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

This Month in Pre-K 1

November Calendar 2020

November 11: School Closed, Veteran’s Day

November 25-27: School Closed, Happy Thanksgiving! 

This month we will explore our five senses and how they help us learn about the people and world around us! 

Enduring Understandings (big ideas that children will learn through this unit):

  • There are five senses. They are sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
  • We use them to understand our bodies, learn what they need and keep us safe.
  • We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us. 
  • We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, such as hearing or sight, are impaired. 

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

November Lunch

November Breakfast

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 11/20/20

Posted on November 20, 2020

family Engagement 11.20.20

Hybrid Newsletter November 20

Remote Weekly Letter 11.20.20

Remote Newsletter:

This week we explored our sense of touch through several hands on activities! During our small group meeting we mixed ingredients to make our own play dough! We noticed that the flour felt soft, the salt was a little rough, and the oil was slippery. When we mixed all the ingredients together we had squishy play dough!

We went on a ‘touch’ scavenger hunt around our homes to find objects using our new vocabulary, including soft, hard, rough, smooth, bumpy. We recorded all the textures we found and counted which texture was the most common in our homes.

We are adding new self portraits to our Pre-K portrait gallery by using textured materials to create the parts of us, including hair, clothing, and accessories! It was so excited to see all of our friends’ creativity!

Next week we will discuss all of the wonderful things we are thankful for. Beginning November 30th, we will explore our newest unit “Where We Live!”

Hybrid Newsletter: 

This week we read the book Press Here by Herve Tullet.  The children enjoyed an interactive experience with the book by using their sense of touch to make the book change as we read along. 

In the Science Center we made a collage using different texture materials and discussed how they felt (soft, rough, bumpy, and so on)

We explored our sense of touch and described objects using our new vocabulary, including soft, hard, rough, smooth, bumpy.

At the Art Center we used textured materials to create our November self portraits!

Next week we will discuss all of the wonderful things we are thankful for. Beginning November 30th, we will explore our newest unit “Where We Live!”

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter

Posted on November 13, 2020

Family Engagement 11.13.20

Hybrid Newsletter November 13

Remote Newsletter November 13

Hybrid Newsletter: 

This week we read the book Stone soup retold by Heather Forest. We discussed how soup mixes the flavors of many ingredients together to make a delicious food. At the Writing Center we imagined what ingredient we would add to Stone Soup and how it would taste!

In the Science Center we attempted to identify different kinds of smells by using our sense of smell. We found it was harder to smell while wearing a mask!

We started to make signs for our Dramatic Play Center in order to turn it into a restaurant where the children can pretend to experiment with the different “smells” and “tastes” of food.

We also started to sign in by writing our names each morning when we come into school.

Next week we will complete our Five Senses unit, as well as continue exploring seasonal changes!

Remote Newsletter:

This week we read the book Ten Apples Up On Top. We were inspired by this silly story to draw pictures of ourselves balancing apples on top of our heads! We practiced counting the apples and writing the number on our paper!

During science explorations we attempted to identify different kinds of scents and flavors using our senses! Our small group taste test was a big success. We voted for our favorite flavors, please check Google Classroom for our favorite flavors graph!

We hope the new restaurant you are creating at home has been successful! This activity provides an opportunity for children to use their imaginations to take on new roles (chef, waiter, customer) and experiment with the different smells and tastes of food.

Next week we will complete our Five Senses unit, as well as continue exploring seasonal changes!

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 11/6

Posted on November 6, 2020

Family Engagement 11.6.20

Hybrid Weekly Letter 11.6.20

Remote Weekly Letter 11.6.20

Hybrid Newsletter:

This week we continued our theme on Our Five Senses by focusing on our hearing. We used new vocabulary such as loud, quiet, soft, silent and also learned about sign language.

We read Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle and enjoyed acting out rain storm sounds from the story with our bodies and with instruments.  

We also went on a sight and listening walk around the school grounds to explore our sense of sight and identify sounds using our sense of hearing. 

We compared and matched sounds in the Science Center, created sounds with art, and explored the sounds of instruments. We even shared our homemade instruments in a musical parade!

Next week we will be focusing on our senses of smell and taste, both in school as well as through at home activities.

Remote Newsletter:

This week we continued our theme on Our Five Senses by focusing on our hearing. We used new vocabulary such as loud, quiet, soft, silent and also learned about sign language.

We read Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle and enjoyed special sound effects to represent the rain drops and thunder in the story.    

At home children engaged in a special hearing science experiment to match and compare sounds using hearing cups.

We also enjoyed our home-made instrument virtual parade to complete our week! We practiced oral language explaining how we created our instruments and what sounds they make. We loved seeing our friends’ creativity!

Next week we will be focusing on our senses of smell and taste!

Pre-K 1 Weekly Newsletter 10/30

Posted on October 30, 2020

Family Engagement 10.30

Hybrid Newsetter 10.30.20

Remote Newsetter 10.30.20

Remote Newsletter:

This week we began our new unit all about using our five senses to explore Fall! We started by focusing on our sense of sight and discussed all of the things we can see with our eyes.

We shared a read aloud video of I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barclay and learned how glasses and contact lenses are worn by some children and adults to help their vision. Children were challenged to create art while blindfolded to experience what it would feel like to draw without our sense of sight.

We read the book Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. We then used our sense of sight to explore the various things in our homes. Children practiced oral language skills by asking their friends the question “what do you see” and answering in a complete sense beginning with “I see a…” It was so fun exploring colors and our sense of sight during Small Groups this week!

Next week we will discuss our sense of hearing!

Hybrid Newsletter:

This week we began our new unit all about using our five senses to explore Fall!

We started by focusing on our sense of sight and discussed all of the things we can see with our eyes. We played the game “I Spy…” searching for things we could see with our eyes within our classroom. 

The children discussed how glasses and contact lenses are worn by some children and adults to help their vision. Additionally, we learned that people who are blind use walking sticks or guide dogs to help them.

We read the book Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. We then used our sense of sight to explore the various things in our classroom. We played a game to fill out a Pre-K, Pre-K What Do You See? chart by finding something in our classroom to add to the chart.

Next week we will discuss our sense of hearing!

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