Pre-K2 New Round-Up for the Week of May 6, 2019

A Note to Parents:
The children have been busy “bees” working on their Mother’s Day gifts and creating a florist shop in dramatic play as we start our last week studying plants. There is a lot going on this week so please note the following important schedule information:

1. Due to the local road closures Pre K will be dismissed at 2:30 from the 217 St. door on Monday and possibly Tuesday. This is being done in order to allow other classes in the building use of the 217 St. doorway at dismissal since the other doors can’t be accessed due to the construction.
2. Wednesday, May 8 is a Professional Development Day for the Pre-K staff. There will be NO PRE-K this day.
3. Friday, May 10 is our Special Person’s Day party! This week please return all forms indicating who will be your child’s Special Guest;
4. Monday, May 27 school will be closed for everyone in observance of Memorial Day;
5. 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.
6. 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 will finish our study of Unit 8: Plants. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What are plants? We will begin to look at the parts of plants.
2. What do plants need and where do we find them? (Soil, Water, Light)
3. What are some different kinds of plants?
4. Why are plants important?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function;
2. Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients(soil), and light to live;
3. Plants are all around us;
4. There are many different kinds of plants;
5. Plants are important for many reasons.

This week we will take a plant taste test to see what parts of the plant we are eating (ie, carrots are roots, celery are stems, etc…). We will try to get our nature walk in this week, weather permitting, to observe as many different kinds of plants that we can find. In addition, we received our caterpillars last Friday and we look forward to watching them as they transform into beautiful butterflies! 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:
Compost, edible, fabric, habitat, harvest, medicine, shade, shelter, vegetarian, wood.

FEP: Nothing this week. Our bee projects are beautiful and wonderfully creative!

Books we will read this week:
The Vegetables We Eat, by Gail Gibbons.

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