Family Engagement 12.3.21
Weeky Letter 12.3.21
This week we started our new unit on Where We Live. We read the book The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. The children discussed their own dream homes, inspired by the read aloud, during a turn and talk with their peers. They were then invited to the Art Center to create their dream homes using a variety of art materials.
During our group meetings we discussed the kinds of homes the children in our class live in, including single family houses, attached houses, and apartment buildings.
At the Block Center, children are exploring different kinds homes and practicing new vocabulary, such as building, apartment, skyscraper, tall, long, and short.
Next week we will continue to explore the kinds of homes people in our neighborhoods and our city live in, as well as how homes are designed and built.
family Engagement 11.19.21
Weekly Letter 11.19.21
This week we read the book Press Here by Hervé Tullet. The children enjoyed an interactive experience with the book by using their sense of touch to make pages change as we read along.
We also created texture collages in the Science Center, using our new vocabulary and finding objects that were soft, hard, rough, smooth, bumpy and spiky.
At the Art Center we used textured materials to create our November
We also reviewed what we have learned about our five senses. We read My Five Senses by Aliki and I hear a Pickle by Rachel Isadora, and discussed how our senses help us understand the world around us and keep us safe.
Next week we will be discussing Thanksgiving!
Weekly Letter 11.12.21
Family Engagement 11.12.21
This past week we continued our unit on the five senses by focusing on our senses of smell and taste. We read Thank You Omu by Oge Mora and discussed what ingredients we might add to a stew or soup.
The children had an opportunity to smell and comment on what they smelled in different scent containers in the Science Center. We continued this discussion at circle by talking about what things have good smells versus bad smells.
The children discussed how certain foods at our meal times tasted (crunchy, sticky, juicy, salty, sweet, sour). They explained why they liked or disliked something that they ate.
We started to make signs and menus for our Dramatic Play Center in order to turn it into a pizza restaurant where the children can pretend to cook with different “smells” and “tastes” of food.
We have also started to sign-in by writing our names each morning when we come into school.
Next week we will continue our senses by focusing on our sense of touch.
Weekly Letter 11.5.21
Family Engagement 11.5.21
This week we continued our theme on Our Five Senses by focusing on our hearing. We read Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! a sonic adventure by Wynton Marsalis, and brainstormed all the sounds we hear around us every day.
We also went on a listening walk around the school to identify many other sounds. We used new vocabulary such as loud, quiet, soft, silent and also learned about sign language.
We compared and matched sounds in the Science Center, created sounds with art, and explored the sounds of instruments in the Music Center. We completed our week with a hand-made instrument parade!
Next week we will be focusing on our senses of smell and taste, both in school as well as through family engagement activities.
Weekly Letter 10.29.21
Family Engagement 10.29.21
This week we began our new unit all about using our five senses to explore Fall!
We read Windows by Julia Denos and started by focusing on our sense of sight. We discussed all of the things we can see with our eyes. We played color and shape searching games to explore what we could see with our eyes within our classroom.
The children discussed how glasses and contact lenses are worn by some children and adults to help their vision. We also learned that people who are blind use walking sticks or guide dogs to help them.
We felt excited to go on our first nature walk and used our sense of sight to learn about the area around our school. We observed a variety objects, colors and shapes on our walk. At the Science Center we recorded our observations using a combination of drawing and dictation.
Next week we will discuss our sense of hearing!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.