Posted on June 15, 2018
Welcome to Ms De Nardo and Mrs. Santiago’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
June 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!
June Breakfast Menu
June Lunch Menu
June 1st- Full Day
June 12th- Mad Science Trip
June 20th- Last Day of after school
June 21st- End of the Year Celebration (11:30 dismissal)
June 22nd- Last Day of School (11:30 dismissal)
For the month of June, we will be learning about Transformation. We be exploring how caterpillars turn into butterflies and how we can make paper! We also will be talking about transition into Kindergarten.
Newsletter 37- June 15
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 can reuse materials. For example, we talked about how paper is recycled to make to new paper, cans make new cans and bottles too!
Last week the children had the opportunity to make their own recycled paper. They first ripped up scraps from the art center and old newspapers. Next we added water to the ripped up paper. The children enjoyed squishing and squeezing the paper until a pulp was formed. Lastly, we laid the pulp out on a screen to get the extra water out and put it on felt to dry. We checked on our paper to see if it was dry and we discovered that we made new paper!
During our Mad Science Event we saw how dry ice ‘sublimates’ into a gas and we saw how it pours downwards because it is heavier than the air. We then explored regular ice in our sensory tray and how it melts into water.
Next week we will discuss what kinds of changes happen in nature. We will focus on the way butterflies change and go through different stages.
If possible, take visit or walk past the school your child will be attending in the fall. Discuss with them what looks different or the same from Divine Wisdom.
Posted on June 8, 2018
Newsletter 36- June 8
This week we started our Transformation unit by reading Little Tree by Loren Long. It was about a tree that changes from a little tree to a big tree. We discovered that transformation means that things can change to look differently.
In the Art Center, we mixed colors together in order to see what changes would occur. We discovered that by doing this, we can create new colors!
We also discussed what changes we see around us. The children described some of the changes as plants growing, people and animals growing, the weather changing, and the way people feel changing.
The children also learned that they can read using the sounds they know and rhyming words that they know!
Next week, we will be exploring how objects can change.
You can do a simple cooking activity at home with your child and discuss how foods change when you make snacks or meals (e.g. adding milk to cereal, cooking carrots, or making pasta or rice).
Posted on June 1, 2018
Newsletter 35 – June 1
This week we read and discussed the book When I was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis. We considered many things we could not do as a baby that we can do now! We also reviewed all the things we have learned about babies this month.
At circle time the children found out about a timeline and discussed how they all achieved milestones like sitting, crawling or walking at similar times.
In math we an opportunity to measure how much we had grown since birth, and since the beginning of Pre-K. We discussed how we grow a lot as a child but do not continue to grow as an adult or we would reach the clouds!
Next week we will begin our final unit on Transformation by asking “What is transformation and how do things change around me?”
Please save and bring in old newspapers, magazines and/or pieces of paper for the class to use. We are going to try making paper the following week. Please also talk with your child about how we reuse and recycle objects.
Posted on May 25, 2018
Newsletter 34- May 25
This week we continued our study of baby animals by reading the book Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats. It’s a counting book about mother animals encouraging their babies to do what they do best.
The children had an opportunity to pick a baby animal that they wanted to know more about. They then came into small groups to look up the answers to their questions by using the iPad with our help.
In the Art Center, the children had an opportunity to create 3D baby animals and discuss why they chose to create that animal.
In the Science Center, the children were very excited to use magnifying glasses to find the baby snail that our classroom snail gave birth to last week!
Next week we will wrap up our unit on babies by focusing on how babies change. The children will have an opportunity to describe how they changed since they were a baby.
Talk to your child about important milestones in their life and create a timeline that reflects a few of these experiences. Think of two to four noteworthy events in your child’s past such as when a child was born or took his/her first steps or an important family event such as a new home or sibling, etc. Your child can also draw or include pictures on the timeline.
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