Newsletter May 22-26, 2017
Irvington Pre-K Newsletter May 22-26, 2017
Hello Pre-K families! We had fantastic week learning about ocean animals. We looked closely at sharks, sea horses, sea turtles, and ocean waves. We also had music and movement, gym and lots of water-play fun in the sun! Next week, we will continue our ocean animal study, letter blends, and practice writing numbers 1-10.
Thanks and Reminders
Thanks to Rory and his family for the yummy snack! We really appreciate all the snack that you all have provided for the students throughout the year. 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 that date. Additionally, Pre-K Graduation is scheduled for June 9 at 1:45. We will have a short ceremony to celebrate all their hard work in preparation for Kindergarten. We hope you can join us! Please bring a small (NUT FREE) batch of cookies to share with everyone. Beverages will be provided.
Kellen is our Star Student this week. His birthday is and he is 5 years old. Kellen has blue eyes and a little blonde and a little brown hair. His favorite color is golden and favorite number is 156, and his favorite food is chicken burritos, and brownies with ice cream on top for dessert. Kellen loves insects and animals but his favorite animals are crocodiles and alligators. He likes T Rex books, the movie Rocket, and his favorite activity is playing air hockey. When Kellen grows up he wants to play basketball for the Golden State Warriors. If he could have 3 wishes, Kellen would wish to fly, send everyone candy every day, and to have chocolate cake for dinner every day.
On Monday we launched our 2-week unit on oceans and ocean animals. Students started the day with Star Student pages for Kellen, and the teachers interviewed him. We read Over In the Ocean, Who Sees the Lighthouse, and My Life With a Wave. This last book prompted some interesting conversation. Most students said they like to hear the sounds of the waves and many imagined what it would be like to have a wave of our own. We also started talking about the different animals that live in the ocean. We shared times that we each have visited the beach or coast. In the afternoon, students enjoyed music and movement, and being squirted with water during the very hot outside time. We also had snack under the tree as we cooled off.
On Tuesday, we looked at the seahorse. We read the book Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle that honors all the ocean animal fathers who care for their young. Students decorated their own construction paper seahorse with brightly colored paper. These are swimming around the giant father seahorse in our classroom. Students enjoyed another day of water play to help ease the heat. We also had music and movement, and some ocean related word searches and puzzles. We also read Gone Fishing, Beach Feet, Over the Ocean, and Sea Bones.
On Wednesday, we started out the day making birthday pages for Ruby. We celebrated her almost 5 year old birthday which is in July. In the morning, students made wave paintings. They carefully make swirls and waves with the paint mixing the blues, purples and greens. In the afternoon, when the wave paintings had dried, students colored and cut out an ocean animal and then glued them onto the painting. These look quite nice and are hanging up next to the Jungle Poetry- check it out! We also read Star of the Sea, The Blue Whale, Shine, and Seashells at the Seashore.
Thursday we had a great morning in relation to behavior and the students earned 7 STARS before 11:30 AM!! Fantastic job, Pre-K! We had another busy morning making shark hats (photo below) with all their ferocious looking teeth! We had a great time with Mr. Barnes in gym. We moved through a variety of stations while rocking out to some Pre-K student’s favorite songs. The stations included scooters, basketball, koosh balls, hula hoops, badminton, and three-sided bouncers. In the afternoon, the students shared some information they already knew about sharks, and then we read The World of Sharks to learn even more! We also read Listen To Our World, Penguin Pete’s New Friends, and The Giant Squid.
On Friday, we focused on the long living sea turtle. We read Sea Turtle, Sea Turtle Watch Out! and we learned how important it is to keep garbage out of the ocean and lights off at night around sea turtle nesting areas. Students worked on making sea turtles out of small paper plates and cut outs of construction paper pieces. Then students sponge-painted the plate to create the look of their shell. We also read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell, Who’s At the Seashore? and Hello Ocean. Students also worked on writing numbers from 1-10. Each student got a double-sided 1-10 booklet to practice in and to take home. In the afternoon, we enjoyed a relaxed choice time with watercolor painting, books and puzzles, followed by a long outside time in the beautiful weather.