Teacher’s Contact Information:
You may reach Mrs. Delaney by:
(1) Sending a note in your child’s folder
(2) Calling the main office: (718) 426-4963
(3) Emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org (checked at the beginning and the end of the school day).**While school is closed, this is the only direct way to reach me.
2019 – 2020 CALENDAR REMINDERS:
- SCHOOL IS CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 18th
- Mon., May 25th – Memorial Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
- Thurs., June 4th – Professional Day for PreK Teachers
- TBD – Stepping-Up Ceremony
HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS:
The children are very familiar with these hand washing directions as these posters are posted in our school bathrooms. Please review, and practice, them frequently with the children.
CURRENT UNIT: PLANTS (Unit 8)
*Please continue to engage with our class through Class Dojo while the school building is closed.
- How do plants grow and why are they important?
- What are plants?
- What do plants need and where do we find them?
- What are some different kinds of plants?
- Why are Plants important?
- Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
- Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live.
- Plants are all around us.
- There are many different types of plants.
- Plants are important for many reasons
PRIOR UNIT : WATER (Unit 7)
What does water do?
Where can we find water?
What happens to water when it changes temperature?
What happens when we put things in water ?
How does water help us?
HERE ARE SOME ACTIVITIES YOU MAY CHOOSE TO DO WITH YOUR CHILD WHILE WE ARE NOT IN SCHOOL.
FAMILY ENGAGMENT PROJECT
Sink or Float Experiment
Please choose a few objects such as paper clips, rocks, pencils, small toys, etc to experiment with. Have your child predict whether they think the object will sink or float. Test out their predictions and discuss the results with them.
BOOKS FOR THE UNIT
Many of these books can be found on YouTube and they read the story to your child.
Does It Sink or Float? by Susan Hughes
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley
Below are some websites and resources :
Activity Packet from NYC DOE:
Click on log in
Sign in as a student
Enter the code- PKB2020
Additional Ideas for Hands-on Activities:
As you can see from the photos (I am doing these activities with my daughter), the process is much more important than the product.
St. Patrick’s Day: (1) Collage shamrocks: Help your child to find different shades of green in papers you are recycling or construction paper, etc. Your child can rip or cut them out and glue them inside a shamrock (you can print out one, or just draw one – it’s basically 3 hearts with a stem). (2) How to make colors found in the Rainbow: If you have paint, using only primary colors (red, blue, yellow), allow your child to discover, using 2 colors at a time, how to make secondary colors (orange, green, purple).
Please keep in mind screen time should be limited. At this age, hands-on activities are the best way to learn.
Khan Academy for Kids
Starfall FREE (limited content from their regular website/app is free)
PBS Kids Games
PBS Kids Video
Hello Everybody *The free parts of this app includes the Hello song we sing daily (#1 – Hello Everybody) and song #6 – She Sells Sea Shells – is a song I would have taught the children during the Water unit.
PRIOR MINI-UNIT : DR. SEUSS WEEK
We focused on language skills, such as rhyming; science/math skills, such as opposites and patterning; and social-emotional skills, such as trying new foods, in this case green ones (“Green Eggs and Ham”)
PRIOR UNIT : LIGHT (Unit 6)
Essential Question: How and why do we use different kinds of lights?
What kinds of lights are around us?
What is darkness?
How does light help us?
What are shadows?
The children were interested in the sound of “luh” in Light so we brainstormed other words that had that sound in it.
Nurse Lori visited our class to discuss proper hand-washing and how to NOT be a “germ-spreader.”
Our Weekly Schedule:
– Monday – BOOK DAY – Visit with our school Librarian. Plus, in our classroom, it’s time for READ & TELL This is when an assigned child (see the list below) brings in a book to share with the class.
– Tuesday – ARTISTIC DAY:
Special Music Class with Ms.Heal
Special Art Class with Mrs. B
– Wednesday – SNEAKER DAY – Special Gym Class with Mr. Barron (The children need to wear sneakers to participate. Also note, the children engage in movement activities daily, so the safest footwear every day is sneakers.)
– Thursday – SCIENTIST DAY – This is the day an assigned child (see the list below) usually brings in a new item for the Science Box in Science Center.
– Friday – MUSIC DAY – Special Music Class with Ms.Heal
READ & TELL :
SCIENCE Show & Tell
- Please label everything that your child brings to school.
- We strongly suggest your child wear sneakers daily as we will be having active play daily.
- We are happy to celebrate birthdays in class – there are 17 children in our class. Please notify the teacher a week in advance and, on the day of, you may send in party napkins and a small nut-free dessert treat for each child. Invitations and goody bags will only be distributed if every child in our class is included.
PBSKids for Parents has age-by-age tips and activities that you can do at home to help your child grow, as well as information about developmental milestones: https://www.pbs.org/parents/
To order from Scholastic Book Clubs, you may :
(1) Return the flyer’s order form to your teacher by the due date -OR-
(2) Go online to https://clubs.scholastic.com/ Our class code is GWPND. The online orders are processed at the same time as the “paper” orders.
Thank you for ordering books and supporting our classroom library.