Note From The Teachers
This month we start a new unit of study “Plants". Our students will move from exploring the properties and uses of water to observing and learning about different kinds of plants. This unit, like all Pre-K for All units, provides opportunities for children to observe objects and phenomena in their environment with increasing complexity, and apply knowledge and skills learned in previous units. Activities throughout the unit prompt children to learn about plants through hands-on explorations and provide opportunities to observe plants in their immediate environment.
In this unit of study, students will learn
- 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 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.
Our focus questions will be:
- What are plants?
- What do plants need and where do we find them?
- What are some different kinds of plants?
- Why are plants important?
To enhance this unit of study we have arranged to have a Chick Hatching Program at our school. This hands on experience will help deepen our students understanding and learning during our Babies and Transformation Units.
In this unit of study, students will learn:
- Human babies need special food and care to grow.
- Animal babies need special food and care to grow.
- All babies grow.
- There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for.
- There are similarities and differences in the way humans and animals raise their babies.
Our focus questions will be:
• What do human babies need?
• What can we learn about animal babies?
• How do babies change?
Music with Miss Shannon
In music class this month, students will be exploring the piano, ukulele, and handbells. During small group work, students will begin to learn how to play the C chord on the ukulele, how to play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the piano, and how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” using handbells. This early exposure to musical instruments and musical notation will prepare students for advanced study of musical instruments in elementary school.
Books We Will Read
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers: Every day, everywhere babies are born.
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon: Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds.
Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats: The meadow is bustling with activity.
When I Was Little: A Four Year-Olds Memoir of her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis: A celebration of self.
We have received our baby chicks and eggs. They will be joining us for the next 3 weeks. Please feel free to visit them in Room 113.
-The school day begins at 8:10 AM. Please try to get your child to school on time to ensure a smooth morning transition.
-All adults entering the school building must have valid ID.
-The last day to complete or mail the NYC School Survey is March 23, 2018.
Strollers will no longer be permitted to be brought to the classrooms due to safety concerns for all students. You are welcome to park your stroller in the lobby.
June 1st-Parents as Learning Partners Special Event (Movement Residency Celebration)
June 6th- Parent Workshop -Preparing Your Child Emotionally for Kindergarten Success; 8:30AM
June 7th and June 11th- Pre-K Non Attendance Day
June 13th- Carnival
June 14th – Donuts With Dad
June 15th – No School (EID al- Fitr)
June 21st – Stepping Up Ceremony
June 26th – Last Day of School – Half Day