Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week of April 16th!

Theme for the Unit:
Plants!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
  • Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live.
  • Plants are all around us.
  • There are many different types of plants. 
  • Plants are important for many reasons. 



Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students will be invited to build a park using blocks and materials added to the block center.

Pretend Play- The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a flower shop by adding pretend flowers, containers, pictures of flower arrangements, cash register, notepad, writing utensils etc. Children can pretend to make, buy, and sell floral arrangements. Vocabulary words such as bouquet, floral arrangement, florist, and flower will be highlighted.

Art- The teacher will supply pipe cleaners as well as tissue paper circles. Children can pierce the middle of the tissue paper circles with the pipe cleaner, adding as many as they would like, then fold the circles up to create a flower. After creating these flowers children can use them in the Dramatic Play flower shop.

Science- The teacher will provide individual pictures of the plant life cycle. Students will be asked to sequence the pictures. The teacher will provide pictures / diagrams for children to refer to as they play and talk with them about each stage in the life cycle. 

Math- The teacher will cut out several paper watermelons, add a number to each one, and ask children to put the appropriate number of seeds on each watermelon. Students are encouraged to write the corresponding number.

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, plants.

Writing- Students will write letters on a sheet of construction paper.  They can glue seeds onto the letter.  Teacher will talk with students about words that start with the letter.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are: 

  • An Orange in January by Diana Hutts
  • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons



Reminders / Notices:

  • Parent surveys for school evaluation have been sent to parent's e-mail. They are due by the end of the week. If you have any questions please see or call Robert in the office.   

  • Dismissal is at 12:00 noon on Friday April 27th.

  •  Parent Teacher Conferences are on Friday April 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.







If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week of April 9th!

Theme for the Unit:
Plants!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
  • Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live.
  • Plants are all around us.
  • There are many different types of plants. 
  • Plants are important for many reasons. 



Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students will be invited to build a park using blocks and materials added to the block center.

Pretend Play- The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a flower shop by adding pretend flowers, containers, pictures of flower arrangements, cash register, notepad, writing utensils etc. Children can pretend to make, buy, and sell floral arrangements. Vocabulary words such as bouquet, floral arrangement, florist, and flower will be highlighted.

Art- The teacher will supply pipe cleaners as well as tissue paper circles. Children can pierce the middle of the tissue paper circles with the pipe cleaner, adding as many as they would like, then fold the circles up to create a flower. After creating these flowers children can use them in the Dramatic Play flower shop.

Science- The teacher will provide individual pictures of the plant life cycle. Students will be asked to sequence the pictures. The teacher will provide pictures / diagrams for children to refer to as they play and talk with them about each stage in the life cycle. 

Math- The teacher will cut out several paper watermelons, add a number to each one, and ask children to put the appropriate number of seeds on each watermelon. Students are encouraged to write the corresponding number.

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, plants.

Writing- Students will write letters on a sheet of construction paper.  They can glue seeds onto the letter.  Teacher will talk with students about words that start with the letter.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are: 

  •  The Curious Garden by Peter Brown 
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner 




Reminders / Notices:


  •    Dismissal is at 12:00 noon on Friday April 27th.
  •         Parent Teacher Conferences are on Friday April 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m







If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Week of March 19th!

Theme for the Unit:
Light!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
  • Light helps us see and stay warm.
  • Light helps plants grow.
  • When there is little or no light it is dark. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to explore how they might use blocks and a flashlight to create shadow letters.

Pretend Play- Students will be able to use flashlights for shadow play.

Art- Clear contact paper and tissue paper will be added to the art center in order for students to make "stained glass windows."

Science- Students will be able to use the light table to look at x-rays and an assortment of translucent objects. 

Math- Students will be able to match shape manipulatives with their shadow.

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, light.

Writing-  Students will use finger lights to aid them in drawing a picture under the writing table 

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



Some of the books we will read this week are:

  • All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer
  • Moonbear's Shadow by Frank Asch





Reminders / Notices:

  • School is closed on Thursday March 22nd.
  •   School is closed from March 26 to April 9th for spring break.





