Monday, October 14, 2019

Week of October 14th!!

REMINDERS!!
  • Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang on our family wall!
  •  School is CLOSED on Monday, October 14th, in observance of Columbus Day.
  • There is NO AFTER-SCHOOL on Tuesday, October 15th. The Hispanic Heritage show is on Wednesday, October 16th at 9:30am!  Please dress your child in yellow clothing!  Parents are invited to attend.  The show will be held in the gymnasium.  
  • School is Closed on Wednesday, October 30th.  
  • Our Halloween Parade will be held on Thursday,October 31st at 9:00 am.  Parents are invited to attend.  


Unit Topic:
My Five Senses

Essential Question for the Unit:
How do we use our senses to explore, investigate and understand the world around us?
Focus Question for the Week:
How do we use our sense of hearing?
Focused Learning Activity for the Week:
Mystery shakers will be added to the science center.  Students will be asked to match which two shakers have the same sound and describe what they hear in the shakers only using their sense of hearing. 
Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.AC.5: Demonstrates a growing expressive vocabulary.

Foundational Text for the Week:
Tap, Tap, Boom, Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.ELAL.5: Participates in discussions about a text.

Questions That Will Be Asked Throughout The Week:

Level 1: Recall
What makes the “Tap, tap, boom, boom” sound in this story?
What do the people in the story do to stay dry?
What was the surprise in the sky at the end of the book? What did people see?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
How does it feel when rain falls on you?
What do you do when you are outside and it is raining?
What would happen if you stood outside in the rain with no raincoat or umbrella?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
Some of the people in this book shared their umbrellas. How do you feel when someone shares with you?
How do you feel when you share with someone else?
What are some things the people in the story probably heard when they went down into the subway tunnel?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
How might a little bit of rain sound?
How might a lot of rain sound?
In this book, they used words to sound like rain (i.e. tap, tap); what are some other things we could use to make the sound of rain?


Lessons and Activities for the Week:

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use tree shaped blocks.  Students will be able to explore how the blocks feel and look compared to the other blocks in the block area.

Pretend Play- The Dramatic Play center will be transformed into a farmer’s market.

Art- Play-doh will be added to the art center as children discuss how the play-doh feels, looks, and smells.

Science- Children will be encouraged to use their senses to explore pumpkins.

Math- Students will be able to sort animal manipulatives by color, size, type, and texture.

Library- Students are invited to look at our classroom books and discuss what they see with their peers.

Writing- Scented markers will be provided in the writing center. Students will be encouraged to use their sense of smell as they use the markers.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE!


If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the
Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Week of October 7th!!

Reminders!
  • Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang on our family wall!
  • Class Picture Day is on Tuesday, October 8th.  Students are asked to wear the Pre-K For All uniform. 
  • School is CLOSED on Monday, October 14th, in observance of Columbus Day!
  • There is NO AFTER-SCHOOL on Tuesday, October 15th.
  • The Hispanic Heritage show is on Wednesday, October 16th at 9:30am!  Please dress your child in yellow clothing!  Parents are invited to attend.  The show will be held in the gymnasium.  
  • School is Closed on Wednesday, October 30th.  
  • Our Halloween Parade will be held on Thursday, October 31st at 9:00 am.  Parents are invited to attend.  

Unit Topic:
  • My Five Senses
Essential Question for the Unit:
  • How do we use our senses to explore, investigate and understand the world around us?

Focus Question for the Week:
  • How do we use our sense of sight?

Focused Learning Activity for the Week:
  • Mrs. Gonzalez and Mrs. Tavarez will work with students in order to transform the dramatic play center into a farmer’s market. Students will be asked to brainstorm in order to think of what objects should be added to the center in order to create a farmer’s market. 


Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
  • PK.AL.4: Exhibits curiosity, interest, and willingness to learn new things and have new experiences.
Foundational Text for the Week:
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
  • PK.ELAL.6: Retell stories or share information from a text.

Questions That Will Be Asked Throughout The Week:

Level 1: Recall
  • At the end of the book, what did the teacher see?
  • What did the children see?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
  • All of the animals in this book can see each other. Where do you think the animals in this book are?
  • The teacher is wearing glasses. What do glasses help people do?
  • What animals have you seen? Where?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking
  • The horse in this book is blue. Are horses ever blue?
  • If you could change the color of an animal, what animal would you change and what color would you make it? (Pink duck? Green squirrel?)
  • All of the animals and people in this book notice someone looking at them. How do you know when someone is looking at you?

