About the Teacher/Welcome Msg
Associate Degree in Fine Arts-Antelope Valley College
Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies-California State University Bakersfield
Preliminary and Clear Credential in Special Education-Mild to Moderate-California State University Bakersfield
Masters in Special Education PreK-4-Arkansas State University
Bio: Hi! I'm Nhung Walker and I'm excited to be working with your child. This is my 10th year at SOES. I received my Bachelor in Liberal Studies and a Masters in Special Education. I have a wonderful husband of 27 years and two beautiful children. In my spare time, I like to read, travel, help with my husband barbecue business and spend time with family and friends.
Our Assistant's Bio: Hi! My name is Vanessa Liddell. I am married and currently live in Southaven MS. I attended Wood Jr. College and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's in Business Technology. I have been working in Desoto County Schools for 12 years. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, getting together with my family, and traveling. I am looking forward to an exciting school year at SOES.
7:30-7:45 Arrival, Put Away Belongings, Bathroom
7:45-8:15 Circle Time
8:35-9:35 Centers (Manipulatives, Writing, Dramatic Play, Computer-Smart Table)
9:35-9:55 Bathroom, Snack, Daily Notes
10:00-10:20 Story Time
10:20-10:30 Pack Up, Dismissal
11:15-11:30 Arrival, Put Away Belonging, Bathroom
11:30-12:00 Circle Time
12:20-1:20 Centers (Manipulatives, Writing, Dramatic Play, Computer-Smart Table)
1:35-1:50 Bathroom, Snack, Daily Notes
1:50-2:05 Story Time
2:05-2:15 Pack Up, Dismissal
Here are some ideas for activities that can keep your child learning while at home during the long break!
Read, read, and read. Introduce your child to books by reading to them. Explain difficult words to them. Point to pictures and talk about the story. This is a wonderful bonding time as well as educational!
Ask questions about books that are read. Reading comprehension is built upon children first understanding what is being read to them. Ask them questions about the story. (“What is the duck doing?”, “What color is the boy’s shirt?”, “What do you think the boy should do now?”)
Talk, Talk, Talk. Talk to your child often. Talk as you go about your daily business such as cooking dinner, cleaning the house, and bedtime. Name objects for your child (“Look at these bananas!”) and describe objects (“This water is hot!”, “I like these juicy apples”, “This is a soft blanket”). Studies show that children build their vocabularies by listening to the words of their parents and caregivers and the more descriptive words they hear the more that vocabulary builds.
Encourage your child to verbalize wants and needs. As parents, we know our child best and we often, without knowing it, anticipate their needs and meet those needs before our child has to ask. Encourage them to try to use words and praise any attempt to verbalize those needs. Ex. If you see your child going to the refrigerator and you know she wants milk, instead of just getting the milk for her, ask her to verbalize. (“What do you want?” “Do you want milk?”)
Notice print in the world around you. Call attention to words they see on a daily basis (Cheerios, Milk, etc). Point out the letters in those words.
Begin letter learning by helping your child learn the letters of his name. Start out teaching the letters in a child’s name. Write their name often…in crayon, pencil, sidewalk chalk, using a stick in the dirt…be creative! Help them to write their name and talk to them about the letters and letter sounds. Write their name in yellow highlighter and have them trace over it with crayon.
Play the ABC game whenever you drive somewhere. This is an easy and fun way to teach your child the alphabet. Whenever you drive anywhere, play the ABC game. Have your child find the letter A on billboards, or license plates, or signs. Start with the letter A and then look for letter B, C, etc.
Foster independence. Particularly if you have a child headed to kindergarten in August: let your child attempt to open snack packages and juice boxes himself. If he still cannot do it, show him how and encourage him to keep trying. Let him practice putting on clothing, shoes, and socks. Let him practice with snaps, zippers, and buttons on his clothing. Oh, and if you have access to a swing set teach him how to “pump” his legs so he will not need to be pushed on a swing. These are invaluable skills in kindergarten!
Utilize technology. Just not too much. Nothing can replace good, old-fashioned play. However, kids these days are very tech savvy and may find more interest in learning if it is presented on a smart phone, IPad or computer. Here are some good apps/websites: