Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sight Word Practice

As a parent, it’s extremely important for you to practice sight words at home. Sight words are one of the essential skills your child will need for reading success. And while practicing sight words with your child at home will make a big difference, it should also be a fun experience!


Paper Plate Toss: Write sight words on paper plates. Use them like frisbees to throw after reading the word. Add in some additional fun by adding a target.
Flashlight Words: Turn off the lights. Tape words on the wall or ceiling. Use the flashlight to shine on the word, then have your child read it.
Stepping Stones: Place the word cards on the floor, making a fun stream going across the room. Have your child walk over the stream. As they step onto the stepping stone (word), have them say the word before they move on to get to the other side of the stream.
Tic-Tac-Toe: Write words in the tac-tac-toe spaces. Take turns selecting a space to read. If read correctly, an X or O is placed on the space until someone wins.
Word-O: This is played just like BINGO. Fill in a card with the words that you are working on. Call out the words and mark the spaces. The first one with a card covered calls out the word “WORDO!”
Word Hunt: Look for target words in books or in the newspaper. If using the newspaper your child can highlight or circle the words that she finds.
Word Jump: Write the sight words onto the driveway. Call out a word. Have your child jump their way to the sight word.
SNAP: You put the sight words you want them to practice on flash cards and put the flash cards into a jar. Also, you write the word SNAP on a few flash cards and put them in to the jar. The kids can play in partners or in a groups of 3 or 4 with siblings. They take turns pulling a card out of the jar. If they can say the word on the card automatically with no struggle, they get to keep the card. If they struggle, they have to put it back. If they pull out one of the cards that says SNAP, they have to put all of the card they’ve drawn back. The first person to 5 cards (or 10) wins!
Stair Chase: Place two sight word cards on each stair. Let them pick one sight word on the way up, saying the word and picking up the card when they get it correctly. Have them practice the other sight words on the way down.
Coin Toss: Put words on the floor. Children take turns tossing a coin onto a word and saying the word. If they get the word correctly, they keep the coin. If you like, first to 10 coins wins. Or see if they can collect all of the coins.
Concentration: Create two sets of word cards. Place the word cards face down. Have your child turn over two cards, trying to make a match. Continue until all of the words are matched.
Play who am I? Lay out the word cards. Then give the child clues to what the selected word is. For example, if the word was “red,” you could say – I rhyme with bed. I had three letters. I end with the letter D. Have the child locate the word.
Beat the Clock: See how many times your child can write a word in one minute. Or see how many flash cards your child can read in one minute.
Words You Can Eat: Write your words in whipped cream, peanut butter, carrots or anything you can eat.
Who has more? Flash words cards to your child. If they read the word within 5 second, they get to keep the card. If not, you keep the card. If the child has more cards than you at the end, they win.

Salt Tray: Grab a tray or baking sheet with edges. Pour in salt. Write the word in salt. When your child says it correctly, they get to erase the word.


Having your child recite sight words isn’t the only way to have them practice sight words. Having them write them out in fun ways helps them learn the spelling, too. You can make words using:

  • Playdough
  • Stencils
  • Wiki sticks
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Magnetic letters
  • Legos
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Salt on a Tray
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sticks (in sand or dirt)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Center Time

Center Time is an important part of Kindergarten.  It is where we grow friendships, learn how to share, and be kind to each other.  We learn just as much playing together.  Please check out the video link.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fire Safety Week at PES

The firefighters came to speak to us last Tuesday about fire safety.  They want us to practice fire safety at home. Here is what they want us to remember.

  • Never play with matches, lighters, or candles.
  • Know the sound of the smoke alarms in your home.
  • In case of fire, get out fast and stay out!
  • Have a fire escape plan at home, with a meeting place.
  • Keep your bedroom door closed at night.
  • In a fire, crawl low under smoke.
  • If your clothes catch fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL.
  • Call 911 for an emergency.

Our special snack on Friday.  

The children had to follow directions to make their fire trucks.  They did a wonderful job.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Apple Orchard

We had a wonderful trip to the apple orchard on Friday.  The children learned the life cycle of an apple from seed to apple.  We also learned that it only takes five days for the bees to pollinate the entire orchard.  The children got to pick apples from a tree saved just for us.  Then we headed back to the shop to see how the apples are cleaned and stored in the big refrigerator.  The last thing was we learned how apple cider was pressed and got to sample it.  Check out some of the pictures below.

Monday, September 18, 2017

School Bus Safety


Taking the bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Ms. Shelly talked to the whole school about bus safety and the kindergarten and pre-k got to practice crossing in front of the bus. Help your kids get a gold star by following these school bus safety tips.
The Hard Facts
School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.

Top Tips for School Bus Safety

  1. Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  2. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus.
  3. If your 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.
  4. Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
  5. Drivers should always follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.  
  6. Slow down and stop if you're driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Morse Mountain

The children did a wonderful job yesterday on the field trip.  I was so proud of the way they persevered during the long hike.  They did not give up.  They cheered on their classmates.  I saw lots of team work and friendships developing.  Here are a few pictures from the trip.  Check out the school's Facebook page for more.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pattern Block Designs

Here are a few of the designs that we created with our pattern blocks.  Sorry these did not get posted this weekend, but I had network issues at home.