Pre-K News for November 2015



All About Us

In this month’s unit of study, students will learn more about themselves and the people around them. This unit will provide students with the opportunity to explore, learn about and embrace what makes them important and unique.  A strong sense of self supports children’s success in Pre-K and lays the groundwork for reaching their full potential in their academic career. In class students will discuss who they are and who are the people in their lives with their classmates. We will focus on what makes us feel important and unique, what feelings we have, what makes our class important, and what makes our families important and unique.

The activities in this unit will build social and emotional skills and Social Studies skills grounded in the Pre-K Foundations for the Common Core.  All About Us will support and embrace the diversity in our Pre-K classrooms. It will help our students to develop the positive self-concept and confidence to take on new tasks, think critically, remain persistent in the face of challenges, pursue interests and realize their potential as individuals as well as members of their community.

Building Blocks

This month students will build on their counting skills from the previous weeks, maintaining the emphasis on four counting components: verbal counting, the counting of small collections, counting out small collections, and comparing quantities. When our students build these skills meaningfully, they understand that counting helps tell how many and describes order. Understanding an idea involves relating it to other ideas. When students realize they can compare the number of items in groups by matching the items one-to-one and they can also compare by counting and then comparing both groups, they relate the two strategies. Such relationships form a solid foundation for understanding number and quantitative reasoning.

Letters and Sounds

We have started to learn about the letters of the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes. In the month of October we have learned the letters M, A, and T. In November, we will focus on the letters D, O, and C.

Thanksgiving Feast

To celebrate the season of giving, we will enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast in our classrooms on Wednesday, November 25th. Families will have the opportunity to sign up at Parent Teacher Conferences to bring in a special food to share with the class. More information will come.

Suggestions For At Home

Parents often ask how they can help their children at home.  Below is a list of some things you can do with your child at home to support their learning.

  • Name Writing
  • Counting to 5 in order
  • Counting objects to 5 and naming how many in the group
  • Alphabet letter recognition (Upper Case letter names)
  • Reading books and talking about what is happening in the book
  • Cutting –using the scissor
  • Drawing pictures and telling about their drawings
  • Reading and reciting different poems and nursery rhymes
  • Singing songs about learning activities
  • Name Recognition- being able to find their name in print
  • Talking about daily in class activities

Important Reminders

Remember to label all student items especially coats, hats, and mittens. Please update your child’s pick up information if there are any changes. If your child misses a day of school please send in a note explaining their absence when they return to school. Parent teacher conferences will be held on November 5th. More information will come.

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