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Kindergarten Readiness & Assessments

Here is the list of standards by which I will be gauging your child’s Kindergarten Readiness.

This list is from the Utah Education Network (www.uen.org)

I will be doing Assessments two (2) times throughout the year.  The Beginning of Year & End of Year Assessments will be administered, and then copied.  One copy will be retained in their portfolio, and the second copy will be given to parents.

  I  take the Kindergarten Preparation aspect of Preschool very seriously as I know that this is your child’s first step into their learning journey.   I can’t wait to watch them all take flight!

**NOTE:  It’s okay if your child does not already know/do these things – These are the things we will cover/learn in our lessons during preschool hours.**

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Fine Motor Skills

  1. Puts a 10- to 12-piece puzzle together
  2. Holds scissors correctly
  3. Holds a pencil or crayon properly

Gross Motor Skills

  1. Runs, jumps and skips
  2. Walks backward
  3. Walks up and down stairs

Social Skills

  1. Uses words instead of being physical when angry
  2. Speaks clearly so an adult can understand him/her
  3. Plays with other children
  4. Follows simple directions
  5. Expresses feelings and needs
  6. Goes to the bathroom by him/herself
  7. Waits his/her turn and shares
  8. Talks in sentences
  9. Asks questions about things around him/her
  10. Enjoys having books read to him/her
  11. Can tell a story about a past event
  12. Says “please” and “thank you”
  13. Can spend extended periods away from Mom and Dad

Academic Skills

  1. Recognizes shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle)
  2. Can sort items by color, shape and size
  3. Can identify six parts of his/her body
  4. Understands concept words such as up, down, in, out, behind, over
  5. Counts from 1 to 10
  6. Recognizes five colors
  7. Tries to write his/her name
  8. Recognizes his/her written name

Personal Information

  1. Knows his/her full name
  2. Knows how old he/she is
  3. Knows his/her address and telephone number
  4. Knows his/her mother and father’s first names

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Enrolled!! What Happens Next ?

So you have decided you want to enroll your child in our preschool year!  WAHOO!  I am SO excited for all of the little ‘birds’ to join us this year!

Once they are enrolled, and we start classes in September, your child will begin a preschool journey like no other they could experience anywhere else.  I have so many fun things planned, so here are just a few things you can look forward to over the course of our school year:

1)  Our curriculum is amazing!!  We will start in September and by Mid-December/Early-January, your student will know the entire alphabet (including letter sounds), be able to count to 30, and know their shapes and colors!!  We will continue to progress beyond that through the remainder of the year, and also review everything so they remember what they have learned!   Its going to be an awesome year, and I can not WAIT to get started!!

2)  Each child will work on a “Preschool Portfolio” through the year. They will bring class projects home to add to it all year long!

3)  Each child is provided with everything they will need for work & crafts through the whole year!  Crayons, pencils, kiddy scissors, etc.

4)  Each child will receive their own ‘Little Birds Preschool’ T-shirt!!  They are SO CUTE!

5)  We will be going on a few optional, parent chaperoned field-trips during the year! One to the Firestation (in October for Fire Safety Month), one to the Planetarium at the beginning of the new year for Space month, one to the aquarium during animal month, and then another to Farm in the spring to see some cute baby animals and learn about farm life!

6)  Preschool Parties will be a TOTAL BLAST!!   We will have a party around Halloween, and a party at Christmas time!  At the Christmas party, The kids LOVE to show their parents what they have learned!  We also have a BIG fun party at the end of the year to celebrate our students Moving Up to Preschool 4 & our four year old students Graduating from Preschool and going to Kindergarten!

7)  Throughout the year, I will take pictures to document all the fun we have been having.  At the end of the year, each child will receive a link to the video of all those photos!   A fun keepsake for them to look back on in the future!

8)  Starting in Mid-September (once we get everything rolling)  we will start our “Student Spotlights”.  Every week we will have a Student of the Week.  That student will get to present a little poster about themselves, tell the class a little bit about them, and then even bring their favorite treat to share!!   It will be a fun way to make each student feel special AND get to know them all better!

