Every two weeks teachers in the Selma Deitch Early Learning Program send home information about what's happening in the classroom. This gives families ideas for how to support their child’s learning at home. In the classroom teachers make modifications to help all children learn in the way that best matches each child’s strengths and abilities. At home, families can make adjustments to match their child's abilities, too. Check out the weekly newsletters by clicking on the date and title on the right. Then, look below for suggestions that teachers and therapists have made to modify regular features of each newsletter. If you have specific questions or concerns about your child, feel free to contact your child's teacher. DOWNLOAD or READ classroom newletters here.
In this section of the newsletter, teachers give you some of the vocabulary words that children are learning in the new unit. You can help your child understand the words by saying them when you are talking with your child during daily routines like bathing, dressing, feeding and playing. If you want to cut out pictures from magazines to show the words, you could make a picture book to look at with your child. Collect pictures of all the words we’ll be teaching and add them to the book as the year goes by. Sit with your child, point to the pictures and name them.
You can borrow books from the Manchester City Library for free. Sign up for your library card at either of the two library locations. Click on the link for more information about programs and hours:
your child, think about choosing books that have bright and bold or
high-contrast illustrations that are easier to see and will grab your child’s
attention. Look for the sturdy “board books” that are made of cardboard pages
(easier to hold and easy to turn the pages). Look for books that feature
sounds, texture or movement (flaps that lift up to show a picture underneath).
Find books with one simple picture on each page and very few words. Be prepared
to read a favorite storybook over and over again. Repeating fun books will
strengthen language development and stretch attention span.