Ms. Vida Pre-K 3

Unit 2 My Five Senses

Newsletter

October 15, 2018


Pre-K 3 Newsletter

Hello Pre-K 3 Families,

During the month of 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: Domain 1: Approaches to Learning: PK.AL.4: Exhibits curiosity, interest, and willingness in learning new things and having new experiences.

Domain 2: Physical Development and Health: PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning.

PK.PDH.9: Demonstrates awareness and understanding of safety rules.

Domain 3: Social and Emotional Development: PK.SED.6: Understands and follows routines and rules.

Our first week in our new unit of study has flown by. During this week the students listened to the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? By Bill Martin Jr. and identified what we can see using our sense of sight. The students took a sight walk around the school. In our sight walk, we noticed many different signs for traffic and for safety. In math, the students played a pizza game finding and making groups of three, four, and five. This week in our unit of study, we will be focusing on how we use our sense of hearing to interact with our environment.

Home/School Connection

· Discuss with your child how being able to hear different sounds keeps him/her safe.

· Create a five senses collage with your child. Encourage him/her to identify and cut out pictures from magazines or illustrate items that each sense can be associated with (i.e. television-sight; sandwich-taste; flower-smell; puppy-touch; and music hearing). Your child will have an opportunity to share his/her collage with the class.

· Please send in paper towel rolls for our art center, cultural music (CDs with music from your cultural background) for our music center and empty food containers for our dramatic play area (i.e. cereal box, cracker box). Thank you.

Reminders

· Labeling Clothing - Please as a reminder label, your child is clothing especially coats, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters. To avoid any clothes going home with the wrong child.

Have a great week! – Ms. Vida, Mrs. Greiner, and Mrs. Johnson