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Mrs. Durbin

Welcome to SonLight Preschool

Hello & Welcome! I am so excited to be your child's preschool teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. This past May, I graduated from Dordt College (now Dordt University) with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood and Special Education. This is my 1st year teaching, and I am so excited that I get to experience it at Inwood Christian School. I married Alex Durbin in June 2018. We recently moved to Hull. Looking forward to a wonderful year! 

Preschool Sessions
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Morning: 8:00-11:20
Afternoon: 12:10-3:30

Sydney Durbin
sdurbin@inwoodchristian.com

Sydney's Cell: (231) 884-7994
School Phone:  (712) 753-4541
School Fax:  (712) 753-2434

Preschool Happenings

Reminders:

Monday, September 16 - School Picture Day! The AM & PM classes will both meet in the morning as we will have our picture taken right away. 

Library - Library books are due every Wednesday! 

Show and Tell is every Thursday - Your child is welcome to bring an item from home that begins with that weeks letter. The more creative the better! This is a great way for students to associate an item with a letter for recall throughout the year.

Engagement - Please talk to your child about school. Ask them questions such as: What was your favorite song you sang today? What did you have for snack? What is the letter of the week and what sound does it make? What did you learn in Bible today?

Reading - Please read with your child every day! Reading is so important at this age! 

Weather - If Inwood Christian school has a Late Start, then there will be NO morning preschool. The morning students are welcome to come in the afternoon instead! If Inwood Christian School has an Early Out, then the afternoon students are welcome to join the morning preschool! 

Tuition - due on the 10th of every month.  

 Breakfast is from 7:50am to 8:15am

School Year Theme: Kingdom Builders

September Chapel Theme: Parable of the Great Banquet - God wants us to be part of His Kingdom! 

  "But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well." - Luke 12:31

Week of September 16-20:

Theme: Apples! We will learn about how apples grow, the different parts of apples, the different colors of apples and the many things that can be made from apples. We will even get to taste-test :-) 

Letter: No specific letter this week. We will continue to work on the letters in our names. 

Number: we will begin working on the numbers 2 and 3. 

Color: Orange

Shape(s): Square and Rectangle. 

Bible: We will finish the creation story, and begin learning about The Fall and Noah's Ark. 

Snack: 

Sept. 16- Karyss (combined)

Sept. 18 - Vivienne, Blair

Sept. 19 - Taysen, Parker 

Parent Tip:

I am a huge advocate for using positive reinforcement with children. Positive reinforcement is not only a way to build your child's behavior, it is also a great way to build up their self-confidence! The great thing about positive reinforcement is that it is simple and it can be used in really any setting (school, home, daycare, church, outings etc.). I like to state the child's name, and follow it with what they are doing right. For example, at school I would say something like, "Sydney, I really like how you followed directions and got right to work on your coloring. Good job!" Some ways you can use positive reinforcement at home include giving praise to your child for putting away their toys, eating their food at the dinner table, or even for trying something new. Here's an article that offers some more information on how you can use positive reinforcement at home - enjoy! 

Source: https://www.care.com/c/stories/3467/6-positive-reinforcement-examples-to-try-with/

 

 

 

SHAPES
Shapes for Kids (JH)
Shapes (PM)
Shape Song-Harder (HFT)
Introducing Shapes-Harder (SHS)

Circle Song (HFT)
Square Song (HFT)
Triangle Song (HFT)
Rectangle Song (HFT)
Octagon Song (HFT)
Trapezoid Song (HFT)
Paralellogram Song (HFT)
Hexagon Song (HFT)


ALPHABET
Lego Alphabet Song (FT)

Lowercase ABCs
JOLLY PHONICS ACTIONS

ABC's and sounds (PM)
ABC's (H)
Alphabet Song (HFT)
What do the letters say? (HFT)
Vowel Bat (SS)

Sesame St. ABC's (SS)
Who Let the Letter's Out? (DJ)
Learnin' My Letters (HK)
Teach Me How to Read (Rap) (HK)
Hip Hop to the Alphabet (HK)
Capital Letter Workout (JH)
 

