PreK Mrs. Clayton
In our classroom we use various learning styles, but one of our favorites is learning through song and acting. We encourage active participation in all classroom activities, and we provide an atmosphere in which we ask students to explore, ask questions and fuel their curiosity. We feel it is very important to foster enthusiasm in their learning as well as instill a feeling of competence. A common phrase heard throughout our room is “We can always solve a problem.” We continue to model and guide positive behavior and expose students to the skills they will need to be successful Kindergartners and beyond. By the end of the year we are able to hold a pencil with the correct 3-finger grip, write our first name, know and recognize numbers 1-10, know and recognize some letters of the alphabet (and their sounds) and have self-sufficiency skills.
Resources for while We are Away:
- From the Classroom:
- From Fellow Parents:
- One Mom began her At-home school two weeks ago. She has kindly shared some tips and resources that she has found helpful: We find that having a daily schedule to follow helps a lot. I wrote one out and we check off each activity as we complete it. I will attach a picture of the one I made. I purchased a small trampoline to help get out some energy inside the house. We read books to him while he jumps. We've been using DuoLingo, IXL, and this great phonics app linked below. The only minor issue is that it is British English, but he absolutely loves it and I think it does a great job with phonics. I will link some other things we've ordered from Amazon that have been useful:
- Counting blocks
- Tracing board. I write a "secret message" and have him trace it and read it to me.
- This dinosaur model kit was a huge success.
- National Geographic Readers have also been quite popular in our household. This one is on Mars, but they are available in a wide variety of subjects, as you probably know.
- Another Family is finding success with https://busytoddler.
- Khan Academy is a choice from another family.
Mrs. Merry Kay Clayton
I have been teaching for over 30 years and I love living in the social emotional world of PreK. I have a passion for singing and rhyming all the time, taking inspiration from Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel. I also enjoy helping out with the middle school Spring Musical, preparing students for a liturgy, catching a Mariner’s game or Skyping with my son, his wife and three amazing grandchildren.