In August, bulldozers and backhoes created a cacophony of sounds in my neighborhood. The old, paved school yard next door was miraculously transformed into the coolest soccer field in the world. It happened so fast! It wasn't there and then, like magic, Astroturf lit by bright lights appeared. It is kind of like the beginning of the school year; it’s the first day of school and just like that October is here. The Kindergartners are beginning to read/learn letters & the Preschool students have realized that play is their work.
Each day, the preschoolers are able to spend a substantial portion of their day playing and are able to choose which center they would like to play in as long as there is space available. What center does your preschooler like best? Is it playing in Block Center? Art? Science? Dramatic Play? Sand Table or Water Table? Our preschool teachers are expected to have communication with the family of each child. Thank you for letting your child's teacher know if you have questions about his/her day. Your partnership & feedback helps us to grow our learning program to be the best that it can be.
Our Kindergartners are navigating Literacy Centers each day while teachers and our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Clark, and her team work with individual and small groups of children to help them begin the process to learn to read. Is your child able to track words from left to right and use picture cues to support their process? If so, your child is on 2Y and on Grade Level. If your child is being read to and still in the "READ TO ME" phase, your child needs support to catch up to 2Y. Our goal is to have them read you a bedtime story; they grow up so fast. On September 30th, 75 percent of our Kindergartners were on grade level. Thank you for checking in with your child's teacher in order to determine if your child might need extra support to catch up and be on grade level; while continuing to fall in love with books and reading. Each Friday, #RhodyReaders come to our school from the University of Rhode Island to support the reading process. Ultimately, you are your child's greatest teacher. Thank you for working with us.
Each night when I walk my dog, different groups of children are using the new field with Parent Coaches. Mondays at 7 are the silliest because it seems to be a group of 6 or 7 year old girls who are as interested in dance moves as they are in soccer. They seem to be excellent at dabbing, much to the dismay of the Dad who is their coach. Tuesdays at 8 are very serious. My Spanish still isn't as good as I would hope but I can tell that these older boys are incredibly talented and the Dads expect perfection from them as they bark out guidance. Perhaps, within their midst is a future James Rodriguez. (Miss Lucellis, our Home School Liasion's favorite player.) Someday, hopefully, we will be able to afford our own lighted soccer field at MI Robertson and/or Captain Hunt. In the meanwhile, thank you for lighting up our world with your partnership.
With October Joy,
Beth Tanner, MS Ed