Pre-K 2’s News Round-Up for the Week of May 20, 2019

We had a great week studying human babies last week; the children created baby bottles, rattles and pacifiers using paper towel tubes, pipe cleaners and craft buttons; what great imaginations! Please note the following schedule information:
1. Monday, May 27 school will be closed for everyone in observance of Memorial Day;
2. Step Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th ; this is the last day of school for Pre K for All. More information about the ceremony will follow as we get closer to the date.
3. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
4. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we continue our study of Unit 9: Babies. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What do human babies need?
2. What can we learn about animal babies?
3. How do babies change?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Human babies need special food and care;
2. Animal babies need special food and care;
3. There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for;
4. All babies grow.

This week we will create a Veterinarian’s office in Dramatic Play and we will create pictures of baby animals in their habitat in Art. Our Caterpillars are in the chrysalis stage so we are hoping to see some butterflies this week! As we wait we will learn about the butterfly life cycle. The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks! 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:
Brood, calf, duckling, egg, elephant, frog, habitat, hatch, tadpole, veterinarian, zoologist.

Create a timeline of your child’s life since birth. A minimum of 5 pictures/drawings and captions should be included. This project is due this Friday, May 24. Please see directions attached to last week’s newsletter for this project.

Books we will read this week:
Stellaluna! by Janelle Cannon.

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.AL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; PK.AL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.AL.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.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; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.