In the month of February, we explored and discussed the various sources of light. For our light unit we created shadows with flashlights and observed shadows with natural light. We conducted experiments and noticed how plants can be grown in the dark or in light.
As we approach our new unit “Water” for the month of March, the children will critically think and inquire about the properties of water. Activities throughout the unit will prompt the children to learn about water through hands-on explorations and provide opportunities to observe water in our immediate environment. We will gather information through experiments, class trips, literature, and class discussions.
Our focus questions will be:
- Where can we find water?
- What happens to water when it changes temperature?
- What happens when we put things in water?
- How does water help us?
The “Traveling Bears of Pre-K” will soon begin to have weekend adventures with the students! Each Friday a child will take home a bear. The bear will come with a journal in which you can describe their weekend experiences and add pictures of your experiences with the Traveling Bear. Students will then have a chance to share their experiences with the class on Monday!
Art with Ms. Clark
In March we will begin out “Water” unit by exploring with watercolor paint including combining different materials with watercolors and experimenting with pipettes as well as various brushes. We will also be working with clay and making imprints with clay.
I am excited to be hosting a Parents as Learning Partners event for Class 116 on Friday, March 1st from 8:10-9:00am. Please join us for some art making in the classroom!
Music with Ms. Sarah
We are so lucky to be able to apply the songs we learn in music to the ukuleles! We are learning to play one finger C, F, and Am chords on the ukuleles and are starting to be able to play along to some of our favorite songs like “Baby Shark” and “Taxi Taxi.”
Some new music vocabulary we are working on is “presto” and “lento” or fast and slow. These can be hard because no matter what speed we sing or play at, we still need to keep a steady beat, the foundation of our music. We are going to be working on playing at various speeds while keeping a steady beat throughout – no small task!
Ø Please read to your child everyday.
Ø Pack a healthy lunch and snack.
Ø Check your child’s folder daily.
Ø Practice zipping
Some of the books that will enhance our learning about water include:
- Water Dance by Thomas Locker
- Rain! by Linda Ashman
- Snow by Uri Shulevitz
- Float by Daniel Miyares