Sunday, September 15, 2019

Week of September 16, 2019


WEEKLY REMINDERS 

·      Please make sure your child has an extra change of clothes in their cubby. 
·      Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang on our family wall!

Unit Topic:
Welcome to Pre-K

 Essential Question for the Unit:
What is Pre-K?

     Focus Question for this Week:
What do I bring to my classroom community?

 Focused Learning Activity for this Week:
The teachers will be in the library area modeling how books are placed on the bookshelf, how we care for our books, how we can read a story to each other or the puppets provided in the library area.  Teachers will observe as students interact with the library books, each other, and the puppets.

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.CLL.4 (Reading Standards: Foundational Skills): Displays emergent reading behaviors with purpose and understanding. 

Foundational text for the week:
On Monday When it Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 
PK.SED.2: Regulates his/her responses to needs, feelings and events.

 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall 
What are some of the emotions the boy in this story felt? Why did the boy feel (disappointed, embarrassed, proud, scared, angry, excited)?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
Show me your (disappointed, embarrassed, proud, scared, angry, excited) face. Have you ever felt (disappointed, embarrassed, proud, scared, angry, excited)? When?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking 
The boy was angry when his cousin Janie wouldn’t share her new dump truck. What are some things you can do, here in the classroom, when you’re feeling angry about something? The boy said he always shares his toys with Janie. What do you know about sharing?

Level 4: Extended Thinking 
Why did the boy tell his dad it had been quite a week?
What emotions have you felt this week?

   Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 

Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 

Art- Children are invited to create art in the art area to decorate the dramatic play area, or home. Students can hang their art in the dramatic play area. 

Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 

Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 

Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.

Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center. They are encouraged to write the letters in their name.  

SensorySand, water, and  play-doh.


For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE!  


If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that cannot be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the Help Line at 888-227-8175 


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Week of September 9, 2019


WEEKLY REMINDERS 

·      Please return all papers received during parent orientation. 
·      Please make sure your child has an extra change of clothes in their cubby. 
·      Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang on our family wall!

Unit Topic:
Welcome to Pre-K

 Essential Question for the Unit:
What is Pre-K?

     Focus Question for this Week:
What will I learn and do in Pre-k?

 Focused Learning Activity for this Week:
The teachers will model how to use blocks to build buildings.  Students will be encouraged to build familiar buildings such as those they live in or visit often.

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:PK.CLL.4 (Speaking and Listening):Describe familiar people, places, things and events, and with prompting and support, provide additional detail.  

Foundational text for the week:
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 
                             PK.SED.7: Adapts to change.

 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall 
Why didn’t Chester want to go to the first day of school?
What did Chester’s mother tell him to make him feel better about going to school?
What did Chester do to show his mother that he loved her?
What can Chester do when he’s away from his mom and feels lonely or sad?
How did Chester feel before his mother gave him the Kissing Hand? How did he feel after?

Level 2: Skill/Concept
Why do you think Chester wanted to stay home with his mom instead of going to school?
Why did Chester’s mom kiss his hand?
How do you think Chester would have felt if his mom had not given him the Kissing Hand?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking 
Was there ever a time when you felt nervous about a new situation?
When you are worried, how do your loved ones (like your mom, dad, sister, grandmother or grandfather) make you feel better?
Who comforts you when you are feeling afraid or lonely? How?
How can you comfort your friends and loved ones when they are feeling afraid or lonely?

Level 4: Extended Thinking 
What do you think Chester’s mom meant when she said, “I am always with you?”
How can you make a loved one (like your mom, dad, sister, grandmother or grandfather) remember that you love them, even when you’re not with them?

  Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 

Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 

Art- Children are invited to create art in the art area to decorate the dramatic play area, or home. Students can hang their art in the dramatic play area. 

Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 

Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 

Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.

Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center. They are encouraged to write the letters in their name.  

Sensory- Sand, water, and  play-doh.


For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE!  
  
