Dear Pre-K for All Family and Friends,
In October we experienced all the wonders of Autumn through our five senses.
We saw the changing colors of the leaves, felt the cool breezes and tasted our own homemade applesauce. Our activities included sorting leaves, weighing pumpkins, and comparing scents and textures. Our children celebrated Halloween with our Haunted House, Spooky Dance, Story Time and Trick or Treats. Take a moment to check out your Family at our Photo Spot Display.
In November, Our children will explore these questions in our All About Us unit: What makes me important and unique? What feelings do I have and why? What makes my class important and unique? What makes my family important and unique? We will identify the people in our class, school and home communities (D5:SS: 2d).
As part of our Thanksgiving study, we ask each child to bring some fruit (no strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries please) to school on Wednesday, November 27th. Each class will be preparing a Fruit Sharing Bowl in the spirit of remembering the Native Americans and Pilgrims sharing their bounty on the first Thanksgiving.
Our curriculum is aligned to NYS Common Core Domains, which includes:
- Approaches to Learning, 2 Physical Development 3. Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language and Literacy 5.Cognition and Knowledge of the World.
Here is a sample of the vocabulary words for this unit:
afraid, angry, bored, brave, creative, ecstatic, excited, feelings, happy, l, love, playful, silly, community, friends, peace, polite, respect, share, aunt, brother, culture, family, father, grandfather, grandmother, mother, sister, together.
We will enjoy many fiction and non/fiction books about families and Thanksgiving, such as:
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley
The Feelings Book by Todd Parr* Friendshape by Rosenthal & Lichtenheld
I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor
Here is a sample of our activities in this unit:
Children will draw pictures of their families. (D4, D5).
Create Family Banners or Quilt Squares (D4)
Our Cooking activity for this month will be making and sharing a Fruit Bowl.
Please note that school will be closed on Thursday, November 23 rd and Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday!