The school year is coming to an end for pre-kindergarten age students with excitement and sadness to start kindergarten in the fall leaving friends behind. This is a great time for pre-kindergarten teachers to reflect on the year and make changes/modifications for the upcoming school year.
Here are some ideas to ponder over the summer months and start of the new school year.
- Re-read teaching Standards and Elements to plan evidences that will be placed in teacher portfolio (levels proficient or higher for 2015-2016),
- Set up teacher portfolio with dividers per Standard using cover page that will reflect current school year (2015-2016),
- Purchase composition notebook to use for reflective journal entries (2015-2016) ,
- Review the concept of DIALOGIC READING to pose a range of critical thinking questions. Go to http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules/learners/module-6 to gamin more knowledge of concept,
- Create a class website to communicate with parents. Go to http://www.simplycircle.com/ then click “Classrooms”,
- Set up texting/emailing system to keep parents abreast of events such as early release reminder, school closing, and parent workshop. Go to www.remind.com to create account,
- Write on sentence strips “open-ended” questions in multiple languages and align to centers. Remember to post skills/objectives per center (e.g., blocks, computer, art),
- Conduct home visits over summer break to get to know your students and their parents, if possible (have questionnaire to lead conversation),
- Ask parents for family photo that can be placed in students cubbies to build security by viewing, as needed,
- Ask families to create a page of child’s favorite things that will be placed in binder that can be viewed periodically (e.g., Our Preschool Class Families Book, Connecting with Families). You will bring a piece of home to school to assist student’s adjustment to school,
- Schedule parent orientation prior to first day of school, if possible. Have classroom set up and walk them through typical day for their child. Share the skills/objectives per center and ways they will be active participants in the learning process,
- Label materials on shelves with pictures and name in English and another language,
- Label different objects in classroom in English and another language (e.g., door, clock, sink),
- Plan lessons around getting to know each other and the classroom learning environment. You may want to take a small group at a time to the enters discussing proper way to play with materials, and
- After students have been enrolled 30/45 days conduct formal assessment, review data and create short-range to long-range goals for individualization.
The list could be longer but you must carve out some YOU time before it is time to start the 2015-2016 school year. As you are preparing, if you have other ideas please share because knowledge is powerful.