Address: 106 North Magnolia, Crescent, OK 73028 | Phone: 405-969-2227 | Fax: 405-969-2003
Crescent Public Schools
Tiger Pride
Monday Note
**  During power outages and virtual days it is a good time to snuggle up and read with your child, play a game or do puzzles.  

** Don't forget to check out the GoNoodle link on the right side of this page for movement activities for the children.

**Trashcan Alphabet Game:  Use scrap paper and write capital and lower case letters on them.  The child then picks a piece of paper and if they can identify the letter correctly they may wad the paper up and throw it to make it in the trashcan. You may also tell them to find a particular letter and when they do they can wad it up and throw it in the trashcan.   After you play you can take the papers out, flatten them out, and play again.

** Alphabet Running Game:  Line up a few alphabet cards on a table of some kind and make sure there is a clear path with a little distance.  Have the child start at a point away from the table.  Tell them a letter and then when you say go they must run to the table and find the letter as quick as they can, then run back and tag the wall or door where they started.  (You could use numbers also) Hopefully they will get a little energy out and practice identifying letters or even numbers.

Stories Online
Check out our class Facebook Page (CHS Class of 2034) for other activities that have been shared there.  If you are not a member of our group, you can send me a friend request or look up the page and ask to be added. I will only add parent/guardians of the class of 2034.

Click on the links below to let your child listen to stories and songs online...

Click on the links below to see how to help your child with the following skills...

Review Ideas

1.  ABC or 123 go fish.  (Printable Elfie Go Fish Numbers 0-10)

For this game,  cut a piece of paper into squares.  Write one letter on each square of paper, writing two of each letters (0r numbers). So we had 2 ‘s’ squares, 2 ‘a’ squares, etc.  To make this a little bit simpler, and for the opportunity to offer a clue if needed, you may chose to write each letter in a different color. The rules are very, very simple – as all preschool card games need to be:  Shuffle the cards and deal 3 cards to your preschooler and 3 to yourself. Take turns asking, “Do you have a ….”   If a pair is found, lay those cards down.  The game is done when all the cards are paired up!   

2.  Letter or Number Hide and Seek. 
Hide letters or numbers around the house and have the children find them and then they have to tell you what letter or number it is.  If they can't identify it correctly tell them what it is and then hide that card again and let them have another try at it. 

3.  Letter Memory Match.  You can make an uppercase and lowercase of each letter.  The children will then have to match the uppercase letter to its lowercase letter or vise versa.  Turn the cards face down and mix them up so the children will have to remember where the matches are when they take their turn turning two cards over at a time.

4.  Find the letters on items around the house. Tell your child a letter and have them look for that letter on items in the house (examples:  on cereal boxes, signs, canned goods, etc.).  

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe that children are sponges ready to absorb all the knowledge you can give them. There are several different learning styles and children sometimes have more than one style that works for them. I try to present material using technology to help children that are visual and auditory learners. I also let the children interact with technology to use their kinesthetic learning. I present material in other ways to try and reach each child in their learning style. I know that every child does not learn at the exact same rate so one child may get something on the first time and another child may get it in a week or more. Every child can learn, but every child is not the same so they may learn at different rates or in different ways.

Children, or anyone for that matter, needs their basic needs met before they can be successful at learning. According to Maslow's Hierarchy of needs people need to have basic needs met before they can gain anything. This is represented in a pyramid and it shows how the levels of needs need to be met to work their way up the pyramid. Hopefully working their way up the pyramid will help them be more successful in their ability to learn and grow.

I feel like the “Twelve basic Principles of Child Development” express what we are trying to accomplish in an early childhood setting. They are as follows:

1. Domains of children development – physical, social, emotional, and cognitive – are closely related. Development in one domain influences and is influenced by development in other domains.
2. Development occurs in a relatively orderly sequence, with later abilities, skills, and knowledge building on those already acquired.
3. Development proceeds at varying rates from child to child as well as unevenly within different areas of each child's functioning.

4. Early experiences have both cumulative and delayed effects on an individual child's development; optimal periods exist for certain types of development and learning.
5. Development proceeds in predictable directions toward greater complexity, organization, and internalization.
6. Development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple social and cultural context.
7. Children are active learners, drawing on direct physical and social experience as well as culturally transmitted knowledge to construct their own understandings of the world around them.
8. Development and learning result from interaction of biological maturation and the environment, which includes both the physical and the social worlds that children live in.
9. Play is an important vehicle for children's social, emotional, and cognitive development, as well as a reflection of their development.
10. Development advances when children have opportunities to practice newly acquired skills, as well as when they experience a challenge just beyond the level of their present mastery.
11. Children demonstrate different modes of knowing and learning and learning and different ways of representing what they know.
12. Children learn best in the context of community in which they are safe and valued, their physical needs are met, and they feel psychologically secure.

Carol Gestwicki (2007, p. 4-33), Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and development in Early Childhood Education. USA:Thomson Delmar Learning.

Basically if children are healthy, happy, and feel safe they are going to be more receptive to learning. Teaching with a variety of methods can also help children catch on to things. Sometimes it just takes seeing things in a different way to get it. I try to observe what works best for each child and present things in a way that will maximize their ability to catch on to what is being taught.
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