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Mrs. Brandy Shelton

Mrs. Anita Makres

 

 

SheltonB@btcs.org

Makresa@btcs.org

 

 Preschool is the House of

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Educational Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AR (Accelerated Reader) NEWS:

CLICK HERE to see how many books HES students have read this year!

 CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2016-2017 SUPPLY LISTS

 

Books:
Predecodable Books!
Enjoy reading your predecodable books together at home. These books have sight words that we are learning in class as well as predecodable pictures. Your child will learn to read combinations of words and pictures and become a successful reader. You may keep these books in a special place in your home. Your child will receive 20 books this year.

 

1.     Grandma’s Visit - sight words: no words, picture book

2.     A Family - sight word: a

3.     The Picnic-  sight words: the, a

4.     Friends 1- sight words: the, and , a

5.     Friends 2- sight words: my, a, and, the

6.     In the Yard- sight words: in, and, a, the

7.     The Police Officer-  sight words: the, on, my

8.     Helpers - sight words: on, the, a, in                       

9.     The Fire Truck - sight words: the, my, is, in, a

10.   A Firefighter - sight words: a, the, is, and

11.   The Letters -  sight words: the, are, on, in, my

12.   See the Tree - sight words: see, the, a, is, on,

13.   At the Park - sight words: at, the, a, is, see

14.   The Airplane- sight words: the, you, are, in, on

15.   In the Garden-  sight words: in, the, I, see, at

16.   I Have- sight words: I, have, a, and,

17.   The Car and the Boat-  sight words: the, and, you, have, a, in

18.     The Bike- sight words: the, have, a, in, my, you, and, I

19.   I Can See- sight words: I, can, see, a, have, the`1

20.   The Beach- sight words: the, he, is, on, and, I, are, in

21.   Bears Can Go-  sight words: can, go, on, in, a, the

22.     She Can Go- sight words: she, can, go, the, is, in, a, on, the, see

23.   The Cook- sight words: the, was, in, he

24.    She Was on the Go - sight words: she, was, on, the, go, the, in, a, at

25.    The Box-  sight words: you, the, and, I, have, a, was, with

26.    The Cows- sight words: the, are, with, and

27.    The Lamb and the Chick- sight words: the, and, I, had, a, in, my,

28.   The Farmer Is Up-  sight words: the, is, up, on, a, the, with

29.   The Mirror-  sight words: the, I, see, my, in

30.    Down on the Farm - sight words: down, on, the, go, in, up, a, can

31.   The Pie- sight words: the, are, for, the, is, my

32.   He Had a Farm- sight words: he, had, a, the, on, in

33. The Pond - sight words: the, he, and, I are, by, the, is
   

Communication:
Ways WE will communicate with YOU

  • Weekly newsletters (sent in a take home folder)
  • Reading folder
  • Notes home
  • Family information board outside of classroom
  • Displays in classroom hallway
  • Phone calls
  • Family/teacher conferences
  • Class website
  • Email (please provide us with your email address)

Ways YOU can communicate with US

  • Phone calls & messages (please leave a message if its before 1:30 unless its an emergency) (Haynesfield Elem. School Office 423-652-9292)
  • Email Ms. Brandy - sheltonb@btcs.org
  • Notes to the teachers (please put all information in writing and give to the teacher that you come in contact with or in your child's "Information Station" pocket in their backpacks.

Classroom Responsibilities:
Classroom responsibilities are weekly jobs that each Preschooler will be assigned. These are chosen by the teacher or student.

Students take great pride in these responsibilities. Some of our class jobs are:  door holders, line leader, center planning assistant, room inspector, librarian, meteorologist, calendar writer, living things caretaker, meal time assistant, environmentalists, lunch count assistant, teacher's assistant, etc.

These jobs will change through the year as our needs and abilities change.

Curriculum:
The Pre K curriculum is designed to provide a learning environment with individual, self directed activities and group participation. Children participate in various activities planned to encourage growth in many areas of development. We follow the Tennessee Early Childhood, Early Learning Developmental Standards.

