Leap and Bound into Preschool in Simi Valley
· Book: Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
· Science: Sense of Hearing
· Math: Measurement
· Word: Onomatopoeia
The bulletin board outside of your child’s room will have more information about what he or she will be studying during the week.
Look also for a schedule posted on the door. If you don’t find your child in their homeroom, you should be able to find them with that.
A note from Ms. Jennifer:
Over the last few weeks, my class has been reviewing all the letters of the alphabet. We have begun learning different phonic combinations and are working on rhyming words. We will also continue working with Miss Humblebee’s Academy in computers.
In Science, we are learning about the five senses. We especially enjoyed the sense of taste! Yum! In Math, we will begin working with rulers and measurement.
In this issue:
· Welcome Back
· Classroom Updates
· New Staff
· Home Work-Family Activity
Welcome to the 2013/2014 school year!!! We are excited to see everyone back from vacations, relaxation and family time. We have been working hard all summer to update our lessons for the school year and are excited to get started!
We have many new and exciting things happening in the class rooms! Since Monday, the classes have been moving around to ‘new’ activity areas set up in every room. The Music Room (closest to the office) has a whole new set of lesson plans and music selections with expanded variety to foster creativity. The Art Room (next on the right) is now Ms. Ana’s room along with all of the three year olds and the Science Room has new and exciting lessons planned for the whole year. We’ll be learning all about plants, animals, our world, and our selves.
On the other side of the school, the Math Room is first with fun and exciting games to play that teach and reinforce math skills from recognizing numbers and shapes to sorting and classifying to addition and subtraction. Next is the two year old classroom and Ms. Angela’s class with the Spanish and Dramatic Play activities planned. Finally we have the kindergarten and Pre-k classroom and Ms. Jennifer’s class. Here we will be learning about computers and working on our literacy skills, from learning the ABC’s to reading books.
In addition to Ms. Jennifer, our new kinder/Pre-k teacher, you may have noticed some other new faces in the past several months. Ms. Deidre’s son, David, and Ms. Jen (not to be confused with Ms. Jennifer) have been helping out at the school. David is helping mostly with marketing, office tasks, and computer issues as well as being the go-to guy for odd jobs around here. Ms. Jen is helping David with computer things as well as helping out as needed. She will be assisting the teachers with routine tasks so the teachers can spend more quality time teaching your children.
We will be sending out periodic newsletters to keep you informed of the activities going on in each room along with questions that you can ask your children about their participation in those academic/creative areas. During these last two weeks of August, we will be sorting everything out, making sure we all know the schedule, and that everything is in place when it needs to be. The first week or two of September should be a little bit smoother as you all know your schedules better and we adjust here. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Attached you will find a survey that we would like you to fill out to give to your child’s teacher. If you filled out a similar form when you first started, we want to make sure the information is up to date. It is important that the teachers know these things about your child so they can help them grow and learn while they are here. Please take the time to answer all of the questions and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. If you need a hard copy, please ask a teacher or staff person for one.
Finally, We need your help for our Science lessons next week. Please take some time to walk around and collect some various shape and size pieces of bark. The following week we will need some clean cans, cardboard, boxes and springs for building simple machines.
Thank you for all of your help and participation. Your children are going to learn so much from these items.
Teachers & Staff -Leap and Bound Academy
I would like to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Jennifer Martilik and I will be taking over the Kindergarten class here at Leap and Bound Academy. A quick background on myself: After obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Temple University, I worked for numerous years at a preschool in Pennsylvania before moving to California with my husband and son. I then spent 10 years teaching 1st Grade at a private school here in California. During the summer, I worked as a camp counselor and assistant director to the school’s summer camp. “This gives me a unique perspective on Kindergarten: I am familiar with younger children and their differing levels of development and I know what they need to know to be ready for First Grade.”
I especially enjoy teaching reading, art, and arithmetic. Since reading is my favorite hobby, I love seeing a child smile from ear to ear when they are able to put all the sounds together and read for themselves. It is quite rewarding! I like being creativity as well. Art allows children to express themselves in unique ways. I always find ways to incorporate art into our weekly lessons. Helping children understand the language of arithmetic, helps them better understand the concepts. Arithmetic concepts are everywhere around us. Measuring for recipes, realizing the correct shape to fix in the box, estimating how much wrapping paper a gift needs or just being able to share the pizza equally are only a few examples of how arithmetic surrounds us. Learning should engage children! By incorporating reading, art, and arithmetic in our lessons, children become more involved.
I am looking forward to working with you and your children. All children are unique and can be successful when given guidance and understanding. I am committed to creating a classroom environment that inspires children and fosters a love of learning.
Making friends is one of the essential skills young children need to learn to be successful in school – and in life! This is the “training” children get when they participate in an early childhood program like the one at Leap & Bound Academy, a preschool and kindergarten in Simi Valley. We live in a world with other people and learning how to “get along” means more than just having friends. If you have a friend for any length of time, you have learned how to resolve conflict, compromise, put others first, and many more skills including how to get others to like you.
Young children learn how the world works through their interactions with others. They learn they need to ask when someone has something they want (instead of just grabbing it and running). They learn what makes other people like them and what actions cause other people to not like them. They learn about sharing and being able to get what they need and want from others. All of the children in a preschool classroom setting learn the give and take of relationships.
If your child is not enrolled in a preschool program, they need to be having “play dates,” Mommy and Me classes, and outings at the park where other children congregate. At Leap & Bound Academy, a kindergarten and preschool in Simi Valley, children learn these essential skills while working on math, reading, science, art, music, and Spanish. No matter what the curriculum, children will benefit from working and playing with others the same age.
A mermaid, of course!