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Updated: 03/28/2017

Pre-K 2 News—March 29, 2017

Math:  We have covered many concepts! We have worked on length and comparing size.   The class has used the words short and tall to compare classroom objects.  We have also ordered groups of objects from tallest to shortest.   During our small group time, we created a class height chart and found a friend who was taller, shorter and about the same. 

The class has worked on combination and separation stories.  We’ve used farm animals to create tales that mimic addition and subtraction.  (6 ponies were roaming through the meadow, 3 ponies went back to their home, now there are 3.) 

The class has thought about sharing equal portions with a friend. We have done this by thinking about toys and how to match them one-to-one.  The class has recognized that sometimes you may have extra.  When this happens they are deciding they have two choice:  put the extra back or take another toy to make the sets equal.    

This week, we are exploring coins.  They have worked on naming and ordering by size and amount.   The class has thought about why we need coins and the different things they can use to buy them.  We have even used pennies to think about how many we would need to buy items to 10 cents. 

Reading: Through our reading we have explored building and tools.  The class has used the skills of compare and contrast to thinking about how many tools are similar or different.  We have worked on retelling the stories we have read by thinking about what has happened in the beginning, middle and end.

The class has been exploring the differences between the city and the country.  Last week the class took a look at the country and farms and farm animals.  The class has taken a look at the many different types of animals that can live on a farm.  Our story Breakfast From the Farm showed the class that while they may get groceries from a store, they need a farm to make that possible.

This week we explored cities and transportation.  The class has encountered homographs such as rock, car and ticket.  We have zoomed in on the illustration details in our stories to better comprehend the events.  For example we could see the people rocking, so we could tell the train was moving quickly. 

Religion: In Religion, we have studied more of God’s creations.  The class knows that God has created light and air.  The students have discussed the many ways they need light and air and how hard life would be without either.  We have learned that Lent is a time to prepare for Easter.  The class has celebrated Lent by saying extra prayers for those in need, in our hearts. 

Books we’ve read:  Baby Animals, Alphabet Under Construction, A Day In The Life of A Builder, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Bumbling Building Bugs, Raise the Roof, Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk, That’s What Leprechauns Do, Jamie O’Rourke and the Giant Potato, My Farm, Breakfast From the Farm, The Billy Goat in the Garden. Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover, Subway, City Mouse Country Mouse,  Fire Cat

Here is a link for some rhyming activities you can work on at home: