If you have a pre-kindergartener or kindergartener starting school this year, please keep in mind that the start dates are as follows:
- Tuesday/Thursday Alternating Friday: September 8, 2009 (Grades 1-5 begin on this day also)
- Monday/Wednesday Alternating Friday: September 9, 2009
Your child can ride the bus to school on the first day or ride in the car. I am aware that the Appleseed communication encourages parents to provide car transportation for PreK and K students on the first day of school, but this is your choice as a parent.
Our PreK and K Open Houses will be held on September 1, 2009. This is geared toward parents attending with their PK/K child.
- Mrs. Estefan and Mrs. Weiss and Mrs. Bohl’s MW will hold their open houses from 5:30 to 6:15 pm.
- Mrs. Bohl’s TTH and Mrs. Nederveld will hold their open houses from 6:30 to 7:15 pm.
The alternating day Friday schedule for this year can be found here: PK/K FRIDAYs
School Hours and other schedules can be found: HOURS and SCHEDULES
If you have a child who is preparing to enter preschool, pre-kindergarten or kindergarten in the fall, I would like to give you permission to shift away from skill and drill on letter names, color and shape identification. I, along with the early childhood teaching team, encourage you to prepare your child for school by having a set list of simple chores (jobs, to do’s) that can be completed each day.
Much of what we do in school involves asking children to complete tasks after hearing and seeing two or three step directions. Chores or daily jobs involve a series of steps that can be repeatedly daily, and this repetition builds more success and hopefully jobs that are completed better each day!
And, to make this blog post more credible, there is research support. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love research that promotes the benefit of daily chores for my own children.
To find out more details about the benefits of learning two step directions, visit Connect With Kids.