Pre-K

May 2022

Important Dates

  • Schools are closed Monday May 2 in observance of Eid al-Fitr.
  • Schools are closed Monday May 30 for Memorial Day.

Thematic Unit: Babies

Essential Question: How do plants grow and why are they important?

Focus Questions: What are plants? What do plants need and where do we find them? What are some different kinds of plants? Why are plants important?

Math Focus

Comparing Size

Students will compare large and small objects.

Numbers up to 20

Students will identify numbers, and students will develop one-to-one correspondence.

PRE-K

A Letter to Families on the April Math Focus

Dear Pre-K Families,

This month we will be learning about measurement (sizes of large and small) and number sense (numbers up to 20).

Here are some fun activities that are easy to do at home to help reinforce these concepts:

  • Count out 20 steps when taking a walk.
  • Change the number of steps by having your child choose the number and the kind of steps, such as giant steps or baby steps.
  • Choose an object in your home, and ask children to search for items that are larger or smaller.

Thank you for working with us. If you have any ideas that you would like to share, please let us know!

Outdoor Play

Spring is finally here and we will be spending time outdoors. Outdoor play helps children develop their gross motor skills and provides many opportunities for learning!

A Letter to Parents on Outdoor Play

What We Do and Why

Dear Pre-K Families,

Outdoor play is an important part of our curriculum. When they are outdoors children like to run, jump, swing, climb, and use all the large muscles in their bodies. They need space to work out and let off steam. They can race around, breathe the fresh air, look at the clouds, or catch a ball or a bug. Students satisfy their physical needs for large muscle activity; students also develop a sense of wonder about the miracles that take place in nature. When we take children outdoors at school, we talk about the things we can see, hear, touch, and feel so that the children become aware of changes in the weather and the seasons, the growth of plants, and animals. We help the children notice changes by asking them what is different about the trees, the caterpillars, or the sky. We point out the many kinds of birds that fly overhead, butterflies, mosquitos, milkweed seeds, falling leaves, and rain as it begins. We wonder aloud where all these things come from.

By playing outdoors, your child can learn the following:

  • notice changes in nature
  • discover what happens to people, animals, and plants when it is cold, hot, dark, or light outside
  • use his or her body in increasingly skillful ways
  • be a good observer

When the children play outdoors, we encourage them to talk about what they are doing. For example, we might say:

  • “What happened to the sun just now? I don’t see it anymore.”
  • “What is making the trees bend over the way they are today?”

We also ask questions that help children extend their thinking as they play outdoors. For example, we might say:

  • “What happened to the water in this pan? It’s hard now. What do we need to do to make the water pour out?”
  • “If you keep digging your hole, how far down can you go?”
What You Can Do at Home

You can provide:

  • wooden boxes and boards for playhouses
  • materials to create an obstacle course
  • gardening tools to dig, plant to cultivate a little garden
  • a big paintbrush and a pail of water to “paint” walls or fences
  • large balls to kick or throw
  • old blankets or sheets to make a tent

You can take a walk around the block with your child; talk about all the different colors of cars that pass by. Your child will take great pleasure in collecting rocks, finding bugs, watching birds and airplanes in the sky, or pretending to go camping.