Pre-K 2 Newsletter
October 8, 2021
Hello, Pre-K 2 Parents,
Welcome to October, our unit of focus for the next several weeks is “My Five Senses”. Pre-K children naturally use their senses to explore the world around them. In our pre-K program, your child will have the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills by using his/her senses in hands on learning and play. In this unit we are working on developing children’s abilities to take in information about the world through sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. We will take walks around the neighborhood, go on scavenger hunts, and engage in many other activities where children use their senses. Children are active learners and they have been exploring their environment through their senses since birth. We encourage the children to see themselves as scientists and to make observations and predictions using the information that they take in through their senses. We also use our senses to stay safe and will be talking about this throughout the study. We will learn about being careful and remembering not to touch sharp objects, things that are hot, or things that are very dirty and might make us sick.
Standards: Approaches to Learning: PK.AL.4: Exhibits curiosity, interest, and willingness in learning new things and having new experiences.
Physical Development and Health: PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning. PK.PDH.9: Demonstrates awareness and understanding of safety rules.
Social and Emotional Development: PK.SED.6: Understands and follows routines and rules.
This week we started our theme of My Five Senses by focusing on the sense of sight. We learned that we discover so much about the world through our sense of sight. We read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. The children enjoyed seeing all the different colors of the animals in the book and discovering what each one saw. The students created water color paintings in art. Some children painted with yellow and blue paint at the easel, where they quickly realized that yellow mixed with blue makes the color green. Also, this week we took a walk around the school block. As we were walking, we observed the environment for signs of fall. We saw the different colored leaves on the trees and on the ground. We discussed the parts of a tree (trunk, branches, roots, and leaves). We saw gardens with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, berries, and Korean apples. The children pointed out squirrels scurrying in the trees, and they saw birds in flight. They saw the trains traveling along their tracks, vehicles riding in the streets, and planes flying in the air. We even saw a cement mixer! We enjoyed our walk and plan to take many more. Next week we will discuss our sense of hearing.
· Ask your child about some of the things outside of school or at home that are too dangerous to touch. How do we use our senses of sight, smell, and hearing to stay safe?
· In order to practice body part recognition, play Simon Says! See if your child can place their hands on the correct body part that you tell them. Remember they can only do it if Simon Says!
· Go on a walk around the neighborhood and draw your child’s attention to things they can see. Have children draw a picture of some of the things they saw.
· Engage your child in conversations about his/her likes or dislikes about school. Ask about the different centers he/she may participate in and new friendships formed.
· On Monday, October 11, Columbus Day, there is NO School.
· Information about Google Classroom was sent home. You were given a school email and directions about signing into Pre-K 2’s Google Classroom site. If you have not done so, please do it as soon as possible. If you are having difficulty, let us know.
· Please remember you must fill out the health screening form at the Family Portal every day before your child enters school.
· Please send in fall leaves so we can use them in art. Also, please send in empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls. We will be using them throughout the year for many projects. Thank you.
· We have gross motor time every morning. As the temperature gets lower, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.
· Tuesday, October 26 is Picture Day. (details to follow)
· Friday, October 29 Halloween Celebration (details to follow)
Have a great weekend,
Miss Trentacosti & Mrs. Paolino