Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week of May 21st!

Theme for the Unit:
Babies!


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.


Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- The children will be invited to use blocks to create animal babies’ habitats that they are investigating.

Pretend PlayThe Dramatic Play area will be turned into a pediatrician’s office.

ArtThe teacher will supply clay for the children to use to create the animal babies they are studying

Science- Children will be invited to open plastic eggs and determine if the animal inside hatches from an egg or not and sort them into two piles accordingly. 

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.

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

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are:
Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats.  
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman 



Recommended Home-School Connection:

Dear families, 
Your child is currently investigating a baby animal of choice and working on creating a baby animal book. Encourage your child to discuss what they already know and what they would like to learn about the animal they are investigating. If possible, take your child to the library and find books related to the animal your child is researching. You can help your child answer questions about what the baby is called, what it looks like, what it eats, etc. 

Reminders / Notices:
School is closed on Friday, May 25th and Monday May 28th in honor of Memorial Day.




Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is 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 13, 2018

Week of May 14th!

Theme for the Unit:
Babies!


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.



Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- The children will be invited to use blocks to create animal babies habitats that they are investigating.

Pretend Play- The children will help the teacher turn the Dramatic Play area into a pediatrician’s office

Art- The teacher will supply clay for the children to use to create the animal babies they are studying

Science- Children will be invited to open plastic eggs and determine if the animal inside hatches from an egg or not and sort them into two piles accordingly. 

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.

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

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are:

•   Stellaluna by Janell Cannon 
•  Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho 

Recommended Home- School Connection:

Dear Families, 
During our second week of the babies unit, we will focus on discussing baby animals and their parents. We encourage you to ask your child about what type of animal baby s/he is investigating in the classroom. You can ask questions about what the baby is called, what it looks like, what it eats, etc.


Reminders / Notices:

  • School is closed on Friday, May 25th and Monday May 28th in honor of Memorial Day.



Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is 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 6, 2018

Week of May 7th!

Theme for the Unit:
Babies!


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.

Lessons and activities for the week:

Blocks- The children will be invited to use blocks to create animal babies habitats that they are investigating.

Pretend Play- The children will help the teacher turn the Dramatic Play area into a pediatrician’s office.

Art- The teacher will supply clay for children to create the animal babies they are studying.

Science- Children will be invited to open plastic eggs and determine if the animal inside hatches from an egg or not and sort them into two piles accordingly. 

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.

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

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are:
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats



Recommended Home- School Connection:
 In the first week, children will establish their understanding of human babies by considering the question, “What do human babies need?” Activities in this week help children express what they already know and extend their learning through play, literature and discussion. At home talk to your child about their important milestones. Think of two to four noteworthy events in your child’s past such as when they were born, took his/her first steps, or an important family event such as a new home or sibling, etc. You can draw or include pictures on the timeline!

Reminders 
  • Muffins with Mom will be on Friday, May 11th, at 9:00 a.m. Students maywear any clothes they like.
  • School is closed on Friday, May 25th and Monday May 28th in honor of Memorial Day.




Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is 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, April 29, 2018

Week of April 30th!

Theme for the Month: 
Plants 

Student Outcomes: Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
  • Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
  • 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- The teacher will wrap blocks in green, brown and other color papers and invite children to use them to create stems, tree trunks, soil etc.  Paper, scissors, and tape will be supplied for children to create leaves, flowers etc. to add to their plants. Pictures of plants will be available for children to reference as they build. Teacher will discuss the parts of the plants and types of plants they are creating, highlighting vocabulary words such as branch, flower, leaves and stem. 

Pretend Play-The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a farmers market by adding pretend vegetables and fruits,flowers containers and pictures of flower ,cash register, notepad, writing utensils etc. Children can pretend to make, buy and sell fruits, vegetable or floral arrangements.

Art- The teacher will supply pipe cleaners as well as tissue paper circles. Children can pierce the middle of the tissue paper circles with the pipe cleaner, adding as many as they would like, then fold the circles up to create a flower. After creating these flowers children can use them in the Dramatic Play flower shop.

Science- The teacher will provide individual pictures of the plant life cycle. Students will be asked to sequence the pictures. The teacher will provide pictures /diagrams for children to refer to as they play and talk with them about each stage in the life cycle. 

Math- The teacher will cut out several paper watermelons. The children will paste cut-out seeds to their watermelon Children will be encouraged to write the corresponding number of seeds. 

Library- The teachers will create a felt board with pieces that represent the growth of a plant. The children will be invited to sequence the pieces. The teacher will use the appropriate vocabulary words with children such as seed, bud, bulb, seedling and sprout to scaffold children’s learning.

Writing- The teacher will write letters on index cards. The children will be provided with seeds to place on the letters. The teacher will talk with children about the letters they chose to create and some of the words that start with those letters. Children will be encouraged to glue the seeds on to the letters. 

Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are:
  • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
  • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehler



Reminders
  • Thursday, May 3rd is Picture Day!
  • On Friday, May 11th, we are celebrating Mother's Day! Muffins with Mom will take place in the gym at 9:00 a.m. 


Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is 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, April 22, 2018

Week of April 23rd!

Theme for the Month: 
Plants 

Student Outcomes: Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
  •   Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
  •   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- The teacher will wrap blocks in green, brown and other color papers and invite children to use them to create stems, tree trunks, soil etc.  Paper, scissors, and tape will be supplied for children to create leaves, flowers etc. to add to their plants. Pictures of plants will be available for children to reference as they build. Teacher will discuss the parts of the plants and types of plants they are creating, highlighting vocabulary words such as branch, flower, leaves and stem. 

Pretend Play-The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a farmers market by adding pretend vegetables and fruits,flowers containers and pictures of flower ,cash register, notepad, writing utensils etc. Children can pretend to make, buy and sell fruits, vegetable or floral arrangements.

