A Note from Our Director: Cynthia Lascano
Happy 2019 from the Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center Team!
I hope everyone had a joyous and restful holiday recess, and are geared-up to start the second half of the school year.
It has been lovely getting to meet you all over the last month and a half. If you didn’t have a chance to say hello during my December Meet and Greet then please feel free to stop by the office anytime to do so.
I’m excited to announce that we will be opening new classes in our Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center later this month. Please join me as we welcome new staff, families and students to our growing school.
Themes & Activities
Welcome to Unit 5: Transportation. In this unit of study children move from inquiring and thinking critically about the places where animals and people live to exploring how people move from place to place, including using vehicles and other methods of transportation that do not require vehicles; such as walking. In this unit, children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a major part of New York City life across all five boroughs. The full diversity of our city is reflected in this unit through the examination of trains, boats, cars, airplanes, buses, specialty vehicles and more!
- How do we and our community use various modes of transportation?
- What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
- How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
- Who operates the vehicles in my community?
- How do we stay safe when using transportation?
- Creating trains out of egg cartons, we will encourage children to build bridges out of art materials/blocks. We will build traffic signs and build roads. Children will also make a vehicle of their choice.
- Children will create maps, paper airplanes, keys, and passports.
- Children will learn of different forms of transportation and share any experiences they have.
Books we will read:
- The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
- What Do Wheels Do All Day? By April Jones Prince
- Whose Vehicle is This? By Sharon Katz Cooper
- Go! Go! Go! Stop! By Charise Mericle Harper
Building Blocks: (Math)
The children will continue to identify written numerals 1-10, they will count objects to 10, and sort and classify and make patterns using different types of manipulatives.
We will also be working on simple addition/subtraction in the game ‘How Many Now?’ Where we count some counters and add/subtract some counters and ask the students to tell us how many we have now? We will continue to work on counting to 10 with understanding and counting objects. We will learn how to identify shapes by their size, corners, and formation.
- Discuss different types of transportation vehicles that people use (car, train, airplane, boat, bicycles, etc.) and why and how they use them with your children and discuss where these vehicles are used (land, air, water).
- Numerals are all around us. Help your child notice and read numerals on common items in your home and around your community. Have your child count objects when walking to and from school or when driving in the car, this will help reinforce the mathematical skills that they are learning in school.
- The school day begins at 8:10am and ends at 2:30pm.
**Doors open for Early Drop-Off at 7:40am
**Doors will 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 check your child’s RED communication folder daily for important notes from both the teachers and the school.
- Please check to make sure your child has an extra set of seasonal appropriate clothes. Also, provide appropriate footwear for dance and outdoor play. We are going outside every day with our little ones, even as the weather gets colder!
- All visitors entering the school must have a valid ID and proceed to the main office.
- January 4th is Parents as Learning Partners. Come join us for a Parent Workshop on Fun with Feelings!
Together with other families learn and share ideas on how to teach children manage strong feelings. Hosted by Maritza Rodriguez in our auditorium from 8:10-9:00am.
Many more Fun Filled activities for the month of January!
- December 21st – January 1st Winter recess (School closed)
- School Resumes Wednesday January 2, 2019
- January 4th -Parent Workshop! 8:10am - 9:00am
- January 11th -Library Visit
- January 14th -Last day to APPLY for KINDERGARTEN
- January 15th -National Hat Day
- January 21st - Martin Luther King Jr Day (School Closed)
- January 30th -Chinese New Year Program with ‘Puppetry in Practice”