HIGH FREQUENCY/SIGHT WORDS
The Sight Word Song (HK)
1st 24 HFW 

COLORS
Colors, Colors (HK)
Color Robot
 (HK)
Rainbow Colors (H)
Colors Song (LS)

 

DOW/MOY
How Many Days Are in a Week? (HK)
Days of the Week clap! clap! (HK)
Days of the Week Song (LS)
Months of the Year Song (LS)
Months of the Year (KTV)
The Months Chant (SSS)
Months of the Year Chant (ELF)
Days of the Week Song (HFT)

 

PARTS OF THE BODY/ MOVEMENT
Left and Right Robot
If I Were An Animal
Walking Song (HFT)
Running Song (HFT)
Parts of my Body (HFT)
Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes (VG)
Hokey Pokey (H)
Boom Chicka Boom (LS)

Shake Break (PM)
Move your Legs and Arms (PM)
Shake your Sillies Out (LS)
If You're a Kid
Tooty Ta
Ants in Your Pants
Dancing Robots
Stomp and Clap
Go Bananas
Wishy Washy Washer Woman
The Gummy Bear Song

BIBLE
We Want to See Jesus Lifted Hight
Every Move I Make (dance) 
Jump Around
Arky, Arky (LMK)
Father Abraham (CM)
Fruit of the Spirit (BK)
I'm in the Lord's Army (CC)
The Lord's Prayer
The B-I-B-L-E (GFK)
How Great is Our God (CMD)

King of the Jungle (GWS)
Bible Book Bop (HFT)

STORIES ONLINE

Storyline Online (stories read to children by famous people)

 

LEARNING WEBSITES
*= easy, **= medium, ***= hard
as previewed by Mrs. McKenny


www.starfall.com (most are free but can subscribe)
1.  *Pumpkin Decorating 
2.  *Turkey Decorating
3.  *Snowman Decorating
4.  *Exploring ABCs
5.  *5 Little Bears Song
6.  **Matching 2D/3D Shapes
7.  **Short A Machine
8.  **Sight Word Sentence Puzzle 1
9.  **Sight Word Sentence Puzzle 2
10.  ***Pattern Maze

www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html
1.  *Kangaroo Confusion (upper/lowercase match)
2.  ***Alphabet Bears (ABC order)
3.  ***Sassy Seals (beg. sound match)
4.  ***Tina's World: (real/make believe)
5.  ***Buggy Trails (following directions)

http://www.abcya.com/
1.  *Letter Matching
2.  *ABC/123 Magnets
3.  **Alphabet Slider Puzzle
4.  **Alphabet Bingo
5.  **Alphabet Match
6.  ***Sight Word Bingo
7.  ***ABC Order Dot to Dot


http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/preschool/preschool.htm
1.  *Numbers
2.  *Shapes
3.  *Colors
4.  *Color Game
5.  **Animal Alphabet Match (A-E)
6.  **Animal Alphabet Match (F-J)

7.  **Animal Alphabet Match (K-O)
8.  **Animal Alphabet Match (P-T)
9.  **Animal Alphabet Match (U-Z)
10.  **
Animal Games

www.fisher-price.com (infant to preschool)

www.abcmouse.com (free 30 day trial then subscribe)

iPad Apps
Reading:
1.  Super Why! ($3.99)
2.  Dora ABCs ($4.99)
3.  Dora Rhyme ($2.99)
4.  Sound Sorting Beginning Sounds ($0.99)
5.  JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning ($1.99)
6.  Teach Me Kindergarten ($1.99)

Math:
1.  Monkey Math ($1.99)
2.  Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($1.99)
3.  UmiNumbers ($6.99)

4.  Dot to Dot ($1.99)
5.  Shapes (Free)
7.  Wheels on the Bus ($1.99)
8. 
JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning ($1.99)
9.  Shape Builder (0.99)


Extras:
1.  123 Kids Fun Music (Free)

2.  Preschool Arcade ($0.99)
3.  Animatch {Memory} (0.99)
4.  Kid's Park (Free)

Free:
1.  http://prekkids.edublogs.org/free-ipad-apps/