Becoming a Comet

Below you will find information you can use in your daily lives with your child to help them on their growth path to becoming a life long learner.

 

Activity of the Week

BATHROOM - help your child with using the bathroom appropriately remembering to flush and wash!






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Book of the Week

Showing beasts and bugs doing it, younger children are shown a natural part of life. Elephants and mice, fish and raccoons, grown-ups and children, all in their own style do it.



Tap (or click) on the book cover to have it read to you.

Skill of the Week

LETTERS - help your child learn the names of the letters. You can use magnetic letters, find letters in books, or even within words around you (ie: store signs or street signs).

Want to do more with your child?

 

  • Scholastic - book lists, reading resources, and reading advice.
  • Storyline Online - streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
  • Eaton RESA - early literacy resources.
  • Reading Rockets - learn more about skills that will help develop strong readers.
  • The Colorful Apple - a read aloud guide for parents.

Week of August 12th

Activity of the Week

 FOLLOWING SIMPLE
 DIRECTIONS
 Help your child learn to
 follow simple directions
 by using warnings and
 encouragement, giving
 them time to prepare
 for transitions. 


Tap (or click) to watch an illustration of skill

 

Book of the Week

I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see . .







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Skill of the Week

COLLECTING & SORTING - with your child collect items such leaves, rocks, toys, coins, seeds, anything will do!  Then, sort them into groups. Talk about the different sizes, shapes, colors, thicknesses, etc.

Week of August 5th

Activity of the Week

 MANAGING EMOTIONS

This is a 3 STEP PROCESS 
 Help your child by
 identifying emotions,
 identifying triggers that
 cause emotions, and teaching them to manage these emotions.

Tap (or click) to watch Kindergarten teachers discuss & illustrate this skill

 

Book of the Week

A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing—WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again.

 


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Skill of the Week

BEGINNING LETTER SOUNDS - Ask your child to tell the beginning sounds for the different characters in the book that were sleeping in the napping house.  Ask child to point out various object in pictures and tell beginning sounds of the objects.

Week of July 29th

Activity of the Week

 PUTTING ON
 SHOES
 Support your child
 as they learn to put
 on their own
 shoes. Be patient
 as they learn to tie,
 buckle, fasten or
 snap! This is a
 tough skill, but they'll soon be able to show off their own shoes!

Tap (or click) here to watch a Kindergarten teacher illustrate this skill

 

Book of the Week

A story about Pete the Cat and his brand new white shoes. Along his walk Pete steps in strawberries, blueberries, and mud turning his new shoes different colors.

 

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Skill of the Week

RECOGNIZING NUMBERS - look for numbers with your child in your environment. For example, when going for a drive look for numbers you can see on a sign, license plate and talk about the names of those numbers. 

Week of July 22nd

Activity of the Week

 Help your child with
 getting ready for
 school and coming
 home from school by:

 • Practicing packing a
 backpack
 • Zipping a backpack
 • Carrying a backpack


Tap (or click) to watch a Kindergarten teacher illustrate this skill

 

Book of the Week

A picture book all about the joys of reading could easily turn preachy and dull. But "How Rocket Learned to Read'' defies gravity.

 


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Skill of the Week

READING COMPREHENSION - After listening to the story “Rocket Learns to Read", ask questions about the book.  Have them answer these questions; Who was in the story?  Where did the story take place?  What happened in the beginning, middle and ending of the story

Week of July 15th

Activity of the Week

Help your child DEVELOP HEALTHY, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS at school and in their everyday lives by:

• teaching self managing behaviors

• showing empathy for all people

• modeling communication of feelings and thoughts


Tap (or click) to watch a Kindergarten teacher discuss this skill

 

Book of the Week

A sock is a pocket for your toes, a vase is a pocket for a rose. A pocket for a chicken is a coop, and a bowl is a pocket full of soup--uh-oh! A bowl is a pocket spilling soup. A cave is a pocket for a bear, a breath is a pocket full of air.

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Skill of the Week

COUNTING - count daily with your child.
• Use a calendar to count the number of days until a special event.
• Count the number of steps as you go for a walk or count the number of steps it takes to walk across the room.
• Count the number of forks as you empty the dishwasher.

Be sure to DO DAILY COUNTING with your child!

Week of July 8th

Activity of the Week

 FOLLOWING RULES/
 BEHAVIORS
 encourage your child to:
 • take turns (ie: playing
   board games or card
   games)
 • wait patiently in line 
 • allow others to finish
  talking without interrupting


Tap (or click) to watch a Kindergarten teacher illustrate this skill
 

Book of the Week

Piggie has a surprise for Gerald and Gerald cannot hold in his excitement. Gerald has to wait for the surprise, but he is not happy about that.

 

 

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Skill of the Week

WRITING CHILD's OWN NAME - help your child write their name using an upper case letter for the first letter and lower case letters for the rest of the name.

Week of July 1st

Activity of the Week

FINE MOTOR SKILLS - teach your child how to:
• hold a pencil, crayon and/or marker
• cut with scissors carefully
• roll and form play dough

 


Tap (or click) the image to watch an illustration of the scissor skill, and here to watch an illustration of the pencil skill.

 

Book of the Week

Pete the Cat Too Cool For School

I Love My White Shoes is the story of a cat whose white shoes get mucked up by various substances he steps in, but "Pete never loses his cool."

 

 

 

Tap (or click) on the book cover to have it read to you by a staff member at Neff Kindergarten center.

Skill of the Week

RECOGNIZING QUANTITY - play games with your child, especially games that use dice or dominoes. See if your child can tell you the number of dots on the dice/domino without having to count them. 

Week of June 24th

 Activity of the Week

Ms. Bedard and Students showing the ins and outs of lunch. EATING - work on
 unzipping lunchbox,
 opening conatiners,
 putting straws in juice
 pouches, and finishing
 lunch within a timely
 manner (approx. 20 minutes).

Tap (or click) the image to watch a Kindergarten teacher illustrate cold lunch AND here to watch hot lunch.

 

Book of the Week

How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?Come along for a very unusual day where dinosaur show-and-tell, story time, and playtime antics will make even the best-behaved dinosaurs laugh out loud. School has never been so fun!

Tap (or click) on the book cover to have it read to you by a staff member at Neff Kindergarten center.

Skill of the Week

RHYMING - Work with your child to recognize words that rhyme (ie:  cat/hat, fox/box, chair/bear, etc.).

Week of June 17th

 

Activity of the Week

Tap (or click) the image to watch a Kindergarten student illustrate zipping a coat, AND Tap (or click) the following to watch a Kindergarten student illustrate putting on a gym shirt

DRESSING - have your child practice dressing themselves: puttng on their own clothing and shoes. Take it a step further and practice buttoning buttons, zipping zippers, tying shoes, fastening velcro, etc.

Book of the Week

Tap (or click) on the book cover to have it read to you by a staff member at Neff Kindergarten center.

Skill of the Week

RECOGNIZING SHAPES - look for different shapes in your environment. Ask your child, "What shape is the cereal box?" or "What shape is the clock on the wall?" Cut items of different shapes from magazines or draw shapes on construction paper.