Welcome to Pre-K4B!

Things you can do to get ready for pre-k while enjoying your summer!


Hello and Welcome to Our Pad!

I want to remind everyone that it is very important that your child gets plenty of sleep and that they eat a balanced diet. These two things are essential for a successful learner. While we will be learning many things about the ABC's and 123's as well as a lot of other fun things, we are still working on basic social skills, self care, and fine/gross motor skills. Please read the below information on how you can best help your child succeed.

Some things to work on at home with your child:

**COLOR, COLOR, COLOR!

While when we are on the run or, waiting for the dentist/doctor to call us back or, sitting out at dinner waiting for our food to come, we often try to fill that wait time for our children by carting along a tablet of some sort or hand them our cell phone that is loaded with all the latest game apps. While some games are valuable from an educational or even problem solving stand point, many children are missing out on some other skills that are essential in the early years. Every year we find more and more children who are unable to hold a pencil/crayon or even a pair of scissors. More importantly, we are finding that the children are lacking the hand strength and fine motor skills to do any or, all of the above. Please give your child time to do things like color, cut and craft. You don't have to be artsy! They are 4 and anytime they spend with you is a win! Coloring also teaches patience which is a skill that is greatly needed and hard to understand. It takes time to complete a picture or craft. The payoff is the beautiful artwork hanging on the refrigerator! Next time you go to dinner pack a small notebook and some crayons. Teach your child games like tic/tac/toe or, have them practice writing their name. All of these things will increase their fine motor skills and it is a great way to turn a dinner into some real quality time.

**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!" I love giving a lollipop to friends who bring in coupons they have cut over the weekend. I will check out how they did and send the coupons back home with a lollipop.

**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 independently for things like fruit cups.

**We encourage the children to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze by coughing/sneezing into our inner 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 and play in it. 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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