Hope to Home Learning with Prekindergarten! By Mairi Seraile, Prek teacher
Teaching virtual preschool was a tricky transition. I have to admit it was quite intimidating at first. Being that we are a play based Pre K program, the thought of successfully helping my students transition into Kindergarten without being in the classroom was not something I could fathom at first. However, I had to. This was my new teaching reality.
Instead of letting this overwhelm me I decided to figure out fun and interesting ways that I could incorporate both curriculums offered here at Hope. During our new Zoom classroom I conduct what we call “Fun Groups”. Tuesday we open our class with a song we sing during circle to engage some familiarity. When those who join the meeting are all settled in with me on the screen we begin our Zoophonics curriculum. The kids love meeting the new animal of the week. Then, I have them pull out their journal and we practice writing the letter associated with the animal. Wednesday is Show and Tell day! We use this time to show special things around our houses or building projects we have worked on. We will have shining star meetings during this time as well so we don’t leave those out who did not celebrate their birthday in class. Sometimes I offer topics to get them involved with fun discussions. We showed family heirlooms in our first meeting. Thursday we focus on Scholastic News and or Identifying letters, numbers or shapes. I play short games with them that will enable me to further assess kindergarten readiness. This also includes our Hand Writing Without Tears curriculum (HWWT).
Our new classroom also includes an app called Seesaw. Students can log into our Seesaw classroom where I have assigned daily activities to keep them engaged with learning. Needless to say, I am still very connected with my students. More importantly, we will have formed a bond that will forever be special because they know that nothing can come in between the love, courage and strength that we have had to share through Christ Jesus during this challenging time.
May 22 & 25: Memorial Weekend – No School
Thank you Students & Parents!
Thursday’s Thank you Teacher’s parade was amazing and gave us such a thrill to see the love from our families! We loved seeing the smile on their faces, but also on yours. Mrs. Heit created this video to highlight this special day. Enjoy!
Tuition Materials for Fall 2020-2021 are Due
Please contact the school office if you have registered but have not received your materials. To register, please visit: http://hope-lutheran-school.k12online.us/hope-lutheran-school/portal and enter your student’s ID number and access key to complete the registration process. Student ID and access keys can be obtained by calling or emailing the school office.
If you have applied for tuition assistance between March 30 and April 30 you should have received your grant letter by now which was sent via US mail.
We are still accepting applications for tuition assistance through May 15 as we realize that this is a tough time financially and emotionally for families. Your family’s well-being and continued involvement in the Hope School community is important to us, so please reach out with any questions or concerns to Admissions Director, Sally Heit at email@example.com.
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