Posted on March 16, 2018
Welcome to Ms De Nardo and Mrs. Santiago’s classroom!
Check out what life is like in your child’s classroom!
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Gym- Thursdays 8:15-8:45
Art- Fridays 8:45-9:15
Parent Guide to Pre-K Common Core
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K
DWCA Welcome Letter
Getting to Know You Sheet
Show and Tell
March Calendar 2018
Reading together as a family every night is an important event in a young child’s life. It helps to build listening skills, comprehension, vocabulary, and pure enjoyment for reading. What a wonderful gift that you as a parent can give your child!
Scholastic book orders are given out monthly in your child’s folder. This allows your child to pick and order books that are of interest to them. By buying Scholastic books you are enabling your child the powerful to build up their literacy skills. Each book order grants bonus points for our classroom. This allows us to order free books or materials through Scholastic for the classroom in order to benefit your child’s education. When ordering a book order from Scholastic.com, please use the code HRF22. This tells Scholastic that your order is for our class. Thank you in advance for any generous orders that will help our children and classroom grow!
March 7th- No Pre-K classes
March 29- April 9- No School
For the month of March. we will be focusing on the theme of Water. We will be exploring why water is important and what the uses of water are. We will be conducting different experiments with water in the water table, such as sink and float. In Science, we will be experimenting with coins and water to see how many drops of water can fit on a quarter and a penny. In Art, we will be painting with water colors.
Newsletter 25- March 16
This week the children helped read the wordless book Float by Daniel Miyares and then were invited to go to the writing center to create their own books. At the water table we also explored many different objects which can either “float on top” of the water or “sink to the bottom” and discussed why we think this happens.
In the science center we experimented with sugar, salt, and oil to predict which one would dissolve in water. We also discovered which materials were waterproof or absorbent (soaked up the water). The children used their fine motor skills to squeeze droppers with water on plastic ziplock bags, wooden craft sticks, paper towels, and coffee filters.
Next week we will be discussing how water is important for all living things and how it helps us.
Think about whether there is water in the foods and beverages your child eats and drinks. Try cooking something together and consider each ingredient in the recipes you prepare.
Posted on March 2, 2018
Newsletter 23- March 2
This week we read the book Water Dance by Thomas Locker. We learned that water can come from many different places, like oceans, streams, and rivers.
In the Science Center, we made play doh by mixing ingredients with the water that we got from the sink. The children also had an opportunity to see how water moves with squiggly droppers by sucking up the water and counting how many drops of blue water it takes to fill a small cup.
In the Art Center, the children had an opportunity to illustrate where we can find water by using water colors.
Next week we will be exploring what happens to water when it changes temperature. They will be experimenting with the 3 states of matter-solid, liquid, and gas.
Ask your children if they can see their breath on the way to or from pre-K. They can keep a tally throughout the week and compare the numbers over the weekend. Explain to them that this process is called condensation. Why is it possible to see your breath on some days but not others?
Posted on February 16, 2018
Newsletter 22 – Feb 16
This week we wrapped up our study of “Light” by discussing how different kinds of light can help us. We read All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer and the children considered how lights help us see, give information, provide warmth or help plants grow. In the Art Center we enjoyed practicing fine motor skills by painting with glow-in-the-dark paint. In the Science Center we got to see how light helps us with a glow in the dark writing pad with a light up pen. The children were amazed at how their writing or pictures glowed from the use of the light up pen!
On our return from break we will be introducing a new unit on “Water” with the read aloud Water Dance and begin exploring why water is important and where water comes from.
Try creating a paper boat at home and draw yourself in the boat. Bring it in to school and see if it floats in our water table. Visit http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2012/03/how-to-make-origami-boats/
Posted on February 9, 2018
Newsletter 21- Feb 9
Last week we read the book The Starry Night by Neil Waldman. The children had an opportunity to create their own version of “The Starry Night” using paint and glitter in the art center.
We also had fun creating pipe cleaner art and creating shadows with our art and flashlights.
The children have really been enjoying taking their flashlights out during center time and exploring various centers such as the blocks center.
This week, we will be focusing on how light helps us. We will talk about different types of light and whether they are bright or dim light. Children will also discuss the different types of light that they use daily.
When getting reading in the morning invite your child to count how many lights have been turned on. You may also take a few moments to turn the lights off at night and discuss what you see with the lights off.
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