Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week of May 22nd!

Unit Topic:
Babies
Essential Question
What are babies?
Focus Questions
What can we learn about animal babies?
Student Outcomes
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
Human babies need special food and care.
Animal babies need special food and care.
There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for.
All babies grow.

Learning Centers and Activities:

Blocks- Students are invited to use blocks to create a nursery or place to care for a baby. 

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be turned into a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.

Art- Students will be invited to create an artwork by mixing baby powder and paint. 

Science- Students will be able to play a matching game, matching the adult animal to its offspring.

Math-Students families will be invited to share how long their child was at birth. The teacher will assist students in cutting out a yellow piece of string to indicate the length they were at birth. The teacher will use a piece of blue ribbon to measure the length of the students now. The teacher and students will compare the two lengths to discuss how much bigger s/he is now than when s/he was born. 

Writing: The students will be invited to make a book about the animal babies they are investigating.  

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, babies.

Sand/water sensory -Water and soap will be added to the water table for children to bathe babies. The sand table will be turn into a changing table. 


Books of the week:
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon 
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell 


Home-School Connections:
Monday – Unit Topic News Worksheet           
Tuesday – Math News Worksheet
Wednesday - Unit Topic News Worksheet   
Thursday - Unit Topic News Worksheet 
Friday – Unit Topic News Worksheet


Reminders/Important Information:  Mark Your Calendars *
Wednesday, May 24th -Transitioning to PreK Parent Workshop at 8:30 A.M
Monday, May 29th -School Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 27th -Moving Up Ceremony (Graduation) at 11:00 A.M in the auditorium

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that I, Mrs. Gonzalez or Mr. Woods are unable to answer please feel free to contact: The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. or by Email at catholicschool.upk.arch.ny.org






Monday, May 15, 2017

Week of May 15th

Unit Topic:
Babies
Essential Question
What are babies?
Focus Questions
    What do human babies need?
    What can we learn about animal babies?
    How do babies change?
Student Outcomes
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
Human babies need special food and care.
Animal babies need special food and care.
There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for.
All babies grow.

Learning Centers and Activities:

Blocks- Students are invited to use blocks to create a nursery or place to care for a baby. 

Pretend Play- Pretend Play will be turned into a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.

Art- Students are invited to create their own baby portraits with a variety of art materials.

Science- Students will be able to play a matching game, matching the adult animal to its offspring.

Math- Cutouts of babies of various lengths will be added to the math center.  Students will be able to measure each baby and tell which is longest and shortest.

Library- Students are invited to read books about our theme, babies.

Sand/water sensory -Water and soap will be added to the water table for children to bathe babies. The sand table will be turn into a changing table. 

Writing- Small magnetic letters will be placed in the writing center. Children along with the teacher will explore the sounds of the letters and identify the letters in te
Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Books of the week:
·                 Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
·                Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Home-School Connections:
Monday – Unit Topic News Worksheet           
Tuesday – Math News Worksheet
Wednesday - Unit Topic News Worksheet   
Thursday - Unit Topic News Worksheet 
Friday – Unit Topic News Worksheet



Reminders/Important Information:  Mark Your Calendars *

·                Wednesday, May 24th -Transitioning to PreK Parent Workshop at 8:30 A.M
·                Monday, May 29th -School Closed for Memorial Day
·                Tuesday, June 27th -Moving Up Ceremony (Graduation) at 11:00 A.M in the auditorium

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that I, Mrs. Gonzalez or Mr. Woods are unable to answer please feel free to contact: The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. or by Email at catholicschool.upk.arch.ny.org

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week of May 8th !

Unit Topic: 
Plants 

Essential Question: 
How do plants grow and why are they important? 

Focus Questions :
What are some different kinds of plants?
Why are plants important? 

Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 

Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live. 
Plants are all around us.
There are many different types of plants. 
Plants are important for many reasons. 

Learning Centers and Activities 

Blocks
Students will use blocks covered in green and brown construction paper to make stems, tree trunks and soil to create their own plants. 

Dramatic Play
The dramatic play area will be turned into a flower shop for children to pretend to make, buy and sell floral arrangements. 

Art
Parts of plants such as leaves, stems and twigs will be provided in the art center for children to use in place of a paint brush. 

Discovery Area
Students will be provided with lima beans to plant and make predictions on how long it will take for seeds to grow. Students will use rulers to measure plants. 

Math/Manipulatives 
A tree cut out that is approximately the same size as many of the children in the class will be displayed for students to measure if they are shorter or taller than the tree. Students are invited to write their names on the tree to indicate their own height.

Sand and Water / Sensory 
Soil and beans will be added to the sensory table for students to spray water. Students will explore what happens overtime to the beans.  

Library 
Students will be invited to sequence the growth of plants on a felt board.

Computer/Technology-Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Writing
Students will be encouraged to draw a plant and label their plant. 


Books of The Week: 
An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston 
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss  

Home-School Connections:
Parents talk to your child about plants.
Discuss the colors, shapes, name of plant and how it grows.
Talk about what the plant looks like, how it smells, the way it feels etc. 
After observing the plant join your child in drawing a plant. 

Monday – Unit Topic News Worksheet           
Tuesday – Math News Worksheet
Wednesday - Unit Topic News Worksheet   
Thursday - Unit Topic News Worksheet 
Friday – Unit Topic News Worksheet


Reminders/Important Information:  Mark Your Calendars *

  • On Friday, May 12th, we are celebrating Mother's Day! Muffins with Mom will take place in the gym at 8:30 A.M
  • Wednesday, May 24th -Transitioning to PreK Parent Workshop at 8:30 A.M
  • Monday, May 29th -School Closed for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, June 27th -Moving Up Ceremony (Graduation) at 11:00 A.M

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that I, Mrs. Gonzalez or Mr. Woods are unable to answer please feel free to contact:
The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. or by Email at catholicschool.upk.arch.ny.org

Week of May 22nd!

Unit Topic: Babies Essential Question What are babies? Focus Questions What can we learn about animal babies? Student Outcomes ...