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Dear Pre-K For All Families,                                                                                      February 2019

Magic Man will be visiting our classrooms on February 5, 2019.  A letter will be sent home, stating the time and the location of the visit.   We invite you to attend this activity with your child.

School will be closed from February 18, 2019 to February 22, 2019 for President’s Week.

Our theme is exploring the concept of Light.

Students will participate in the following center activities:

Science: Children will be given flashlights as well as various objects with holes in them such as cup lids, strainers, keys, plastic baskets, etc.  The children will be asked to shine the flashlight inside each of the objects and will discuss how the light goes through or is blocked by the container.  Students will be given pictures of animals that are awake during the day “diurnal” and animals that are awake during the night “nocturnal”. They will identify and sort the animals into these two categories diurnal and nocturnal.   Children will be provided with flashlights to dissemble and explore the various parts.  They will be encouraged to discuss how the flashlight works as well as what each piece is used for and how they fit together.  Children will be invited to explore hand held prisms and how they can bend light to create a rainbow. 

Math: Students will be provided with silhouettes of different manipulatives. The children will be invited to find the manipulatives that matches each silhouette. Children will be supplied with translucent plastic drinking cups in a variety of colors and will be asked to create patterns with the cups.  Students will be provided with glow sticks to use as they build with Magna-Tiles.  They will be encouraged to place glow sticks inside their structures and discuss what they see.  Children will be provided with mirrors in the manipulative center and they will be invited to build next to the mirrors.  Students will discuss what they notice in the mirror while they are building.  Children will be supplied with translucent plastic drinking straws in a variety of colors as well as small balls of playdough or pencil grips.  The students will be invited to use the straws to create shapes or build structures with the straws.  The playdough or pencil grips can be used to secure the shapes at the angles.

Writing: Practice identifying and writing words that pertain to different forms of light: battery, candle, clouds, curve, dark, diurnal, electricity, fire, flame, flashlight, grow, heat, lamp, lantern, light, light bulb, lightening, melt, mirror, moon, night, nocturnal, rainbow, reflection, see, shade, shadow, stars, sun, sun glasses, vertical, wavy, weather and zigzag.

Dramatic Play: Children will be invited to create a tent by using a light gauze   Flashlights and reflective items will be supplied to the children to play inside the tent.

Literacy:  Daily Read Aloud activities include:

The Big Dipper by Franklyn M. Branley

Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes from by Franklyn M. Branley

Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle

Goodnight Moon by Margret Wise Brown

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

Guess Whose Shadow? By Stephen R. Swinburne

How Many Stars in the Sky by Lenny Holt

If You Decide to go to the Moon by Faith McNulty

Kittens First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Light is All Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer

Little Owl’s Day by Divyra Srinivasan

Little Owl’s Night by Divyra Srinivasan

The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein

Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow by Ann Tompert

Pepe the Lamplight by Elisa Baritone

Papa Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman

Library: Students will select books that revolve around light.

Blocks: Strips of Mylar and other reflective materials such as tin foil will be placed on the blocks for children to use as they build.   Paper will also be taped to the block center and the children will be invited to build in front of the paper, then shine a flashlight on the structure and trace the shadows the structure created.  Children will be invited to explore how they might use blocks and a flashlight to create shadow letters.  They will be encouraged to discuss how they build structures that will produce a letter shadow.  Pictures of a nighttime NYC skyline will be added to the walls in the block center.  Children will be invited to observe the lights in the picture and create additional buildings to add to the skyline.  Small traffic lights and traffic signal toys will be added to the block center for the children to use in their building. 

Art: Children will be given pipe cleaners to create a variety of designs by twisting and bending them together.  The art will be hung in the classroom, and a light will be shown behind the artwork.  Children will be encouraged to discuss what lines they see such as straight, curvy, zigzags or spirals. Children will be provided tissue paper and contact paper to create sun catchers. Children will rip black and   white paper to create a picture of somewhere they have been recently such as a store, park, party, etc.   Students will be invited to decorate water bottles with permanent markers. Once the bottles are decorated they will be filled with small lights and their luminaries will be displayed in the classroom.  Paper will be places on top of the light table and children will be invited to paint or draw on the light table.

Family Engagement:

Magic Man will be visiting our classrooms on February 5, 2019.  A letter will be sent home, stating the time and the location of the visit.   We invite you to attend this activity with your child.  We look forward to having you join us.   Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

We would like to invite you to spend time in the classroom reading your child’s favorite story and engaging with your child in the daily classroom activities. Please let the teacher know the date and time.

Feel free to come in and visit the classroom any time.

Family activities:

Observe how many lights that you turn on in the morning or evening.  Invite children to pick one morning or night and count how many lights were turned on. 

Prompting questions:

Why do we need to turn on the lights?

How many lights do we have?

What can you see in the dark?

Invite your child to use a flashlight or a sunny window to create finger shadow

 

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