Swim Into Preschool

Designed by Kimberly  Harbert   

     dora  Welcome to Mrs. Kimberly's Class    elmo

Welcome to Special Needs Preschool Class at Kemp Elementary. Students may start arriving at 7:15. If your child is not riding the bus please try to have your child here before 7:45. From 7:15 till 7:45 we have 5th grade peer helpers in our room. During this time we have great modeling for appropriate demonstration of play-like behaviors and toy sharing.


All about me:



Some of you know me from last year. I am really excited to have this opportunity to work with your child. I thought you would like to know a little about both my experiences and myself, so I have prepared this information for you. 

I am married and I live in Douglasville with my husband and our two dogs. I went to school in Cobb County myself and graduated from McEachern High School.  I then went to Kennesaw State University, where I received a bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I am currently attending Valdosta State University to earn my Masters in the Art of Teaching. I have experience working in many of Cobb County’s Preschool classrooms. I also have over three years experience working one-on-one with and teaching an autistic child. I worked with her to help develop her verbal articulation, social skills and advanced motor skills. I am very excited to have your child in my classroom. Again.. I am really looking forward to getting to know your child and helping him or her continue to learn and grow.



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 For the Special Needs Preschool Classroom



A.  Absences and Attendance: If you know your child is going to be out, please send a note in advance. Otherwise, send me a note stating why your child was absent when he/she returns to school.

B.   Birthdays: If you would like to bring in treats for your child’s birthday, please send it at the beginning of the school day. Children with summer birthdays should feel free to celebrate at the end of the school year.

Behavior: Our classroom follows the practices of positive discipline. Please continue to reinforce appropriate behaviors at home. Show and tell your children what “to do” instead of what not “to do.”

C.   Contact: Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss anything.

Check Out: Your child may be checked out from the main office, NOT from the classroom. The office will notify us of your arrival and we will escort your child down to meet you.

D.  Donations: We ALWAYS appreciate donations! Children’s books or items related to our theme are our favorite gifts.

E.   Envelopes: Please send money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and the purpose written on the outside.

Encourage: Encourage your child to do things by themselves and encourage them to use his/her language skills at home.

F.   Field Trips: Notification of field trips will be sent home prior to each trip. Due to space limitations, we sometimes cannot accommodate parents. All volunteers will be arranged in advance.

G.   Grow: Help with your child’s vocabulary and knowledge by talking to them about what they are doing, asking what they want and playing with them daily.

Games: Playing games with your child is a great way for them to learn how to appropriately play with others, take turns and share.

H.  Help: Help your child as little as needed when it comes to dressing, feeding and washing hands. Show them how and try “hand over hand,”

letting them experience how to do things for themselves. Then talk to them about how proud you are of what they are doing by themselves.

I.   Independence: It is important for your child to learn how to do as many activities and skills as they can by themselves. Reinforce independence at home.

IEP: Individual Education Plan meetings will be held annually. Progress on goals and objectives will be sent home three times a year.

J.   Journals/ Notebooks: Notebooks are sent home daily. All correspondence to me should be written down in the home/ school notebook. There is no guarantee we will remember messages given to us by bus drivers or in person. Please check and sign your child’s notebook every night. It is a great opportunity for you to talk to your child about what they do each day.

K.   Keep: Keep talking! These little ones need lots of communication and models of appropriate language.

L.   Lunch: Our class eats together in our classroom to enhance the verbal communication that is so essential to their development at this time. Students may either buy or bring their own lunch however we encourage them to buy in order to expand their likeness for different types of food. School lunches cost $1.60 each. We encourage you to purchase them in advance for an entire week or month.

M.  Medication: We must have written permission to dispense any medications. Please place them in a bag with explicit instructions on how and when it is to be administered.

N.  Nightly Reading: Make sure you are reading LOTS of books to your child. It is one of the best ways to surround them with rich language.

O.  Open: Please open your child’s backpack every night and remove any papers that have been sent home.

Outside: We go outside for recess whenever possible. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

P.   Phone Numbers: Please make sure we have all current emergency numbers at all times.

Q.  Questions: If you ever have any questions, please send a note or call the school. Messages can be left with the office staff. We will respond as soon as possible.

R.   Rest Time: Our class has a rest time daily. Towels and blankets will be taken home by periodically for washing.

S.   Sign In: If you ever visit the school for any reason, you must first sign in at the front desk and receive a name/visitors tag.

Sickness: Please remember that your child MUST be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. .

T.   Transportation: All transportation changes must be IN WRITING. Please try to arrange these changes with us in advance.

Time-on-Task: Our SNP program is designed to maximize learning time. Please refrain from coming to the class without advance notice.

Toileting: Work on independence with toileting, pulling pants up and down and hand washing at home to reinforce what is being learned at school.

U.  Underwear: Please make sure your child has a complete change of clothes, including underwear, to keep at school. The outfit will need to be updated in response to changing seasons.

V.   Volunteers: There are SO many ways to get involved at School. As soon as the children get used to their new environment and the school year gets in full swing, I look forward to involving you as much as possibleJ

W. Wait time: Resist the urge to finish your child’s sentences! Waiting patiently for them to think will encourage the use of their receptive and expressive language skills.

X.  EXTRA Special: Each child is special and has a unique type of gifted potential. These individual differences make our classroom extremely exciting!

Y.   You: You, the parent, are the most important factor in your child’s learning process. Please be as involved as possible!

Z.   ZZZ’s: A good night’s sleep is needed for these little ones to learn and feel their best every day!




Our Daily Class Schedule:                                           

Arrival – Play Time/Bathroom


8:00 - Circle Time                                  


8:30 – Smart Moves


8:50 – Story Time – related to Theme of the Week


9:00 – Snack


9:15 – Books/Bathroom


9:20 – Center Time/Art Center (probe goals)


10:00  – Gross Motor/Playground with Kindergarten


10:20 – Structured Play (probe goals)


10:40 – Songs and Stories


11:00 – Lunch


11:25 – Books/Bathroom


11:40 – Closing Circle – Review the Morning/Review Theme/Book of the Week


11:50 - Younger Students Leave


12:10 – Animated Literacy


12:30 – Specials with Kindergarten and/or Quiet Center Time in Classroom


12:50 – Get ready for Rest Time/Bathroom


1:00 – Rest Time


2:00 – Get ready for Departure/Bathroom


2:10 – Departure

Student Resource Table



This website has many activites,stories and games for each letter of the alphabet.


This website was devloped by a mom you wanted easy to use software. Kids can ues this website with only pushing the spacebar.

 Nick jr

Play educational games with many of your Nick Jr friends. You can also find coloring pages here.

Sesame Street

Watch short educational videos on numbers, letters and themes.

PBS Kids

Play games and watch videos of your PBS friends. This website is also a great place for preschool worksheets and coloring pages.


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Email email   kjharbert@valdosta.edu

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