them and they are a fun and motivating way to work on mastery of preschool readiness concepts.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I just wanted to take a minute to remind everyone of the policy when school is closed due to hazardous weather.
The Burlington Integrated Preschool follows the Burlington Public Schools policy for school closings and delayed openings.
The AM session will be canceled.
The PM session of preschool will run on the regular schedule.
Please watch your local news channels for updates on school closings and delays.
If you filled out your connect-ed form and didn't receive a phone call about school closing please call the office and let us know, 781-272-1808. We will update the forms and lists over vacation to ensure all of our families are notified of delayed opening and school cancellations.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Early Childhood Workshop
Monday, March 1st 7:00-9:00 PM
Swampscott Middle School Library
Predicting and Preventing Reading Success
The Swampscott Public Schools is pleased to offer an opportunity for parents to learn more about what parents and other caregivers can do to promote vocabulary and other Pre-Reading skills. Sally Grimes, a reading and learning disabilities specialist who consults and provides professional development nationally, will be in Swampscott on Monday night, March 1.
Sally will discuss the major findings of the National Early Literacy Panel and describe exemplary pre-literacy practices that provide a strong foundation for K-3 reading instruction. She will describe the Panel’s findings that outline what we now know about predicting reading success and failure and suggest activities that parents and others can do to promote oral language, phonological processing and print knowledge. Sally will describe the “red flags” that can alert parents to reading and pre-reading difficulties. Handouts and resource information will be distributed.
Sally’s work is based on scientifically proven material and 35 years of exhaustive and sophisticated studies, including brain and eye movement studies and her decades of experience in a wide variety of settings, ranging from pre-school to graduate school and from the classroom to the clinic.
The material in the presentation will be woven into an overview of the state-of-the-art of Reading instruction K-3 and explain how the five components of Reading (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension) work together and are linked with oral language development.
We welcome all parents, teachers, librarians, teacher assistants, community workers, school board members, social workers, and others. We hope that you will participate in this great opportunity with Sally Grimes.
** Please note that this workshop is intended for adults only. Please make alternative arrangements for children.
Monday, February 1, 2010
1. Go slowly and pause often
2. Get down at their level - sit on the floor and physically crouch down to encourage appropriate eye contact and ensure that your child is attending to you
3. Be positive and unhurried
4. Choose words carefully
5. Demonstrate and model new words
6. Ask for your preschooler to repeat or comment on what you have said
7. Reward small gains
8. Extend even the smallest comment made - ask questions or provide a return comment
9. Rephrase and respond to your child's comments or questions
10. Wait - provide your child with enough time to respond
11. Listen, listen listen!