Our Five Senses
This month we will introduce our new unit of study, My Five Senses. We will focus on the question: “How do we use our senses to explore, investigate and understand the world around us?”
Pre-K children naturally use their senses to explore the world around them. During this unit, your child will have the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills by using his/her senses in hands on learning and play. We will be working on developing children’s abilities to take in information about the world through sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
The change in seasons, from summer to fall, provides a timely opportunity to understand our natural environment through our senses. Leaves change color and fall on the ground, the air is crisper and there are new sounds and smells throughout the city. Interesting fruits and vegetables like apples and pumpkins are ripe for exploration! This unit of study will help develop children’s science skills as well as their sense of self and express personal preferences.
We will have a “Costume Parade” on Thursday, October 31st. We will be walking around the block. This will take place during first period 8:45am. Parents are welcome!
Art with Ms. Clark
We started the school year in Art by making lines—exploring with a variety of materials including crayon, oil pastel, pencil, and paper strips. In October, we will be making collages using materials in two main categories: visual and tactile. We will use collage materials such as pre-cut paper shapes, ripped paper, and various textured items, including objects collected from nature. Important concepts and art elements will be discussed: shapes, texture, layering, and overlapping. The collage unit will also connect to the classroom unit, “My Five Senses.”
Happy fall, Ms. Lorna
Music with Ms. Sarah
In September, we learned about our 4 voices: our talking, calling, whisper, and singing voices, using each to sing songs and say rhymes. We also began learning about steady beat, using our bodies, egg shakers, and a stretchy band to keep a beat. This month, we will be exploring different ways we can use our voices, listening and moving to Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and using a new instrument: the Boomwhackers.
In enrichment, students had the opportunity to choose to come out in small groups to the ukulele. We are working on proper strumming/holding the instrument and the C7 chord!
Tips For Parents
Read to your child every day and ask questions. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world.