I am so excited to be starting the year off with such AMAZING students! We are going to have a ton of fun! I am going to try to update this page periodically with news, as well as articles and fun sites! I may even put pictures up of some of our fun activities!
Some things to consider before the first day:
1. Please send me a note if you do not want your child eating breakfast at school. If I do not have a note stating they cannot eat breakfast, and they ask, I will send them.
2. Please make sure to purchase a binder for your child. This is daily communication home, and a way to keep home/school things organized. I will set these binders up asap.
3. Their homework will be to read or be read to for 10-15 minutes a night. This is very important for literacy growth, but also bonding with the parent. Children gain so much from being read to, and I try to encourage this as much as possible. This is also a good set up for future years of homework and learning responsibility. A “book worm” homework chart will go home with the child each night. If the parent fills it out, with the book the student listened to/read the night before, and signs it, the student will get a sticker to fill a chart. At the end of the chart, each student will get a prize! Also, know that if you want to read more to your child, that is fantastic! The more you read, the more you grow, the more you grow, the more you know!
4. Please try to get your child to school on time, and wait to pick them up till necessary. We have a lot that goes on and is learned during the day. If a student continually comes in late/picked up early, they are missing out on more education, and we all want them to grow and grow!
5. I sent home a remind.com invitation with open house papers. If you can, please join this service! Along with the binders, this is the main form of communication I use!
6. Email/notes are the best way to communicate with me. Put notes in the front of the binder. Please do not message me on remind.com for matters that need to be handled immediately (bus notes, etc.) Please call the office or email for these matters. I try to check email a couple times a day.
How do I talk to my child about the Day? This is a good question, and developmentally, this is very difficult for a kindergartner! Here are a few questions that may help get answers!
#1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
#2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
#3. If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
#4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
#5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
#6. If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?
#7. How did you help somebody today?
#8. How did somebody help you today?
#9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
#10. When were you the happiest today?
#11. When were you bored today?
#12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?
#13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?
#14. Tell me something good that happened today.
#15. What word did your teacher say most today?
#16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
#17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
#18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
#19 Where do you play the most at recess?
#20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
Taken From: http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2014/08/25-ways-ask-kids-school-today-without-asking-school-today.html
I am very excited for this year, and I know we are going to have a great one!