PreK2 News Round-Up for the Week of January 14, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:
1. PreK Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
2. Pre K only will be closed for a Pre K Teachers’ Workshop on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Pre K will be in session again on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
3. PreK will have a full day on Friday, January 18, although the rest of the school will be closed for a Teachers’ Conference. Early Drop off is available however there is NO AFTERSCHOOL on Friday, January 18th.
4. Monday, January 21 Sacred Heart Catholic Academy, including Pre K, will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What We’re Learning:

This week we are on Week 2 of our fifth Unit of Study, Transportation. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Week 1: What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. Week 2: How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Week 3: Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. Week 4: How do we stay safe when using transportation?

By the end of the unit children will understand that we use transportation to get to pre-K and other places; we use different types of transportation for different reasons; vehicles move in different ways; some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers; and there are many ways to stay safe when using transportation. Remember that the FEP for Unit 4, our animal habitat dioramas, were due last Friday. You can bring your diorama in any day this week if you have completed it. The January/February 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:
Axle, cargo, crutches, engine, ferry, mechanic, motor, propeller, ramp, roll, transport, tunnel, walker, wheelchair.

FEP: Transportation Poster: Divide poster (no larger than 14 x 22) into 3 sections: Air, Land, and Water. Use drawings, pictures, computer images, etc. of different forms of transportation and glue them into the proper category. Decorate background to match the category. Due Friday, January 25, 2019. See attached directions.

Books we will read this week:
What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince.

Some Standards:
PK.AL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (Soc.Studies): Develops a basic awareness of self as an individual within the context of a family and within the context of a community; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates a knowledge of the relationship between people, places & regions. PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects. Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.