Posted on March 24, 2017
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– Parent Guide to Pre-K Common Core
– Parent Guide to Literacy
– Parent Guide to Pre-K
Reading together as a family every night is an important event in a young child’s life. It helps to build listening skills, comprehension, vocabulary, and pure enjoyment for reading. What a wonderful gift that you as a parent can give your child!
Scholastic book orders are given out monthly in your child’s folder. This allows your child to pick and order books that are of interest to them. By buying Scholastic books you are enabling your child the powerful to build up their literacy skills. Each book order grants bonus points for our classroom. This allows us to order free books or materials through Scholastic for the classroom in order to benefit your child’s education. When ordering a book order from Scholastic.com, please use the code HRF22. This tells Scholastic that your order is for our class. Thank you in advance for any generous orders that will help our children and classroom grow!
March 29- No Pre-K classes
April 7-Full day of Pre-K
April 12-23- Spring Break
April 24- Classes Resume
For the month of April, we will be learning about the plant unit. We will be exploring the parts of plants, as well as different types of plants. We will get to observe how plants grow, as well as take care of plants that we will grow in the room. Our Dramatic Play area will turn into a flower shop in order to learn about community helpers that work in the field of plants. We will also get to see what needs plants must have in order to survive.
Newsletter 26 (March 27-31)
Last week we wrapped up our water unit by reading the book Water Can Be by Laura Salas. The children got to identify all the different roles that water can be and compare it to what kinds of water we have in school, as opposed to what kinds of water we can’t have in school (rivers, waterfalls, and so on).
In the Science Center, the children got to explore water by experimenting with different absorption materials. They also got to mix water colors together in the Art Center by blowing through a straw to create wind in order to move the liquid around to mix with each other. The children made some waterfall painting at the easel to resemble the movement of a waterfall effect.
Next week we will be starting our new unit on Plants by reading the book Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner. We will be focusing on the idea of “What are plants?”
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.
Posted on March 17, 2017
Newsletter 25 (March 20-24)
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 that liquid moves in currents. We experimented with putting food dye and soap in milk to see what would happen to the milk. Would it change color, move, or nothing will happen at all?
We also created our own water currents in the Art Center by using blue paint in an aluminum tray and moving a ball around to recreate and describe how waves move in water.
This week we will be discussing how water is important for all living things and how it helps us.
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.
Posted on March 10, 2017
Newsletter 24 (March 13-17)
Last week we explored how temperature affects water. We read the stories Rain! by Linda Ashman and Snow by Uri Shulevitz. We discussed the way water freezes and turns to ice and also boils and becomes steam. The children experimented with ice and watched as it melted. We also looked and discussed the way salt helps to melt ice faster. In the Science Center we counted out how many drops of water we can put on a quarter compared to a penny. During whole group time, we got to act out and do our own interpretive storm dances. At the water table, we got to use a sieve to suck up water from one container and make it “rain in another container.
Next 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 experimenting with substances that dissolve in water.
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.
Posted on March 3, 2017
Newsletter 23 (March 6-10)
Last week we started our unit on Water. We read the book Water Dance by Thomas Locker. The children got to do their interpretive dance of how water moves in different ways (waterfall, rain, storm, etc.). The children had fun acting out their dances. We got to brainstorm various uses for water, including drinking, washing, and having fun! They also got to use their paper boats that they brought to school to predict and test whether they would float or sink at the water table. The Dramatic Play Center now has a washer and a dryer to wash and clean our clothes.
Next week we will be exploring how temperature affects water by doing experiments with the 3 states of matter- solid, liquid, and gas. The children will also be learning the steps to the water cycle and how it works.
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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