Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of April 29, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful vacation! The children had a lovely time at our Spring celebration and enjoyed wearing their bunny ears!

Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Friday, May 3 is a FULL DAY FOR PRE-K although Nursery and Kindergarten through 8th grade will dismiss at 11:30 for their monthly faculty meeting.
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 continue 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 plant our seeds and dissect a bean seed to look at the parts of the seed. In addition we will look at different kinds of plants, such as succulents, evergreens, fruits, vegetables, trees, bushes and flowering plants. We will also take a nature walk (weather permitting) and observe as many different kinds of plants that we can find. 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:
Bush, cactus, evergreen, grass, herbs, seaweed, succulent, tree, weeds, vegetables, water lily.

FEP:
The Bee Project – see attached directions.

Books we will read this week:
An Orange in January, by Diana Hutts Aston.

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.