Dear Pre-K For All Families, June 2019
Our “End of the Year Celebration” is on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 9:30am in the cafeteria.
Our theme this month is Transformation.
Students will participate in the following center activities:
Science: Students will be asked to predict what might happen when you combine baking soda and vinegar. The predictions will be recorded, and the students will be provided with materials to experiment with. Children will be supplied with pictures of various insects and animals that experience metamorphosis for example butterflies, and toads. Children will be asked to sequence these pictures. Students will be provided with an assortment of materials to try to mix together such as oil and vinegar and flour and water. Students will combine the materials and observe and predict what is happening during these experiments. Children will place a variety of items in a muffin tin. Some of the items that will be used are crayons, ice, and marshmallows. Students will be asked to predict which items will melt in the sun and how long it might take to melt. Their predictions will be charted and compared. A pan will be filled with a ½ inch of water. The children will be invited to use sugar cubes to build a tower in the tray. They will record how many sugar cubes they used before the cubes started to dissolve.
Math: Students will look at butterfly wings and note how the designs on the wings are symmetric. Students will be invited to create symmetric designs for butterfly wings by drawing a thick black line down the middle of a piece of paper and encouraged to use pattern blocks to create symmetrical designs on each side of the line. Children will be provided with two cardboard tubes diagonally onto a wall facing each other. A basket or a container will be placed below the tubes so that when items are dropped into the tubes, they will both fall into the basket. Students will drop items such as cotton balls, small pom-poms into the tubes; then they will be asked “How many did you place in each tube?” then they will be asked to count how many items fell in the basket. The results of this experiment will be charted. For example: 2 pom poms and 1 cotton ball equals 3. Students will be supplied with a large amount of plastic cups. The children will be asked to see how high they can build, balancing the cups in different ways. Children will be invited to assemble puzzles, including large floor puzzles and discuss how assembling the pieces together transforms the pieces from many small designs or pictures into a larger picture.
Writing: Practice identifying and writing words that pertain to metamorphosis such as: appearance, bigger, birth, birthday, butterfly, camouflage, caterpillar, chrysalis, cocoon, feet, grow, inches, kindergarten, larva, life cycle, magnify, metamorphosis, more, parent, recycle, seasons, and weather.
Dramatic Play: Children will be invited to create a kindergarten classroom in the dramatic play area. They will be encouraged to discuss what they think kindergarten will be like, create a classroom accordingly and then take on roles and pretend it is the beginning of their kindergarten year. Children will be provided with Kindergarten, Here I Come and other books based on going to Kindergarten.
Literacy: Daily Read Aloud activities include:
Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson
Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh
Changes, Changers by Pat Hutchins
Color Dance by Ann Jonas
The Curious Garden by Pater Brown
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson
Kindergarten, Here I Come by David Steinberg
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Our Seasons by Grace Lin and Ranida T. Mckneally
Titch by Hutch Hutchins
Little Tree by Loren Long
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Library: Students will select books that revolve around transformation.
Blocks: Students will be asked to measure each other with blocks. Paper and writing utensils will be provided. The children will then be asked to predict how tall they think they will be when they are grown up. Children will be invited to create a bridge from materials in the block center to cross the river. Children will be asked to name the bridges they created. Students will begin to build a tower and then they will be asked how they can make the tower taller. Once they completed their towers, they will be given rulers to measure how tall the tower is.
Art: Children will be provided with materials that they can use to represent a variety of weather experiences such as yellow paint for sunshine, pipettes and light blue paint for rain, cotton balls for clouds, etc. A large piece of paper will be divided into several sections and they will be invited to create several different art pieces based on the weather. Children will create butterfly wings using tag board, paint, markers and/ or decorations. Children will be supplied with red, yellow and blue paint. They will then be invited to explore mixing the paints and discuss how the colors change into new colors. Children will be invited to use recycled materials such as boxes and containers to create sculptures. Supply tape and/or glue to secure the materials together. As children work talk about how the individual terms are transformed into something new by the children.
Our “End of the Year Celebration” will take place on Wednesday June 12, 2019. The celebration will begin at 9:30am, in cafeteria and conclude in the classroom. Light refreshments will be served in the classroom.
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 classroom anytime.
Encourage your child to visit a park on their way home from school or look at trees in their neighborhood. Invite children to draw a picture of what the tree looked like in the winter and what it looks like now in the spring.
- What has changed about the trees since winter?
- Do you notice anything else that has changed since the winter?
- Why do you think these changes have occurred?
Invite your child to walk past the school that they will be attending in the fall. Encourage your child to talk about they feel about going to a new school and meeting new friends.
- What is different about your new school and the school you are attending now?
- Do you notice anything that is similar between the two schools?
- What do you think your new classroom will be like?
- How do you feel about going to a new school?