Brian Hoyt (Mr. Brian), Teacher
Bachelor’s Degree in Birth-Kindergarten from Western Carolina University
Alice Bettis (Ms. Alice), has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Tri-County Community College.
Please read and record books in the planner each night. Talk with your child about the book. You can talk about:
*ask questions/discuss the story
*relate the story to your own life/experiences
We are working on these concepts
*drawing a person
*letter and number recognition
Our main focus in this room is on Kindergarten readiness. Children will be expanding language and social skills, and will learn to recognize and write the letters of the alphabet and make the connection between letter sounds and words. They will begin simple math concepts as well as a broader understanding of the world around them with cultural awareness, science, music and geography lessons. You can track the progress made by your child through progress reports you receive at the beginning of the year and in the spring. Children should leave this room with all the tools needed to excel in Kindergarten and beyond.
What can parents do to help?
- Spend time with your child, including playing, cuddling, and hugging.
- Create and enforce a routine within your home that your child needs to follow (i.e., times of meals, naptimes, and bedtimes).
- Take time to talk to your child.
- Encourage and answer questions from your child.
- Engage in informal reading and counting activities at home.
- Promote your child's cognitive development by showing and encouraging your child to think about the world around them.
- Promote play that helps develop literacy skills, problem-solving skills, creativity, and imagination.
- Familiarize children with the alphabet and with numbers.
- Ensure opportunity to develop social skills through playgroups or more formal preschool activities.
- Encourage behaviors that demonstrate respect and courtesy.
- Encourage children to accept responsibility and build competence through simple chores such as putting toys away and picking up clothes.
PLEASE read, read, read to your child every night.
Remember, READING IS BRAIN FOOD!