Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week of September 17th!

Theme for the month:
Welcome to Pre-K!




Goals for student understanding by the end of the unit: 

• My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun. 
• I am an important member of my classroom community; my thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter. 
• The teachers and other adults at my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning. 
• In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play. 
• Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.



Lessons and activities for the week: 


Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 
Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 
Art- Children are invited to create art in the art area to decorate the dramatic play area, or home. Students can hang their art in the dramatic play area. 
Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 
Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 
Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.
Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center.  They are encouraged to write the letters in their name. 
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.



Some of the books we will read this week are:

       On Monday When It Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister 
       Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin 




Reminders / Notices:
  • School will be CLOSED on Tuesday, September 25th, for a teacher conference day.
  • Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang in our classroom!
  • Please make sure your child has at least one extra set of clothing in their cubbies, with their name written on the tag.





Link to Weekly Lesson Plan





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, September 9, 2018

Week of September 10th!

Theme for the month:
Welcome to Pre-K!




Goals for student understanding by the end of the unit: 

• My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun. 
• I am an important member of my classroom community; my thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter. 
• The teachers and other adults at my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning. 
• In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play. 
• Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.



Lessons and activities for the week: 


Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 
Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 
Art- Children are invited to create art in the art area to decorate the dramatic play area, or home. Students can hang their art in the dramatic play area. 
Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 
Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 
Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.
Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center.  They are encouraged to write the letters in their name. 
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are:

• The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
• Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney


Reminders:

• Please fill out and return all papers given out during parent orientation.








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

Friday, June 29, 2018

Supply List for the 2018 - 2019 School Year!

Hello Parents!
I am so excited to be teaching your little ones this year!  I would love to take this time to introduce myself.  My Name is Kelly McGarry.  I have been lucky enough to work with preschool aged children for the past eight years.  I am currently enrolled at Hunter College, pursuing a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  
My mission is to provide every student with a quality pre-kindergarten experience.  I wish to create a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment, which fosters individual growth and independence.
I can’t wait to meet you all!



I am providing the supply list for the 2017-2018 school year.

Required:
At least one (1) change of clothes (including shirt, pants, underwear, socks, and shoes).
Three (3) packs of white copy paper

Recommended:
Three (3) Packages of Baby / Handi Wipes
Two (2) Boxes of Tissues 
Two (2) Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
Picture of your family

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Week of June 25th!

End of Year Reminders



  • Pre-K 4 end of year celebration is on Monday, June 25th.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. in the gymnasium.  
  • Students are asked to arrive to the classroom at 9:45 a.m.  
  • The last day of school is Tuesday, June 26th. Dismissal on Tuesday is at 1:00 p.m.  There is no after-school this week.

HUGE Thank You for a wonderful school year.  Have a happy and safe summer!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Week of June 18th!

Theme for the Unit:
Transformation!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:

  • Many things around me change.
  • There are many ways objects can change. 
  • There are many kinds of changes in nature. 
  • Some things about me change and some things stay the same. 



Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to measure each other with blocks.

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will continue to be 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 faces that express different emotions on paper plates.

Science- Students will be able to make predictions about what will happen when you mix vinegar and baking soda.

Math- Plastic cups will be added to the math center.  Students are invited to build a tower with the cups.

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

Writing-  Based on the weekly readings, students will be encouraged to write a story about something or someone who experiences a change.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are:

  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn




Reminders / Notices:

  • Thursday, June 21st is the last day of after school.
  • School will be closed on Friday, June 22nd.
  • Pre-K For All End of Year Celebration will be on Monday, June 25th at 10 a.m.  Students are asked to be in school at 9:45 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, June 10, 2018

Week of June 11th!

Theme for the Unit:
Transformation!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:

  • Many things around me change.
  • There are many ways objects can change. 
  • There are many kinds of changes in nature. 
  • Some things about me change and some things stay the same. 



Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- Students are invited to measure each other with blocks.

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will continue to be 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 faces that express different emotions on paper plates.

Science- Students will be able to make predictions about what will happen when you mix vinegar and baking soda.

Math- Plastic cups will be added to the math center.  Students are invited to build a tower with the cups.

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

Writing-  Based on the weekly readings, students will be encouraged to write a story about something or someone who experiences a change.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are:

  • Little Tree by Loren Long 
  • Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins 




Reminders / Notices:

  • Donuts with Dad will be on Friday, June 15th, at 9 a.m.
  • School will be closed on Friday, June 22nd.
  • Pre-K For All Graduation will be on Monday, June 25th at 10 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, June 3, 2018

Week of June 4th!

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 the animal babies and habitats that they are investigating.

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- Cards will be supplied with pictures of animal babies as well as their names. They will be placed in a bin for children to reference as they create their own animal baby book.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.




Some of the books we will read this week are:

  •  Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell





Reminders / Notices:

  • School is closed this Thursday, June 7th and Friday June 8th.








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