Learn From Home
As of March 17, 2020 the RCSS will be closed until further notice. I have placed information here for parents to continue to assist with thier students learning. I sinceerely hope that everyone is able to come back to school as soon as possible and encourage families to follow teh guidance from the CDC to remain healthy adn safe.
At Home Activities for Pre-K Students RCBOE Distance Learning
Put silverware away after it has been cleaned. Sort silverware by type and count the number of spoons and forks.
Read your student a book and then allow them to retell the story to you, using their own words.
Allow your student to act their favorite character in the book or a part of the story. Allow your student to draw a picture about the story, then help your student label their picture.
Allow your student to play with sidewalk chalk. Practice writing letters, numbers, their names and family names.
Practice, Practice, Practice with your student on writing their first and last name. Use a pencil with lined or no lined paper. Write letters (alphabet) and numbers up to 50.
Work with your student on their home phone number or your cell phone number and home address. Have them write it down, so they see it in print.
Put a large chunk of ice in a pan on the table. Encourage your student to explore the ice, talk about properties and find ways to make it melt.
Make up rhyming nonsense words while shopping. For example, you see an apple and you may say bapple, lapple or wapple.
Work with your student on recognizing the letters of the alphabet in environmental print (books, newspapers, handwriting, cards, etc.) as well as recognizing numbers 1-100.
Place flat objects on a dark piece of construction paper (like a ruler or key). Place in direct sunlight for a few hours. Show how the sunlight faded the paper, leaving dark silhouettes. Talk about cause/effect.
Go outside and find different sized rocks. Put them in order from smallest to largest. You can also talk about shape/texture/weight.
Go outside, lie on a blanket, talk about clouds, sun, and sky. Draw pictures of what you see.
Collect 10-30 (or more) objects and count them. Hide them around the house and have fun finding them. Count them as you find them.
Go on a shapes scavenger hunt in your home. Look for squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, ovals, etc.
Work on reciting numbers 1-100 and the entire alphabet. When counting, ensure that your student counts slow and states each number as clearly as possible. When reciting the alphabet ensure that your student annunciates each letter.
Play a letter sound game, have your student say or point to a letter and then ask them to name something that starts with that letter.
Fill a pan with water and guess which objects will float and sink. Then discuss why the object sank or floated.
Predict how many hops it takes to get from one end of a hall/room to another. Then, check the
Have your student complete dot to dots pictures and when they are finished, allow them to color the picture. Make sure your student completes the dot to dot in the proper order.
Create a weather chart for the month of June and discuss patterns. Predict how many days it will be rainy, sunny, cloudy.
Fill a large plastic container with beans. Use measuring cups to talk about more and
less and volume. You can also practice estimation.
Healthy at School/Home, discuss with your student how to be healthy at school and to understand healthy habits. Use words such as: clean; germs, washing. Discuss safe and healthy habits and practice healthy habits.
Positions: Talk about positions and words that describe the positions, such as behind; left; position; right. Use different objects or people to teach your student how to describe an object's position.
Talk about different animals that live in the world, start with the ones you know and then maybe research some you may not. This will show your student that you can learn together! Use words like habitat, forest, desert, ocean, river, artic. Discuss why certain animals only live in certain habitats.
Georgia Bright from the Start, the American Board for Pediatrics all recommend no more than one (1) hour of screen time for pre-school aged students, this includes television, iPad/tablets, smartphone, gaming devices, etc. It is recommended that these devices be used to reinforce something that you and your student have just discussed.
Understanding that in today’s world this can be difficult to do, with so many of these devices available. If you can, try and use screen time in a educational manner. For example, you and your student playing an interactive phonics or numbers game on a tablet or watching high-quality educational programming together is good screen time. Use screen time as a chance to interact with your student and teach lessons about the world. Don't let your student spend time alone just staring at a screen.
If you allow your student lots of screen time, here are some tips:
- Be with young kids during screen time and interact with them. That can mean playing an educational game with your student or talking about something you see together in an age-appropriate TV show or video.
- Research games and apps before getting them for your student. There are thousands of apps and games that claim to be educational, but not all of them are. Search online to see which one’s educators and doctors consider the best.
- Schedule plenty of non-screen time into your student's day. Unstructured playtime is important for building creativity, so young students should have time to play away from screens every day. Family meals and bedtimes are also important times to put the screens away and interact with your student.
- Keep devices with screens out of your student's bedroom after bedtime, and don't allow a TV in your student's bedroom.