We survived the first few days of school! The extreme weather did not help our transition to class but the children were transitioning beautifully by Friday! We continue to learn about classroom routines and rules and this will take some time to get used to. We will continue to have parents drop off and pick up students directly in the classroom for this week (unless you are using Early Drop off and After School). This Monday we will have our first Fire Drill, we have been practicing since Friday! We have also learned how to line up and we are learning how to wash our hands and set our tables for our meals!
What We’re Learning (bolded):
This week we will begin our first unit of study: Welcome to Pre-K. We will be talking about rules, fire drills, emergency drills and learning about how we are all part of a community. We will discuss how each of us is an important member of our class and that the thoughts, feelings and needs we each have are important. We will learn to recognize and identify various feelings and that all our feelings are okay and can change. The children will be introduced to our daily schedule and the people that will be working with us, including the other teachers who will be coming into our classroom for our Special classes: Music Ms. Jessica, and Library – Mrs. Peiser, will come to us; on Wednesdays we will meet Ms. Flynn for Physical Education in the gym. Please note that for PE all students should be wearing sneakers with Velcro or laces holding the sneaker securely on the feet; slip-on sneakers are not acceptable; thanks! We will learn that the teachers and adults in our school will keep us safe and care about us. Finally, we will learn about taking care of our toys, books and other materials in order that we can all take turns using them. Children will utilize the various centers in groups of 4 at a time and will put away toys before leaving the centers. They may choose any item in the center while they are there but the items stay in the centers, they are not spread around the room, in order that others will be able to use them when it is their turn to use that center. Please reinforce that students must clean up their toys when done with a center; thanks!
Some centers we will work in are:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.
Vocabulary words for the week are:
Welcome, classroom, schedule, centers, teacher, science, library, construction, manipulatives, materials, movement, and rules.
Books we will read this week:
The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My New School Shoes, by James Dean
|PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness and understanding of safety rules;|
|PK.SED.6: (Soc. & Emot. Devel.): Understands and follows routines and rules;|
|PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting & support, ask & answer about details in a text;|
|PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration and learning;|
|PK.AL.4: (Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest and willingness in learning new things and having new experiences.|