Please join us in congratulating our Pre-K students who will officially graduate this week. We are so proud of each one of them and we wish each of them a successful journey as they move on to Kindergarten in the fall!
Starting June 6th our summer camp program for our students ages two and up will begin. We are so excited to kick off this summer! We have so many weekly activities, water play Wednesdays, and in house field trips to look forward to. Our teachers are also continuing to teach our Links to Learning curriculum and have come up with some amazing activities to engage your children in this summer.
We know that summer is a busy time for our families, and want to communicate school happenings as clearly as possible to ensure that no one is left out. As a reminder, daily reports are sent via email each day, but our Links 2 Home app keeps all school communications in one place and is always accessible. The app also allows for you to communicate absences to your child’s teacher, leave drop-off notes, and read teacher and administrative notes in detail. If you’re not a current app user, we encourage you to visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the app today. You will need to login with the email address you use for Alma. Please let us know if you have issues logging into Links 2 Home!
Now that the warmer weather seems to be here to stay, please make sure that your child has weather appropriate changes of clothes in their cubby. If you have sunscreen to send in, please complete a sunscreen form and check the date on your sunscreen before bringing it in. Sunscreen should be applied before drop off and we will apply it before afternoon outside time.
We look forward to a fun and learning-filled summer with our students and, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We appreciate each one of you!
Kristie Salmon, Principal
Lindsey DeLair, Assistant Principal
From the Education Department:
At-Home Math Activities for Infants through Pre-K
Everyday experiences are packed with mathematical concepts that fascinate and challenge children and help them to make sense of their world. Even the youngest infants can begin to foster their math skills by listening to stories that involve counting and repetition.
In our classrooms, students learn the foundations of addition, subtraction, and geometry by sorting objects by color and shape or by graphing weather patterns. Below are a few easy, age-appropriate activities to continue the learning at home.
Infants (0-1 year)
Books are a great way to introduce your child to numbers while also boosting their literacy skills. Some of our favorite titles include, Counting Kisses by Karen Katz, Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang, More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams, and Black and White by Tana Hoban.
Toddlers (1-2 years)
Find empty containers of various sizes around your home. Provide your child with dry pasta or rice and create a pouring station where they can practice filling and dumping the containers. Narrate their actions and use math vocabulary, such as “empty”, “full”, “heavy”, and “light”.
Beginners (2-3 years)
During your child’s nighttime routine, look for opportunities to discuss quantities. For example, during bath time ask, “How many scoops of bubble bath solution should we add to the bath tub tonight?” or “How many books should we read?”
Intermediates (3-4 years)
When you’re at the grocery store with your child, point out and identify the difference between letters and numbers. For instance, show your child a sales tag with numbers and a box of cereal with text. Ask if they can identify any of the numbers or letters.
Pre-K (4-5 years)
Encourage your child to use a shoe as a measurement tool. Ask, “Can you show me four things in the room that are shorter than your shoe and four things that are longer than your shoe?” Use math vocabulary, such as “measure”, “compare”, “length”, “shorter”, and “longer” to discuss the objects your child measures.