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Welcome to Pre-K 2
with Mrs. Buscemi & Mrs. Torres!

Specials Schedule
Monday – Gym (remember to wear sneakers!)
Tuesday – Spanish
Wednesday – Music
Friday – Art (push-in at center time)

Upcoming Events
December 12 – In-class Trip – The Nature Company
December 21 – Last day of school before Winter Recess.  No extended care after school.
December 24-January 1 – Winter Recess – School Closed 

Monthly Menus
December Breakfast Menu
December Lunch Menu
Please note Friday is always pizza day!

During December …
We will be exploring the theme of Where We Live.  We will be discussing what kind of homes we live in, along with the diverse places where people live in neighborhoods across New York and beyond.  It provides an opportunity to develop new vocabulary through words such as façade, apartment, skyscraper and brownstone, and to build on children’s observational skills as we look at our school neighborhood. 

During this unit we will also inquire and learn about the homes of animals, both pets living in homes and those animals that create their own homes.  We will look more closely at how animals and people make homes, by observing, planning and creating blueprints and floor plans to use for our own building in the Art and Block Centers.   In the Science Center we will also explore the different kinds of materials used to make homes and shelters. 

Scholastic Book Orders
Reading is one of the most important activities you can share with your child. We send home Scholastic Book Orders each month with great book suggestions. If you are interested in purchasing any books, you can return the form in a named envelope with a check for the amount or order online at Scholastic.com by using our class code HG9Z6. 

Pre-K Resources
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K
Parent Guide to Authentic Assessment
Starfall.com
ABCYA.com

Pre-K 2 Welcome Letter 2018-19

Student-Absence-Note

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at cbuscemi@dwcaonline.org.

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Pre-K Weekly Newsletter (Dec 7)

Posted on December 7, 2018

This week we looked at what types of homes people in our neighborhood and city live in! We learned that a neighborhood is the space around our homes or school and that cities are made up of many people and have lots of buildings and homes close together. 

At the Math Center, we traced various shapes and glued art materials to create a “shape city” mural inspired by the read aloud City Shapes by Dianna Murray.

At the Dramatic Play Center we completed our classroom post office and began exploring the roles of people in our community. We enjoyed using the post office to mail the letters we wrote to our friends and families at the Writing Center.

Children used art tools and materials at the Art Center to create familiar homes from their home and school neighborhoods. We also explored how to build homes using the recycled materials.

Next week we will explore the different homes that animals build to protect themselves and their families!

Weekly Letter 12.7

Family Engagement 12.7

Pre-K 2 Weekly Newsletter (Nov 30)

Posted on November 30, 2018

This week we started our new unit on Where We Live. We read the book The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. The children discussed what their dream house would be in a turn and talk with their peers. They were then invited to the Art Center to create their dream house out of different materials.

The children made sand castles at the sensory table by exploring the new sand that we have in our classroom.

The children have also been building their houses in the Block Center using various types of blocks. Some children have even been using location words to describe where they and their family live, such as living in Bayside, Douglaston, even Queens!

Next week we will continue to explore where we live, as well as where animals live. 

Weekly Letter 11.30

Family Engagement 11.30

Pre-K 2 Weekly Newsletter (Nov 23)

Posted on November 25, 2018

This week we read Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld and discussed our friends and school community.  

In the Art Center the children had an opportunity to make pictures of themselves with their friends.

In the Math Center we measured all of our friends to see how many hands high they were and to find out who was the tallest and shortest in our class.  We will be watching all year to see how we grow!

In Dramatic Play the children acted out family life using props and materials, including food, babies and work items.  We discussed what foods make a good Thanksgiving feast!

Next week we will be starting our new theme on ‘Where We Live.’ We will be focusing on the places we live and where our family members live, near and far.  We will also explore different types of homes and shelters for people and animals. 

Weekly Letter 11.23

Family Engagement 11.21

Pre-K 2 Weekly Newsletter (Nov 16)

Posted on November 18, 2018

This week in Pre-K we explored what makes our families unique and important! We read The Family Book by Todd Parr and learned that there are many ways to be a family and that families can include many different people. We also read I love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada and observed that families have their own unique traditions and favorite activities!

At the Math Center we counted how many people are in our families and drew a picture to represent the people we love. We created a family number chart for our Math Center board.

At the Art Center children drew pictures illustrating their families’ favorite activities to do together. We also used recycled materials to create “people” toys representing different family members to play with at our Block Center.
At the Writing Center we practiced using family vocabulary while creating invitations and letters for our family members.

Next week we will explore the many ways our classroom is a unique community of friends who help and care for each other!

Weekly Letter 11.16

Family Engagement 11.16

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