Friday, August 25, 2006


And in other news...

We cut $$ out of the food and household budget and our now doing preschool. I feel a bit more peace about it since we went ahead with it, so I know that either Heavenly Father thinks it's right for us and her or He doesn't care and it'll work out fine. So that's one less thing to worry about.

We went to the orientation today and got all the info about what her class will be doing this year. Miss Patti told us she checks in with area kindergarten teachers every 2 or 3 years to find out what their expectations are for the kids. She said she is surprised that each year it increases a bit! So last year they went over shapes, colors (I can't imagine kids not knowing those by this age), numbers and counting, and lower case letters (since those are the letters they need to recognize in order to read). Also she says last year was mainly about getting ready to learn - like learning to follow 3 directions at once, how to interact with teachers and students, sitting still, raising hands, things like that. Now they are going hard core into academics! :)

This year it's...

  • Social Relating
  • Music, including rhythm, dance, and using percussion (better her ears than mine)
  • Geometric shapes
  • Colors
  • Alike and Different
  • Patterns
  • Letter Recognition
  • Sounds of the letters
  • Beginning sounds
  • Vowels
  • Blending sounds together
  • Counting by rote
  • Counting objects
  • Number recognition to 20.

In art they're doing painting and coloring and SCISSORS!

The science units are:

  • Cowboys and Colorado (a favorite - they make stick horses)
  • Arachnids
  • Dinosaurs
  • Arctic animals
  • The Solar System (now minus our beloved Pluto)
  • Jungle animals and Marsupials
  • Plants and Insects
  • Holiday themes

PE:hop, skip, jump, run, catch, etc.

Thinking, logic and problem solving.

And of course, show and tell every Monday.

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