Sunday, August 21, 2016

Welcome Preschool Families!

Welcome to our preschool blog!

I would like to share with you a little about what types of things I share on our preschool blog.  On our blog, I will share classroom news, what we are learning, upcoming events and share pictures of our learning.  Parents in the past have found the blog to be a useful communication tool to aid in the conversation of what their child did at school each day.  You will be able to look at pictures of your child's learning and ask them to tell you about what is happening in each picture.  You will also know what goals we are working on each week to help you know what things you can focus on at home too.  Every time I post on our weekly blog, I will email a link to you.  If you have not yet signed a blog consent form, one will be sent home to you in your child's folder which I will explain next.

Daily Folders:

Your child will have a folder with their name and class section on it.  This folder is to be sent back and forth between home and school on a daily basis in your child's backpack.  Please remember to check your child's folder for important communications from school and please use it to send any milk money, notes, etc. you may have. 

Our Curriculum:

In Benton Community Preschools, we follow the Creative Curriculum.  In the Creative Curriculum, our learning is based off of 11 learning centers.  These centers include: Dramatic Play, Blocks, Sand and Water, Outside, Art, Writing, Discovery/Science, Toys and Games (Math), Puzzles, Library, and Computer/IPADS.  In your daily folders, I will be sending home information in regards to the learning that occurs in each center area.  

Our reading series is called Read it Again.  Read it Again includes whole group and small group learning experiences that include the areas of Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness, Print Knowledge and Narrative.  I will be explaining these areas further once we begin our reading series after Labor Day and I will include the concepts that we are working on so you may reinforce these concepts at home.  

Our social skills series is called Incredible Flexible You!  This series focuses on skills your child needs to be successful in learning to be a part of a group, working with others and becoming aware of their own feelings and the feelings of others.  We will be beginning this series the first full week of school.  You will be receiving newsletters to describe the skills we are working on in class.  


If you have not yet sent headphones with your child, please do so at your earliest convenience. Students need these headphones to be able to play learning games on our IPADS during center time.  


If at any time you have questions or simply would like to know how things are going, send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  If your child is to be absent, you may send me an email, email our building secretary or call the office.  We will also be sending home notepads that you may use to communicate planned absences with us by sending the completed note in your child's folder.  

I look forward to this school year and would like to thank you for sharing your child with us.  Thank you for taking the time to read this information!  

Mrs. Benton 

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