PreK2′ s News Round Up for the Week of September 9, 2019

Well, we survived our first few days of school! The children are transitioning nicely to class and our routines. Last week we talked about rules and agreed on our classroom rules, they are posted on the blackboard by the red easel. Please look at the rules and go over them with your child at home in order to help them remember and practice them in school. This week we will continue to have parents drop off and pick up their children in the classroom. 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. This week begins After School care, please let me know each morning if your child will be attending After care for that day. 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. This week’s menu was sent home last Thursday, if there is anything which your child can’t or won’t eat, please provide a substitute healthy meal or snack. Remember 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. This Tuesday we will have our first Pancakes with PreK1! Very exciting opportunity to eat with our friends across the hall! Finally, we expect to send home Communication Notebooks this week for your use.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our study of Unit 1: Welcome to Pre-K. We will focus on the following concepts over the next four weeks:
1. What will I learn and do in Pre-K?
2. What do I bring to my classroom community?
3. Who are the people in my classroom community?
4. Who else is in my school?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun.
2. I am an important member of my class. My thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
3. My family, my teachers and other children make up my classroom community; their backgrounds, thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
4. The teachers and adults in my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning.
5. In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play.
6. Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.

This week we will be learning about rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules, centers and how we are each important members of our class
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:
Welcome, classroom, schedule, centers, teacher, science, library, construction, materials, manipulatives, and movement.

FEP: Nothing this week.

Books we will read this week:
The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety rules; 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.