At the beginning of each month I send home a newsletter with my preschoolers that helps bridge the school and home connection. I like to give my preschool families as much information as I can so they know what is going on in class.
My newsletter usually includes:
- Our theme of the month.
- Our curriculum focus for the month (which letter, shape, color, number, sign language sign, etc. we are going to focus on).
- A list of some of the songs and fingerplays we will be learning (throughout the month I will send home the actual words to the songs so that the students can practice singing the songs at home)
- A list of the book we will be reading and highlighting throughout the month (I usually try to pick out books that either go a long with the theme of the month, holidays celebrated throughout the month, or something we are focusing on that month (for example prepositional words).
- I include at least one or two poems or nursery rhymes we will be highlighting that month.
- The last thing I include is a few key dates to remember for the month.
Of course, my favorite part of the newsletter is the list of books that I include that we will be reading during class time. I absolutely LOVE children's literature and for me I can't have enough children's books in my own personal library. One thing I might start doing is highlighting a few books that we love at home.
Those of you who work with children or have children know that you have to be flexible when it comes to your schedule. Sometimes I end up reading all of the books listed on the newsletter, and other times I will notice that my students are interested in a certain subject matter or author so I wander away from my reading list to follow their interests.
You will notice that I like to have one or two more themes each month. The kids love it. This month we happen to be focusing on Farms and everything that goes on in a farm. We are learning about what animals are found on a farm, what farmers do on a farm, what kind of of food is harvested on a farm, and what the animals homes look like on a farm. My two classes were fortunate to learn a little about farms when we went on a wonderful field trip this past October. There is nothing like hands on learning. My students favorite thing was probably feeding the goats.
For me it is so fun coming up with learning activities to help teach a specific curriculum focus (i.e. triangles, one to one correspondence, etc.) and creating or finding these learning activities to reflect our theme. And then at the end of each month I reflect upon the areas where I feel my students are thriving and where I feel they might need a little extra help and I adjust my plans for the next month.
So, I thought that I would start sharing my Newsletters with you to help give you some ideas whether you teach preschool, you homeschool, you are a grandparent that watches your grandchildren, you have a day care, etc. Hopefully I will have a chance to go back to the beginning of this school year and share my past newsletters if you are interested.
CLICK HERE to download my January Newsletter.
What are you focusing on this month in your learning setting? I would love to hear about it!
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