Volume 1, Issue 1 Sunshine Elementary August 24th, 2011 Newsletter By: JaSharra Henderson Harvesting Success!Dear Parents and Care- communication our ronment by checkinggivers, number 1 priority. Par- your child’s agenda ents, I can see that you "Imagination Welcome to a book for homeworknew and wonderful all are working dili- assignments and cor- gently on getting your is more im-school year at Sunshine respondence. PleaseElementary . It is great children to school every allow your child to portant thanto be at a school as de- day, and on time. If your have read-aloud time,lightful as Sunshine Ele- child is receiving spe- cial instructional ser- practice math facts, knowledge.mentary. I have been vices make sure you and word problemsimpressed with the continue to meet with after school. Your con- Knowledgededication of parentsand the efforts from stu- the resource teachers tinued participation in or specialists. is limited.dents. Everyone is work- playing vocabulary,ing hard for students to There are sev- spelling, and geogra- eral instructional strate- Imaginationharvest a successful phy games is ex-school year. Our quest gies that can be used to tremely helpful during encircles thethis year is to continue support you while you our journey to suc-educational practices are working with your cess. I look forward to world."that guarantee our stu- child within your home working with all stu- environment. I encour-dents achievement, ex- dents, parents, and -- Albertcellence, and academic age you to sign-up to become a member of volunteers during ourgrowth. Parents please quest to “harvest suc- Einsteincontinue to work closely our PTA at Sunshine Ele-with our scholars and mentary. You can help cess”!Educationallylet us continue to keep maintain our success- Yours. JaSharra Hen-school-teacher-parent- ful educational envi- derson
Reading Center~Objective: Students will practice reading by reviewing books previously read:Students will work with buddy pairs to practice reading.Students will work together in groups finding words that were located in the story previously read.Students will work together by selecting characters from the story previously read and attempt toremember what the character did during the story.Art Center~Objective: Students will have opportunities to strengthen fine-motor skills and develop illustratingcapabilities:Students will use scissors to create collages using magazines.Students will use Play-Doh to create their very own masterpieces.Students will create beach scenes using finger/ foot paint, sand, and Die-Cuts.Listening Center~Objective: Students will have the opportunity to strengthen cognitive skills and develop listeningcapabilities:Students will listen to books on tape as they follow along in the text.Students will use puppets to act out the actions of the characters as they listen to the text being read.Students will sign the alphabet as instructed by audio material.Poetry Center~Objective: students will have the opportunity to improve social skills:Students will read poetry focusing on manners, rules, and being polite.Students will create fiction and non-fiction rhymes.Students will select rhyming words from various poetry readings, while practicing reading the poems onMagnetic Wall~Objective: Students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of word meanings:~Students will select words from the word basket and match them to the corresponding objects.~Students will create words using various letters.~Students will identify and group words to their corresponding scenes such as; beach, ocean, forest, market, and playground.
Behavior Management: Family-Teacher Communication:Each and every student should School-teacher-parent-always be treated with dignity communication is an essentialand respect regardless of their ingredient in harvesting a suc-culture, special need, or home cessful school environment. Letenvironment. Discipline is a time us all work diligently to maketo learn which behaviors are ap- School-teacher-parent-propriate and which behaviors communication our number oneare not. Rules and expectations priority. There are several waysshould always be clear and con- that you may contact me. My E-cise. Inappropriate behavior mail address is jasharrahender-should immediately be ad- email@example.com. My phone num-dressed. Appropriate behaviors ber is 301-555-1234. I will beshould always be recognized and scheduling home visits for thoserewarded. The key component in who desire them. There will bebehavior management is using several opportunities during thepatience and understanding to school year in which you willreach the goal of harvesting so- have the opportunity to voicecial, intellectual, emotional, and your questions and or concernsor physical development. such as; Student-Parent Ex- change Day, and Parent Teacher Breakfasts. I am always open for suggestions as to how we can harvest a positive educational environment.
Our Classroom Schedule:Time Activity Notes(Approx.)9:15-9:30 Arrival Bathroom Table Play / Fine Motor Play9:30-9:40 Transition/Sensory Warm-up9:40-9:55 Opening and Math Concept Calendar, Music/Movement (theme related)9:55-10:00 Transition activity Choosing centers (one Children should have individual visual mini- to be for working on the individual IEP schedules for center time so they know where to go goals ) (Center Management)10:00-10:45 Center Time One center can be the sensory area This time MUST include 15 minutes of IEP goal related one-on-one time10-45-10:55 Transition/ Oral Some classes may need toileting at this time, others Motor Warm-up may take individual children during previous activ- ity10-55-11.40 Meeting Time: Oral language and Children rotate through: • Welcome ( Song, Greet- vocabulary Phonological awareness ing) • Theme related language activity • Social Social skills/Pragmatics skills/play activity (Turn taking etc)* This should be related to IEP goals11.40 Prepare for Lunch Bathroom- wash hands11.45-12:15 Lunch Lunch break for one staff member12:15-12:45 Music/Quiet Reading Time/Bathroom Lunch break for one staff member12:45-1:15 Motor/Guided Play/Sensory Activity Outside if weather permits Lunch break for remaining staff1:15-1:30 Speech Box1:30-1:40 Transition/sensory break/ choose centers Children should have individual visual mini- (one to be for working on the individual schedules for center time so they know where to go ( IEP goals ) Center Management)1:40-2:25 Center Time One center can be the sensory area This time MUST include 15 minutes of IEP goal related one-on-one time2:25-2:45 Snack Time (Children move to sensory PECS and snack language boards should be used as area when finished) appropriate to encourage language2:45 Transition2:48 Story Time This should include manipulatives and student interac- tion3:00 Closing/ bathroom /bus