Pre-K 2 News Round-Up for the Week of June 10, 2019

A Note to Parents:
This is our last full week of class! As we come closer to our Closing Ceremony, please note that we have posted a “Giving Tree” listing items needed for our party following the ceremony. We are asking each family to try to pick at least one item to bring for our party. Please note the following schedule information:

1. The Pre-K for All Step-Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 9:00 A.M. in the Gym. We will have a small party in our classroom following (please see the Giving Tree for items we still need for the party, thanks!). Please see the notes for Tuesday sent home with this letter.
2. Due to the closeness of the room, students may invite up to a maximum of 4 guests each.
3. Tuesday, June 18 is the last day of school for Pre-K for All; have a great summer!
4. Please bring non-perishable items to our classroom any time this week or by Monday, June 17. All perishable items may be brought in on Tuesday, June 18.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our 10th and final Unit of Study: Transformation. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What kinds of change happen in nature? How will I continue to change and grow?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Many things around me change
2. There are many ways objects can change;
3. There are many kinds of changes in nature;
4. Some things about me change and some things stay the same.

This week we will look at what things in nature change (caterpillars to butterflies, tadpoles to frogs, etc.) and we will discuss how we will change and grow and how we remain the same. We will measure ourselves in our Block Center, mix paint colors in Art, and create a Kindergarten classroom in Dramatic Play. We will celebrate Lia’s and Julia’s summer birthdays and we will have our final Mystery Reader this Thursday! A big “Thank You!” to all those family members who have so generously given up your free time to come and read to our class; the children love Mystery Reader!

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!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Birth, butterfly, camouflage, caterpillar, chrysalis, cocoon, combine, continue, egg, experience, independent, learn, life cycle, recycle, responsible, re-use, re-purpose, seasons, stages.

FEP: The Night (Child’s Name) Was Born. Please see the online directions and help your child write the story of the night your child was born. Please include pictures/photos/drawings to make this memory come alive for your child. Your child may decorate the paper or mount it on construction paper no larger than 9 x12. Due Monday, June 10.

Books we will read this week:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.ATL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.ATL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; 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.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.4(Social Studies): Develops an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to present and future activities; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.5(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual with their own abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests; PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.