Prek 4.2

Oct.12th- 16th 2015

Dear parents,

First of all we would like to thank all of our parents for taking the time and dedication to attend our parent teacher conference. This an important time for parents and teachers to communicate and plan together for the prosperous development of their children. We believe in working as a team, and knowing that we can count on each other makes a big difference in the life of each child. It helps build consistency, understanding and it creates a relationship that fosters growth for us all. Each child bring strengths and weaknesses that make them unique and special and as a team we can work together to guide them towards becoming the best person they are meant to be. Our doors are always open to help support you and your child through this journey of continuous learning.

Clothes Study Unit

We have been learning so much about clothes these past two weeks and the children have been so engaged in the topic. They have really tuned into their observation skills and the use of their senses to discriminate and compare clothes features. This week we have focused on discussing how we take care of our clothes and what type of activities are needed in order to do so.

Thanks to your collaboration and the clothes we have here in our drama center the children have had the opportunity to try on different clothes items, feel the different textures compare designs colors and sizes. Classifying our clothes is an important skill that is needed for us to learn how to wash and care for all clothes. The students have begun the process of identifying similarities and differences in tones and colors in order for them to be washed effectively. They had the opportunity to explore with soap and wash by hand some garments. We discussed the step by step process and the necessary resources or materials needed for this important job. These type of activities not only allowed for a variety of learning opportunities to enhance language and cognitive skills, but also the motor and socio-emotional areas; as we scrub, rinse, pour, stir and learn how to work in teams and take turns.

Letters, continue to be an important part of our daily activities as we play with their sounds, try to trace or write them independently and connect them with our daily contact of text that surrounds us. Shapes, were also part of our daily lessons as we observed how they were present in clothes designs and features.

We continue to read stories that tie in perfectly to the clothes unit and we have the children retell and ask questions about these stories. They have had the opportunity to act them out, recreate with props and listen to them being read over again, in order to reinforce new vocabulary.

We encourage you to take the time at home and discuss with them their observations about the favorite clothes they like to wear and or maybe the ones they like that belong to their parents. Children love dressing up, so maybe allowing them to try on your clothes and shoes would become a wonderful experience for a rich conversation. A Another suggestion is to have them help out when the clothes gets washed, dried and put away at home, so they can revisit our discussions and make those connections with real life experiences.

Week's Activities

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Exploring texture

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Exploring with our Senses

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Classifying and Creating

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Searching for Similarities

Story of the Week

Online Storytime: The Mitten
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FROGGY GETS DRESSED by Jonathan London. Grandma Annii's Storytime

Friendly Reminders

-Dear parents please remember that UN day is October 21st all staff and students are encouraged to wear clothes that represent their culture. Parent you are also welcomed to join in if you like.

10:00 – 10:20: Small PK parade from our area to Sava’s office and back. Parents may be here to view this parade starting at 10am.

10:30 – 11:00: Large parade PK will be seated to watch the school’s parade.

11: 00 – 11:50 Classroom celebration potluck lunch. Homeroom parents are coordinating this event so we recommend you contact Mrs. _________ to help better support our UN day feast.

-You may continue to collaborate and send in spare clothes of all sizes, types, colors and fabrics.

- Year book pictures will be taken on October 27th. On the day the picture is taken, ALL students must wear their PE UNIFORM


- Objective of the week:

Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet

Demonstrates emergent writing skills

Comprehends and responds to books and other texts

Uses number concepts and operations

Uses language to express thoughts and needs


-Vocabulary:

jackets,, coats, parkas, windbreakers, raincoats, ponchos, suit coats, blazers, vests, sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, turtlenecks, work shirts, dress shirts, blouses, flannel shirts, jeans, trousers, pants, skirts, dresses, shorts, pajamas, bathrobes, neckties, bow ties, bandannas, scarves, belts, sashes, suspenders, gloves, mitten, socks, tights, shoes, boots, sandals, bathing suits, exercise clothes, old-fashioned clothes, uniforms, costumes

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