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Welcome to Pre-K 1!

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

This Month in Pre-K 1

Feb Calendar 2021

March Calendar 2021

March 5: Full Day for Pre-K

March 17: Picture Day for Pre-K, more information to follow 

March 25: Family Conferences, more information to follow

March 26: No school for Pre-K (Teacher Professional Development Day)

Unit: Light

This month we will be exploring something we all use everyday- light! We will be using hands on activities and special read alouds to help us learn and explore. Grab your flashlights, look for a sunny day. and let’s explore together!

Enduring Understandings: 

  • There are many kinds of lights in our homes and our cities.
  • Light helps us see and stay warm.
  • Light helps plants grow.
  • When there is little to no light it is dark.
  • Shadows appear when objects block light. 

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

Pre-k February Breakfast

Pre-k February Lunch

March Breakfast

March Lunch

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 3/5

Posted on March 5, 2021

Family Engagement 3.5.21

Hybrid Weekly Letter 3.5.21

Remote Weekly Letter 3.5.21

Remote Newsletter:

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 school, in our homes (kitchens, bathrooms), through the weather, and also the wider environment (waterfalls, lakes, rivers, oceans). Children added drawings and written letters/words for our class chart!

We practiced sorting animals that live on land and in the water by adding pictures of animals in our Winter Journals.

During our small group lessons, children used their senses to explore water. We observed how water moves, pours, and splashes. Using different tools (scoops, spoons and droppers) we experimented to see which tool 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.   

Hybrid Newsletter: 

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 school, in our homes (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.

Using individual water trays they also used different scoopers 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.   

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 2/26

Posted on February 26, 2021

Hybrid Weekly Letter 2.26.21

Remote Weekly Letter 2.26.21

Family Engagement 2.26.21

Hybrid Newsletter:

This week we wrapped up our study of Light by discussing how different kinds of light can help us.  We read How do we use light? by Daniel Nunn and the children considered how lights help us see, give information, provide warmth and 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 loops, diagonals, and parallel lines!  

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.   

Remote Newsletter:

This week we wrapped up our study of Light by discussing how different kinds of light can help us.  We shared the read aloud video How do we use light? by Daniel Nunn and the children considered how lights help us see, give information, provide warmth and help plants grow. 

During our small group meetings, we sorted nocturnal and diurnal animals and learned about the unique adaptations that nocturnal animals have for being active in the dark!

We practiced using our new light vocabulary during an exciting game of Light Lotto, which was also an opportunity to practice patience, rule following, and turn taking!

Families were invited to share their children’s “line art,” created by using strips of paper to create wavy, zig-zag, loopy and bumpy lines. It was exciting to see the shadows created by the different kinds of lines when light shined on the artwork.

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

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 2/12

Posted on February 12, 2021

Remote Letter 2.12.21

Hybdrid Letter 2.12.21

Family Engagement 2.12.21

Hybrid Newsletter:

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 the 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!

We read Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch and observed how Bear’s shadow changed as the sun moved across the sky. Then we embarked on our own exploration of shadows at the Science Center by making shadow puppets and using flashlights to create shadows. We used our shadow puppets to explore how shadows change when the puppet or the light source moves!

After the break we will learn about the many ways that light helps us!

Remote Newsletter:

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

We read Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch and observed how Bear’s shadow changed as the sun moved across the sky. Then we embarked on our own exploration of shadows by making shadow puppets and using flashlights to create shadows. It was exciting to draw and cut our own puppets and we loved seeing the puppets our friends created!

We shared the read aloud video Can’t You Sleep Little Bear by Martin Waddell. Children and their families noticed the different sources of light on each page. Families also discussed their own feelings about the dark and the sources of light in their homes and bedrooms.

We explored darkness and nighttime through art as well by creating our own versions of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night, with swirly and dotted lines, silhouettes, and shadows!

After the break we will learn about the many ways that light helps us!

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 2/5

Posted on February 5, 2021

Family Engagement 2.5.21

Hybrid Weekly Letter 2.5 

Remote Weekly Letter 2.5

Remote Newsletter:

To introduce our new unit, we read All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer. We learned many new facts about light, including that light moves very fast in a straight line. During our small group lesson, we explored light using flashlights, mirrors, and our bodies to make light bounce (reflections) and block the light (shadows).

The children searched for light sources around their homes and shared their findings with their friends during another small group lesson. Then we brainstormed additional sources of light and created an amazing list of our ideas!

One of our favorite activities this week was changing the words to the song “Mr. Sun” to include some of the light sources from our class list. We sang about “Ms. Moon,” “Mr. Flashlight,” and “Mrs. Star!” It was fun to create music with our friends.

We hope that families enjoyed using their imaginations to create a campsite in their homes! We look forward to sharing your “camping” adventures with your friends soon!

Next week we will continue our light unit by comparing shadows and learning about darkness!

Hybrid Newsletter: 

To introduce our new unit, we read All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer.  The children brainstormed sources of light and then had an opportunity to try to find as many as they could around the classroom.

We also read 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 made stained glass pictures for our classroom windows. We observed what colors were shining through the ‘translucent’ paper because of the sun.

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

Next week we will continue our light unit by comparing shadows and learning about darkness.   

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