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Dr. Beth Kramer, Principal




December 2018

Dear Walberta Families,
As we enter the Holiday Season, my wish is for you all to enjoy the magic of season while not letting the busyness and stress overwhelm you.  Due to the snowday in November, our Monthly Program was canceled.  We did do an in-house celebration of November Birthdays and kicked off our Charity Event of Coins for Kids.  The coins we collect this season will be going to three entities - Syracuse Challenger Baseball, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the WEST community fund.  We will announce November Birthdays again (along with the December Birthdays) during the December Monthly Program while families are in attendance for the children's Holiday sing-a-long on December 21st.  
Here are some educational gift ideas to keep in mind when buying presents for your children:

Game

Ages

Skills

 
Simon Electronic Hand Held
 
7- adult
 
Auditory memory; sequencing sounds
 
Hedbanz
 
6 and up
 
Vocabulary- descriptives, categories; auditory memory; deductive reasoning; turn-taking; winning/losing a game
 
Outburst, Jr.
 
7 -14
 
Vocabulary development, super- and subordinate categories; Team work social skills; winning/losing
 
Clue, Jr.
Boardgame
 
 
5 – 8
 
Deductive reasoning; counting; vocabulary; (organizational skills) using a checklist; turn taking
 
 
Guess Who
 
5 and up
 
Deductive reasoning; asking yes/no questions; learning how to clarify; observing details; requesting details; turn-taking
 
Sorry Boardgame
 
6 - adult
 
Counting; turn-taking; winning/losing behaviors
 
Scrabble, Jr.
 
5 and up
 
Spelling; sound-symbol relations; vocabulary development;
 
Cranium Kid’s Cadoo
 
7+
 
Creativity; gesturing; team work; turn-taking; eye contact; vocabulary development
 
Cranium Cariboo
 
   3-7
 
Letter identification; shapes; colors; numbers and counting; vocabulary; turn taking; winning/losing
 
Chutes + Ladders
Boardgame
 
3-6/7
 
Colors; counting; locatives; turn-taking; winning/losing
 
Candyland
Boardgame
 
3+
 
Color recognition; matching; simple counting; vocabulary; turn-taking; winning/losing
 
Monopoly
Boardgame
 
8+
 
Math skills- counting, money, buying/selling, reasoning/ bargaining; vocabulary; life related concepts; winning/losing; deductive and inductive reasoning. etc
 
Hi Ho! Cherry-O
 
3 – 6
 
Counting to 10; fine motor control of fingers; consequences; turn-taking; winning/losing
 
Banana Slap
Card Game
 
5 and up
 
Oral-motor fun (making funny faces and sounds)
 
Feed the Kitty Game
 
4+
 
Simple counting; matching; fine motor control; left/right concepts; turn-taking; winning/losing
 
Apples to Apples, Jr.
 
 
9+
 
Vocabulary; making comparisons; reasoning; explaining; persuading
 
ImagiNiff
 
10+
 
Humor (absurdity); reading; consensus
 
What’s in Ned’s Head
 
4 and up
 
Stereognosis (identifying an object by feel); fine motor; matching pictures to objects; turn-taking; promotes laughter
 
Honeybee Tree
 
4 and up
 
Fine motor control; reasoning; least/most concepts; counting; turn-taking
 
Kerplunk
 
5 and up
 
Fine motor control; reasoning; least/most concepts; counting; turn-taking
 
Loopin’ Louie
 
5 and up
 
Fine motor and timing; reasoning; least/most concepts; counting; turn-taking; promotes laughter
 
Disney Enchanted
Cupcake Party
 
3 and up
 
Works on visual perceptual skills, in-hand manipulation, manual dexterity, fine motor precision, coordination, sequencing, timed motor response, social skills
 
Spot It
 
6 and up
 
Visual scanning and visual memory, visual discrimination, matching visual constancy
 
Froggy Feeding Fun
 
4 and up
 
Color and number identification, manual dexterity, hand strengthening, turn-taking
 
Don’t Break The Ice
 
4 and up
 
Problem solving, graded control, fine motor control, grasping patterns, turn-taking, social skills like winning/losing
 
Farm Alarm
 
5 and up
 
Memory and recall, sequencing, turn-taking, and language skills and laughter! J
 
Pictionary, Jr
 
7-12
 
   Vocabulary, writing
 
A couple of out-of-school events you may be interested in attending:
  • 12/3/18 - Monday - 7:00 pm is the Geddes Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with snacks and Holiday entertainment to follow at Cherry Road School
  • 12/7/18 - Friday - Westhill High Students will be hosting a Holiday event for children from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
For future planning, next monthly programs will be on January 18, 2019 and February 15, 2019.  
Have a great December and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


With Sincerity,
Dr. Beth Kramer
Walberta Park Principal

email:bkramer@westhillschools.org
 


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