Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of March 18, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Welcome back! In between fire drills last week we squeezed in our little St. Patrick’s Day party! The children had a great time eating cookies and treats while clapping along to some peppy Irish songs! Please note the following important schedule information:

1. Thursday, March 21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences. Children will be dismissed at 11:30 AM, After School is available however please pack your child lunch and a drink as the cafeteria is not open. Meetings will be held in our classroom beginning at 12:00 pm.
2. 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.
3. 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 are studying Week 2 of Unit 7: Water. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where can we find water?
2. What happens to water when it changes temperature?
3. What happens when we put things in water?
4. How does water help us?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Water is all around us;
2. Water changes depending on how warm or cold it is;
3. Some things float in water and some things sink;
4. Some things change when you put them in water;
5. All living things need water.

We will add food coloring to ice cube trays and freeze the water, then paint with it! We will also make it rain in the classroom! We have lots of experiments and fun things to do with water this week!

The March/April 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:
Boil, conclude, condensation, evaporate, form, freeze, gas, ice, liquid, melt, meteorologist, observe, precipitation, predict, solid, state.

Nothing new this week, we will continue to make our own posters this week using the pictures children brought in last week.

Books we will read this week:
Rain! by Linda Ashman.

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.4 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; 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.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.