Pre-K Weekly Plans April 6-17

Recycling in Pre-K

PreK for All Weekly Activities – April 6-17

For the next two weeks Pre-K will be taking a break from learning about plants to explore the many ways we can work together to take care of our Earth! Our Recycling/Earth Day plans include enough activities for the weeks of April 6-10 and April 13-17. Please feel free to complete activities and read alouds at your own pace during this two week period, but please do not forget to share pictures of your child’s learning!

Pre-K Weekly Activities (March 30 – April 3)

Pre-K for All Weekly Activities – March 30 to April 3, 2020

Plants Week 2

The Pre-K Team hopes that all of our Pre-K friends and families are feeling healthy and staying safe!

This week we are continuing to study our unit on Plants.  We are looking at what plants need and where we can find them.  Gardens can grow almost anywhere.  Let’s explore!  

Pre-K Weekly Plans 3/23-3/27/20

PreK for All Weekly Activities – March 23 to 27, 2020

Plants week 1

This week we are starting our unit on Plants! There are so many ways to learn about plants, so please do not feel limited by our suggested activities! Be creative, explore plants, and have some fun!

We hope that all of our Pre-K friends and families are feeling healthy and staying safe!

Warmly, 

Your Pre-K Teachers 

Newsletter (March 13)

Weekly Letter 3.13

This week we explored what happens to water when it changes temperature.

We read the books Rain! By Linda Ashman and Snow by Uri Shulevitz to help us understand how temperature affects the weather. We also voted on our favorite weather during morning sign-in. Our class’s favorite weather was snowy!

At the Science Center, children predicted how to melt an ice cube and then tested their predictions using real ice cubes and various tools and resources around the classroom. Our predictions included using hot water, placing ice in the sun, and putting the ice in the microwave!

At the Math Center we created “snowball rulers” and learned how to use a ruler to measure objects around the classroom. We compared the sizes to see what objects were biggest or smallest, longest or shortest.

Next week we will explore the concepts of sink and float!

family engagement 3.13

Newsletter (March 6)

Weekly Letter 3.6.20

This week we started our new unit on water. We read the book Water by Frank Asch. We brainstormed how water is found in our classroom (sink, water tray), in our houses (kitchens, bathrooms), through the weather, and also the wider environment (waterfalls, lakes, rivers, oceans).    

In the Science Center, the children worked on sorting different seashells, as well as land and sea animals.

In the Math Center the children counted how many drops of water can fit on a penny.

At the Water Tray they also used a scooper and droppers to see which one would fill up a cup with water the fastest. They compared both tools by counting how many drops each tool took to complete the task.

Next week we will continue with our water unit by focusing on what happens to water when it changes temperature.   

Family Engagement 3.6.20

Newsletter (February 28)

Weekly Letter 2.28

This week we wrapped up our study of Light by discussing how different kinds of light can help us.  We read All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer and the children considered how lights help us see, give information, provide warmth or help plants grow. 

We also discussed how some animals wake up and go out at night (nocturnal) and some sleep at night and go out in the day (diurnal). 

In the Art Center we created “line art” and used our flashlights to see the shadows created.  We used strips of paper to create wavy, zig-zags, and bumpy lines, as well as hills, bridges, loops and mountains!  

In the Science Center we made predictions on what will happen to seeds we put in the in the light (window) and the dark (box).  We will continue to observe them to find out if our predictions were true. 

Next week we will begin a new unit on Water and begin exploring why water is important and where water comes from.   

Family Engagement 2.28

Newsletter (February 14)

Weekly Letter 2.14

This week we explored the questions “what is darkness?” and “what are shadows?”

We read Can’t You Sleep Little Bear by Martin Waddell. We noticed that different sources of light on each page. We also discussed our own feelings about the dark and the sources of light in our homes and bedrooms.

At the Art Center children observed Vincent Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night. We used dark and light paints to create our own versions of The Starry Night with swirly and dotted lines, silhouettes, and shadows!

At the Science Center we used new materials to create light reflections with our flashlights! We noticed that shiny materials bounced the light in a new direction. We also continued to observe and create shadows around our classroom.

After the break we will be wrapping up our Light unit by learning about the many ways that light helps us!

Family Engagement 2.14

Newsletter (February 7)

Weekly Letter 2.7.20

This week we read the book Round Trip by Ann Jonas. The children compared what the family in the story saw on their trip during the day versus their travel in the evening. They noticed that the family saw more lights at nighttime because it was darker.

In the Art center, the children had an opportunity to create their own turn around pictures in black and white like our story Round Trip.

The children brainstormed sources of light during Circle Time. They then had an opportunity to try to find as many lights as they could around the classroom.  We continued to explore the reflections of light all around us, on mirrors and other shiny surfaces. 

We have also started to transform our Dramatic Play area into a campsite with a “campfire.”

Next week we will continue our light unit by comparing shadows and learning about nocturnal versus diurnal animals.  

Family Engagement 2.7.20