Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of October 7, 2019

A Note to Parents:

What a busy week we had finishing our first unit of study and beginning our study of autumn! This week ahead promises to be just as busy!

1. October 9 – Wednesday – School is open and we have our class pictures to be taken!
2. October 10 – Thursday – Individual school pictures to be taken;; please return forms & payment by Thursday for the sitting;
3. October 14 – Monday – School is closed for Columbus Day observance.
4. October 31 – Thursday – Pre-K Fall Festival! Please return attendance form sent last week, thanks!

At dismissal, please wait in the courtyard, not on the step, by the door and we will dismiss your child right after Nursery class is finished. If you will be using After School, please let us know at drop off in the morning. Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, please note that the November/December Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. How do we use our sense of sight?
2. How do we use our sense of hearing?
3. How do we use our sense of taste?
4. How do we use our sense of smell?
5. How do we use our sense of touch?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
2. We use our senses to understand our bodies, to learn what they need and keep us safe;
3. We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us;
4. We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, suchas vision or hearing, are impaired.

This week we will be learning about our sense of sight and we will take a Sight Walk around the school property later in the week. We will mix paints to see what colors we can create and we will continue our discussions about Fall/Autumn and the changes we will be observing. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers and care for each other’s feelings while we play and learn.
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, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Autumn, blind, Braille, eyes, eyesight, fall, foliage, see, senses, view, vision

FEP: Our Five Senses poster per the directions attached. You may use the poster paper supplied or your own however please no larger than 14 x 22 inches, thanks! Due Friday, October 11.

Books we will read this week:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things& having new experiences; PK.CKW.6(Sci.): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.