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Welcome to Pre-K 1!

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

This Month in Pre-K 1

Upcoming Dates:

Updated September Calendar 2021

September 13th: Full Day of Pre-K! 7:55am-2:15pm

October 1st: Full Day of Pre-K

Unit: Welcome to Pre-K

Student Outcomes for this unit:

  • My classroom and program are safe places where I have fun, play, and learn.
  • I am an important member of my classroom community; my thoughts, needs, ideas, and abilities matter.
  • My family, my teachers, and otehr children make up my classroom community; there backgrounds, thoughts, needs, ideas, and abilities matter.
  • The teachers at my program keep me safe, care about me, and support my learning.
  • In my classroom, I use materials carefully and make choices about where I play and work. 
  • Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe. 

Specials Schedule

Tuesday: Gym with Coach Russo

Friday: Music with Mr. Russo 

Resources

Resources of At-Home Learning: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/additional-resources-for-families

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

September 2021 Breakfast

September 2021 Cold Lunch

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 9/17/21

Posted on September 17, 2021

Weekly Letter 9.17.21

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 sticks while creating free art with collage materials including tissue paper, paper scraps and foam pieces.

 

We have started to discuss school rules, including the rules we will follow during a fire drill. We have also talked about being kind, listening to friends and teachers, keeping our bodies calm inside the classroom and wearing our masks.

 

Next week we will continue to learn our daily routines. We will also be talking about our feelings during the school day.

 

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 6/18

Posted on June 17, 2021

Hybrid Weekly Letter 6.18.21 

Remote Weekly Letter 6.18.21

Hybrid Newsletter:

This week we discussed many things in nature that change or transform, including the weather and seasons, the metamorphosis of some insects, and animals that transform to camouflage themselves.  We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and compared this to non-fiction books about caterpillars and butterflies.  

At the Art Center we created butterfly blots and looked at the symmetry of their wings.

At the Science Center we reviewed the transformation that occurs when ice melts into water. We used our science skills to uncover special treasure in blocks of ice!

We talked more about how the children have ‘transformed’ this year. 

For our last week, we will continue to review our year in Pre-K through a series of challenges.

 

Remote Newsletter

This week we brainstormed many things in nature that change or transform, including the weather and seasons, the metamorphosis of some insects, and animals that transform to camouflage themselves. 

We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and compared this to non-fiction books about caterpillars and butterflies. We thought about the big changes that a caterpillar experiences during its lifecycle. Then, we imagined what we would look like if we were caterpillars and what kind of food we would eat! Our hungry caterpillars ate ice cream, pizza, blackberries, leaves, mangoes, cake, and many other delicious treats!

We talked more about how the children have ‘transformed’ this year. 

For our last week, we will continue to review our year in Pre-K by revisiting some favorite stories, songs and activities!

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!”

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