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315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN  47371 
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It's KiPS!

Kindergarten Prep School

About KiPS

KiPS is a get-ready-for-school summer program for children entering kindergarten in the fall.  Children registered for the program come to the library one morning a week to explore six skill areas: Art, Music, Reading, Math, Large Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills & Writing.

The Children’s area buzzes with activity every Tuesday morning through the summer. Certified teachers and teachers from local preschools lead sessions along with certified library staff. Instructional assistants, group leaders and other volunteers help out with each small group of children.

Help with transportation was offered in cooperation with Jay School Corporation.

Sponsors in addition to the library include Jay Schools, the Friends of the Library, and The Portland Foundation. If your organization would like to lend support, please contact Linda Shreve at the library.

 

SPECIAL NOTES for parents of participants.

  1. Remember to send the folder back with your child each Tuesday! The items inside are yours to keep, but we'll add more each week.  Don't send a backpack.  We won't be using them here and they are easily forgotten!
     
  2. ANY TIME your child will not be attending a KiPS session, we appreciate being informed! Just call us at (260) 726-7890 or email to let us know.
     
  3. Due to the movement in gym, it is very IMPORTANT for your child’s safety that they wear gym shoes, not flip flops! If gym shoes are a problem, then sandals with straps would work.
     
  4. Parents must come into the library building to pick up their children at their assigned area.  Check the list as you enter to see where you'll find your child.

 

What's new at KiPS?

Here's what the KiPS kids have been up to so far.

 

Week 1 – Beach Theme

Math - Practiced counting individually and wrote numbers from 0 – 10

Reading - books read: Splash in the Ocean by Mik Zepol and Grandma’s Beach by Rosalind Beardshaw, worked with knowing shapes, colors and saying ABC’s; practiced raising hands to answer the questions asked, recited “Five Little Monkeys” and “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”

Fine Motor Skills & Writing - Learned how to hold pencil correctly, wrote first names, traced first names, learned to write the letter C

Large Motor Skills - carried shells in a shovel to a bucket; played a relay game with shovels, buckets, and shells; passed a beach ball around large circle, moved to “Surfin’ in My Imagination” and “Zing Hop-a-Hula” (Ralph’s World CD).

Art - Worked on lining up and entering the room, how to hold art box and open it to use the supplies, learned how to ask a question (raise hand!) and not just yell out, worked on cleaning up, learned there’s a difference between short crayon strokes and long crayon strokes (have your child show you!).

Music - “Hello” song to welcome children, “Hickory Dickory Dock” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” songs with movements, demonstrated playing the ocean drum (ask your child what was inside the drum and how it was played) and everyone got a chance to try it while we all swayed to the ocean waves.


Week 2 – Pirate Theme

Math - Counted numbers 1 – 20; practiced writing numbers 0, 1, and 2; counted pirate treasure. There is a paper in take-home folders to help your child practice writing numbers. Please take some time to work on this together.

Reading - Book read: Shiver Me Letters by June Sobol; looked at pirate pictures to find items like coins, treasure, hook, eye patch, hat, map, ship, etc. Worked with knowing shapes and colors; recited the poems “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” and “A-Hunting We Will Go.”

Fine Motor Skills & Writing - Learned how to hold pencil correctly, wrote first names, traced first names, learned to write the letter C, O, A, P for pirate, and R for “what does a pirate say?”; drew a pirate ship.

Large Motor Skills - Making Waves: Used the parachute to make waves, kept the fish in the ocean, and passed the ball. Balance on the Plank: a masking tape plank to crawl on, hop on one foot, go forward and backward, and jump over the plank. Target Practice: Used bean bags as cannon balls and threw into hula hoops at various distances. Cannon Throw: Used small Nerf balls as cannons, threw or rolled at empty Pringles cans.

Art - Crumpled up paper to make a pirate map. Used crayons and learned the directions up, down, side. Learned to open up art box and just use what we need.

Music - “Hello” song to welcome children, learned elements of “Braindance:” head-tail, “Bounce Like a Ball;” upper-lower, “I Shake My Hands, I Kick My Feet.” Review of “Here is the Sea, the Wavy Sea;” learned “Three Times around Went Our Gallant Ship,” and “Going over the Sea.” “Good-bye” song to end.


Week 3 – Picnic/Food

Math - Practiced writing numbers 1,2,3,4. Counted from 1 – 20. Placed objects on picnic mat using position words (on top of, next to, beside). Again there is a paper in take-home folders to help your child practice writing numbers. Please take some time to work on this together. It doesn’t need to come back with them—it’s just for at-home practice.

Reading - Books read: Lunch by Denise Fleming, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood, How Much Lunch? by Elayne Reiss-Weimann. Worked with knowing shapes and colors; recited the poems “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” and “Peanut Butter and Jelly.”

Fine Motor Skills & Writing - Practiced holding pencil correctly, wrote first names, reviewed writing the letters C, O, and A. Practiced letter formation; went outside and drew pictures of picnic items with chalk.

Large Motor Skills - Ant relay: carry beanbags on back from one spot to another, identify the letter on the beanbag. Gather plate, silverware, cup, and napkin and carry them from one spot to another, wrap silverware in napkin, throw away “trash;” threw Frisbees from one spot to another.

Art - Learned to use glue stick (don’t roll up too much or put too much on paper), learned to use scissors to cut a specific paper; learned to glue items onto another item and leave room for everything (planning ahead!).

Music - “Hello” song to welcome children, learned elements of “Braindance:” review of last week and added body-side: “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.” Songs: “When We All Do Eat Sweet Potatoes,” with movements, and “Shoo-li-loo” as game (“fly” to the middle) while patting rhythm on legs. “Good-bye” song to end.


Week 4 - Family 

Math - Practiced writing numbers 1,2,3,4, 5. Learned about shapes—square, rectangle, triangle, oval, and circle. Played shape bingo. Again there is a paper in take-home folders to help your child practice writing numbers. Please take some time to work on this together. It doesn’t need to come back with them—it’s just for at-home practice.

Reading - Books read: Family Huddle by Peyton, Archie and Eli Manning, The Shivers in the Fridge by Fran Manuskin, Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman. Worked with knowing shapes and colors; recited the poems “There Was a Crooked Man” and “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,” and “Six Little Ducks.”

Fine Motor Skills & Writing - Glued beans and seeds to make family members. Built house with interlocking cubes. Played with toolset, clothes line, lacing cards. Punched out a picture with a toothpick. Traced triangle and square to cut out and make a house. Worked on writing name and some letters. Wrote mom and dad.

Large Motor Skills - Played hopscotch, hopping on one foot and hopping on two feet. Walked on romper stompers (small yellow upside down buckets with ropes to hold onto) without losing balance. Bounced ball to each other, rolled ball to each other.

Art - Talked about portraits and family, made a popsicle stick puppet of a person. Followed directions, practiced cutting skills, used crayons. Also made a family portrait on paper.

Music - “Hello” song to welcome children, more elements of “Braindance:” review of last week and added cross-lateral: “Miss Mary Mack.” “Diddle Diddle Dumpling, My Son John,” with pats on legs, shoulders, head, legs. Acitivity/song: “Listen, Listen, Here I Come” with each getting a turn to beat on the hand drum. “Bye ‘n ‘ Bye” song to end.


Week 5 - Winter in July! 

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Week 6  - Visiting the Zoo

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Week 7 - Vehicles

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make their own paper “corn.”

 

Week 8 - Farms

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Week 9 - Pets

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Week 10 - Dinosaurs

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Questions or concerns about anything? Call Linda at 260-726-7890 or email

 

 

 


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