Weekly Letter 10.11
This week we continued our theme on The Five Senses by focusing on our hearing. We read Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Gluemle and enjoyed acting out rain storm sounds from the story with our bodies and with instruments.
We also went on a listening walk around the school to identify sounds using our sense of hearing. We used new vocabulary such as loud, quiet, soft, silent and also learned about sign language.
We created instruments in the Art Center with recyclable materials to compare sounds with real instruments.
The children discovered many innovative ways to use familiar materials to create their instruments!
Next week we will be focusing on our sense of smell and taste. We will be smelling and tasting many different things to compare and describe them.
Family Engagement 10.11.19
Weekly Letter 10.4
This week we began our new unit all about using our five senses to explore Fall!
We started by focusing on our sense of sight and discussed all of the things we can see with our eyes. We played the game “I Spy…” searching for all the things that can be seen 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. Additionally, we learned that people who are blind use walking sticks or guide dogs to help them. We explored the challenges of not being able to see through a special art activity!
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 of people, 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!
Family Engagement 10.4
Weekly Letter 9-27
This past week, we wrapped up our Welcome to Pre-K 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 My Five Senses by focusing on the sense of sight.
Family Engagement 9-27-19
Weekly Letter 9.20
This past week we have continued to practice our routines in the classroom, as well as introduce new routines such as our classroom jobs. 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 mood meter/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.
Family Engagement 9.20.19
Weekly Letter 9.13
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, (just a dot, not a lot) while creating free art with collage materials including paper scraps, cotton balls and foam pieces.
As a whole group we brainstormed ideas for classroom rules that will help keep us safe at school! Our rules included being kind, listening to friends and teachers, and keeping our bodies calm inside the classroom. We wrote a list and all agreed to practice the rules so we can have a fun and successful year in Pre-K!
Next week we will continue to learn our daily routines. We will continue to practice making choices on where to play using our Center Pictures.
Weekly Letter 6.14
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. For example, we reviewed how paper is recycled to make to new paper, cans make new cans and bottles too!
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.
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 what kinds of changes happen in nature. We will focus on the lifecycle of butterflies and how they go through different stages.
Family Engagement 6.14
Weekly Letter 6.7
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.
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 a new exploration of “Transformations!”
Family Engagement 6.7
Weekly Letter 5.31
This week, we read the book Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats. We discovered that a meadow is a habitat with many different types homes where various living things can live.
In the Block Center the children had an opportunity to create these different type of habitats (pond, tree, and so on).
We also focused a lot on what type of animals hatch from an egg. The children brainstormed a list of animals that we charted. Then in the Art Center they got to make paper mache eggs. Once the eggs were dried, the children create various types of animals that could hatch from an egg.
In the Science Center the children continued their science journals by documenting the animal that they chose to hatch from their egg, as well any other animal that caught their interest to learn about.
Next week, we will be focusing on how babies change as they grow up.
family engagement 5.31
Weekly Letter 5.24
This week, we read the book Stellaluna by Janell Canon. The book explored the differences and similarities among some baby animals. One baby animal got lost and became friends with others. The children described how they would feel if they got lost and what they would do.
Together we charted the different types of baby animals. We discussed specific names of baby animals such as kittens, puppies and cubs. Our class also voted on whether to change our Dramatic Play Center to a Vet’s office, or keep a Pediatrician.
We continued our research at the Science Center with information books and iPads, drawing and writing about chosen baby animals in our science journals.
In Art, we painted, collaged and drew pictures of baby animals to present to our friends during circle time.
Next week, we will be continuing our study of animal babies.
family engagement 5.17
Weekly Letter 5.17
This week, we began our Baby unit by 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 real baby items, such as bottles, toys and diapers. Children even bathed baby dolls at the Sensory Table!
At the Art Center, children created additional baby items using recycled materials, such as baby toys, strollers, and car seats. We even experimented with various materials to create rattles with different sounds!
Next week we will begin to explore different baby animals.
family engagement 5.17