9)  In addition to our class work, we will have fun lessons each week on topics that range from the calendar months, Seasons, Manners, different types of animals, our skeletons & organs, the planets, science experiments and even the weather!!  It will be so fun!

10)  Lastly, Each child will have SO MUCH FUN!!   I am so ready to get started and get to know each one of the ‘Little Birds’ that will be in my classes this year!

I am happy to answer any questions you may have!   I cant wait to hear from you, and hope that you will enroll your student with me this year!!

-Ms. Brittany-

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– PRESCHOOL DETAILS –

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At Little Birds Preschool – We are centered around state preschool and kindergarten standards.  In many cases, I will be teaching curriculum at a level higher than kindergarten learning.   The following is a list of standards that will be met throughout the year:

     – Listening and Following Instruction

 – Working collaboratively with others

-Developing organizational skills

-Following verbal instructions

-Expressing feelings and emotions

-Comprehending oral language forms

-Developing expressive language through speaking

-Increasing vocabulary development

-Developing understanding of printed language

-Developing alphabet knowledge

-Demonstrating speech and sound awareness

-Using emergent writing for a variety of purposes

-Understanding simple number concepts and operations

-Identifying patterns to represent mathematical situations

-Creating simple geometric shapes

-Developing fine and gross motor coordination

A FEW PRESCHOOL DETAILS

1.  A monthly calendar updating parents on what is ahead for the next month will be given out the first class day of each month.

2.  For another look at all of our fun, Parents can visit our Facebook Page for daily class updates.  (If you are opposed to pictures of your child online, please let me know).

3.  Students are supplied with everything they need in our classroom, including all art supplies, take home folder for “homework”, crafts supplies, pencils, etc.  Please send a backpack with your student to bring home any projects and their folder, and a re-usable cup they can leave here for the year.

4.  We will highlight one student a week starting in September.   Students can make an “All About Me” poster at home.  They then bring it to share with the class during their “Student Spotlight” week.  They will be the teacher helper, and be allowed to bring their favorite treat to share during their spotlight week as well!   At the end of their week, they can keep their special poster.

5.  We will have 2 parent preschool days throughout the year.  This is an opportunity for parents to come and for students to “show off” what they have learned!   One will be held at Christmas time, and the other will be at the end of the year for “Preschool Moving Up & Graduation”.

6.  We will follow our schedule along with the Tooele County School District Calendar. Our Classes for 4 year olds will be every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 9:15AM – 11:15AM and 12:00PM – 2:00 PM beginning in September.

 7. Fall Break will be in October.  Thanksgiving Break and Christmas Break will coincide with the respective holidays.  Winter Break will be from the last class day before Christmas to the first week in January.  Spring Break will be in March or April, and Preschool Moving Up Ceremony/Graduation will be in mid-May.


Because this is Preschool, Not Day Care, I do not give out my Social Security Number for Tax purposes.

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Classes Beginning in September!

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I Am SO excited for my in-home preschool that will be beginning again in the fall!  I have a love for teaching children and enjoy watching them learn and grow!

Little Birds Preschool is designed around Utah state preschool and kindergarten standards.

Classes begin the first week of September.

4-5 year olds – Monday, Tuesday & Thursday  9:15AM-11:15AM and 12:00PM – 2:00PM

In addition to our regular preschool routine, We will have a short lesson each day based on our monthly theme:

Monthly Themes

September:  Alphabet & Numbers

October:  Shapes

November:  Seasons

December:  Manners

January:  Space & Our Earth

February:  Our Bodies

March:  Animals

April:  Bugs & Science

May:  Year Review & Graduation

Tuition:  Class Tuition is $100/mo.

$35 (non-refundable) Registration Fee is due upon enrollment.

I am so excited to get things started again this year, and I cant WAIT to get to know each of your children, help them get ready for kindergarten, help them learn, and most importantly – HAVE FUN!!

Please let me know if you have any questions!!   For more details, policies & guidelines, please see the “Details” post.

–  Brittany Jenkins –

littlebirdspreschoolut@gmail.com