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Dear Pre-K For All Families,                                                                                                        September 2020

For the month of September, we will focus on the concept of Preschool.

Students will participate in the following center activities:

Science:   Students will be provided with natural objects (rocks, shells, pine cones, leaves), magnifying glasses, paper, pencils, crayons, magnets, trays and bowls.  Children will be encouraged to become familiar with the various types of materials and how they are used.  They will also learn how to clean them up when they have completed the activity.  Children will be provided with mirrors to explore and discuss what they see when they look in the mirror.

Math:  Students will be encouraged to explore different table toys and manipulatives such as connectors, Legos, Magna Tiles, and Bristle Blocks.  The teacher will also provide the students with a cut apart pictures of themselves. The children will be invited to assemble their own puzzle as well as pictures of the other students.   Children will be encouraged to use to use table toys to build the classroom and discuss what items are important to have in a classroom.

Writing:  Practice identifying and writing words that pertain to preschool: welcome, classroom, schedule, peers, classmates, friends, expressions, centers, helpful, teacher, science, library, construction, manipulatives, materials, movement, community, sharing, taking turns, rules, emotions, feelings, disappointed, embarrassed, proud, scared, angry, excited, frustrated, lonely, and silly.

Dramatic Play:   Students will be provided with a cookbook and encouraged to look at the recipes and pretend to make them. The children will be asked to look for recipes they know their families like or things they think their families might try. The recipes that the children draw will be hung up in the writing center.

Literacy:  Daily Read Aloud activities include:

ABC School’s for Me! by Susan Katz

Dreaming Up by Christy Hale

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz

Pete the Cat Rocking in My New School Shoes by Eric Litwin

This is the Way We Go to School by Edith Baer

On Monday When It Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail

Seven Little Mice Go to School by Haruo Yamashita

Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Williams

It Looked Like Spilled Milk by Charles G. Shaw

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

David Goes to School by David Shannon

Will I have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen

Chu’s First Day at School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex

I Love School! by Philemon Sturges

The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson

Library:  Students will select books that revolve around preschool.

Blocks:   Students will be invited to use various types of blocks to build buildings that they are familiar with, such as those they live in or visit often.  Students will be encouraged to use blocks to build themselves and will be asked a variety of questions about what types of blocks would work best for arms and how can they make their head.  After looking through the book Dreaming Up, by Christy Hale, children will be asked what they notice about the buildings in the book and using it as a model to create their own buildings.

Art:   Students will be invited to draw self- portraits. Mirrors will be provided to let the children look at their faces carefully. Students will be asked to create pictures of their families using various mediums such as crayons and markers.  The teacher will discuss with the child about the people in their picture.  After reading It Looked Like Spilled Milk by Charles Shaw, children will be encouraged to talk about what shapes the recognized in the book.  After the discussion, they will be provided with blue construction paper and white paint to create their own paintings.

Family Engagement:

Please join us on September 15, 2020 at our Virtual Home School Meeting.  We will be discussing the different activities that are taking place this month in school.  We look forward to seeing you!  If you would like to meet with us virtually and discuss the activities, please do not hesitate to contact us

Family Activities:

Encourage your child to recall the first day of school and share with your child your first school experiences.

Prompting Questions:

  • How did you like your first day of preschool?
  • What centers did you engage in today?
  • What do think about the classroom and your new friends?
  • Do you have a favorite center and what do you do in this particular center?

Draw a picture with your child of the people who help us at home.

Prompting Questions:

  • Why are these people important?
  • How do this people help us?
  • How many people did you draw in your picture?

Sincerely,

Ms. Kaplan

Ms. Landano

 

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