We use The Creative Curriculum for Preschool when creating our classroom environment and when planning our day. Each day’s plan includes: 

  •  Fine Motor Activities: cutting, drawing, gluing, painting, writing, puzzles and many small manipulative toys, sand, water play
  •  Large Motor Activities: Large block building. creative movement, jumping, climbing, games
  • Early Language and Literacy Activities: stories, songs, finger plays rhyming, story writing, introduction to letter recognition and sounds, pre-decodable books
  • Early Math/Science Activities: counting, sorting, matching, pattering, sequencing, measurement, shapes|
  • Music: songs, dance, rhythmic activities, listening, simple instruments
  • Social Play Activities: creative play in many dramatic play situations-house, grocery store, post office, restaurant, hospital, etc.
  • Art Activities: opportunities to create using paint, paper, crayons, chalk, clay, play dough, markers and many more
  • Outdoor Play: climbing, swinging, sliding, and group games as weather permits

Imagine It Reading  

  • This reading curriculum is based on research. It combines quality children’s literature and phonemic awareness. Students learn the purpose of literacy.
  • Students will participate in whole group instruction, small group interaction, and learning center play. They will be given various opportunities to develop new skills and apply these skills.
  • You will receive newsletters that will give you information about what we are learning and ways you can support your child at home.
  • Each child will receive a set of pre-decodable take home books. We will learn to read these in class. We encourage you to read these as a family at home.
  • Students will mmet 26 Alphafriends as they are introduced to each letter of the alphabet.

Harcourt Math

  • Math concepts that will be addressed are observing and describing, sorting and classifying, number concepts, measurement, patterns, shapes, and graphing.
  • Students will be exposed to these concepts through active center play, manipulation of objects, large and small group discussions and activities as well as quality children’s literature.
  • You will receive letters describing what your child is learning in each unit. This newsletter will include some ideas.

I CARE Curriculum: Peace Making Skills for Little Kids 

  • This curriculum addresses the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth of children.
  • It teaches love, compassion, trust, fairness, cooperation, and reverence for the human family and all life on our planet.
  • The concepts we learn will be incorporated into our daily interactions and classroom procedures.
  • Many activities involve whole group discussion, class meetings, sharing, the arts, children’s literature, role playing, and reflecting.
  • Students will learn to respect themselves, their school environment, and each other.

 Personal Safety Curriculum

  • This curriculum covers various safety topics such as: car safety, fire safety, strangers and safe and unsafe touch

 Assessment

  • Both the Open Court Reading and Harcourt Math curriculums offer performance assessments with each unit.
  • Each child will be given the Brigance Preschool Screen II at the beginning and the end of the school year.
  • Report cards will be distributed each nine weeks of school.
  • We also have a teacher created assessment that we use to keep track of your child's progress throughout each month.

Discipline:
Our intentions for the first several weeks of Pre K

1.     Create a climate and tone of warmth and safety
2.     Teach the schedule and routines of the school day and our expectations for behaviors in each of them.
3.     Introduce students to the physical environment and materials of the classroom and the school, and teach students how to use and care for them.
4.     Establish expectations about ways we will learn together in the year ahead.

Pre K Discipline Philosophy: Positive Discipline Classroom Management Tools
These are some tools and words that we (Pre K educators) will use in the classroom. These tools will enable us to avoid punishment, rescuing, controlling, and power struggles. We will choose our method based on the situation and the individual child’s needs.

  • Ask “what, how, and why” questions instead of telling “what, how, and why”. Listen to what the student says.
  • Emotional honesty: “I feel____, because ____, and I wish____.”
  • Limited choices
  • Encouragement before praise and rewards
  • Routines: involve students in planning
  • Jobs: to create a feeling of belonging and significance
  • Positive time out (cozy corner or vacation area) when students feel like they need a break
  • See mistakes as opportunities for learning
  • Help students to decide what they will do; “you two decide what you will do and then come back with a plan”
  • Two tongues: if you say it mean it, and if you mean it; follow through
  • Messages of love
  • Redirection
  • Kind and firm
  • Go beyond consequences: brainstorm for solutions
  • Say “no” (but use rarely, avoid overuse)
  • Compliments
  • Class meetings
  • Understand what is behind the behavior
  • The Wheel of Choice
  • Joint problem solving
  • Doing nothing: allowing for natural consequences
  • Follow through with dignity and respect

Houses:

We are Team Fire! Our team colors are red and orange.

Our entire school is divided into "Houses". Students work hard to earn points so their House can become the leading House. The leading House gets their house flag flying on the flag pole, special parties, and of course bragging rights. Our entire Pre K class is part of Team Fire.

