Posted on April 17, 2019
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Parent Guide to Pre-K Common Core
Foundations for the Common Core
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K
DWCA Welcome Letter
Getting to Know You Sheet
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!
April Breakfast Menu
April Lunch Menu
March 8: Teacher PD day (no school)
March 21: Parent Teacher conferences
For the month of April, we will be focusing on Plants. The children will be able to identify the parts of plants- flowers, leaf, stem, and root. The children will help create a rain forest for our Dramatic Play area, as well as a tiny flower shop. The children will be sorting different types of seeds and plant them in our Science Center. During this unit, the children will be making their own creative dance on how seeds grow. The children will identify what is a living thing versus a nonliving thing.
Weekly Letter 4.17
This week we celebrated Earth Day by exploring the many simple ways we can help take care of the Earth!
To help inspire our Earth-friendly ideas, we read 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh and Big Earth Little Me by Thom Wiley. We were excited to see that we are already making choices that help the Earth everyday!
At the Art Center, children designed and built “Earth inventions” using recycled materials. Our Earth inventions can vacuum up litter, clean the air, take care of plants, and sort recycling.
We introduced many sustainable practices in our classroom this week, including recycling paper scraps and unwanted artwork, turning off the lights when we leave the classroom, and returning books and toys to the shelves to be used again and again!
We are so proud of the creativity and the enthusiasm the children showed for helping to keep the Earth clean and healthy!
Family Engagement 4.17
Posted on April 12, 2019
Weekly Letter 4.12
This week we read The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. It’s a story where a little boy finds some isolated plants growing on an abandoned railway tracks. He takes it upon himself to become the gardener and help the garden flourish! The children learned that this story is based on the true curious garden in High Line Park in NYC.
The children created their own curious gardens by building them in the Block Center. They added trees, flowers, and plants of their own creation to it.
We have assembled and continued to add to our Rainforest in the Dramatic Play area! The children are enjoying it! They like to design the vines, leaves, and animals that can be added to the rainforest.
In the Science Center, we started planting the seeds that were brought in by the children. We can’t wait to see our garden of fruits, vegetables, and flowers grow!
Next week we will explore different kinds of plants, such as cactus, evergreen, succulent, and herbs!
Family Engagement 4.12
Posted on April 5, 2019
Weekly Letter 4.5
This week we began exploring our new unit all about plants!
We read Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner. We observed the plants and animals living in the little girl’s garden, as well as the changes occurring below the dirt that we do not usually get to see!
At the Science Center children planted garden bean seeds in bags and placed them on the classroom windows so we can observe them grow! We also made sure to provide the seeds with sunlight, air, and water. Children recorded their seed observations in a Science Journal.
At the Art Center with Mrs. Filiberti we drew our observations of real plants with colorful flowers. We also began creating leaves, flowers, and vines for our classroom rainforest.
Next week we will explore what plants need to grow, as well as the many places we find plants in our communities and around the world! We cannot wait to see our classroom transformed into a tropical rainforest next week as well!
Family Engagement 4.5
Posted on April 1, 2019
Weekly Letter 3.29
This week we wrapped up our unit with the read aloud Water Can Be… by Laura Salas and discussed all the different ways water can be, such as a body of water like a lake or river, a type of weather, or a thirst quencher. We learned how important water is for all living things including animals and plants.
The children were encouraged to use their senses to observe any type of water that they see during the day. We discovered that we have a lot of water around us, whether it came from our sink, in our food at meal times, and even on our windows in the form of condensation!
In the Science Center, the children observed how colored water travels up inside carnations to show how plants drink water up their stem.
Following on from our discovery that salt mixed (dissolved) into water, we also tried mixing water with rice, flour, oil and sugar. We observed that only the sugar dissolved.
Next week we will be starting our new unit on Plants.
Family Engagement 3.29
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