What is happening..
We are continuing to learn about our unit of study “Where We Live”, students will be taking neighborhood walks to take a closer look at where we live. The children will move from inquiring and thinking critically about themselves, their classmates and their family to the spaces that those people live in. Additionally, the children will inquire and learn about the homes of animals, both pets living in homes and those animals that create their own homes. Some questions that we will focus on for this unit are:
What types of homes do the people in my city (NYC) live in?
How do people and animals make homes?
We will read about different kinds of homes and discuss where different members of their families live. In this unit, our goal is to foster an awareness of the diversity of living environments and explore how New Yorkers live in many types of homes and buildings.
Books we will be reading:
ABC Book of American Homes, by Michael Shoulders
ABC NYC, by Joanne Dugan
Animals at Home, by David Lock:
Annie and the Wild Animals, by Jan Brett
Corduroy, by Don Freeman
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building, by Christy Hale
Art with Ms. Lorna
In Art we have been exploring color by mixing with paint. We have been talking about our favorite colors, identifying colors in our environment, and associating different colors with different feelings. In January, we will be working with collage and construction materials to make homes for people and animals as part of the classroom unit, “Where We Live.”
Happy New Year!
Music with Ms. Sarah
Everyone has done so well exploring some musical fundamentals in our first few months: using our voices, treating instruments with respect, and moving safely. Next, we’ll be exploring musical opposites: high and low, presto and lento (fast and slow), forte and piano (loud and soft). As we expand our musical vocabulary, we’ll gain new ways to talk about and engage with music. At home, I encourage you to talk about music. Try to elicit describing words as well as creative thinking with questions like, “What does this piece of music remind you of?” A great starting point is Camille Saint-Saëns’ collection called “Carnival of the Animals.” Prompt the conversation with, “This piece of music is about an animal. What animal do you think it is about?” Listen to the piece fully and make a guess. Then, have a conversation about what musical clues led to this guess. Finally, listen again while moving like the animal. Have fun with it!
In addition to staying safe, we talked about how to keep ourselves healthy. One way we do that in our Pre-K program is by washing our hands before eating, after play outside or after touching things that are dirty. We learned a new song to help remind us how to wash our hands. You might want to sing it with your child: