Dear Pre-K For All Families, December 2019
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday December 16, 2019.
School will be closed on December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020 for Christmas Break.
Our theme is learning about Where We Live.
Students will participate in the following center activities:
Science: Children will be provided with pictures of wild animals as well as typical pets. They will be invited to sort the animals into two groups: animals who live in a home and in the wild. Students will be given pictures of animals and different habitats. They will be encouraged to match the animal will the correct habitat. Students will be provided with an assortment of buildings materials such as shingles, wood, tiles and bricks. They will be encouraged to explore these building materials. Children will be provided with an assortment of blunt nails and screws of various sizes and textures as well containers for sorting. Small plastic insects as well as found materials such as sticks, leaves, branches, etc. Invite children to create homes for the insects.
Math: Children will sort animals based on where they live: on land or in the water. Once the animals are sorted the children will be invited to count how many animals live in each area. Students will be invited to practice their counting skills by using number cards to determine how many people are in each of the different types of living areas such as farms, castles and homes. Children will be provided a barn and small animals to explore. They will be invited to talk about the animals on the farm and their characteristics. Students will be provided with a set of cards that have animals on one card and their habitats on the other card. Children will be invited to match each animal to their habitat. Students will be provided with small Legos and other building materials to create different kinds of buildings.
Writing: Practice identifying and writing words that pertain to where both people and animals live such as neighborhood, city, borough, address, street, roads, home, near, far, pet habitat, hibernate, nest, burrow, hive, bedroom, upstairs, downstairs, house, apartment, skyscraper, skyline, brownstone, farm, castle, shelter, skyline, elevator, roof, window, door, attic, basement, façade, garage, stairs, floor, architect, floor plans, fire escape, exit, backyard, blueprints, build, builder, construction, concrete, , tools, bricks, metal, cement, straw, shingles, wood and glass .
Dramatic Play: Invite children to act out the story of The Three Little Pigs. Children can discuss the similarities and differences between the three types of houses and then create them in the art area. Then the houses will be moved into the dramatic play area and the students will be invited to use them as props when they reenact the story.
Literacy: Daily Read Aloud activities include:
The Three Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale
Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague
Home Sweet (series) by Elizabeth Salzmann
A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater.
ABC NYC by Joanne Dugan
Aprils Kittens by Clare Turlay Newberry
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Animals at Home by David Lock
Whose Nest by Guy Troughton
Me on the Map by Joan Sweeny
Homes in Many Cultures by Heather Adamson
Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow
Library: Students will select books that revolve around different living environments for both people and animals.
Art: Children will be provided with Popsicle sticks, glue and paper. They will be invited to make a home by gluing the sticks onto the paper. Students will be provided with toothpicks and playdough to create three dimensional structures. Children will be provided with a variety of boxes, tape, glue and markers. They will be invited to transform the boxes into pretend homes for both people and animals. Students will be provided with an assortment of construction paper shapes. They will be invited to the shapes to create different types of homes. Children will be provided with twigs, string, yarn, Popsicle sticks, etc. to create a bird’s nest.
Blocks: We will be using various building materials such as wooden blocks, paper towel rolls, magnet blocks, and bristle blocks to create a variety of homes, apartment buildings, castles, farms. Pictures of different types of homes and buildings will be posted in the block center. Children will be invited to build the homes and buildings they see in the pictures. Students will be provided with shoe boxes, cardboard boxes and furniture to create apartment buildings. Children will be invited to build skyscraper apartment buildings. They will be encouraged to build apartment buildings as tall as they can. Children will be invited to use construction vehicles as they build homes from blocks and other building materials. Large flat blocks and flat pieces of cardboard for children to use as roofs on the structures they build.
- Parent Conferences will be held on December 16th.
- On December 20th, we would like you to join us in our Holiday Party at 1:45 pm for snacks and a craft.
- 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.
Take a walk around the neighborhood to observe the homes in their community and discuss the similarities and differences between the homes.
- How many windows do you see?
- How many floors do they think there are in each home or building?
- What shapes do you see?
Look around your home and invite your child to count the number of shapes they can find. Some of these shapes can include: squares, circles, rectangles, ovals and triangles.
- Which room in your home has the most shapes and what are they?
- Can you name some items that are shaped like a circle? (i.e. clock, bowl, and a plate)
- What is your favorite shape and how many do you have in your home?