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  • Your Child Can Be A Better Listener

    Your child Can Be a Better Listener! Here’s how: Start early-Even though an infant can’t talk, a newborn baby can listen and respond to the tone of your voice, to a lullaby, to lively music. Be a good example- Give your undivided attention to your child whenever possible. Stop what you are doing and really listen to your child when he or she talks. Remember: Parents who listen have children who listen.

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  • Ways to use Informational Texts

    Selecting Informational books: The “5A’s” The Authority of the author The Accuracy of the content The Appropriateness of the book for children The Artistry of the language The Aesthetic or artistic appeal of the book’s overall appearance

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  • How drawing Contributes to Self- Expression and Writing

    1. Filling In- Before children can write pictures provide the information 2. Warming up- Prewriting activity. Children think about what to write 3. Planning with-Use drawing to organize their thinking and remind them what they want to write 4. Elaborating Upon-use drawings or multiple drawings to motivate them to produce more 5. Talking about- serves as a prop for what is drawn as well as written words 6. Evaluating with-use the pictures to assess if this would really happen or make believe

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  • Emergent literacy Behaviors

    1. Show understanding of oral message by listening and responding appropriately 2. Pretending to Read and Being familiar with a text 3. Use pictures and words to communicate. Can read what they wrote even if you can’t 4. Tracking print with left to write and Up and down 5. Knowing writing vocabulary and identifying in context such as a letter , a word 6. Recognize familiar words or print 7. Recognize what sounds the same 8. Naming letters and/or sounds 9. Making connection between written and spoken words 10. Interacting with print and thinking about it

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  • How to Read with Your Child

    Before Reading -Look at front/Back cover -Discuss picture on the cover and predict what the book is about -Relate pictures to previous knowledge -Discuss the title -Look at a page in the beginning, middle, end and make predictions -Motivate your child to read

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  • Where and When to Read with your Child

    Where and When to Read with your Child -Choose a comfortable reading place -Quiet, orderly, and free of interruptions -Telephone and door answered by someone not reading -Turn off TV -Limit Interruptions -Read in Fun Locations -Set daily time for reading

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  • What to do when you do not have a book

    Use -Advertisements or fliers -Weekly newspaper -Brochures, booklets, catalogs -Magazines -Food packages

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  • How to Select Books

    -Allow child to choose -Assist in choosing books -Take turns choosing -Choose Based on Interests - Ask other children their favorite books -Ask librarian -Ask child’s teacher...

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  • Reasons to read with your child

    Social Reasons -Fun -Show your love -Share values -Express and discuss emotions -Make positive comments to your child -Knowledge of other cultures...

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  • Top 5 Reasons I don't Read with my child

    The Top five Reasons I don’t read to my child “I’m no good at speaking or reading” Just the act of reading let’s kids know it is important. This helps shape children’s attitudes toward reading at an early age. Children don’t care how much or how well you read. They will remember the time you spend together and the attention they receive. They also enjoy talking and sharing about the story.

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  • Look What I Drew!

    There are many ways to respond to a picture your child has drawn. Many thoughts went into the making of the picture and you should encourage your child to talk about his ideas.

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  • How to make the Reading/ Writing Connection

    -Show your child that anything that is said, heard, or read can be written -Make lists - Create Stories - Write a rhyming poem -Make a calendar -Create a family story

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  • What to do at Home to prepare your child for reading at school

    You can help by -Developing language skills by -Take walks and Talk -Visit places and talk about what you see -Be in nature and talk about how things grow -Discuss foods and where they come from -Visit a park for fun and turn taking - Plan a picnic or family activity -Do fingerplays...

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  • Globalization in art

    Preschool is a great time for students to learn to express themselves through art. Many students may still have trouble verbally or have not yet learned to write what they want to say. Art is a way for students to freely express their thoughts, feelings, and knowledge in a relevant way.

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  • Globalization in Dramatic Play

    The Dramatic play center is an important aspect of the pre-kindergarten curriculum. Pre-Kindergarten students are able to learn about their environment and our ever changing world through these experiences.

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  • Globalization in the Reading Center

    In the preschool classroom, the majority of a child’s learning takes place during free-choice center time. The Reading Center is one of the quieter centers where students can look at books, use felt boards to re-tell familiar stories, and act out story sequences with puppets.

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  • Globalization in Blocks

    Building in the Block center is a favorite among preschool children. Children’s creativity can build everything from a house to the Eiffel tower.

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  • Globalization and Math

    Our students have been so excited about the unit we have been working on in our preschool classroom. The unit “Tall Buildings of the World” has been a true learning experience for the students. We first got together in our class large group and experienced two virtual tours.

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  • Globalization and Science

    In Pre-K at Walter Bickett Education Center, the children are always exploring the world around them. In this wonderful world of exploration and active investigation, science in our curriculum is always just a center away.

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  • Music and Globalization

    It has been said that music opens the window to the soul. It is a form of creative expression that bridges all ages, cultures, races, and ethnicities.

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  • It Looks Like Play

    ...to work and play together ...to respect the rights of others ...to listen as well as speak

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