Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week of May 22nd!

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Theme for the Unit:
Babies!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • Human babies need special food and care.
  • Animal babies need special food and care.
  • There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for.
  • All babies grow.


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to use blocks to create a nursery or place to care for a baby. 

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be turned into a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.

Art- Students are invited to create their own baby portraits with a variety of art materials.

Science- Students will be able to play a matching game, matching the adult animal to its offspring.

Math- Cutouts of babies of various lengths will be added to the math center.  Students will be able to measure each baby and tell which is longest and shortest.

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

Writing/Technology- Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are:

  •  Stelaluna by Janell Cannon

  • Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho



Recommended Home School Connection:

  • Math Newsletter
  •  Families are asked to talk about important milestones in your child’s life and create a timeline that reflects a few of these experiences. Think of two to four noteworthy events in your child’s past such as when they were born, took his/her first steps, or an important family event such as a new home or sibling, etc. You can draw or include pictures on the timeline!


Reminders / Notices:

  • School will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.
  • Donuts with Dad will be on Thursday, June 15th, at 8:30a.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, May 14, 2017

Week of May 14th!

Theme for the Unit:
Babies!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
  • Human babies need special food and care.
  • Animal babies need special food and care.
  • There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for.
  • All babies grow.


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to use blocks to create a nursery or place to care for a baby. 

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be turned into a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.

Art- Students are invited to create their own baby portraits with a variety of art materials.

Science- Students will be able to play a matching game, matching the adult animal to its offspring.

Math- Cutouts of babies of various lengths will be added to the math center.  Students will be able to measure each baby and tell which is longest and shortest.

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

Writing/Technology- Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are:
  •  Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
  • Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats



Recommended Home School Connection:

  • Math Newsletter
  •  Families are asked to talk about important milestones in your child’s life and create a timeline that reflects a few of these experiences. Think of two to four noteworthy events in your child’s past such as when they were born, took his/her first steps, or an important family event such as a new home or sibling, etc. You can draw or include pictures on the timeline!


Reminders / Notices:

·      Donuts with Dad will be on June 15th, at 8:30a.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, May 7, 2017

Week of May 8th!

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- The teacher will wrap blocks in green, brown and other color papers and invite children to use them to create stems, tree trunks, soil etc.  Paper, scissors, and tape will be supplied for children to create leaves, flowers etc. to add to their plants. Pictures of plants will be available for children to reference as they build. Teacher will discuss the parts of the plants and types of plants they are creating, highlighting vocabulary words such as branch, flower, leaves and stem. 

Pretend Play- The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a flower shop by adding pretend flowers, containers and pictures of flower arrangements as well as a 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/Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.





Some of the books we will read this week are: 
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss  
  • An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston 



Recommended Home School Connection:

  • Math Newsletter

  • Families are encouraged to find and observe a plant together. Discuss what the plant looks like, how it smells, the way it feels etc. After observing the plant, students can write or draw about it and bring their reflections back to the class for a class display. 




Reminders / Notices:

  • On Friday, May 12th, we are celebrating Mother's Day! Muffins with Mom will take place in the gym at 8:30 a.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 30, 2017

Week of May 1st!

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- The teacher will wrap blocks in green, brown and other color papers and invite children to use them to create stems, tree trunks, soil etc.  Paper, scissors, and tape will be supplied for children to create leaves, flowers etc. to add to their plants. Pictures of plants will be available for children to reference as they build. Teacher will discuss the parts of the plants and types of plants they are creating, highlighting vocabulary words such as branch, flower, leaves and stem. 

Pretend Play- The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a flower shop by adding pretend flowers, containers and pictures of flower arrangements as well as a 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/Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.





Some of the books we will read this week are: 
  • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons  
  • An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston 



Recommended Home School Connection:

  • Math Newsletter
  • Did you eat any roots/leaves/stems today (for example, potatoes, lettuce or celery)? Families are encouraged to talk about the parts of a plant and discuss what kinds of plants they eat. 





Reminders / Notices:

  •    Thursday, May 4th is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You!!).  Students are invited to come to school dressed as their favorite Star Wars character.
  • Friday, May 5th is Picture Day!






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 23, 2017

Week of April 24th!

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- The teacher will wrap blocks in green, brown and other color papers and invite children to use them to create stems, tree trunks, soil etc.  Paper, scissors, and tape will be supplied for children to create leaves, flowers etc. to add to their plants. Pictures of plants will be available for children to reference as they build. Teacher will discuss the parts of the plants and types of plants they are creating, highlighting vocabulary words such as branch, flower, leaves and stem. 

Pretend Play- The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a flower shop by adding pretend flowers, containers and pictures of flower arrangements as well as a 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/Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

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 



Recommended Home School Connection:

Monday - Math Newsletter
Tuesday - Universal Handwriting Book pages 73 and 74
Wednesday - Universal Handwriting Book pages 75 and 76
Thursday - Universal Handwriting Book pages 77 and 78
Friday - Have a great weekend!






Reminders / Notices:

  •    Thursday, May 4th is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You!!).  Students are invited to come to school dressed as their favorite Star Wars character.






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 2, 2017

Week of April 3rd!

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/Technology- Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.





Some of the books we will read this week are: 

 
  • Float by Daniel Miyares 
  • Water Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas 



Recommended Home School Connection:

Monday - Math Newsletter
Tuesday - Universal Handwriting Book pages 67 and 68
Wednesday - Universal Handwriting Book pages 69 and 70
Thursday - Universal Handwriting Book pages 71 and 72
Friday - Have a great weekend!


Families are invited to try a “sink and float” experiment. An assortment of small items can be gathered.  You and your child can predict which items will sink and which will float. Test your theories by placing each item in a container of water!



Reminders / Notices:

  • Our Spring Show will be on Tuesday, April 4th at 9:00a.m.
  • Dismissal will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 7th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on April 7th from 3p.m. to 8 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