Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Matching Game!

Teaching young children how to match, classify, and measure is an important part of developing early math skills because these skills help children identify and describe relationships between items. Matching, in particular, is an important early childhood math skill that keeps repeating throughout one’s educational life in various forms. Matching helps us identify same or similar objects based on their common properties. In addition to being an essential math skill, matching allows preschoolers'  memory to develop. It also utilizes their ability to store, organize and retrieve information, and recall information in relation to something they have seen before.

Matching socks!

Finding matching pairs

Matching the socks together

Monday, July 29, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

KBC--School Bus Safety!

Riding the school bus for the first time is a big step for our rising kindergartners. During Kindergarten Boot Camp, we help our rising kindergartners get a gold star in school bus safety by following these tips:
  1. Walk to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Make sure drivers can see the kids at your bus stop.
  2. Stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  3. Wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and not to walk behind the bus.
  4. If a child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  5.  Use the handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If a child drops something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.

Enjoying the school bus visit!

All smiles for the school bus!

rising kindergartners on the school bus!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gross Motor Skills!

Gross Motor skills are those which require whole body movement and involve the large (core stabilizing) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing, walking, running, and sitting upright. It also includes eye-hand coordination skills such as ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking). Out Toddler 3 class had a blast today playing "Basketball" and working their gross motor skills!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Reading Week!

This week has been all about Reading at The Academy of Seaboard Lane. Yesterday, all of the kids were able to dress as their favorite storybook character and bring their favorite books. Today, our Pre K 2 teacher, Ms. Kristin, brought in her favorite book--Harry Potter! Ms. Kristin discussed how books can be real (non-fiction) and make believe (fiction.) Books can take you on adventures and help you experience things otherwise unknown! Thanks for sharing with us!

Pop-up Harry Potter book!

Ms. Kristin loves Harry Potter!

So amazed at the book!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Counting and Number Recognition

Recognition of numbers supports the development of other number skills, such as counting. For example, one of the most important ideas about counting that many children do not develop is this: The last counting word tells how many. Children will count three objects, but then, when asked how many, will re-count. But if they recognize groups of one, two, and three, then when they count out one, they see they have one, when they count out two, they see they have two, and when they finish and count three they see three. They relate it to what they already know, and so the counting is more meaningful.

Matching number to number!

Fine Motor Skills

Playing with clay-it’s great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling, flattening clay all develop children's muscles and fine motor skill development.