Pre K students earn "points" every time they are good listeners, follow directions, learn and share something new, be a good friend, or by doing anything that makes them a good citizen. Pre schoolers place these points in a container on our "Ring of Fire" table by our door. All of these points go to Team Fire at the end of the day.

There are designated Friday mornings of each month that we will gather in the gym to celebrate our team and earn bonus points during a pep rally. Students who have accomplished specific goals get to spin the big wooden wheel for bonus points. This is a very exciting time because the whole school is watching and cheering!

Go Fire!

Links:
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Jan Brett's website
PBS Kids

Starfall.com

Meet Your Teacher:
Brandy Shelton – Pre K Teacher
Hi! I will be your child’s teacher. I have been teaching at Haynesfield since 2006.
Previously, I taught preschool for 3 years and infants for 4 years at the ETSU Child Study Center. I have also taught many after school and summer programs while I was in college.
I received a Master’s +30 and Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from ETSU.

I love teaching preschool! This is my favorite age to teach because four year olds are so creative. I love art and getting messy in an art activity with young children. We make some pretty big messes here in Pre K and I love it!
I am excited about getting to know your family. I love the relationships we build in Pre K.

Party / Birthday Policy: 

 

On a child’s birthday, our class recognizes students by singing to them. They may also choose a book and surprise from the “Birthday Basket”.

 

 

You may choose to celebrate your child’s birthday with our class. However, due to food allergies we ask that you think creatively when planning this. We have 20 students. Below are some suggestions:

 

 

  • You may donate and/or read a special book to your child’s class in honor of them.
  • You may share a special activity (that you and your child enjoys) with the whole class. Example: painting, building, cooking, singing, crafts, dance, exercise, nature, reading, etc. Please arrange this with the teacher. In the past, these activities have been some of the most memorable experiences for students and family.
  • You may bring non edible treats for everyone.
  • You may come eat breakfast (8:30) or lunch (11:10) with your child.
  • You may bring a healthy snack or popsicles for students. Due to allergies nothing containing eggs, milk/dairy or peanuts may be brought to share with our class. Please bring all food to the office to be inspected for possible allergens by the school nurse before it is brought into our classroom.
  • We ask that you not bring balloons to our classroom per state rules. They can be a choking hazard.

 

 

Quotes:
The child must know that they are a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like them. - Pablo Casals

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world - Albert Einstein

What is a home without children? Quiet. ~Henny Youngman

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

Sight Words:
High frequency words (sight words) These are our Pre K high frequency words. They are common words that we will learn to recognize. We are learning these words at school and practicing them while reading our pre-decodable books. Please reinforce these at home. Point them out to your child while reading books, on signs around town, and show them that these words surround them everyday. Every nine weeks we will check your child's progress. If they know all of the sight words that we have learned so far they will get to spin the wheel for bonus at the next pep rally.

               

A

the

and

my

in

on

is

are

see

at

you

I

have

can

he

go

she

was

with

had

up

down

for

by
 
                   
                   

Schedule:
Our Schedule varies daily and depends on the needs of the children.

  • eat breakfast at 8:30
  • eat lunch at 11:10-11:40
  • do center play for about an hour and clean up
  • have outdoor play time
  • do math and personal safety activities
  • do morning journals
  • have frequent potty breaks
  • do an Imagine It Reading lesson
  • have morning rituals
  • dismissal at 1:10

Weekly, we have specials
Chinese with Ms. Nancy - this is also our small group time

Computers with Mrs. Tallman

Library with Ms. Roberts

PE with Coach Angles

Art with Ms. Eaton

Music with Mrs. Blevins

Transportation Procedures:
Pre K students are Car Riders

Arrival 8:00-8:10 -  
The back doors, by the gym will be unlocked at 7:45. If a child arrives before 8:00 they will be allowed to wait in the gym. Ms. Brandy will wait with them in the gym. At 8, the other school doors and the Pre K classroom will be unlocked. After 8:00 children may be dropped off in their classroom. Pre K children may not be left alone in the building. They should be with an adult at all times.

Departure 1:15 - Car riders may be picked up at the back door near the gym. Any child that is not picked up by 1:30 will be taken to the school office. You may pick them up there. There will be no preschool teacher available after that time.

NOTE: For safety, teachers are not allowed to release a child to anyone who is not on the child’s authorization to transport form or anyone under the age of 18. Please have a photo I.D. ready so we can identify you.