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Dear Pre-K For All Families,                                                                                                                                                                    January 2020

On January 1, 2020 school will be closed for New Year’s Day and will reopen on January 6, 2020.

On January 17, 2020 school will be closed for a SHCA Professional Workshop.

On January 20, 2020 school will be closed for Martin Luther King JR. Day.

Our theme is Learning about Transportation.

Students will participate in the following center activities:

Science:  Children will create parachutes by using coffee filters and will then tie small objects to the parachutes and drop them from the highest point possible.   We will replace the small plastic toy with other objects of various weights and compare the results when the parachute is dropped.  These results will then be charted to compare how weight affects the velocity of an object.  Students will be given an assortment of keys and will be invited to discuss what the keys might be for, why keys are important and how they work.  We will use magnifying glasses to look carefully at the differences in the keys. Children will be invited to draw roads on a paper plate.  They will be provided with a car that has a metal piece on it and a magnetic wand.  Students will use the wands to move the cars on their roads.  Students will be invited to create their own paper airplanes.  After their airplanes are completed they will be encouraged to discuss if they think that their airplanes will fly.  Their responses will be charted on hung in the science center.

Math:   Students will be provided with cut outs of large trucks without wheels as well as a large number of cutout wheels. A number will be written on each truck and the children will be invited to put the correct number of wheels on each truck.  Children will be given pictures of trains, each with a number on the side, as well as small blocks (cargo). They will be invited to add the correct amount of cargo to each train car.  We will create a parking lot for vehicles on oak tag where the parking spots will be numbered as well as an assortment of small vehicles.  Students will drive the vehicles into the corresponding parking spots.  Children will be invited to engage in community helper concentration.  Students will be provided with two sets of concentration cards.  One set of cards will contain community helpers and the second set will contain the vehicles they drive.  They will be encouraged to match the community helper to the correct vehicle.  Children will create various patterns while using a variety of vehicles.  Students will be provided with Legos to create different modes of transporation.

Writing: Practice identifying and writing words that pertain to different forms of transportation such as airplane, accident, airport, ambulance, axle, bicycle, bike helmet, bridge, bus, cargo, car, crossing guard, cement mixer, crutches, drive, driver, EMT, emergency, engine, engineer, express, fare, feet, ferry, fire engine, firefighter, fly, keys, locomotive, helicopter, license plate, mail carrier, mail truck, mechanic, pilot, police car, police officer, propeller, roll,  ramp, run, scooter, seatbelt, speed, limit, stop, subway, taxi, traffic, traffic  jam , train, traffic light, traffic, traffic signs, van, tunnel, truck, wheelchair and vehicle.

Dramatic Play: Our kitchen area will be turned into a fire station. Children will be invited to create a fire truck together using large pieces of cardboard.  They will be provided with spray bottles and fire fighter costumes.  As the students play, they will be encouraged to talk about how to stay safe when there is an emergency. 

Literacy:  Daily Read Aloud activities include:

The Big Book of Things that Go by DK Publishing

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Williams

Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms by Christine Cole

Firefighters to the Rescue! By Kersten Hamilton

I’m A Truck Driver by Jonathon London

The Bus is For Us by Michael Rosen

Construction Workers by Cari Meister

A Letter for Leo by Sergio Ruzzier

Fast and Slow by Britta Teckentrup

A Day in the Life of a Garbage Collector by Nate LeBoutillier

I Read Signs by Tana Hoban

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Machines at Work by Bryon Barton

Signs in my Neighborhood by Shelly Lyons

Police Officers by Cari Meister

Subway by Christoph Niemann

Transportation in my Neighborhood by Shelly Lyons

Library: Students will select books that revolve around different modes of transportation.

Art:  Children will create their own vehicles with recycled materials such as tissue boxes, paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls. The table will be covered with butcher paper and train tracks will be drawn on the paper.  The students will be encouraged to create trains using a variety of materials and place them on the tracks.  Children will be invited to step in a foot size container with paint in it.  After dipping their feet in the paint, they can walk on large piece of paper.  They will be encouraged to walk either fast or slow and discuss the change in the foot prints.  Students will be invited to draw various types of vehicles that they see on the road.   Children will be given a variety of shapes to create different types vehicles.

Blocks:   Students will be provided with hard hats to wear when they are building, and they will be invited to pretend they are working on a construction site, doing work or repairing train tracks.  Children will be invited to create a variety of ramps and use different vehicles to race.  They will be invited to predict which one will go down faster and why.  Children will be invited to explore train tracks and trains.  As the children play, they will be encouraged to discuss where the trains are going and what they are carrying.  Students will be asked what ramps are and how/why they work.  Children will be invited to make predications and conduct experiments to test their theories about different lengths and heights of the ramps and what happens when you put different types of vehicles down a ramp.   Children will be encouraged to build bridges with blocks and other building materials.

Family Engagement:

  • On January 24th, we are creating a winter craft and making a special snack. We would like you to join us for these fun winter activities.  They will start at 1:45pm and will end at 2:30 pm.  We look forward to seeing you!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you for your continuous support.
  • 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 day and the time.
  • Feel free to come in and visit the classroom any time.

          Family activities: 

Observe letters and numbers on vehicles they see in the neighborhood such as buses, cars and taxis. Prompting questions:

  • How many letters are on the license plate?
  • How many numbers are on the license plate?
  • How many wheels are on the vehicle?
  • How many windows are on the vehicle?



Mrs. Cavallo

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