Newsletter (January 16)

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This week we continued our unit on Transportation, by reading the book What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince.

We created a chart by categorizing types of transportation – land, water and air during whole group time.  We thought carefully about how different vehicles could move.

In the Science Center we continued our exploration of ramps by covering them with different types of materials to determine what would make a good ramp and why.

In the Writing Center we introduced maps and the children had an opportunity to create their own types of maps – road, rail, treasure and even our home!

Next week we will continue to explore our unit of transportation by looking into what types of community helpers drive certain types of transportation.

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Newsletter (January 10)

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Pre-K began a new unit all about transportation! We learned that transportation means the way we travel from one place to another and that there are many different kinds of vehicles that help people, animals, and things travel! We brainstormed different kinds of vehicles that we want to learn more about and explore.

At the Art Center the children started creating some of these vehicles with art tools and materials, as well as recycled boxes, tubes, and clean food containers!

After reading The Bus for Us children brainstormed the different transportation they use to get to school each morning. We answered the question “how do you get to Pre-K?” through drawing, dictation, and writing. We then used our responses to create a graph and count the results.

Next week we will continue to learn about different kinds of transportation through our read alouds, discussions, and play!

Family Engagement 1.10.20

Newsletter (December 20)

Weekly Letter 12.20

This week we continued our unit on Where We Live by reading Welcome Home, Bear by Il Sung Na and A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.  We discussed the many different homes where animals live such as nests, burrows, trees, hives and barns.  In the Art Center the children were engaged with finding out about and using their imagination to create the different habitats or places where animals live such as the ocean, desert, jungle and farm.   

In the Science Center they examined a real bird’s nest and considered what materials would make a good nest.  Children also sorted animals according to where they lived in the Math Center. 

When we come back from the holiday break, we will begin our new unit on Transportation.

Family Engagement 12.20

Newsletter (December 13)

Weekly Letter 12.13

This week we continued our unit on Where We Live by looking at the types of homes in our neighborhood and city.  We learned that a neighborhood is the space around our homes or school and that cities are made up of many people and have lots of buildings and homes close together. 

At the Math Center, we traced various shapes and glued art materials to create a “shape city” mural inspired by the read aloud City Shapes by Dianna Murray.

At the Writing Center the children had an opportunity to create their own blueprints by using chalk, blue paper, and rulers to create a blueprint of a structure. They could then visit the Block Center and build that structure according to their blueprint.

The children used art tools and materials at the Art Center to create familiar homes from their home and school neighborhoods. We explored how to build homes using the recycled materials.

Next week we will explore the different homes that animals build to protect themselves.  We will also be discussing where animals live in Winter and why some animals hibernate and others migrate.

Family Engagement 12.13

Newsletter (December 6)

Weekly Letter 12.6

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 art and recycled materials.  

During our whole group meeting we discussed the kinds of homes the children in our class live in, including single family houses, multi-family houses, and apartment buildings.

This week we transformed our Sensory Center into a sand table! Children explored this new material while building sand castles!

At the Block Center, children are exploring different kinds homes and practicing new vocabulary, such as building, apartment, tall, long, and short.

Next week we will continue to explore the kinds of homes people in our neighborhoods and in our city live in, as well as how homes are designed and built.

Family Enagement 12.6

Newsletter (November 29)

Weekly Letter 11.29

This week we read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. and discussed how the wind helps leaf man to be transformed into different types of shapes (fish, birds, and so on). We then discussed how in the season of Fall the wind does blow more often and the leaves change color and fall off of the trees.

In the Art Center the children had an opportunity to make pictures of themselves doing something they like to do in the fall.

In the Math Center we sorted leaves by shapes, color, or size.

In the Science center we used magnifiers to explore the characteristics of leaves.

In Dramatic Play the children acted out family life using props and materials, including food, babies and work items.  We discussed what foods make a good Thanksgiving feast!

Next week we will be starting our new theme on ‘Where We Live.’ We will be focusing on the places we live and where our family members live, near and far.  We will also explore different types of homes and shelters for people and animals. 

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Newsletter (November 22)

Weekly Letter 11.22

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

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!

In Dramatic Play the children acted out family life using props and materials, including food, babies and work items.  We also voted for and will be transforming our Dramatic Play into …

Next week we will be looking more closely at the seasonal changes and Thanksgiving traditions.

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Newsletter (November 15)

Weekly Letter 11.15

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 counted how many people are in our families and drew a picture to represent the people we love. We created a family number chart for our Math Center.

At the Art Center children drew pictures illustrating their families’ favorite activities to do together. We also used recycled materials to create “people” toys representing different family members to play with at our Block Center.

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

Next week we will explore the many ways our classroom is a unique community of friends who help and care for each other!

Family Engagement 11.15

Newsletter (November 8)

Weekly Letter 11.8

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 all of it.

The children got to practice their feelings by continuing to use their words more when experiencing situations throughout the day.

We also got to take a look at ourselves and saw that we all are all unique! We have unique qualities, such as different color eyes, skin, and hair, some kids wear glasses, and our names are all different!

The children were introduced to their names tags in the writing center so they can sign in every morning and practice writing their names throughout the day. We also discovered the letter that our name started with.

Next week we will be focusing on how our families are unique.

Family Engagement 11.8

Newsletter (November 1)

Weekly Letter 11.1

This week we reviewed what we have learned about our five senses.  We read I hear a Pickle by Rachel Isadora, and discussed how our senses help us understand the world around us and keep us safe. 

In the Art Center we continued to explore our sense of touch by making texture collages.  We also followed a recipe to make our own playdough together.

In the Science Center we continued to sort objects by which sense we use most, and in the Math Center the children were using their eye-hand coordination to pick up pumpkin seeds with tweezers and count them.

Next week we will be starting a new theme on All About Us by focusing first on the concept of how we are each unique.

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