Ms. Kelly

What do we do in preschool?
  • Circle time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans, and observations.  Circle activities are designed to stimulate youngsters’ thinking, enrich their social skills, and expand their attention spans.
  • Gross-motor activities give children the opportunity to run with their imagination, literally.  Gross-motor activities are things that require the child to use their muscles and stimulate their imagination, all while having fun and staying healthy.  These types of activities and exercises include things like running, jumping, and climbing.
  • Fine-motor activities help improve small-muscle development and eye-hand coordination.  Some common items found in the fine-motor and manipulative area include puzzles, beads and laces, pegboards, crayons, and age-appropriate scissors.
  • Art activities help youngsters creatively express their thoughts and feelings.  They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes, and size relationships.
  • Dramatic-play activities help children express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary, and solve problems. And, let’s face it, dramatic play is just plain fun!
  • Music activities promote youngsters’ listening skills, creative expression, and social skills.  Children can explore sound, volume, and tempo in music, as well as learn rhythm long before they learn how to spell it.
  • Science activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, experimentation, imagination, and making predictions.  Who doesn’t like a good ol’ fashioned, hands-on, science project?
  • Sand and water activities allow pre-kindergarten children to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances.  These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science, and language, but will not include grossology taste-texture experiments with clams, guacamole, or any of their taste-texture relatives.
  • Block play gives children experience with many different concepts, such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect, and classification.  Cooperative play skills, problem solving, and creativity are also promoted during “block parties.”
  • Storytime is designed to help 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool students develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature.  Reading activities enhance children’s vocabulary, comprehension skills, and expand their knowledge base.  Story time is also vital in the development of their pre-reading and pre-writing skills as they begin to understand that letters make up words, words make up sentences, and the sentences in the book dictate what the reader says.
Encouragement
One, one,
I can run.
Two, two
so can you.
Three, three,
follow me.
Four, four, 
run some more.
Five, five,
stay alive.
Six, six
do some tricks!

    
    

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