Filling out the 2020 Census

Dear Families,

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

For a better future of our city, schools, and students , please click on the link now and fill out the census if you have not already. It only takes a few minutes from your time to make a difference.

Complete the Census application here: 

https://my2020census.gov/

Sincerely,

Ms. Werner

Summer Community Resources

Here is a document from Cotter’s social worker Jennifer Lall. It includes great food and financial resources and also activities. The school district’s summer food distribution is also on this list so please check it out 🙂 Also remember that at the top of my blog’s page – there are links for resources and activities as well that you can still use.

Summer Activity Calendars

Hello Everyone! I am attaching an activity calendar for June that you can access on here, save to your computer/phone, or print off. If you want to save or print, just click the image. There is one in English and a translated one in Arabic. I will send you one at the beginning of July and August as well. As I’ve said before, I am keeping my Remind class open until the end of the summer so if you have questions feel free to ask or email me! I wish you all a safe, healthy, and relaxing summer!

Congratulations on finishing Pre-K!!!

Mrs. Nasser and I were so excited to see almost everyone today! We are so proud of all of the work you’ve done this year 🙂 On the last day of school I wanted to read Curious You: On Your Way! to you all but since school is still closed, I am putting my reading of it up on my YouTube channel. The link is below 🙂 Have a great summer and I will miss you all!

Remote Learning: Thursday June 4th, 2020

Hello Everyone!

Activity choices for Thursday June 4, 2020

Today is our LAST day of lessons for this school year! 🙁 Mrs. Nasser and I thank you so much for your patience as we moved to virtual learning and all of your support and pictures you sent the last few months. Remember we will be finishing phone calls today and talking about Kindergarten transition. We are planning on when to do a drive-thru pick up at the Henry Ford Elementary parking lot so that you and your child can come pick up any extra belongings and their end-of-year memory book page and certificate! We will let you know when that will be 🙂 We still will be communicating through this blog and Remind next week, there just won’t be new lessons.

Literacy Activity: “My Favorite Memory of Pre-K…” drawing

Just like yesterday’s drawing, today is another one that would have gone in their memory books. By doing these at home, you still have the memories to look back on! Please ask your child, “What was your favorite memory of school?” Encourage them to think about that time and draw a picture about it. Encourage them to also add their words and to label their drawing.

Math/Gross-motor Activities: Outdoor Number Hunt

Today it is supposed to be nice outside! Get out there and take a walk around your neighborhood. While out walking look for numbers anywhere – on street signs, on addresses, on cars, etc. Encourage your child to identify the numbers they see! See how many they can find!

Work Time:

5 to 10 minutesPlanning Time: Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this everyday with us at school.  It helps children learn to organize their thoughts and follow through. Adults make plans all the time to organize their thoughts (shopping lists are made before going to the grocery store, to do lists are made to help plan your day etc..).     Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. 
1 hourWork time: Kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, create, put on dance and music shows, make art, play outside with their toys, etc.
10-15 minutesClean Up:  Kids clean up the toys and items they have used.
5 to 10 minutesRecall Time:  Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)

Remote Learning: Wednesday June 3rd, 2020

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Activity choices for Wednesday June 3, 2020

This week will be our last week of lessons! I cannot believe it is already June – the last month or so has really gone by fast. Please keep sending pictures this week if you can, Mrs. Nasser and I really enjoy seeing your kiddos hard at work and having fun – we miss them! Remember we will be making our last round of phone calls today and tomorrow!

Literacy Activity: “When I grow up I want to be…” drawing

We normally include this drawing in the memory book we give your child at the end of the year. Since we can’t draw about it at school, have your child think about what they want to be when they grow up and draw a picture of them doing that job! Send me some pictures of their finished drawings! Encourage them to write about what they chose to be as well.

Math Activity: Measuring items around the house

Measuring is something we’ve worked on in class and at your house as well. Using the cubes that I brought your child, have them use them to measure household items and toys. Encourage them to use standard measuring procedures – starting at the end of the item and going all of the way to the top. After they have lined up the cubes along side of the item, encourage them to count and say how many they have at the end – For example after counting the cubes along side a book “The book is 9 cubes long.” You can use books, toys, furniture, whatever you’d like! For more of a challenge, if you have a ruler you can help your child measure that way as well and talk about the unit of inches.

Gross-motor activity:

Once it stops raining, get outside and run around! Or if you want to stay inside, do some yoga on the CosmicKids yoga channel.