If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Week of March 12th!

Theme for the Unit:
Light!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
  • Light helps us see and stay warm.
  • Light helps plants grow.
  • When there is little or no light it is dark. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to explore how they might use blocks and a flashlight to create shadow letters.

Pretend Play- Students will be able to use flashlights for shadow play.

Art- Clear contact paper and tissue paper will be added to the art center in order for students to make "stained glass windows."

Science- Students will be able to use the light table to look at x-rays and an assortment of translucent objects. 

Math- Students will be able to match shape manipulatives with their shadow.

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, light.

Writing-  Students will use finger lights to aid them in drawing a picture under the writing table 

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



Some of the books we will read this week are:

  • Round Trip by Ann Jonas
  • Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell





Reminders / Notices:

  • School is closed on March 13th and March 22nd.
  •   School is closed from March 26 to April 9th for spring break.





If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Week of March 5th!

Theme for the Unit:
Light!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
  • Light helps us see and stay warm.
  • Light helps plants grow.
  • When there is little or no light it is dark. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to explore how they might use blocks and a flashlight to create shadow letters.

Pretend Play- Students will be able to use flashlights for shadow play.

Art- Clear contact paper and tissue paper will be added to the art center in order for students to make "stained glass windows."

Science- Students will be able to use the light table to look at x-rays and an assortment of translucent objects. 

Math- Students will be able to match shape manipulatives with their shadow.

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, light.

Writing-  Students will use finger lights to aid them in drawing a picture under the writing table 

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



Some of the books we will read this week are:

  • Round Trip by Ann Jonas
  • Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell





Reminders / Notices:

  • School is closed on March 13th and March 22nd.
  •   School is closed from March 26 to April 9th for spring break.





If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Week of February 26th!

Theme for the Unit:
Water!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • Water is all around us.
  • Water changes depending on how warm or cold it is.
  • Some things float in water and some sink.
  • Some things change when you put them in water.
  • All living things need water.




Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Pictures of bridges will be added to the center. Students are encouraged to try to build bridges. 

Pretend Play- Large cardboard boxes will be added to Pretend Play for students to pretend they are in a boat. 

Art- Students are invited to draw a picture with crayons. They may choose to draw an underwater or rainy day scene. After their drawings are complete, watercolor paints will be used to lightly paint over their crayon drawings. 

Science- Students are invited to sort animals into two categories: those that live in water and those that live on land. 

Math- Seashells will be added to math center. Students will be able to match the correct number of shells to a number card. 

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, water.

Writing- Students will be asked the question, "Where do we find water?" and be asked to write or draw their answers.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are:

  •  Float by Daniel Miyares
  • Rain! by Linda Ashman




Reminders / Notices:

  • Friday is Dr. Seuss Day!  Children are invited to dress up like their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
  • Please fill out and return the school surveys that were sent home. 




If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week of February 19th!

Theme for the Unit:
Water!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • Water is all around us.
  • Water changes depending on how warm or cold it is.
  • Some things float in water and some sink.
  • Some things change when you put them in water.
  • All living things need water.




Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Pictures of bridges will be added to the center. Students are encouraged to try to build bridges. 

Pretend Play- Large cardboard boxes will be added to Pretend Play for students to pretend they are in a boat. 

Art- Students are invited to draw a picture with crayons. They may choose to draw an underwater or rainy day scene. After their drawings are complete, watercolor paints will be used to lightly paint over their crayon drawings. 

Science- Students are invited to sort animals into two categories: those that live in water and those that live on land. 

Math- Seashells will be added to math center. Students will be able to match the correct number of shells to a number card. 

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, water.

Writing- Students will be asked the question, "Where do we find water?" and be asked to write or draw their answers.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are:

  •  Float by Daniel Miyares
  •  Snow by Uri Shulevitz




Reminders / Notices:

  • School is closed on Monday, February 19th.
  • Please fill out and return the school surveys that were sent home last week. 




If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175