A Note to Parents:
Last week we learned about transportation safety. We learned that we must always wear our helmet while riding our bicycles, we should use elbow and knee pads when using our skates and bikes, and we always use our car seat when we are in a car. We also learned that we use our life vest/ floaties when we are in the pool or on a boat, and that we always stop for a red light. The children learned about traffic lights and various traffic signs, they were very interested in what these signs meant. Thank you to everyone who has donated Metro cards and LIRR tickets; we are taking some great trips in our Dramatic Play area!
Please Note: We are back to Monday Gym period therefore please make sure your child is wearing their sneakers every Monday in order to participate in gym, thanks! In addition, please try to be on time each day as we begin our schedule by 8:30 each morning. All parents/guardians should be out of the room by or before 8:30 in order that we may begin our schedule, thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
Please note a few important dates:
1. Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. If you wish to send in cards/treats, please bring them to school by Thursday, 2/13 for distribution. Please do not address the cards, thanks.
2. Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 – School Closed for Winter Break.
3. Friday, Feb. 28 – Aloha! Practice your hula and find your flowered shirts and sunglasses for our annual Pre-K Luau! We would appreciate luau themed plates, cups, napkins etc. for our party; I will supply the fruit & juice, mahalo!
Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, February Mystery Reader slots are full, thank you for volunteering your time! I have posted the March/April Mystery Reader sign-up sheet by the door.
What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our sixth unit of study: Light. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What kinds of light are around us?
2. What is darkness?
3. How does light help us?
4. What are shadows?
By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
2. Light helps us see and stay warm.
3. Light helps plants grow.
4. When there is little or no light it is dark.
5. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.
This week we will talk about what kinds of light are around us (man-made vs. natural light) and how/why we use light. We will look at the sun as the primary source of light, as well as the moon, stars, fire, (natural light sources) and lamps, street lights, headlights, flashlights, etc (man-made light sources). We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.
Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!
Vocabulary words for the week include: candle, curved lines, electricity, fire, firefly, flame, flashlight, lamp, lantern, light-bulb, lightening, moon, rainbow, stars, straight, street lights, sun, and traffic light.
FEP: “Natural Light Around Us” mobile. Please help your child create a mobile showing the natural light sources around us. Due: Friday, Feb. 14.
Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.1(The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he thinks, knows, believes, feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”; PK.CKW.3 (Technology): Expresses an understanding of how technology affects them in daily life & how it can be used to solve problems; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality):Identifies whether the number of objects in one group is greater than/fewer than/equal to the number of objects in another group.