Review and work on ending sounds
Work on sizes of objects
Activities Parents Can Do At Home
Building those early literacy skills is of tremendous help to your child when they enter school. Recognizing letters is just a part of it. They need to know the sounds those letters make. Enunciate when you talk to them. Have them slow down and pronounce the words correctly. Model for them how to form their mouths to make the proper sound.
Play a game with your child. Which object is the biggest? Which is the smallest? Push-in vocabulary such as large, huge, biggest, and tiny. Ask questions such as if this is big, what object is bigger? Send your child on a mission to find the smallest item in the house. Why are some things better small and some things better big? Talk to your child about the importance of sizes of objects.
Go for a walk, how many colors can your child find? What color is the food they eat? What color is their favorite shirt? What color makes them feel happy, sad? Help them to notice the depth of color and its many shades. What is tint? What colors make up a rainbow? Practice mixing colors to see what all new colors your child can come up with. Have your child try on different tinted sunglasses and watch their reaction!
What's the first oval that pops in your mind? Could it be an egg?? Can you draw a box? How many triangles can you find on a trip to the grocery? How many shapes can you make from a watermelon? What shape is your favorite swimming pool? The more shapes you point out in the child's environment the quicker they learn a square is not just a figure on a piece of paper. They see the world differently.
Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Cabell, Curriculum Specialist at Kidz World Childcare, Inc. has 38 years of experience in the field of education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and is an alumnus of Henderson City High School and Western Kentucky University. Her greatest accomplishments thus far are: being married to a loving, caring husband who is always there for her, having a wonderful son and daughter-in-law who gave her a precious granddaughter, getting her Master’s Degree, and the great pleasure she takes in educating the children of Henderson. Ms. Anne is a wonderful loving person with an intense passion for education and the development of a child’s mind. Among her many favorites in life are: the color red, seafood with a preference for crab legs, supporting the Dallas Cowboys, and Minnie Mouse. Her favorite hobby is playing the piano. Her favorite quote is Matthew 21:22, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” While Ms. Anne is officially a retired teacher, she loves her job at Kidz World because it keeps her teaching and working with children each and every day and for that she is very grateful.
Please listen to Ms. Anne's interview on the Pinnacle curriculum.
At Kidz World Childcare, Inc. we have a strong desire to educate the children and prepare them for a successful entry into school. In order to accomplish our mission we utilize a faith-based curriculum titled Pinnacle. Pinnacle Curriculum is a tool for providing quality programming for early childhood development. Pinnacle Curriculum is designed to engage children in developmentally appropriate activities that move them toward their potential in all areas of child development. It provides teachers with daily resources that make creating meaningful learning experiences possible, eliminating the time consuming research that lesson planning often takes. Pinnacle Curriculum offers six age-specific teacher guides for each month. Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Threes, Fours and School-Agers all have their own developmentally- appropriate and age-specific curriculum guide for each month of the year.
What does Pinnacle Curriculum include?
• An easy-to-follow daily or weekly format
• Lesson plan guide
• Options for enriching activity centers every day and week
• Suggested book lists and “ready-to-send” parent letters
• Academic Options
• Daily, weekly, and monthly supply lists
• Art patterns for classroom enrichment
Pinnacle is a guide for the daily curriculum of the early childhood classroom. It is designed to assist teachers with program planning that encourages children to develop their emerging skills in all developmental areas. It offers activities for both group time and the learning areas, and teachers have an abundance of ideas to enrich the learning centers in their classroom. The activities meet learning objectives that help children move toward their potential as they explore the materials and activities in the classroom. Because Pinnacle Curriculum offers teachers so many ideas in an easy-to-use format, the burden of program planning is lighter and more time is available for meeting the individual needs of each child. Each month of curriculum contains five weeks of programming, centered on a specific theme and tailored to the development skills for each age group. The teachers expand on them using their own creativity. From infant through pre-school, the themes grab your child's attention.
Our teachers love working with the students to create wonderful works of art that they can be proud of and which show off what they have learned. In order to track those milestones, we have quarterly parent/teacher conferences where we go over the child's progression.