Pre-K Weekly Newsletter 10/22

Weekly Letter 10.22.21

Family Engagement 10.22.21

This week in Pre-K we explored what makes our families unique and important! We read The Family Book by Todd Parr and learned that there are many ways to be a family and that families can include many different people. We also read I love Saturdays y domingos and observed that families have their own unique traditions and favorite activities!

At the Math Center we continued to practice counting and measuring using unifix cubes to measure toy people representing different family members. We used new vocabulary, including tall and short, big and small, to describe the family members!

At the Art Center children drew pictures illustrating their families’ favorite activities to do together. We also created “people” puppets representing different family members.

At the Writing Center children are beginning to practice writing their names. They also used family vocabulary when labeling their drawings.

Next week we will begin our new unit on Our Five Senses.

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 10/15

Family Engagement 10.15.21

 Weekly Letter 10.15.21

This week we read Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld and discussed our friends and school community.  

We also practiced our scissor skills by cutting out and making our very own “friend shapes.”

In the Art Center the children had an opportunity to make pictures of themselves with their friends.

In the Math Center we measured all of our friends to see how many hands high they were and to find out who was the tallest and shortest in our class.  We will be watching all year to see how we grow!

Next week we will be talking about our individual families. 

Pre-K 1 Weekly Letter 10/8/21

Family Engagement 10.8.21 

Weekly Letter 10.8.21

This week we started our new unit on All About Us by reading the book Little Elliot Big City written by Mike Curato. This story spoke about challenges the character faced because the world was too big around him and the feelings that he had throughout. 

We also took a close look at ourselves and saw that we all are all unique! We have unique qualities, such as different color eyes, skin and hair, unique feelings and ideas, and our names are all different too!

The children had an opportunity to assemble a name puzzle in order to recognize and identify the letters in their names. They discovered how many letters were in their name as they helped make a graph.  We looked for the ‘most’ and ‘least’ children for each number of letters.

 

Next week we will continue our unit by focusing on what makes our class unique.

Pre-K 1 Weekly Letter 10/1/21

Weekly Letter 10.1.21

Family Engagement 10.1.21

This past week, we wrapped up our Welcome to Pre-K unit by reading the book I Like Myself  written by Karen Beaumont. We discussed things that we like about ourselves (hair, eyes, hands, and so on).

The children were invited to come to the Art Center and draw a self-portrait.  The children noticed that we all have things in common, like hair, eyes, and other body parts.

The children were also asked what they like about Pre-K.  They enjoyed hearing each other’s answers, which included playing with the toys and new friends, as well as which Center they liked the best.

Next week we will be starting our new theme of All About Us by continuing to look at how we are special and unique.

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 9/24

Weekly Letter 9.24.21

Family Engagement 9.24.21

This week we have continued to practice our routines in the classroom.  We have been continuing discussions on how to be safe in our school (classroom, outside play, fire drills, stairs, etc).

 

We read On Monday When it Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister. This book focused on different types of feelings.  The children had an opportunity to act out different feelings and have also been encouraged to talk about them, especially when something upsets them, such as not sharing toys.  We have been learning about how our actions can make others feel.  

 

We also introduced our class feelings chart.  This is an area where the children can put their picture on the emotion that they are feeling.  They are welcome to move that picture to another feeling as the day progresses. 

 

Next week we will explore all the things we like about ourselves! We will be learning how to create a self portrait.

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 9/17/21

Weekly Letter 9.17.21

We had a great first week of school! Over the first few days we have watched students learn and actively participate in our daily routines. 

 

We read the book Chu’s First Day of School and discussed our feelings during our first few days of school, as well as some of our special skills and interests!

 

Students are slowly being introduced to our learning centers. This week in the Art Center students learned how to use glue sticks while creating free art with collage materials including tissue paper, paper scraps and foam pieces.

 

We have started to discuss school rules, including the rules we will follow during a fire drill. We have also talked about being kind, listening to friends and teachers, keeping our bodies calm inside the classroom and wearing our masks.

 

Next week we will continue to learn our daily routines. We will also be talking about our feelings during the school day.

 

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 6/18

Hybrid Weekly Letter 6.18.21 

Remote Weekly Letter 6.18.21

Hybrid Newsletter:

This week we discussed many things in nature that change or transform, including the weather and seasons, the metamorphosis of some insects, and animals that transform to camouflage themselves.  We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and compared this to non-fiction books about caterpillars and butterflies.  

At the Art Center we created butterfly blots and looked at the symmetry of their wings.

At the Science Center we reviewed the transformation that occurs when ice melts into water. We used our science skills to uncover special treasure in blocks of ice!

We talked more about how the children have ‘transformed’ this year. 

For our last week, we will continue to review our year in Pre-K through a series of challenges.