Art- The teacher will supply pipe cleaners as well as tissue paper circles. Children can pierce the middle of the tissue paper circles with the pipe cleaner, adding as many as they would like, then fold the circles up to create a flower. After creating these flowers children can use them in the Dramatic Play flower shop.

Science- The teacher will provide individual pictures of the plant life cycle. Students will be asked to sequence the pictures. The teacher will provide pictures /diagrams for children to refer to as they play and talk with them about each stage in the life cycle. 

Math- The teacher will cut out several paper watermelons. The children will paste cut-out seeds to their watermelon Children will be encouraged to write the corresponding number of seeds. 

Library- The teachers will create a felt board with pieces that represent the growth of a plant. The children will be invited to sequence the pieces. The teacher will use the appropriate vocabulary words with children such as seed, bud, bulb, seedling and sprout to scaffold children’s learning.

Writing- The teacher will write letters on index cards. The children will be provided with seeds to place on the letters. The teacher will talk with children about the letters they chose to create and some of the words that start with those letters. Children will be encouraged to glue the seeds on to the letters. 

Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are
The Orange Spot by Dianna Hutts 
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Lesson Plan Link


Reminders (Mark your calendar) 
  • Our Spring Show will be on Tuesday, April 24th at 9:00a.m.
  • Dismissal will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 27th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on April 27th from 3p.m. to 8 p.m

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is 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, April 15, 2018

Week of April 16!

Theme for the month:
Plants 

Student Outcomes: Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
  •   Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
  •   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- The teacher will wrap blocks in green, brown and other color papers and invite children to use them to create stems, tree trunks, soil etc.  Paper, scissors, and tape will be supplied for children to create leaves, flowers etc. to add to their plants. Pictures of plants will be available for children to reference as they build. Teacher will discuss the parts of the plants and types of plants they are creating, highlighting vocabulary words such as branch, flower, leaves and stem. 

Pretend Play-The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a farmers market by adding pretend vegetables and fruits,flowers containers and pictures of flower ,cash register, notepad, writing utensils etc. Children can pretend to make, buy and sell fruits, vegetable or floral arrangements.

Art- The teacher will supply pipe cleaners as well as tissue paper circles. Children can pierce the middle of the tissue paper circles with the pipe cleaner, adding as many as they would like, then fold the circles up to create a flower. After creating these flowers children can use them in the Dramatic Play flower shop.

Science- The teacher will provide individual pictures of the plant life cycle. Students will be asked to sequence the pictures. The teacher will provide pictures /diagrams for children to refer to as they play and talk with them about each stage in the life cycle. 

Math- The teacher will cut out several paper watermelons, add a number to each one, and ask children to put the appropriate number of seeds on each watermelon.Students are encouraged to write the corresponding number.

Library- The teachers will create a felt board with pieces that represent the growth of a plant. The children will be invited to sequence the pieces. The teacher will use the appropriate vocabulary words with children such as seed, bud, bulb, seedling and sprout to scaffold children’s learning.

Writing- The teacher will write letters on index cards. The children will be provided with seeds to place on the letters. The teacher will talk with children about the letters they chose to create and some of the words that start with those letters. Children will be encouraged to glue the seeds on to the letters. 

Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are
The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlers


Reminders (Mark your calendar) 
  • Our Spring Show will be on Tuesday, April 24th at 9:00a.m.
  • Dismissal will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 27th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on April 27th from 3p.m. to 8 p.m

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is 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, April 8, 2018

Week of April 9th!

Theme for the month:
Plants 

Student Outcomes: Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
  •   Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
  •   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- The teacher will wrap blocks in green, brown and other color papers and invite children to use them to create stems, tree trunks, soil etc.  Paper, scissors, and tape will be supplied for children to create leaves, flowers etc. to add to their plants. Pictures of plants will be available for children to reference as they build. Teacher will discuss the parts of the plants and types of plants they are creating, highlighting vocabulary words such as branch, flower, leaves and stem. 

Pretend Play- The teacher will turn Dramatic Play into a flower shop by adding pretend flowers, containers and pictures of flower arrangements as well as a cash register, notepad, writing utensils etc. Children can pretend to make, buy and sell floral arrangements. Vocabulary words such as bouquet, floral arrangement, florist, and flower will be highlighted.

Art- The teacher will supply pipe cleaners as well as tissue paper circles. Children can pierce the middle of the tissue paper circles with the pipe cleaner, adding as many as they would like, then fold the circles up to create a flower. After creating these flowers children can use them in the Dramatic Play flower shop.

Science- The teacher will provide individual pictures of the plant life cycle. Students will be asked to sequence the pictures. The teacher will provide pictures /diagrams for children to refer to as they play and talk with them about each stage in the life cycle. 

Math- The teacher will cut out several paper watermelons, add a number to each one, and ask children to put the appropriate number of seeds on each watermelon.Students are encouraged to write the corresponding number.

Library- The teachers will create a felt board with pieces that represent the growth of a plant. The children will be invited to sequence the pieces. The teacher will use the appropriate vocabulary words with children such as seed, bud, bulb, seedling and sprout to scaffold children’s learning.

Writing- The teacher will write letters on index cards. The children will be provided with seeds to place on the letters. The teacher will talk with children about the letters they chose to create and some of the words that start with those letters. Children will be encouraged to glue the seeds on to the letters. 

Technology-  Weekly learning games on iPads are provided.  

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
  • How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan 
Lesson Plan Link


Reminders (Mark your calendar) 
  • Our Spring Show will be on Tuesday, April 24th at 9:00a.m.
  • Dismissal will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 27th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on April 27th from 3p.m. to 8 p.m

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is 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 21st!

Theme for the Unit: Babies! Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: Human babies need spec...