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   Well, we are a hop, skip and a jump away from Christmas! I know that the holiday season can be very busy for families with all the shopping, decorating and preparation for the arrival of the Big Guy in Red but, please remember what this holiday season is all about. We will begin working on lessons about Advent and the birth of Jesus, the true reason for celebration! Please try to keep a regular schedule for your child during the holiday. A continued routine will not only help you at home but us here at school by ensuring your child has had adequate rest and healthy food for a growing body and brain! 

    Please feel free to check this web page at any time. I try to update weekly (on the weekend for coming week)  and will, on occasion, add things during the week. Please always feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. I will make every attempt to get back to you that day. 
In the mean time,  below are some things that you can do to at home to help us help your child!
Some things to work on at home with your child:
**Putting Coats on and Zippering**
With the weather starting to change and a chill is now in the air, it is time for jackets! Please begin allowing your child time to attempt to get their jacket on by themselves. It is important that the children begin learning to recognize if sleeves have to be turned right side out. We have been working on showing them how to put their arm in, grab the sleeve and pull the arm out so it is right side out. Next, help them to recognize the collar/hood goes at their neck. We have begun to hep those struggling with getting their coat on alone by having them lay the coat on the floor or a table with the hood closest to them, place hands and forearms into sleeves and flip the coat over their head. Once this is mastered, please have the children make 3 attempts at zippering. This is a skill they should begin to acquire and master by the end of the school year. It is hard to watch them struggle and we are always in a hurry but, sometimes we have to slow down and let them try!
**Cutting Skills**
Help your child practice cutting at home. On Sunday, pull out the coupon section and have them clip away. Point out the lines where your child should cut and, let them go to town! The children definitely need this skill. You can get children's blunt point scissors at the dollar store.
**Writing Their Name**
While this is an obvious skill the children will need, many children lack the hand strength so, working on that first and foremost is very important. Play-Doh, molding/modeling clay, Silly Putty and even squishy balls are ideal in improving hand strength. In addition, I will begin sending home practice sheets with your child's fist name so that he/she can practice letter formation and the use of a capital letter followed by lower case.

Work on simple things that keep us safe like walking in the house/classroom rather than running. We always push our chair in when we get up.
We always sit up at the table when we eat (we say: tummies to table).
We finish our snack/lunch before we get up from the table. We don't walk around while we are eating.
Work on using utensils. Children should be using a spoon/fork for things like fruit cups.
We encourage the children to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze by coughing/sneezing into our elbow. This keeps the germs from getting on our hands and spreading to other surfaces. We try to keep the use of hand sanitizer to a minimum. The children tend to use too much, play in it and there is also research that shows it may not be as beneficial as it can be when over used.

Please feel free to browse the tabs to the left to see what is happening in our classroom! If there is anything you would like to see on my webpage to help keep you informed, please let me know! Please remember this is a work in progress and I want you to have as much information at your finger tips as possible! Thank you for choosing Holy Family Regional Catholic School for your child's preschool experience. I am confident you will find that we provide not only a great educational program but, a program that will help them to grow socially while helping them to begin to understand their faith and how it connects to their everyday life.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email me at: karen.seger@hfrcs.org and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

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