Dear Families, Welcome to Unit 6: Light
The Light unit will provide children with an opportunity to explore and learn that light is all around us. Students will observe objects and think critically through various activities about light, darkness, shadows and thus, how our environment produces light. Students will study and observe natural and manmade light sources.
Through hands on activities and storytelling, students will build on the information they know about light and will be introduced to several vocabulary words.
- What kinds of lights are around us?
- What is darkness?
- How does light help us?
- What are shadows?
In the next few weeks we will be experimenting the different types of lights in our homes and the environment. We will learn how light helps us to see, grow and to keep warm through the earth’s natural resources.
Family Engagement Activities:
Note how dark or light it is at pick up and/or drop off and compare what you see to various points throughout the year. Invite your child to pick one morning to count how many lights were turned on as they got ready for the day. Turn off the lights at night for a few minutes and discuss what they can see without the lights. Use a flashlight, lamp or sunny window to create finger shadow puppets together by putting your hands in different positions in front of the light and looking at the shadows made.
We will continue to build on shapes recognition, matching and the parts they can identify. We will continue to focus on counting and which numerals children can count to and from accurately as well as adding and subtracting small sums.
TIP FOR PARENTS
- Take Time to have daily discussions!
Speak and listen to your children: Discuss the weather as you drop them off to school, what will they do in school, what will they play with in specific centers.
Discuss previous units and or upcoming units with your child.
Speaking and asking open ended questions is crucial. Explain what you will be doing today or this weekend and how you will arrive to your destination.
- Read, read, read! Read daily to your child. Engage in open ended conversations such as: what do you predict will happen next? Why do you think that will happen? What do you think the story will be about? What problem was the character facing in the story?
The more exposure your child has to questions and reading the more they will enjoy it!
· The school day begins at 8:10am and ends at 2:30pm.
**Doors open for Early Drop-Off at 7:40am
**Doors open for dismissal at 2:20pm
· Attendance is an important part of Pre-K. If your child is absent, please send in an absent note.
· Please ensure that your child has an extra set of seasonal clothing.
· All visitors entering the school must have a valid ID
· February 2nd- Parents as learning partners!
Please join us! Visit your child’s classroom and partake in classroom activities from 8:10-9:00am
Many more Fun Filled activities for the
month of February!
· February 1st Ground Hog Day! Will the groundhog see its shadow?!
· February 7th Spellbound Theatre comes to visit!
· February 14th Happy Valentine’s Day and celebrating the 100th day of school!
· February 16th Chinese New Year and Mid-Winter break. School will be closed until February 23rd.
· February 26th Students return to school from Mid-winter recess
· February 28th Professor Bread visit. Let’s get baking!
· LUNCH Menu: