Hello, Preschool 2 families!
Last month we were learning about literacy. We learned about how to find our names and identify the various letters in our names. The children have grown in their interest in using story books to point out familiar letters and using their fine motor skills to try to print their names. We also enjoyed using the sandbox outside to trace letters in the sand. In encouraging the children to become story tellers, our class has been getting into small groups and one person will be “pretend” reading a book while the others will listen to their classmate, then they switch and have another classmate read a different story.
In the month of March, we will be learning about the Early Learning Guidelines Mathematics Standard 4, which is about measurement. The children will get to explore different types of measuring tools they can use throughout their day, like using a scale, ruler, block, our hands, or even a pencil. Next, we will be learning about how we can compare objects based on their observable attributes, like determining what is big, bigger, and the biggest or sorting objects by small, medium, and large. Finally, the children will develop their memory skills by gaining an awareness of simple time concepts. In providing the children with the opportunity to talk about what we are going to do “today,” we can further their memory development by challenging them to recall what we had done “yesterday” and guessing what activities we might be doing “tomorrow.”
Developing an understanding of our classroom schedule will also help the children to gain an awareness of time. Therefore, we will be working as a class on making a classroom schedule from which we will have opportunities to talk about what we do “before” or “after” an activity. Children often have troubles with transitions because they sometimes can’t remember what will come next. Using a visual schedule will help the children to gain a better understanding of what their day will consist of and what will come next, which will give them something to look forward to.