Last week in our curriculum, we learned about different Community Helpers. This was a continuation of our Professions Week that focused on various individuals who helped the community stay safe. We learned from the Salem Fire Department, Rural Metro Ambulance, and Salem Police Department. The children learned about the equipment used in these professions, safety tips, and got to sit and learn in the various vehicles. It is a week of study we look forward to every year. We are so grateful for the support of the Salem Community as we educate our children. Please enjoy the photos!
Last week in our curriculum we learned about various professions. Each day a community member would come to our school to share about their job with the students and facilitate an activity--it was so much fun! We are grateful for our partnership with the Salem Community and those who helped us provide hands-on learning for the children. Here is who we featured last week.
Monday: Instructors from Premier Academy of Performing Arts. The instructors taught us various dances and we had the opportunity to free dance at the end. Check out the video on our Facebook page!
Tuesday: Mike Earl and Team, Maintenance Crew from Willson House. This crew talked to us about their job on the Maintenance team and facilitated a bird house building craft. The birdhouses are now painted and hanging in our playground.
Wednesday: Heather Poore, RN of Willson House. Heather talked about her job and role in keeping senior residents healthy. She showed us her tools and we got to try out the stethoscope and blood pressure cuff, which we learned had funny name (sphygmomanometer). We then got to doctor our stuffed animals who had broken an arm or leg.
Thursday: Chris Feskens, Executive Chef of Willson House. Chris taught us about the kitchen and equipment and then we got to help make pizza dough which we ate for lunch that day...it was yummy!
Friday: Carrie, Mail Carrier of USPS. Carrie and her friend Sarah Jane joined us and talked about the history of the United States Postal Service--including how they used to mail children! The children then got to design their own stamp and do a letter writing activity. It was so fun!
Please enjoy some pictures from Professions Week. Thank you, friends, for sharing with us and for what you do to help our community.
Is your child ready for kindergarten? No single factor determines whether a child is ready to start school. However, it is important that your child is mature enough physically, socially, and cognitively. For Salem-Keizer Public Schools, your child must be 5 years old by the September 1st cut-off date. Many schools use these dates to determine who is ready for school, but research shows that your child's chronological age isn't the best way to decide whether he has what it takes to be a successful kindergartner. Your child's ability to think logically, speak clearly, and interact well with other children and adults are all critically important to success in school. A child's physical development also needs to be considered.
Below are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if your child is ready for kindergarten:*
1) Can my child listen to instructions and then follow them? Children need these skills to function in class, to keep up with the teacher and with their peers.
2) Is he able to put on his coat and go to the bathroom by himself? Children need to be somewhat self-sufficient by school age.
3) Can he recite the alphabet and count? Most kindergarten teachers assume that children are at least familiar with the ABC's and numbers though these subjects will be covered as part of the kindergarten curriculum.
4) Can he hold a pencil? Cut with scissors? He will need these fine motor skills to begin working on writing the alphabet and to keep up with classroom projects.
5) Does he show an interest in books? Does he try to "read" a book by telling a story based on the pictures? This is a sign that his language development is on a par with other kindergartners and that he's ready to start learning how to read.
6) Is he curious and receptive to learning new things? If a child's curiosity is stronger than his fear of the unfamiliar, he will do well in school.
7) Does he get along well with other kids? Does he share and know how to take turns? He'll be interacting with other children all day, so your child's social skills are particularly important for success in school.
8) Can he work together with others as part of a group? The ability to put his needs second, to compromise and join in a consensus with other children, is also part of emotional competence.
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions and "sometimes" to the rest, your child is ready for kindergarten. If not, your child might well benefit from another year of preschool, or from one of the transitional or pre-K classes now being offered by many private schools.
If you would like more information on Kindergarten Readiness or materials to help your child better prepare for kindergarten, please contact our Director, Karen Kilgore at email@example.com.
Stay tuned next week for more information on our Fall 2013 Kindergarten Program
*Adapted from Baby Center
Our curriculum is thematic; our teaching team chooses a theme for each week and this them guides what projects and activities are done. All of our learning--social, emotional, physical, and intellectual encompasses our weekly theme. This week, our theme was community helpers. Each day, we focused on a different profession that works to keep our community safe. We partnered with the Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department (Station 1) and Rural/Metro Ambulance to bring some of these helpers into our classroom. We are deeply grateful for our connections in the community and want to thank everyone who helped make this week a success. Please enjoy the photos below!
Our curriculum is done thematically through a combination of child-directed exploration and teacher-guided activities. This week, we learned about kindness and cooperation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our students practiced the importance skill of working together to get the job done. Here are a few pictures of their hard work!
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."