February 2018 Newsletter
In this month’s unit of study, students will move from exploring various modes and aspects of transportation to an in-depth study of light.
During the light unit, students will think critically about light, darkness and shadows. Students will have the opportunity to observe objects and phenomena in their environment with increasing complexity.
Each day the students will be engaged in activities that promote their critical thinking skills and support their understanding of the essential question of our unit: How and why do we use different kinds of light?
By the end of the unit students will understand:
• There are many types of light in our homes and our cities
• Light helps us see and stay warm
• Light helps plants grow
• When there is little or no light it is dark
• Shadows appear when an object blocks light
This month students will understand that numbers tell how many. Students will work on the recognition of numbers, writing of numbers, and representation of numbers and one to one matching numbers.
Students will work on comparing two numbers and recognizing which number is greater and which number is less. Students will place the numbers in order and understand which number comes before and which number comes after.
Letters and Sounds
We are constantly learning about the letters of the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes. In the month of January we have learned the letters R, O, and G. In February, we will focus on the letters Dd and Ss.
Valentine’s Day Exchange
Students will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th. We are asking each students to send in Valentines for their classmates (small cards, candies, or treat bags). Please make sure to include one for each child in the class. Letters and class lists will be sent home with more information.
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 10 in order
• Counting objects to 10 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
• Name Recognition- being able to find their name in print
• Talking about daily in class activities
• 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.
• School begin at 8:00AM for all Pre-K students
• Dismissal door open for Pre-K at 2:00PM
• Please return all library books on time. Check the back of the book for the official due date.
• Scholastic book orders due Wednesday, February 14th.
• No School Friday February 16th for Lunar New Year
• No School Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23rd for Winter Recess
• School Reopens Monday, February 26th