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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
June 22nd – End of Year Celebration and last day

Monthly Menus
June 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

During June …
The children will conclude the year with our final unit on Transformation by investigating how things change over time. The children will consider what changes they have seen around them, like the trees changing with the seasons. They will then explore how they can change things with actions and words, and revisit how they have seen other objects change during our previous units. They will also learn about metamorphosis as we study some minibeast life cycles. Finally, they will reflect on how they have changed throughout the year as they get ready for Kindergarten!

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 37 – Week of 6/19

Posted on June 17, 2017

Last week we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and then looked at similarities and differences with other caterpillar stories and information books. We discussed new vocabulary including metamorphosis, cocoon and chrysalis. We then created our own movement sentence to describe and dance showing how caterpillars can wiggle, spin a cocoon and then flutter as butterflies!

In the science center we went on a bug hunt using magnifiers to look carefully at how insects have 6 legs and 2 antennae. We also created our own caterpillars, chrysalis and butterflies using mixed media in the art center.This week we will be remembering all the amazing things we have learned in Pre-K and focusing on Kindergarten transition activities and stories.

Family Engagement:
You can read books about Kindergarten together with your child and have a discussion on what to expect. Please continue to read over the summer!

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Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 36 – Week of 6/12

Posted on June 10, 2017

This week we read Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. The story talks about how Joseph starts out with an overcoat and transforms it into a jacket, vest, etc. This led us into a conversation about how we can reuse materials. For example, we talked about how paper is recycled to make to new paper, cans make new cans and bottles too!

At the sensory table the children had the opportunity to make their own recycled paper. They first ripped up scraps from the art center and old newspapers. Next we added water to the ripped up paper. The children enjoyed squishing and squeezing the paper until a pulp was formed. Lastly, we laid the pulp out on a screen to get the extra water out and put it on felt to dry. We are still waiting for our new paper to dry!

During our Mad Science Event we saw how dry ice sublimates into a gas and we saw how it pours downwards because it is heavier than the air. We then explored regular ice in our sensory tray and how it melts into water.

Next week we will discuss what kinds of changes happen in nature. We will mostly be focusing on the way butterflies change and go through different stages.

Family Engagement!

If possible, take visit or walk past the school your child will be attending in the fall. Discuss with them what looks different or the same from Divine Wisdom.

 

Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 35 – Week of 6/5

Posted on June 4, 2017

This week we started our Transformation unit by reading Little Tree by Loren Long. It was about a tree that resists changing from a little tree into a big tree. We discovered that transformation means that things can change to look different.

In the art center, we mixed colors together in order to see what changes would occur. We discovered that by doing this, we can create new colors!

In the science center, we mixed some water with dry sand in order to observe the change with our eyes and fingers. The sand became squishy and we could create things better using the wet sand.

We also discussed what changes we see around us. The children described some of the changes as plants growing, people growing, clouds changing shapes and color, and of course the weather changing throughout the seasons. We also talked about how our faces change with our feelings!

Next week, we will explore further how we can make objects change.

Family Engagement!
You can do a simple cooking activity at home with your child and discuss how foods change when you make snacks or meals (e.g. adding milk to cereal, cooking carrots, or making pasta or rice).

Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 34 – Week of May 30

Posted on May 28, 2017

Last week we read and discussed the book When I was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis. We considered many things we could not do as a baby that we can do now! We also reviewed all the things we have learned about babies this month.

In the science center we investigated how much water a diaper could hold using pipettes to drop water until it leaked.

In math we measured how much we had grown since birth using tape on the wall, marking who was the tallest in the class. We discussed how we grow a lot as a child but do not continue to grow as an adult or we would reach the clouds!

This week we will begin our final unit on Transformation by asking “What is transformation and how do things change around me?”

Family Engagement!
Please save and bring in old newspapers, magazines and/or pieces of paper for the class to use. We are going to try making paper the following week. Please also talk with your child about how we reuse and recycle objects.

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