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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
May 22nd – Planting with Pre-K Gala Event 2:20 – 4:00pm
May 26th – Pre-K Full Day – no before or after school available
May 29th – Memorial Day – school closed
June 5th – In school Field Trip with Mad Science
June 22nd – End of Year Celebration and last day

Monthly Menus
May 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

During May …
The children will continue to study living things with a new unit on Babies.  Children will consider what human babies need, expressing what they know and extending their learning through play, literature and discussion.  They will then look closely at different animal babies, including pets and wild animals.  Finally, they will consider how babies change and grow, also reflecting on their own growth.

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 33 – week of 5/22

Posted on May 20, 2017

Last week we read and discussed the book Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats. While reading the book the children learned about the habitats of each of the different animals in the story. We talked about some different things that our moms and dads ask us to do just like the animal moms in the story asked of their babies.

The children took a closer look at an animal of their choosing. They learned new vocabulary and discussed new facts about their animal with their peers. They also looked at a picture of their animal and drew what they saw to create an animal poster.  Some children also chose to create a 3D animal using clay!

At the water table the children explored some sea animals and sea shells. They enjoyed talking about the different sea life and learning new facts from some of their classmates.

This week we will finish our Babies Unit by talking about how babies change and grow!

Family Engagement!
Talk about important milestones in your child’s life and create a timeline that reflects a few of these experiences. You may choose 2-4 events from your child’s lifetime such as when they were born, took their first steps, an important family event such as a new home or sibling, etc. If you’d like you may draw or add pictures to the timeline.

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Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 32 – Week of 5/15

Posted on May 13, 2017

Last week, we read the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. The book explored the differences and similarities among some baby animals when a baby bat got lost and became friends with baby birds. The children also considered how we are all alike and different.

Students chose an animal that they would like to explore and learn about. In the writing center, they looked at information books about their chosen animal and began to ask questions, eg, Do zebra babies have stripes? How does a chick crack its egg?

In the block center they created a farm and zoo and thought about which animals should be together.
In the math center children matched pictures of mother animals with their babies, also learning lots of new vocabulary.   In art, we drew, painted and collaged pictures of our baby animals to present to friends during circle time.

This week, we will be continuing our study of the animal of our choosing.

Family Engagement!
Encourage your child to continue with his/her animal baby investigation with your help. You can do online research, read books or magazines, visit the library, zoo, pet store, etc. You can write or draw pictures about the information you gather together and return this information to class.

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Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 31 – Week of 5/8

Posted on May 6, 2017

Last week we read Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers.  Students enjoyed looking at each other’s baby pictures and discussing what they know about babies and what babies need.  They looked closely at their own photos to draw self-portraits.

In the art center children worked collaboratively to create and decorate a bassinet for the dramatic play area, where we began to create a nursery for our baby dolls.  We will add to this next week with a pediatrician’s office.

In the science center we continued to observe our plants.  The beans and sunflowers came home for replanting.  We are still watching our lettuce ‘re-growing’ experiment and we are waiting for our lettuce seeds to sprout!

This week we will begin to explore different animal babies, both pets and wild animals.

Family Engagement!
Encourage your child to think about the type of animal baby they would like to investigate.  Ask questions about what the baby is called, what it looks like, what it eats, etc.  Your child can bring in a book, picture or drawing to share with the class.

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Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 30 – Week of 5/1

Posted on April 30, 2017

This week we read The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons.  We spoke about different types of vegetables that grow on farms as well as about how they grow. We also discussed the importance of plants and how they help us.  In the science center the children enjoyed planting different seeds.  We will be recording observations as these plants grow.  In the math center the children enjoyed observing and sorting the different types of seeds.  They used magnifying glasses to help them do this.  We also had the opportunity to taste various parts of plants (different vegetables) and record whether or not we liked them.  In the art center we created our own gardens by printing with vegetables.

Next week, we will begin our new unit on Babies.  We will be discussing what human babies need and ways to care for a newborn baby.

Family Engagement:
Talk with your child about babies.  If there is a baby in your family, have your child observe the baby and allow them to ask you questions about the baby.  Your child may also write questions they might have about babies and bring them into school for a class discussion.

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