Work Time:

5 to 10 minutesPlanning Time: Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this everyday with us at school.  It helps children learn to organize their thoughts and follow through. Adults make plans all the time to organize their thoughts (shopping lists are made before going to the grocery store, to do lists are made to help plan your day etc..).     Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. 
1 hourWork time: Kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, create, put on dance and music shows, make art, play outside with their toys, etc.
10-15 minutesClean Up:  Kids clean up the toys and items they have used.
5 to 10 minutesRecall Time:  Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)

Kindergarten Transition Presentation

Please check out this information about the transition to Kindergarten. There is a presentation in English and Arabic. We will be going over this information in our phone calls this week but look at it beforehand so that you can get any questions ready that you might have. Please let me know if these presentations don’t open up. Thanks!

Remote Learning: Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

Hello Everyone!

Activity choices for Tuesday June 2, 2020

This week will be our last week of lessons! I cannot believe it is already June – the last month or so has really gone by fast. Please keep sending pictures this week if you can, Mrs. Nasser and I really enjoy seeing your kiddos hard at work and having fun – we miss them!

Literacy Activity: Sight Word Bingo!

Now that you’ve practiced playing Bingo with numbers, try it with sight words! See how to play below 🙂 Please ask questions if you need to!

  • On a piece of paper, draw out a simple bingo card like the example below:
  • In the spaces, put some of the sight words you worked on last week in the boxes (big, me, we, to, is, in, it, can, a, run, up, not).
  • Then you can use the pieces of paper with the words on them (from last week) to call out the word to your child, they then check to see if that word is on their bingo board. If it is, they can cover it with something like a cube or small toy or piece of paper.
  • For an extra challenge, have your child read the word on the cards you hold up instead of you reading it to them.
  • If sight words are too hard, use letters that they are still working on learning instead.

Math and Gross Motor Activities: Subitize up to 5 and workout while counting to 20 videos

From Jack Hartmann’s YouTube: “Subitize is the ability to tell the number of objects in a set, quickly, without counting. In this subitizing song name the numbers in each set of dots, ten frames and fingers. Subitizing develops math fluency, when students recognize sets without having to count each object and it helps develop number sense and the ability to perform mental math. In this version we subitize up to 5 and then give the answer for reinforcement. Have fun subitizing with this subitize song.”

For this next video do the new set of exercise moves like he does for each time you count from 1 to 20. Count along and have fun exercising your body and brain!

Work Time:

5 to 10 minutesPlanning Time: Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this everyday with us at school.  It helps children learn to organize their thoughts and follow through. Adults make plans all the time to organize their thoughts (shopping lists are made before going to the grocery store, to do lists are made to help plan your day etc..).     Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. 
1 hourWork time: Kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, create, put on dance and music shows, make art, play outside with their toys, etc.
10-15 minutesClean Up:  Kids clean up the toys and items they have used.
5 to 10 minutesRecall Time:  Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)

Remote Learning: Monday June 1st, 2020

Hello Everyone!

Activity choices for Monday June 1, 2020

This week will be our last week of lessons! I cannot believe it is already June – the last month or so has really gone by fast. Please keep sending pictures this week if you can, Mrs. Nasser and I really enjoy seeing your kiddos hard at work and having fun – we miss them!

Literacy Activity: Draw about your favorite memory while home during the school shutdown

Encourage your child to think about all of the things you’ve done together during these last few months at home. Have them draw on a piece of paper or in their journals about what their favorite memory was. Encourage them to write down their words as well. For a challenge, have them try to sound out their words and label their picture like we did in school. Send me some pictures when you are done!

Gross-Motor Activity:

Get outside and run around, blow some bubbles, blow up a balloon and try to keep it in the air, do an obstacle course – pretty much just have some fun while outside today!

Math Activity: Number Bingo!

This week you can make your own bingo boards (like the examples below), write numbers on small pieces of paper to be the numbers you will call out, and use cubes or other small objects to be your bingo chips! An older sibling or adult can show the numbers to the child and then the child can cover up the number on the board if they have it. Encourage your child to name the number you are holding up. For an extra challenge, use larger numbers or use a mix of numbers 0-20.

Or if you have a printer you can download and print some of the boards linked below. Don’t feel like you have to download it – its a very easy activity to create yourself with some pencils and a few pieces of paper 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!

Work Time:

5 to 10 minutesPlanning Time: Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this everyday with us at school.  It helps children learn to organize their thoughts and follow through. Adults make plans all the time to organize their thoughts (shopping lists are made before going to the grocery store, to do lists are made to help plan your day etc..).     Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. 
1 hourWork time: Kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, create, put on dance and music shows, make art, play outside with their toys, etc.
10-15 minutesClean Up:  Kids clean up the toys and items they have used.
5 to 10 minutesRecall Time:  Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)