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Welcome to Pre-K 1!

Mrs. Blanco and Ms. Isabel
lblanco@dwcaonline.org

This Month in Pre-K 1

May 2021 Calendar

June Calendar 2021

May 11: No school for Pre-K (No Google Meet or Question of the Day)

May 31: Memorial Day, No School

June 17: End of Year Celebration, more information to follow

June 23: Half Day for Pre-K

June 28: Last Day of School for Pre-K

Unit: Babies

This month we will explore babies. We will start with animal babies and then move onto human babies. During the last week of the unit we will discover how all babies grow and change!

Enduring Understandings:

  • Animal babies need special food and care.
  • Human babies need special food and care.
  • There are similarities and differences in the way babies are cared for.
  • All babies grow. 

Specials Schedule

Monday: Gym

Wednesday: Art (during Center Time)

Friday: Music

Resources

NYC DOE Learn at Home Guide

https://pwsauth.nycenet.edu/learn-at-home/activities-for-students/early-childhood

Handwashing Steps

Guide to Pre-K

Parent Guide to Literacy

Parent Guide to Authentic Assessment

Student-Absence-Note-2017-18

ABCya.com

Starfall

Scholastic Reading Club
About once a month a Scholastic Reading Club catalog will be sent home in your child’s folder. You may purchase seasonal and thematic books, as well as your many of your child’s favorite books, at Scholastic.com using our classroom code LKDQ9. Each purchase you make earns points that can be used to purchase exciting books and literacy tools for our classroom!

 Participation is always completely optional.

Menu

May Lunch

May Breakfast

June Cold Lunch Menu

June Breakfast Menu

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 6/11

Posted on June 10, 2021

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

Posted on June 4, 2021

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

Posted on May 28, 2021

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. 

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 5/21

Posted on May 21, 2021

Family Engagement 5.21.21

Hybrid Weekly Letter 5.21.21

Remote Weekly Letter 5.21.21

Remote Newsletter:

This week, we focused on what types of animals hatch from an egg. The children brainstormed a list of animals that hatch from eggs, including different kinds of birds, reptiles, insects and amphibians. During our lesson, we played a guessing game and made predictions about what animal would hatch from different eggs. Each animal’s egg was so unique it was hard to guess!

During our second lesson, we identified written numerals and found the corresponding number of baby animals hiding beneath shapes!

Children made their own eggs using paper maché with their families! Once the eggs were dried, the children created various types of animals that could hatch from an egg.

We read the sing-a-long book Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats and observed the animal families living in and around a meadow.

Next week, we will be focusing on human babies. 

Hybrid Newsletter:

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 on what types of animals hatch from an egg. The children brainstormed a list of animals. Then in the Art Center they made eggs using paper maché around balloons. Once the eggs were dried, the children created 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 animals that interested them. 

Next week, we will be focusing on human babies. 

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