Pre-K2’s Round-up for the Week of December 16, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Last week we discussed animals and their homes. On that note, please save your shoe boxes for our FEP where your child will create an animal home diorama using a shoe box, please see below for the details. Since we are learning about where we live, please work with your child to learn their address and phone number, two important pieces of information that each child should learn.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Monday, December 16 – No After School available,
2. Thursday, December 19 – Class Holiday Party. Please bring in any goody bags today to be sent home to classmates.
3. Friday, December 20 – Full day of school, No After School available. School closed for Christmas break.
4. Monday, January 6, 2020 – Welcome back to school! Full day with aftercare available.
5. Monday, January 20 – No class, school closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our fourth unit of study: Where We Live. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
2. Where do people and animals live?
3. What types of homes do the people in my city (NYC) live in?
4. How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Homes are the places where we live;
2. Animals and people have many different types of homes;
3. Some animals live with people;
4. People and animals make homes.

This week we are focusing on the kinds of homes/buildings we find in our city. We will talk about houses, apartment buildings, hotels, skyscrapers, etc. We will also touch on where other people may live, including tents, castles, pueblos, etc. This week the children will create their home using Popsicle sticks and glue by gluing the sticks on tag board paper in the shape of their homes. They will then draw windows, doors and other details on their homes. We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include: Attic, apartment, basement, castle, door, elevator, farm, floor, garage, house, roof, skyline, skyscraper, shelter, stairs, and window.

FEP: Animal Habitat Diorama. Please help your child pick a favorite animal and create a shoebox diorama of the animal’s habitat. Last week we discussed ocean, woodland, desert, and polar habitats and what animals we would find in each; we also discussed which animals we would find on a farm. Dioramas will be due on Friday, January 10 after we return from break. Please see attached and/or online directions.

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.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; 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.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”. PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things.

On behalf of myself, Mrs. Romanello, Mrs. LaTempa, Mrs. Lutsky, Mrs. Cosgrove, and Mrs. Conlan, I would like to thank all of our families for entrusting your children to our care; each child is a special gift and holds a special place in our hearts. I would also like to thank our Mystery Readers and families who have contributed their time and talents to make our class exciting and interesting. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break filled with the joy and happiness that this season brings to us all! See you in 2020!