Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of May 27, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable long weekend! Last week we released our butterflies and hopefully they will visit us in our gardens over the summer! We made baby animals from Styrofoam noodles and pipe cleaners, and we created a veterinarian’s office! Please note the following schedule information:
1. Please return the forms distributed last week indicating where your child will attend Kindergarten as it will be used to forward records;
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 have finished for this year, we revert back to our usual schedule and arrival procedures.
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 will finish 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 pictures of ourselves Then/Now, and When I Grow Up…; we will also create our homes in Dramatic Play where we will care for our babies. 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:
Adult, babble, big, change, child, coo, crawl, grow, height, roll, size, small, talk, tiny, toddler, walk, weight.

FEP: Nothing new; we are presenting our Timelines this week and enjoying our stories;

Books we will read this week:
When I Was Little: A Four Year-Old’s Memoirs of Her Youth, by Jamie Lee Curtis.

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.