Welcome to Pre-K with Mrs. Michelle Moles & Ms. Stephanie Boisvert
Marion County Public Schools implements a wonderful curriculum called Beyond Centers and Circle Time in all pre-k classrooms. Marion County’s PreK classrooms are fortunate to have the Beyond Centers and Circle Time curriculum. It is play-based and is designed to create loving, playful, and stimulating experiences for young children. It is research based through 25 years of data collected on children with and without disabilities. Our classroom is blended, so we have students with and without disabilities. The research and longitudinal follow-up supporting this curriculum has shown that when children successfully master the stages of play they are developmentally prepared for success in reading, writing, and math skills.
The experiences planned during this month will focus on Fairy Tales: Real & Make-Believe.
During this month will focus on real and make-believe. Many young children have difficulty separating reality and make-believe. This theme is designed to help the children explore four well-known stories, while at the same time comparing them to what might really happen. Some of the stories we will be reading are The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen and Cinderella.
Young children are often confused about what is actually real and what they imagine. They often have fears about monsters and the dark. Their imaginations are growing, and they often change what happens in their lives to match what they wish had happened. Using one's imagination is important to the long-term ability to deal with events that will be experienced throughout one's life. Encourage your child's creativity and imagination by listening to the stories he/she tells and reading books each evening.
Areas of importance for this unit of study are:
- Fears/things that frighten me
- Day and Night
- Fairy tales
- Our Five Senses
- Distinguishing things that are real from things that are make believe
At the end of this unit of study, the last week of the month, we will have a Cinderella Ball!
Colors of the month
Black & Orange
Shape of the month
Letters of the month
Parents, you can help your child this month by:
- Reading every night to your child.
- Look for things that are Orange or Black. Discuss the colors you see in the trees and animals. Take your child on a walk and talk about the colors that you see.
- Pointing out objects in the environment that have the triangle shape. Talk about the shapes that you see in buildings and other objects in the environment.
- Point out letters you see in the environment. (i.e. T at the beginning of Target or P at the beginning of Publix)
- Point out the letters M, H and/or T on signs and in books.
- Look for pictures of real or make-believe princes, princesses and castles.