A Note from Our Director: Cynthia
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.
Note From The Teachers
This month we will start a new unit of study-“Transportation”. In this unit, children will explore how people move from place to place using vehicles and other methods of transportation. This unit provides an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of a major part of New York City life across all five boroughs. Children will discuss what modes of transportation they use.
In this unit of study, students will learn:
- I use transportation to get to Pre-K and other places.
- Vehicles move in different ways.
- Some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers and mail carriers.
- There are many ways to stay safe when using transportation.
Our focus questions will be:
- 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?
STEAM with Ms. Porcelli
In December we explored the “Winter Spices” of
Cinnamon (both sticks and ground), Ginger (both the root and ground), Turmeric,
and Paprika. One activity the children really enjoyed involved smelling the
spices and playing a guessing game with them. The students also made a tasty
Orange Spice Salad using oranges and mixing them with cinnamon, fresh ginger
and vanilla bean. In January, we will continue talking about “Where We Live”.
We will study architecture, and create our own structures out of an array of different
Books We Will Read
The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom: Tess is excited to take the bus on the first day of school.
What Do Wheels Do All Day? Somewhat Bad Wolf by April Jones Prince Wheels push, race, stroll, fly, whiz and spin all day long!
Whose Vehicle Is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper: Take a look at the vehicles workers drive.
Roll, Slope and Slide: A Book About Ramps by Michael Dahl: Explore the different kinds, uses, and benefits of inclines.
Music with Miss. Shannon
This month in music class we will be studying the orchestra. We will learn about different instruments in the orchestra, and learn about the role of a conductor. We will also listen, move, and play instruments to a variety of orchestral pieces.
Jan 2nd- School Resumes
Jan 4th- Parents As Learning Partners
Jan 14th- Deadline to Apply for Kindergarten
Jan 15th- Librarian Visit
Jan 21st- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- School Closed
Jan 25th- Mystery Reader
After School Enrichment Program
Seats are available for The Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center’s After School Enrichment Program. The program operates at our main site at 173 25th Street from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Please see the office for details regarding registration and cost.
Kindergarten Application Key Dates & Resources
Kindergarten Applications- Due January 14th
MySchools.nyc- Explore elementary schools and programs and apply to kindergarten all in one place
We are available to help with the application process. Please stop by the office.