If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that cannot be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the Help Line at 888-227-8175 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


My name is Xiomara Serbones; I can’t wait to meet each and everyone. My goal is to motivate children in ascertaining their inner strengths and abilities to discover what truly inspires them. I am to provide a stimulating learning environment that encourages children to trust their own opinions, while fostering confidence to accomplish their fullest potential.


Below you will find a list of materials for this school year.

*1 Family photo 
*A change of clothes in a Ziploc bag (please label all clothing items and Ziploc with child's name and last name)
*2 Packs of white printing paper
*3 Boxes of tissue paper
*  3 Packs of baby wipes (flushable preferred)  
*2 Boxes of Ziploc bags (1 Gallon) and (1 Large) 
*1 Hand sanitizer
*4 Containers of Clorox wipes

*2 cans of Lysol Disinfecting spray
*1 Pre-k notebooks (from our school supply room) 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Week of June 17, 2019


WEEKLY REMINDERS 

     Thursday, June 20th is the last day of 
     afterschool.
    Friday, June 21stSchool will be closed.
    Tuesday, June 25th  will be our Moving Up 
   Ceremony10:00 a.m.! 
   Three (3) adults are invited to attend the ceremony 
     per student. 


Unit Topic:
                                      Transformation

 Essential Question for the Unit:
 What is transformation and how do things change?

     Focus Question for this Week:
                                   How can objects change?

 Focused Learning Activity for this Week:
The teachers will work with students in the math center.  Students will be encouraged to find and add objects in the classroom and write down the corresponding number sentence.


Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard Addressed:
PK.CKW.1 (Operations and Algebraic Thinking): Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by using objects, fingers and responding to practical situations (e.g. if we have 3 apples and add 2 more, how many apples do we have all together?).  

Foundational text for the week:
Joseph had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Pre-K Common Core Learning Standard addressed: 
PK.CKW.4 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of earth and space.

 Questions that will be asked throughout the week: 
  
Level 1: Recall 
How did Joseph change or reuse his overcoat?
What are some of the things Joseph made from his overcoat?
What did Joseph do when he lost his button?  

Level 2: Skill/Concept
What was the biggest thing Joseph made from his overcoat?
What was the smallest thing Joseph made from his overcoat?
Why was each item Joseph made smaller than the item he made it from?  

Level 3: Strategic Thinking 
Joseph made a jacket, a vest, a scarf, a necktie, a handkerchief and a button.  What are some other things Joseph could have made from his overcoat?  Joseph made things that he needed. Which item would be most helpful for you: a jacket, a vest, a scarf, a necktie, a handkerchief or a button? Why?  Which item would be least helpful? Why?  

Level 4: Extended Thinking 
When Joseph lost his button he made a book about this overcoat and how he transformed it into many different items. Think of a time you transformed something old into something new. Tell a partner about what you did.
What could Joseph have transformed his button into if he hadn’t lost it?
Joseph reused his overcoat many, many times. What are some materials you can reuse? What are some materials you can recycle?  How does reusing or recycling materials help take care of the earth?  

  Learning Centers Available for the Unit: 


Blocks- Students are invited to measure each other with blocks and record their answers.  Students will then make a prediction about how tall they think they'll be when they grow up.Pretend PlayPretend Play will continue to be a baby nursery.  Students will pretend to care for babies by feeding, cleaning, and changing the baby dolls provided.  Students will be prompted to reflect on how they have changed from when they were a baby.Art-Students are invited to draw a picture of the things they can do now and things they would like to do in the future. ScienceStudents will be able to discuss and draw the life cycle of a butterfly.MathStudents will be adding objects in the classroom and writing the corresponding number sentence.LibraryStudents are invited to read books about our theme, transformation.WritingBased on the weekly readings throughout the year, students will be encouraged to write a story about something or someone who experiences a change. Sensory-Sand and water, or play-doh.


For more information on the Lesson Plan, click HERE!  


If there are any questions regarding the Pre-K for All program that cannot be answered by the office or classroom teacher, please feel free to contact the Help Line at 888-227-8175 

Week of September 16, 2019 WEEKLY REMINDERS   ·        Please make sure your child has an extra change of clothes in their cubby....