Bumped up to vpk

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  1. Ms.Brandi

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    So I've been teaching for 8 years now, all at the same school. I started as a volunteer, then assisted in the 2s, did a short time in the 1s, lead teacher in the 2s for a few years. May last 3 years I've taught the 3s. This morning I found out I'll be doing vpk this year. I'm excited and nervous. I know I can do it and I'm ready for the challenge. It's a small class just me and maybe 9 kids. Basically I'm looking for any advice from some of you experienced vpk teachers. How's is it different then the threes? Do you have any great tips, or tricks to share? Do you conduct your circle time differently? Most of theses kids will be new to school. About half are wrap around and half vpk only. Thanks for any advice! Wish me luck!
     
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  3. gillianvt

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    Good luck. I assume you mean universal pr-K. If that's the case then try to find the common core standards for your state. In NY where I live there is a site called engage NY with standards for pre-k. It just gives you an idea of what they expect the kids to know. Most of it a good teacher does anyways.
     
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    Truthfully it's similar to how you would work with older 3s. Circle Time/Morning Meeting is slightly longer with more literacy and math components. You will have to teach sight words/high frequency words and more advanced phonemic awareness (word families, cvc words etc) if they are ready. Math would be higher level...such as estimation, learning to recognize numbers in a hundreds chart, more advanced patterns, beginning skip counting etc. However everything is still hands on and active learning.
     

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