Classroom News

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.

Say New Words with Me!

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.

Read with Me!

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:

Manchester City Library 405 Pine Street (624-6550)
West Community Branch Library 76 North Main Street (624-6560)

For 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.

Sing with Me!

Say the words or sing the song for your child. If there are hand gestures or movements that go with the song, help your child make the movement in whatever way that works best (for example, you might move your child’s feet for him or her or help with clapping hands). Hearing your voice and watching your face helps your child make a connection to the music.