Family and Friends,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year of Eastford’s School Readiness Program!
Hope everyone enjoyed the summer! I can’t wait to hear about all the new and different things your children are interested in and have learned.
Newcomer’s welcome! I’m excited to introduce myself as your child’s School Readiness Teacher, Christine Kopplin. I look forward to getting to know your child and family better as the year progresses.
I hope that together we can help your children continue to grow by encouraging them to explore their world and learn through experiencing a variety of play schemes. Our time in class will include participating in circle times for learning about days of the week, colors, shapes, the alphabet, and much more. We will also create projects using paint, glue, and markers/crayons, along with sand and water. We will spend time reading stories, and learning through play with kitchen materials, cars, dress-up, and blocks. Some of our activities can get messy, so please remember to dress your child in preschool-friendly clothes.
Each week a Preschool Newsletter will be sent home to give a more detailed description of what activities and skills we are focusing on that week, suggested ‘Playful Parent’ activities to enjoy with your child, and ‘Community Connections’ for families to participate in, at school or in town. Email (or journal if you prefer) will be used as a tool for us to communicate more specifically on a regular basis about activities, at home and school, in an effort to create a partnership. Also, look in the Preschool Newsletter for more information and opportunities to visit/volunteer in the classroom.
Throughout the year we will explore an array of themes, beginning with All About Me. Our All About Me unit will provide each child an opportunity to explore their attributes, favorites, feelings, and gain an increased sense of self. We will also begin sharing items from home in a Share Sack.
We will have snack time each morning and afternoon, in addition to lunch time. We will be providing snack foods and milk, so you simply need to send in lunch and other beverages (if desired) for your child. Please label your child’s lunch bag, as well as spare clothes, coat, etc to ensure there are no mix-ups.
Look for more information regarding snack offerings; each trimester a selected group of snacks will be purchased according to Connecticut General Statutes and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and a choice basket will be used during snack times to allow for child preference. Coming the first week of school will also be a classroom schedule and routine expectations.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.