Note to Parents:
A few important dates for you to note: next Monday, June 11 is a mandatory Professional Development Day for Pre-K teachers therefore there are No Pre-K Classes on June 11, 2018. As you know from the notices sent out last week, our Pre-K Closing Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 9:00 AM in Mrs. Wunch’s classroom. Light refreshments will follow in our classroom after the ceremony. Please take a leaf off our “Giving Tree” and bring in a small contribution to our Pre K Closing Party on the 21st, thank you in advance. Please note that due to the combined size of the two classes, guests are limited to 3 people per student; thank you. Finally, please note that Tuesday/Thursday Religion classes with Mrs. Wunsch have finished for the year, school arrival for these days is regular time. I hope you and your child enjoyed your classes with Mrs. Wunsch.
When you arrive with your child each morning, please pull out any important papers/envelopes which need to be sent to the office from your child’s folder and put them in the paper tray next to the folder bin, thank you! Remind your child to sign–in on the chart paper, then do the Attendance and Feelings charts which are around our rug. Afterward, children may play with Table top toys, the floor puzzle left out, or the Legos; no other toys except those left out please. Please toilet your child before entering the classroom as our class schedule begins at 8:25 and we must leave to be at our Specials (Music, Gym, etc.) by 8:30; thanks in advance. Please keep in mind that only healthy snacks and drinks, such as cheese sticks, pretzels, fruit, and water bottles, may be sent in for your child. Please note that this is nut-free program, we have several students with allergies to nuts therefore nuts/products with nuts may not be brought to our classroom for substitute meals/snacks; thanks in advance for your understanding. Please remember to return laundered sheets on Mondays along with a small blanket/soft toy for snuggling. Finally, please note that Religion classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:10 until 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s classroom.
What We’re Learning:
This week we are starting our final unit on Transformation; we will be looking at “What changes around me and how do things change?” During the course of this unit we will look at changes to ourselves and changes around us (seasons, weather, states of water, etc.). We will look at Kindergarten and how it is different/same as Pre-K, as well as perhaps a move to a new home, a big change for some of us. This week’s Family Engagement is to create a 10 day countdown to Kindergarten/Summer (see attached). We will use this countdown as we do our calendar during Circle Time over the last 10 days of class in order for your child to understand when our Closing Ceremony will take place. Please have this countdown in on Friday, June 8th. In addition, we should have our short stories about the night your child was born, which were due today; we will go over these stories during Circle Time this week. Of course we will also continue writing our names in upper and lower case; please continue to have your child practice writing their name using upper and lower case letters; please also correct their pencil grip as they practice writing with pencils and coloring with crayons. As I mentioned during Parent-Teacher Conferences, children should be familiar with the basic shapes and should practice drawing these shapes at home, as well as counting from 1 to 10. In class we will continue with our scissor skills, counting skills, dressing and zippering skills as well as learning to pack our backpack, another skill we will need for Kindergarten! Please practice all these skills at home also in order that we are ready for Kindergarten.
Family Engagement Project: My Countdown to Kindergarten/Summer (see attached).
Some centers we will continue to work in are:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Library, Writing, Blocks, Sand & Water
Some vocabulary words for the week are:
Appearance, change, date, feelings, larger, longer, narrower, objects, state, shorter, seasons, smaller, transform, transition, weather, wider
Books we will read this week:
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback
Books: PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting & support, aske & answer about details in a text; Self Portrait: PK.CKW.4 (Social Studies): Develops understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past event to their present and future activities; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual having own abilities, characteristics, feelings, and interests; Color Mixing: PK.ATL.4: Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things and having new experiences; Bridge Challenge: PK.ATL.2: actively engages in problem solving; Straw Shapes: PK.CKW.2 (Geometry): Creates & builds shapes from components; Chameleon: PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of living things.