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Welcome to Pre-K 2 with Mrs. Buscemi & Ms. Alcantara!

Specials Schedule
Monday – Gym
Tuesday – Music
Wednesday – Spanish
Thursday – Computer
Friday – Art

Upcoming Events
March 29th – Pre-K Closed – Faculty PD

Monthly Menus
Breakfast Menu March 2017
Lunch Menu March 2017

During April …
The children will be exploring and learning about different kinds of plants!  Activities throughout this unit prompt children to find out about plants through hands-on exploration and provide opportunities to observe plants in their immediate environment, discover why some plants need different environments, to consider how plants are a part of our daily lives and why they are important, such as helping us stay healthy.

Scholastic Book Orders
Reading is one of the most important activities you can share with your child. We send home Scholastic Book Orders each month with great book suggestions. If you are interested in purchasing any books, you can return the form in a named envelope with a check for the amount or order online at Scholastic.com by using our class code HG9Z6.

Pre-K Resources
Parent Guide to Pre-K Common Core
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K
Parent Guide to Authentic Assessment
Starfall.com
–  ABCYA.com

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at cbuscemi@dwcaonline.org.

 

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Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 26 – Week of 3/27

Posted on March 26, 2017

Last week we wrapped up our water unit by reading the book Water Can Be by Laura Salas.  The children identified all the different roles that water plays through their discussions and drawings.  We learned how important water is for living things including animals and plants. In the Science Center, the children observed how colored water traveled up inside celery to show how plants drink water up their stem.

We were also very excited to find our bear cave empty on the first day of spring and to go on a bear hunt to find our teddy bears!

Next week we will be introducing our new unit on Plants by reading the book Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, by considering “What are plants?” and looking at different parts of plants.

Family Engagement:
Did you eat any roots/leaves/stems today (for example, potatoes, lettuce or celery)? Encourage your children to talk about the parts of a plant and discuss what kinds of plants they eat.

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Pre-K2 Bayside – Newsletter 25 – Week of 3/20

Posted on March 18, 2017

Last week the children helped read the wordless book Float by Daniel Miyares and then visited the writing center to create their own books.  At the water tray we also explored many different objects which can either “float on top” of the water or “sink to the bottom” and discussed why we think this happens.

In the science center we discovered which materials were waterproof or absorbent (soaked up the water).  The children used their fine motor skills to squeeze pipettes to drop water on plastic, fabric, paper, aluminum and cotton balls.

Following on from our discovery that salt mixed (dissolved) into water, we also looked at flour, coffee, oil and sugar.  We observed that only the sugar dissolved.

This week we will be discussing how water is important for all living things and how it helps us.

Family Engagement:

Think about whether there is water in the foods and beverages your child eats and drinks.  Try cooking something together and consider each ingredient in the recipes you prepare.

Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 24 – Week of 3/13

Posted on March 11, 2017

Last week we explored how the temperature can affect water.  We read the stories Rain! by Linda Ashman and Snow by Uri Shulevitz.  We also discussed and observed the way water freezes and turns to ice.  The children also experimented and watched ice as it melted.  We observed how salt water does not freeze and that salt actually helps to melt ice faster.  We made the connection to trucks which drop salt on the roads after a snowstorm.  In the water tray we learned how to use a siphon to move water through pipes.

This week we will be exploring what happens when we put things in water.  The children will be experimenting with objects that sink or float as well as with substances that mix (dissolve) in water.

Family Engagement:

Invite your child to try a “sink and float” experiment.  You can gather an assortment of small items, predict which items will sink and which will float and test their theories by placing each item in a container of water.

Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 23 – Week of 3/6

Posted on March 5, 2017

Last week we started our unit on Water.  We read the book Water Dance by Thomas Locker and learned how water can be found all around us.  We brainstormed how water is found in our classroom (sink, frog tank, water tray), in our houses (kitchens, bathrooms), through the weather and also the wider environment (waterfalls, lakes, rivers, oceans).  Please continue to talk about the water you may have seen (at home/on vacation).  The children also explored making water sounds like a rain storm.  This continued in the Music Center creating interpretive dances with rain sticks.  In the Science Center we tested our paper boats from home and made some more at school.  The children were able to predict and test whether they would float or sink.  Also we opened a laundromat in the Dramatic Play Center with a washer and a dryer to wash and clean our clothes.

This week we will be exploring how temperature affects water through some experiments with the 3 states of matter – solid, liquid, and gas.

 

Family Engagement:

Ask your child to try to see their breath on the way to or from Pre-K. They can keep a tally throughout the week and compare the numbers over the weekend.  Explain to them that condensation is why it is possible to see your breath on some days but not others.

 

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