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Mrs. Blanco and Mrs. Fishstein
lblanco@dwcaonline.org

This Month in Pre-K 1

This month Pre-K will be exploring a unit entitled “Light.” We will learn about the sources of light in our homes, school, and in nature. We will observe and create shadows around the classroom and on the playground. We will also explore darkness and the many ways that light helps people, animals, and plants.

Important Dates-

February 18-22- School Closed, Winter Recess

Specials Schedule- 

Monday: Art

Tuesday: Gym **Please wear sneakers**

Friday: Music

Resources

Guide to Pre-K

Parent Guide to Literacy

Parent Guide to Authentic Assessment

Student-Absence-Note-2017-18

ABCya.com

Starfall

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 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

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

February Breakfast 2019

February Lunch 2019

Weekly Letter

Weekly Letter 2.15

Weekly Letter 2.8

Weekly Letter 2.1

Weekly Letter 1.25

Family Engagement

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Family Engagement 2.8

Family Engagement 2.1

Pre-K 1 Weekly Letter 2/15

Posted on February 15, 2019

Weekly Letter 2.15

family engagment 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! Please visit our art gallery in the hallway to see our interpretation of this masterpiece!

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 learn about the many ways that light helps us!

Pre-K 1 Weekly Letter 2/8

Posted on February 11, 2019

Family Engagement 2.8

Weekly Letter 2.8

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 also had an opportunity to make stained glass pictures for our classroom window. We got to observe what colors shined through the colored paper because of the sun.

The children brainstormed sources of light during our Circle Time. They then had an opportunity to try to find as many as they could around the classroom.

On the playground we used our bodies to create shadows that movd and danced with us!

Next week we will continue our light unit by comparing shadows and learning about nocturnal versus diurnal animals. We will start to transform our Dramatic Play area into a campsite with a “campfire” to light up our campsite at night. 

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 2/1

Posted on February 1, 2019

Weekly Letter 2.1

Family Engagement 2.1

This week we read the book Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper. The children discussed the importance of being safe in and around vehicles, including following signs, wearing seatbelts and helmets, and being safe ‘pedestrians’ when out walking. 

We also enjoyed listening to our friends sharing their riddles and signs from home.  We found some signs that we knew well like ‘stop’ and ‘railroad crossing’ and others were new including ‘hospital’ and ‘no U-turn.’ 

At the Art Center, children created their own traffic signs inspired by our class discussions and read alouds. We incorporated both child made and printed signs in our play around the classroom!

Next week we will be beginning our new unit on light!  Children will be exploring light, darkness and shadows with hands-on materials.  We will begin by looking at what kinds of lights are all around us.

Pre-K 1 Weekly Letter 1/25

Posted on January 25, 2019

Weekly Letter 1.25

family engagement 1.25

This week we focused on different peoples’ jobs and the vehicles they use to help them do their jobs.  We shared our personal experience with community helpers and their vehicles during our “Turn and Talk” discussions.

While reading the book Whose Vehicle is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper, students guessed the names of the people who operate vehicles as part of their jobs, such as train engineers, fishermen, pilots, bus drivers, astronauts, and more.

At the Writing Center, children drew pictures of community helpers at work and were encouraged to describe how the vehicle helps each community helper do their job.

Children in the Dramatic Play Center continued to explore the roles of engineer and conductor at train station. We also introduced construction worker props to help us build new railroad tracks for our train!

Next week we will explore the ways people stay safe as they operate or ride in vehicles.

 

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