Saturday, June 17, 2017

Week of June 19th!

Unit Topic: 
Transformation 
Essential Question 
What is transformation and how do things change? 
Focus Questions 
How can objects change?

Student Outcomes 
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
Many things around me change.
There are many ways objects can change.
There are many kinds of changes in nature. 
Some things about me change and some things stay the same. 

Learning Centers and Activities:

Blocks: Children will be invited to measure each other with blocks and count how many blocks tall they are.

Pretend Play: Children will be encouraged to create a kindergarten classroom in the dramatic play area. 

Art: Children will use paper plates to draw a mouth and express an emotion (i.e. a smile for happy, frown for sad) then turn the plate over and draw another mouth expressing a different emotion on the back. 

Science: Students will be able to make predictions about what will happen when you mix vinegar and baking soda.

Math: Children will be invited to tape two cardboard tubes diagonally onto a wall facing each other. They will place a basket or container below the tubes so that when items are dropped into the tubes they will both fall into the basket. The students will count the items and each basket to see how many they have in total. For example, “Two on one side and two more on the other side made four in the basket.”) 

Writing: The students will play a game with pictures of things that can be combined to form compound words (i.e. “peanut “butter,” “cow” and “boy” and “tooth” and “brush”)

Library: The children will be invited to use puppets to read or act out some of their favorite transformation books. 

Sand/water sensory: The students will be provided with small toy boats and a number of small manipulatives to place on the boat before the boat sinks.

Books of the Week: 
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback 
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 

Reminders (MARK YOUR CALENDARS)*
·      Tuesday, June 27th –Prek Moving Up Ceremony at 10:00 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, June 11, 2017

Week of June 12th !


Unit Topic: 
Transformation 
Essential Question 
What is transformation and how do things change? 
Focus Questions 
What changes around me? 

Student Outcomes 
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
Many things around me change.
There are many ways objects can change. 
There are many kinds of changes in nature. 
Some things about me change and some things stay the same. 


Learning Centers and Activities:

Blocks: Children will be invited to measure each other with blocks and count how many blocks tall they are.
Pretend Play: Children will be encouraged to create a kindergarten classroom in the dramatic play area. 
Art: Children will use paper plates to draw a mouth and express an emotion (i.e. a smile for happy, frown for sad) then turn the plate over and draw another mouth expressing a different emotion on the back. 
Science: Children will be invited to explore coloring mixing and the colors can change into new colors.  

Math: Children will be invited to tape two cardboard tubes diagonally onto a wall facing each other. They will place a basket or container below the tubes so that when items are dropped into the tubes they will both fall into the basket. The students will count the items and each basket to see how many they have in total. For example, “Two on one side and two more on the other side made four in the basket.”) 

Writing: The students will play a game with pictures of things that can be combined to form compound words (i.e. “peanut “butter,” “cow” and “boy” and “tooth” and “brush”)
Library: The children will be invited to use puppets to read or act out some of their favorite transformation books. 
Sand/water sensory: The students will be provided with small toy boats and a number of small manipulatives to place on the boat before the boat sinks. 

Books of the week: 
Little Tree by Loren Long 
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Home-School Connection 
Monday- Parents we encourage you to ask your child about things that change around them (e.i. plants, animals, humans, water etc.)
Tuesday-Math News Worksheet 
Wednesday- Unit activity handout 
Thursday- Unit activity handout 
Friday- Unit activity handout 

Reminders (MARK YOUR CALENDARS)*
  • On Thursday, June 15th, we are celebrating Father's Day! Donuts with Dad will take place in the gym at 8:30 A.M
  • Tuesday, June 27th –Prek Moving Up Ceremony at 10:00A.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, June 4, 2017

Week of June 5th!

Unit Topic: 
Babies 

Essential Question 
What are babies? 

Focus Questions 
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 pediatrician’s office.  Students will pretend to be a pediatrician to care for babies by measuring their growth with a measuring tape. Students will be encouraged to use writing utensils for children to take notes about the babies, schedule appointments, etc.
Art- Students will be invited to create an artwork by mixing baby powder and paint. 

Science- Small plastic eggs will be available for students to open and determine if the baby animals inside hatches from an egg or not. 

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:
When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Olds Memoir of her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis 
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats 


Home-School Connection 
Monday- Parents we encourage you to ask your child about what type  of baby s/he is investigating in the classroom. You can ask them what the baby is called, what it looks like, what it eats, etc. 
Tuesday-Math News Worksheet 
Wednesday- Bring baby pictures to class 
Thursday- Unit activity handout 
Friday- Unit activity handout 

Reminders (MARK YOUR CALENDARS)*
  • Thursday, June 8th -School Closed 
  • Friday, June 9th- School Closed 
  • On Thursday, June 15th, we are celebrating Father's Day! Donuts with Dad will take place in the gym at 8:30 A.M
  • Tuesday, June 27th –Prek Moving Up Ceremony at 10:00A.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 28, 2017

Week of May 30th!



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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:
Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Home-School Connection
Monday-School Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday- Use a magazine to cut and paste pictures of babies.(adult supervision required to complete activity)**
Wednesday- Bring baby pictures to class
Thursday-Math News Worksheet
Friday- Unit activity handout

Reminders (MARK YOUR CALENDARS)*
Monday, May 29th - School Closed for Memorial Day.
Tuesday, June 27th –Prek Moving Up Ceremony at 10:00A.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

Week of June 19th!

Unit Topic:  Transformation  Essential Question  What is transformation and how do things change?  Focus Questions  How can objec...