 

Remote Newsletter

This week we brainstormed many things in nature that change or transform, including the weather and seasons, the metamorphosis of some insects, and animals that transform to camouflage themselves. 

We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and compared this to non-fiction books about caterpillars and butterflies. We thought about the big changes that a caterpillar experiences during its lifecycle. Then, we imagined what we would look like if we were caterpillars and what kind of food we would eat! Our hungry caterpillars ate ice cream, pizza, blackberries, leaves, mangoes, cake, and many other delicious treats!

We talked more about how the children have ‘transformed’ this year. 

For our last week, we will continue to review our year in Pre-K by revisiting some favorite stories, songs and activities!

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 6/11

Family Engagement 6.11.21

Hybrid Weekly Letter 6.11.21

Remote Weekly Letter 6.11.21

Remote Newsletter: 

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 book made us wonder how we can transform nothing into something- such as our ball of clay!

During our lesson we reviewed some of the changes we observed during this school year- including melting snow/ice, changing speeds of vehicles on ramps, light reflecting off of shiny surfaces, and our friends’ and our own feelings!

At home with their families the children also learned that they are beginning to read using the sounds and letters they already know to create rhyming word lists like cat, hat, mat, rat. They used this skill to create a riddle for their friends. We are so excited to share everyone’s rhyming riddles next week!

Next week we will discuss more about what kinds of changes happen in nature.  We will focus on the lifecycle of butterflies and how they go through different stages. 

Hybrid Newsletter:

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 already reuse materials, including water bottles, toys, and clothing hand-me-downs.  

We also began to discuss the changes we see around us. The children described some of the changes as plants growing, people growing, clouds changing shapes and colors, and ice turning into water.

In the Art Center, we mixed colors together to see what happens!

The children also learned that they are beginning to read using the sounds and letters they already know to create rhyming word lists like cat, hat, mat, rat …

Next week we will discuss more about what kinds of changes happen in nature.  We will focus on the lifecycle of butterflies and how they go through different stages. 

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 6/4

Family Engagement 6.4.21

Hybrid Weekly Letter 6.4.21

Remote Weekly Letter 6.4.21

Remote Newsletter:

This week, we read the book When I was Little and discussed the many ways the girl in the book changed as she grew from baby to child. We also built text-to-self connections by discussing the ways each of us change as we grow. Together we responded to our read aloud by drawing pictures and writing words to describe themselves “then” and “now.” Some of our ideas included talking, walking, eating different foods, and playing with different toys like bikes and scooters.

With our families at home we used string measured to our own birth length to compare with objects around our homes.  We really enjoyed seeing how small we were as babies and how tall we are now!

We also reviewed vocabulary related to our Babies unit by playing BINGO with our friends. We practiced counting and this time noticed the letters at the start of some words!

Next week, we will begin our last unit “Transformation!”

Hybrid Newsletter:

This week, we read the book When I was Little and discussed the many ways the girl in the book changed as she grew from baby to child. As a class we brainstormed a list of vocabulary words and ideas related to the main idea of the read aloud. We also built text-to-self connections by discussing the ways each of us change as we grow.

At the Writing Center children responded to our read aloud by drawing pictures and writing words to describe themselves “then” and “now.” Some of our ideas included talking, walking, eating different foods, and playing with different toys like bikes and scooters.

At the Math Center children used string measured to their birth length to compare with objects around the classroom.  We really enjoyed seeing how small we were as babies and how tall we are now!

Next week, we will begin our last unit “Transformation!”

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 5/28

family engagement 5.28.21

Hybrid Weekly Letter 5.28

Remote Weekly Letter 5.28

Hybrid Newsletter:

This week, we began discussing what human babies need and ways we care for human babies. The children were thrilled to share some of their personal experiences and loved guessing which classmate each baby picture belonged to!

We turned Dramatic Play into a baby nursery. The children were actively engaged in imaginative play, taking care of the babies using some baby items, such as bottles, toys and diapers. Children even bathed baby dolls in their own mini baths!  We also continued caring for animals in our classroom veterinarian’s office!

At the Art Center, children created baby rattles using recycled materials.  We also used our sense of hearing to experiment with various materials to determine what materials make the best rattles!

Next week we will begin to explore how babies grow and change. 

Remote Newsletter:

This week, we began discussing what human babies need and ways we care for human babies. We wrote a brainstorming list including all the things we know about babies, what they need, and what they can do. We knew that babies drink milk, wear diapers, and cry when they need help! We also thought about how babies learn new skills, such as crawling and walking!

The children were thrilled to share some of their personal experiences by reading the stories they wrote with their families during our small group lesson. We also loved guessing which classmate each baby picture belonged to!

Families had the opportunity to build a pediatrician’s office and actively engage in imaginative play, taking care of the babies using some baby items, such as bottles, toys and diapers, and doctor tools.

Next week we will begin to explore how babies grow and change.