Level 4: Extended Thinking
  • In this book we use our eyes to see the animals. If you could not see the animals how could you describe or tell other people about them?
  • Make a list of children you see. What do you think they can see? Do these children see something different than what you see?

Lessons and Activities for the Week:

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use tree shaped blocks.  Students will be able to explore how the blocks feel and look compared to the other blocks in the block area.

Pretend Play- The Dramatic Play center will be transformed into a farmer's market.     

Art- Play-doh will be added to the art center as children discuss how the play-doh feels, looks, and smells.

Science-Children will be encouraged to use their senses to explore pumpkins. 

Math- Students will be able to sort animal manipulatives by color, size, type, and texture.

Library- Students are invited to look at our classroom books and discuss what they see with their peers.

Writing- Scented markers will be provided in the writing center. Students will be encouraged to use their sense of smell as they use the markers.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE !


If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the

Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Week of September 30th!

Reminders
  • Please make sure your child has an extra change of clothes in their cubby. 
  • Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang on our family wall!
  • School is CLOSED on Monday, October 14th, in observance of Columbus Day!
  • The Hispanic Heritage show is on Wednesday, October 16th!  Parents are invited to attend.


Unit Topic:
Welcome to Pre-K

Essential Question for the Unit:
• What is Pre-K?

Focus Question for the Week:
• Who else is in my Pre-K program?

Focused Learning Activity for the Week:
  • Mrs.Gonzalez and Mrs. Tavarez will work with students in the writing center. Students will be encouraged to draw their favorite school activity and become an illustrator of the classroom book.


Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
• PK.ELAL.10: Describes the role of an author and illustrator.

Foundational Text for the Week:
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont 

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
• PK.ELAL.5: Participates in discussions about a text.

Questions That Will Be Asked Throughout The Week:

Level 1: Recall
  • What things does the girl in this story like about herself?
  • The girl said she would like herself even if some things about her changed. What things did she say could change?


Level 2: Skill/Concept
  • Why do you think the girl likes herself? What do you like about yourself?
  • How are you the same as the girl in the story? How are you different?


Level 3: Strategic Thinking
  • How do we know the girl in this story likes herself? Why is it important to like yourself?


Level 4: Extended Thinking
  • What might you want to learn about the other people in our classroom?
  • What do you want your classmates to know about you?


Lessons and Activities for the Week:

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 

Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 

Art- Children are invited to create art in the art area to decorate the dramatic play area, or home. Students can hang their art in the dramatic play area. 

Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 

Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 

Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.

Writing-  Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center. They are encouraged to write the letters in their name.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.

For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE !

If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the
Help Line at 888-227-8175

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Week of September 23rd!

Reminders:

•  Please return all papers received during parent orientation. 
•  Please make sure your child has an extra change of clothes in their cubby. 
•  Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang on our family wall!

Unit Topic:
Welcome to Pre-K

Essential Question for the Unit:

What is Pre-K?

Focus Question for the Week:

Who are the people in my classroom community?


Focused Learning Activity for the Week:

Students will be encouraged to use art materials to create a piece of art in response to the questions, "How did you feel on the first day of pre-K? What do you think about pre-K now?" 


Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:

PK.SED.1: Recognizes himself/herself as a unique individual having his/her own abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests.   

Foundational Text for the Week:
  • Chu’s First Day At School by Neil Gaiman 

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:

PK.SED.2: Regulates his/her responses to needs, feelings and events.

Questions That Will Be Asked Throughout The Week:

Level 1: Recall

How did Chu feel about starting school? Why?
• What are some of the things the animals in Chu’s class like to do? What    
           does Chu do?


Level 2: Skill/Concept

Tell me about Chu’s sneeze. What happened when he sneezed?
• What do you think the teacher might do the next time Chu is about to sneeze?


Level 3: Strategic Thinking

Why did Chu feel better about school after the first day?
• How did you feel on the first day of pre-K? What do you think about 
           pre-K now?


Level 4: Extended Thinking

Chu was the last one in the class to introduce himself. Why do you think Chu shared his name and his sneeze after everyone else shared?
• What is one thing that you do well and how can you show it to your classmates?

Lessons and Activities for the Week:

Blocks-Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 

Pretend Play-Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 

Art-Children are invited to create art in the art area to decorate the dramatic play area, or home. Students can hang their art in the dramatic play area. 

Science-Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 

Math-A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 

Library-Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.

Writing-  Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center. They are encouraged to write the letters in their name.  

Sensory-Sand and water, or play-doh.


For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE!

If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that can not be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the  Help Line at 888-227-8175

Week of October 14th!!

REMINDERS!! Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang on  our family wall!   School is CLOSED on Monday, October 14th ,...