Welcome to Pre-K4B!

Hello and Welcome to Our Pad!

Welcome to a new school year! We will be learning so many new things and can't wait to get started. In my class we are aiming to learn new things, make new friends and have lot's of fun while building a love for learning! I can't wait to meet all my new friends and get started.

In order to keep you informed of any upcoming events and information, I will be updating my website on the weekends for the coming week and will, on occasion, add things during the week. Please always feel free to check my web page when needed and always feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. I will make every attempt to get back to you that day even if it is some time in the evening.

In the mean time. below are some things that you can start working on at home to most benefit your child while in school.

Some things to work on at home with your child:

**Putting coats on and zippering, buttoning and zippering pants**

All children MUST be self sufficient in the lavatory. We are not allowed to enter the lavatory, pull pants or tights up or down and we are not allowed to help children wipe. Please work on these skills with your child to be sure they are self sufficient. The best thing is to send your child in elastic waist pants, shorts and skirts. Also be sure to teach your child to wipe properly, flush and wash their hands before leaving the restroom. In addition, the weather will begin to change in no time at all and soon a chill will be in the air. This means before you know it, it will be time for sweaters and 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. Next, help them to recognize the collar/hood goes at their neck. We try to help 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. When we teach proper scissor position we say, "Thumb up to heaven, fingers toward the ground and elbow in tight to your body!"

**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.

**Other**

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.

Again, 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.We are very excited to get this school year started. Please feel free to browse the different pages by clicking the menu bar above (three lines on the top left of each page) to see what is happening in our classroom! If there is anything you would like to see on my web page 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!

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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