Irvington Pre-K Newsletter May 8-12, 2017
Hello, Pre-K families! This had a very busy and fun filled week. We learned about the animals of the rainforest and jungles. We released our Painted Lady Butterflies. We enjoyed a hard earned 40 Star Party, and read lots of great books. Next week, we will continue with our Rainforest Jungle unit, and then begin a few end-of-the-year projects to prepare for the Pre-K Memory Books. The final two weeks of May, we will be focused on our Ocean unit.
Thanks and Reminders
- Thanks to Elli, Aviana and their family for the wonderful snack this week.
- There is no school on May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
- The last day of school is June 15. Please let us know if you will be leaving sooner than the 15th. We are working on a date for Pre-K graduation, and will let you know as soon as it is finalized.
This week our Star Student is Bianca. Bianca’s birthday is January 15th and she is 5 years old. Her hair is blonde and her eyes are green. Bianca loves the number 2, and her favorite colors are the ones of the rainbow. She likes the Curious George books, and the movie Moana. Her favorite animals are cheetahs, elephants, and jaguars. Bianca likes to play her cupcake matching game when she is at home. She likes to eat burgers, and Oreo cookie ice cream for dessert. When Bianca grows up, she wants to be an artist. If she could have three wishes, she would wish to fly, to eat burgers every day, and to have a giant cake!
On Monday, we started out making Star Student pages for Bianca, and we interviewed her. We began talking about rainforests and the animals that live there. We learned many new facts in the books Life in the Rainforest, Jungle Animals, and In the Rainforest. We focused on painting paper to turn into the brightly colored birds that live in the rainforests. We also experimented with painting liquid watercolors onto white coffee filters. We discussed turning these into brightly colored butterflies.
On Tuesday, we began to look at the wide variety of animals that live in the rainforest. One such animal is a snake. We started painting small paper plates to cut into snakes that will hang in a coil from our rainforest landscape. We played an alphabet guessing game instead of our usual share time. Each student got a chance to tell us the beginning letter of one item pulled out of the Alphabet Pocket Chart. We will continue to practice these alphabet games, as they are great practice for the reading each of them will soon be doing. We also read The Lion and the Mouse, The Lion Inside and Gumption. We had a very sleepy rest time and afternoon. Many students fell asleep and we extended the rest time for those students while others quietly worked on a special gift for our mothers. This also earned the students 2 stars towards their next 50 Star Party, keep up the good work, Pre-K!
Wednesday was the celebration of earning our 40 stars. This was hugely popular and such a fun day! We enjoyed the morning sharing our costumes with each other, and having a relaxed choice and project making time. We then went outside to enjoy bubbles, chalk drawing and playing on the play structure. We then planted our pea sprouts in our garden patch. Students helped with pulling out weeds and aerating the soil. Each student dug a small hole and put their sprouted seed in the hole and covered it up with dirt. We then came inside to wash hands for lunch, but instead we enjoyed our lunch outside sitting together under the trees in the front of the school. We were then treated to a magic show by our very own Magic Mir. He had a few new tricks to try out on the class. Afterwards, we cozied up for short “rest time” and watched some great video footage of animals in the Amazon Rainforest. In the afternoon, we headed back outside for more playing in the sunshine! We tossed around some water balloons, got squirted with water by the teachers, ate popsicles, and released our Painted Lady Butterflies. We also read Jungle Song and Tiptoe Tapirs and learned a few new things about these shy, pig-like herbivores. If your child was exhausted, this was probably why.
On Thursday, we turned our focus to the very slow moving rainforest animal; the sloth. This adorable animal is so sedentary that they actually grow moss on their fur. We read Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, said the Sloth and Sloth Slept On. We started working on our own sloths to hang in our classroom. Students are decorating a cut out construction paper sloth to show the moss and fur, as well as adding two or three toes/claws. Students had a fantastic time in the gym with the well-timed jungle gym/obstacle course. We had an extended period to run through the course. This was a great chance for each student to try out a wide variety of gross motor skills. In the afternoon, students finished up their gifts for their mother’s as we are all so thankful for their love and care!
On Friday, we started our morning with some music and movement with Teacher Emily! We tried out a new one from the book Animal Jungle Boogie, where each animal had a different movement for us to dance out. Many students continued to work on various projects such as cutting out their painted snakes, decorating their sloths, beading some necklaces or bracelets, and final touches on their Mother’s Day gifts. We read Bianca’s interview and Star Student book. We also read Jungle Grapevine, Way up High in a Tall Green Tree, and Walking through the Jungle.
Thank you for another fun and successful week in Pre-K!