Welcome to the Londonderry Early Education Program!
We are nestled in the beautiful apple orchards at Moose Hill School.
Greetings! My name is Kim Speers and I am the Preschool Coordinator for the Londonderry Early Education Program, also known as LEEP.
Feel free to take a moment to check out our resources for both parents and children. You can find my contact information on this page if you have any questions.
Please remember we are a nut product safe environment. Be sure to
check those snack labels frequently. For more information on snacks
check out the Parent Handbook.
You can reach me at 437-5855 extension 7118 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (email is the best way to reach me). You can also send a note in with your child. Please
remember the school email is considered public information, so we
strongly discourage you from sharing any sensitive information via this
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" Dr. Seuss
LEARNING TO READ
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."- Dr. Seuss quote
Teaching your child to read can seem like an overwhelming
task. The good news is you’ve already started. Just by talking with
your child you are expanding their vocabulary, teaching them the
structure of the language and developing good listening skills. Way to
Go! There are other skills you have been working on as well. When
you’ve taken your child on vacation or out into the community, you have
been creating experiences in which they can build an understanding of
what they are reading. Awesome job!
Learning to read is a truly a joint effort between home and
school. There are things you can do to help your child become a
confident reader. The first thing you can do is simply read to your
child every day. You can even make it part of the bedtime
routine. Another great way to show your child how important reading is
to you is by stopping everything you’re doing and taking the time to
read to them. If you're lucky, you can even get in a little snuggle
time while you’re reading.
There are also specific skills you can be working on at home. I
have included a list of online resources which I have found very
helpful. Please take some time to review a few of the sites and let me
know what you think. If you find any of the links not working, go to
the main website and type “literacy” in the search engine. If you
could, also let me know so I can update it or fix it. If you have any
websites or resources you have found helpful and would like to recommend
them to other parents, please send me a note or email me with the name
CENTER FOR EARLY LITERACY LEARNING (C.E.L.L.):
LITERACY AREAS- defines the six interrelated areas of early literacy skills.
RESOURCES FROM READING ROCKETS:
READING ROCKETS TIPS FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS
FREE READING GUIDES
LITERACY MILESTONES: AGES 3-4
PHONEMIC AWARENESS IN YOUNG CHILDREN:
THE PHIVE PHONES OF READING:
THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHONOLOGICAL SKILLS:
A CHILD BECOMES A READER
RESOURCES FROM ZERO TO THREE
GETTING READY TO READ
SUGGESTED WEBSITES FOR KIDS
PBS KIDS RAISING READERS
READING BETWEEN THE LIONS
THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION NETWORK
“If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in
your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.” ~ quote by Phil
With the exception of addition and subtraction, many adults try
to avoid activities involving math or have a negative emotional response
connected to it. By introducing math skills to your child at a young
age, and through natural and fun activities, you create a child who is
more comfortable and confident in math. So the next question is, “What
skills should I be teaching and how?” There’s good news, by now you
have most likely already started teaching your child number, space, time
and size concepts. By teaching your child the natural and/or logical
arrangement of a sequence, you are teaching them skills in numerical order.
This skill is usually the focus around birthdays, discussions of who’s
the oldest and who’s the youngest, and when talking about the days of
the week. When you practice reciting numbers in order, you are working
on their counting skills. When asking your child to
put something in front of, in back of, beside, over or under another
object, you have been working on their spatial relationships.
If you’ve ever told your child it will be time for bed in 5 more
minutes or that you need to leave in 10 more minutes, you’ve been
working on time concepts. This will be an especially important concept
for them to learn when they get their own cell phone. When asking your
child what size piece of cake they want, you have been working on size and measurement concepts. So let’s build off those skills and add some more.
I’ve listed some websites below that you can use as resources.
They have some great activities or games you can do with your child.
Other skills that we focus on at school include: patterning, sorting by
attributes, 1-to-1 correspondence, numeral recognition, simple addition
and subtraction, naming and recognizing two- and three-dimensional
shapes and providing opportunities and materials that build a foundation
for understanding economic concepts (e.g., playing restaurant, running a
toy store, identifying and exchanging money, etc.). We strongly
encourage teaching children new skills through hands on activities and
manipulatives (small objects such as counting bears, buttons, cubes,
beans, etc.). Once they understand the concept and are consistently
able to demonstrate the skill at a concrete level, we introduce
activities which encourage the use of mental images or pictures of real
objects. The highest level for our preschoolers would be functioning at
an abstract level. This would involve very basic and simple skills
such as 1+1=2 (without using fingers or thinking of objects).
Please take some time and check out a few of the websites listed
below and let me know what you think. If you have some suggestions for
math activities or websites that you would like to share with other
families, please let me know. Remember to make working with math fun
and interesting. Unless you have a learner who loves worksheet, provide
hands on materials that your child can feel and touch. By doing so,
you’re utilizing different parts of the brain and building a stronger
experience to store in memory. So, remember what Mickey Mouse said, "Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes."
Counting And Numbers
Early Math Skills- Early Math Skills from Preschool through Kindergarten
Learning Station Preschool Math
Launching Into Literacy & Math - Parent Handouts
Math 4 Children - Lots of Resources
What Is Mathematics?
Why Teach Your Preschooler Math
Websites for Kids
Cool Math 4 Kids – Games for kids
Edhelper.com- Math Activities for Kids
Jumpstart Use the Free Online Learning Games Section- Recommended by USA Today
Number Theme Preschool Activities and Crafts - Go down to: Online Story Time and Activities
Online Math Learning Includes other areas of learning too!
Preschool Math Games
Zoodles Free Online Reading & Math Games
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Most children have a natural curiosity about the world around
them. In preschool we provide opportunities to learn about the life
cycles of various organisms (e.g. plants, frogs, chickens), the four
seasons, weather conditions, magnetism, the structure and property of
matter (e.g. things that float and sink), and behavior of materials
(e.g. transformation of liquids and solids by dissolving or melting).
We also provide opportunities to recognize and name individual body
parts through the use of Handwriting Without Tears© Matman and encourage
the development of an awareness of the world of nature and living
things. The Tadpole Classroom also participates and supports Moose Hill
School’s Recycling Program. In the discovery area children are
provided the opportunity and materials that encourage them to use their
five senses as well as use simple tools to explore various objects (e.g.
rocks, gems, leaves, shells, starfish, etc.). Children participate in
graphing weather conditions and determining which type of condition
there was more or less of over the course of a month. In the block
area, children have the opportunity to learn about machines with incline
planes (ramps) and wheels and axles (cars and trucks) and with bikes
and wagons on the playground.
EXPLORATORIUM: SCIENCE SNACKS- A list of science activities
FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE- Science Resources
GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR SCIENCE IMAGES-
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION-
HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN SCIENCE-
PRESCHOOL SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS-
SCHOLASTIC- An article for parents on skills to teach at the preschool level
SCIENCE FOR PRESCHOOLERS- Activities and suggested lessons
SCIENCE IN THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM
SCIENCE INTRODUCTION- A website for both parents and children- a variety of science activities, videos, and games
WEATHER LOOK- Images of Weather in N.H.
STEVE SPANGLER SCIENCE PROJECTS AND EXPERIMENTS- science activities to do with your child
WEBSITES FOR KIDS
ENERGY KIDS- Games and Activities
NASA- NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ASSOCIATION- Kid’s page-
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES- Kids Page- Games, Music, and Fun
PBS Kids- Zoom
WATCH KNOW- Videos for kids to learn science from
NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILY RESOURCES
CASEY FAMILY SERVICES Established in 1988, the New
Hampshire Division of Casey Family Services offers an array of services
to support and strengthen children, families, and communities statewide.
CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES The Family Support and
Preservation programs offered by Child and Family Services of NH are
designed to provide a wide array of support services to families
throughout NH and portions of VT. These programs offer emotional
support and practical solutions in managing family life, work with
families who struggle with employment barriers and offer assistance to
those who need in home assistance with parenting and household
management. Other programs range from those designed to facilitate
permanence for at-risk youth to support groups for parents to a program
that assists families who have a child with a chronic health condition.
FAMILY RESOURCE CONNECTION, OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE LIBRARY F.R.C. has an Online Lending Library with over 5000 titles relating to current issues of concern to families with children. http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/frc/
N.H. CHILDREN'S HEALTH COVERAGE PROGRAM Medicaid and
CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children
in New Hampshire. Even if your children have been turned down in the
past or you don’t know if they qualify, you may be able to get health
coverage for them now.
Medicaid and CHIP provide health coverage for children so that they
can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them
healthy. They can also get doctor visits, prescription medications and
hospital care when they’re sick, and much more.
N.H. FAMILY VOICES They operate a "Family To Family Health and Education Center",
and several projects, each with a specific focus on different ways we
can help families supporting children with special needs to become
informed, experienced self-sufficient advocates for their children and
themselves. There is no charge for the services they provide. They are
funded by state and federal grants, as well as donations from community
partners and supporters.
The Parent Information Center (PIC)- a New Hampshire
statewide family organization which strives to achieve positive
outcomes for children and youth, with a focus on those with disabilities
and special healthcare needs. This is achieved through its partnerships
with families, educators, youth, professionals and organizations.
THE UPPER ROOM The Upper Room is a non-profit Family
Resource Center who is committed to the development of strong
individuals and families in our community. They are a team of dedicated
professionals who are actively working to improve the family life of the
citizens of Derry and surrounding communities in a way that is unique
to any place in New Hampshire. The Upper Room is here to help
individuals and families in need of education, support, and resources to
"make it" in today's world.
Our curriculum covers four main themes: All About Me & My Family,
Friends & Fairy Tales, Community Helpers & Transportation, and
Animals & Nature. Each of the four classrooms at L.E.E.P. utilize
the Creative Curriculum to develop goals and objectives for the daily
lesson. If you would like more information, please visit their website
at www.teachingstrategies.com. If you have any questions, please let us know.
We also use the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing ® Program for reading, spelling and speech (LIPS®)
which stimulates phonemic awareness. Our students learn to become aware
of the mouth actions which produce speech sounds. This awareness can
assist with self-correcting in reading and spelling, and speech. You can
learn more about this program by going to:
Our pre-kindergarten students also participate in Handwriting Without
Tears® curriculum. This curriculum has shown success in making legible
and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all
students. H.W.T. uses fun, entertaining, and educationally sound
instructional methods to teach handwriting to all students: pre-k
through cursive. It is the handwriting curriculum used throughout the
district. You can learn more at: