March Newsletter

Miss Wright & Miss Curlin April 12 - April 25, 2016

Integrated Learning:

3, 2, 1 Blast off! We are starting our study of Space. We will be focusing on the Solar system, Astronauts, and Helping the Earth. The children are working on creating a space walk in the hallway with the Earth and Mars. A few of the books we will be reading are I want to Be an Astronaut, by Bryon Barton, and Rockets, by Gregory Vogt.
Centers include:
  • CVC rocket practice - Consonant-Vowel-Consonant on a pretend rocket
  • Beginning sound matching with space words
  • Astronaut addition
  • Name and pattern rocket
  • MOON and STAR flip book

Environmental Science:

We hope to go across our new ring road soon to visit our bird nest materials that we spread outside for the birds. We hope the birds will use them. If most of our yarns, newspaper strips and “fuzzy wuzzys” are gone; we know the birds found them for their nests!!

Spring is also a great time to introduce seeds and the concept of a little plant living inside! By planting marigold seeds in pots in our greenhouse, the PreK’s hope to prove that it is true! Since your child’s seedling will be coming home to your house in late April, please be thinking of a safe (dog-free) sunny space (garden or pot) for their little plant to thrive. Directions will come with their marigold plant. Happy Gardening!

Literacy:

We are learning the letters "Yy" and "Ww." The books we will be reading are The yak who yelled yuck and Worm Wagon. We will practice letter recognition and formation.
Centers include:
  • Tracing and writing the letters
  • Letter puzzles
  • Yolk addition
  • Bee Bots with the Alphabet
  • Water colors
  • Favorite weather graph

Science:

We are exploring rocks and minerals. The specific kinds of rocks we will be talking about are Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous. Many of the rocks and minerals that were are looking at are from the Perot museum.

Social Studies:

We will be talking about safety. Fire, bike, home, and water on a few safety issues we will focus on. Books that we will read are D.W. Rides Again by Marc Brown and No Dragons for Tea by Jean Pendziwol. Centers include:
  • Book page
  • Memory
  • Writing words
  • Yield addition
  • Sorting Safe/Unsafe cards
  • Using safety signs with riding tricycles
  • Learning and understanding healthy foods

Important Dates and to Remember:

Friday, April 22 Earth Day (wear green)
Tuesday, May 3 Pre-K Sing to the parents (AM 10:30 - PM 2:30)
Friday, May 6 Grandest Friends' Day

Questions to ask your children:

What is our class planet that we papier-mached?
What is the third planet from the sun?
What is a safety rule when riding a bike?