Ms. Suzi’s Foundations’ Welcome Letter

Dear Parents,

I am so excited to have your child in my class this year and look forward to spending time with you, as well.

My name is Suzi Hansborough.  My husband and I grew up in the lowcountry of South Carolina but have lived in the upstate since 1996, with the past fifteen years in Anderson.  We have two daughters, Caleigh-Jean is soon to be eleven; Addison is six and a half.  As a family, we love to travel and experience new cultures.

I always tell people I kind of “fell” into homeschooling, as it was never on our family-radar, but WOW…what a blessing it has been for us.  God knew what we needed before we did.  We love it!  This is our family’s seventh year homeschooling, our seventh year with CC, and my fifth year tutoring Foundations.

MY JOB:

I’ve tutored Cycle 1 before and it is a ton of fun.  My goal is for your child to enjoy it as much as I do, while learning.  My job is to equip you, as a parent, with a variety of ways to practice memory work at home.  The kids have more fun in class when they can share what they have learned so please take the time to fit a memory-work review into your lessons.  You, as your child’s teacher, will know when that is best for your family.  In our classroom, we will use music, chants, acting, manipulatives, dancing, games, drawing…as many methods of learning as we can squeeze into 2.5 hrs for the data to stick.  At times, it will be loud.  Often, it will be hectic.  Hopefully, it will always be fun.

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Our typical day will look like this…

9:30               New Memory Work

10:00               Snack & Bathroom break (if needed)

10:10               Presentations

10:30               Science

11:00               Fine Arts

11:30               Review

This schedule may flex as needed for Science and Fine Arts projects each week.

 ROOM PARENTS:

Room Parent participation is essential.  Here are some ways that parents can help.

  • Snack Time: Help clean up when the children are finished
  • Science, Fine Arts, and Geography: Please help pass out materials, assist children who need help finding map locations, and collect maps and erase, if needed, place worksheets in assigned folders
  • Discipline: If a child is being disruptive and is not responding to my correction, tap him/her and encourage him/her to join in or remind them to pay attention.
  • Clean Up: At the end of the day, please help clean and straighten our room.  We’ll be holding Essentials in this classroom after lunch, so the trash doesn’t need to be emptied.

PRESENTATIONS:

For this age group, we are working on our presentation skills, and will be concentrating on presentations that highlight their interests/hobbies or feature a project from home (lapbook, craft, drawing).  As a rule, whatever you want your child to present is fine, but we have moved away from bringing toys.  We are rearing confident communicators and diligent listeners.  To this end, we will focus on one new skill every three weeks.

If you need to contact me during the week, please feel free to call/text (864-634-4157) or email me at any time (suzi.hansborough@gmail.com).  I look forward to hearing from you.  I’ll be communicating weekly with you via email, text, and the new WordPress site.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child this year.  It is a blessing and a privilege!

Sincerely,

Suzi

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