PreK-2 News Round-Up for the Week of January 13, 2020

A Note to Parents:
Last week was our final week on the subject of Where We Live. Some of the children chose to make birds’ nests or stick houses of their homes. In addition, the children brought in beautiful and interesting dioramas of various animal habitats; they had a great time explaining to their classmates how they made the habitats and what they knew about the animals. Thank you for all your hard work on this project!

Please note a temporary change to our schedule: For the month of January we will have gym on Wednesdays at 9:00 therefore students must wear sneakers every Wednesday in order to participate in gym. In addition, please try to be on time each day as we begin our schedule by 8:30 each morning. All parents/guardians should be out of the room by or before 8:30 in order that we may begin our schedule, thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Friday, January 17, 2020 – Full day of school for Pre-K for All although the rest of the school will be closed;
2. Monday, January 20 – No class, school closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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, I have posted the January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet for sign-up; thank you to our many exciting Mystery Readers!

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our fifth unit of study: Transportation. We will focus on the following concepts:

1. What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. How do we stay safe when using transportation?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. I use transportation to get to Pre-K and other places.
2. We use different types of transportation for different reasons.
3. Vehicles move in different ways.
4. My family is important and unique.
5. Some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers.
6. There are many ways to stay safe when using transportation.

This week we are focusing on Transportation and “What types do I use?” We will talk about how we get to school and we will create a chart showing how we each get to school. We will build various forms of transportation and experiment with shapes and how they aid us in transportation. 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: bicycle, bus, car, fare, feet, helmet, keys, license plate, local, MetroCard, scooter, skateboard, stroller, subway, swim, taxi, train, truck, van, vehicle.

FEP: Transportation Poster. Please help your child create a Transportation poster on construction paper (no bigger than 12 x 18) as per the attached/online directions. Due 1/24/2020.

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.3 (Technology): Expresses an understanding of how technology affects them in daily life & how it can be used to solve problems; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality):Identifies whether the number of objects in one group is greater than/fewer than/equal to the number of objects in another group.