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Mrs. Blanco and Mrs. Fishstein

This Month in Pre-K 1

This month Pre-K will be exploring a unit entitled “Babies.” We are excited to explore the similarities and differences between human and animal babies, as well as how to care for human and animal babies. We will also discover the many ways babies grow and change, and relate this discussion to our own growth this year! We will explore the following questions:

  • What do human babies need?
  • What can we learn about animal babies?
  • How do babies change. 

Important Dates

June Calendar 2019

June 12: Bakers and Shakers visit

June 13: Field Day! Please wear sneakers and sunscreen and send a water bottle!

June 20: Last Day of School, End of Year Celebration

Specials Schedule- 

Monday: Art *breakfast early at 8am!*

Tuesday: Gym **Please wear sneakers**

Friday: Music


Guide to Pre-K

Parent Guide to Literacy

Parent Guide to Authentic Assessment



Pre-K 1 Recipe Book

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 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.


**Pizza will be served every Friday at lunch**

Lunch June 2019

Breakfast June 2019

Weekly Letter

Weekly Letter 6.14

Weekly Letter 6.7

Weekly Letter 5.31

Weekly Letter 5.24

Weekly Letter 5.17

Family Engagement

Family Engagement 6.14

Family Engagement 6.7

family engagement 5.31

family engagement 5.17

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 6/14

Posted on June 14, 2019

Weekly Letter 6.14

Family Engagement 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. 

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 6/7

Posted on June 7, 2019

Family Engagement 6.7

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!”

Weekly Letter 5/31

Posted on May 31, 2019

Weekly Letter 5.31

family engagement 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 different type of habitats (ocean, zoo, aquarium, jungle).

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 decorated their egg and imagined what kind of animal would hatch from it.

In the Science Center the children continued their science journals by documenting the baby animals, focusing this week on animals that hatch from eggs.

Next week, we will be focusing on how babies change as they grow up.

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 5/24

Posted on May 24, 2019

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.

Together we charted the different types of baby animals. We discussed specific names of baby animals such as cub (tiger, lion, cheetah), infant (gorilla, orangutan, humans!), pup (sea otter, seal, dog) and calf (elephant, giraffe, cow). Our class also voted on whether to change our Dramatic Play Center to a vet’s office or a pediatrician’s office. We chose vet!

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.

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