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Pre-Kindergarten

Welcome to Brooklin School Pre-K!  
We are learning the skills to be successful at school: Cooperation, Safety, Kindness and Independence. 


New works

posted May 18, 2017, 10:20 AM by Julie Wilson

We have some new and exciting works in our classroom; one of these works is the lowercase moveable alphabet. We are finding all the letters in our names, as well as creating our own words and making high frequency words and rhyming words.  
We are working towards mastery of matching letter sounds to the letter symbol, and are becoming experts of identifying rhyming words as well as identifying the first and last sounds we hear/say in a word. 


 

Another new work is our puzzle map of the seven continents..... and yes, the children WILL knock your socks off when they use the word continent, or tell you that Asia is the largest continent!
A new favorite is the three part matching work that features a picture and name of each member of our classroom.
This work requires some careful planning and organizational skills. First the child lays out the control card (has a photo and name); next the child matches the photos, then the name. One of our reading students matched photos to names without a the control card as a tool! Pretty awesome!











Save the Dates!

posted May 12, 2017, 9:45 AM by Julie Wilson


Friday, May 19th - Teacher Workshop/ No school for Students
Friday, May 26th - Early Release- pick up begins at 1:15
Monday, May 29th- Memorial Day/ No School
Friday, June 2nd-   Fun Run/ 5k begins at 12:30
Saturday, June 3rd ~Brooklin School Yard Sale~
Friday, June 9th ~PTF Silent Auction and Dance with the Soulbenders 
Thursday, 15 or Friday 16- PRE-K BEACH DAY. We need drivers- please sign up in our classroom.
Thursday, June 22 at 2:00 in our classroom: End of Year and Rising to K Celebration! Come watch a video of our year  
                                   together, and wish our rising Kindergarten students good luck! 
Friday, June 23rd- Last Day of School/ Early Release. We will be participating in the Field Day activities;
                                   pick-up time is at 12:00 Noon.

We have sign-up sheets for volunteers and participants for the Fun Run, Beach Day  and End of Year Celebration Day in our classroom. We will need signed permission slips for students to participate in the Fun Run and Beach Day. For Beach Day- all students will need to be dropped off WITH a car seat. No seat=No Go. More info as we get closer to the day!

Vernal Pools, Puddles and Mud- Oh MY!

posted May 10, 2017, 10:51 AM by Julie Wilson

We encourage students to bring and wear boots for our excursions around our school. (We do have a few "extra" pairs of boots on hand.) Even if your child doesn't want to wear or bring their boots to school, please bring them in. We are happy to store them here so that when we want to walk to the garden or to the woods we will have the appropriate foot gear. From the garden to the nature trail, there is lots of standing water. In an effort to keep our classroom tidy, all muddy shoes and boots stay in the hallway. Another solution is to store a pair of inside shoes (crocs or other gym appropriate footwear) at school, so if your child's 'outside shoes' get muddy, they will have a dry option. 

When we visit the nature trail, there is much discussion around the concept that we are actually visiting someone/something else's home (or habitat). Emphasis is placed on leaving living things to grow ~which means leaving moss on the rocks, looking (but not picking) flowers, leaves, moss, etc. 




Sneaky Readers!

posted May 8, 2017, 4:50 PM by Julie Wilson

Students worked on shape books and then enjoyed reading them to each other, and to Ms. Louanne! Being excited about books and feeling successful sharing their books builds the confidence and enthusiasm students need to become readers. We are very fortunate to have older students come to our classroom to read to us, and this past week we even had the chance to learn how to play board games with some 1st graders.

 
One of our Pre-K students practicing story re-telling with great confidence and pride!







Beans!

posted Apr 30, 2017, 8:41 AM by Julie Wilson

This week we explored lima and kidney beans. We poured beans into bowls, and students described the qualities of the beans: hard, shiny, smooth, white, red, etc. We read about how beans grow, and then we started our own bean experiment. Each student chose two beans, wrapped them in a moist paper towel and placed it all in a ziplock bag. We  taped the bags of beans to the windows of our classroom and are hoping we can observe the roots and shoots grow! 

As part of another experiment, we added water to  bowls of beans, and observed over the course of the day that we needed to keep adding water to the beans. Students observed that the beans were getting wrinkly, and some noted that the beans were getting bigger. We soaked the beans overnight and the next day we were able to "dissect" the beans. 
Since the beans had soaked over 24 hours, the seed coat slipped off easily. Students were able to locate and identify the other parts of the seed:
root, shoot and the food supply. 




Tropical Day

posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:39 AM by Julie Wilson

  We celebrated the start of spring vacation with a tropical  
            celebration. We examined and enjoyed pineapples, did the limbo and hula -hooped in the sun!








Making Connections

posted Apr 12, 2017, 10:12 AM by Julie Wilson


Making connections between books and real life experiences help children appreciate the magic of reading! We recently made a connection between the book Bear Shadow by Frank Asch and our adventures in the sun. The silly bear thinks he can outrun his shadow or leave his shadow behind, much to the delight of the preschool students. We tried to outrun our shadows, and found that shade is the only place we could "hide" our shadows. 
 
 


Spring?!?!

posted Mar 26, 2017, 4:18 PM by Julie Wilson   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 4:21 PM ]

We celebrated the first day of spring this week with MORE SNOW! We have certainly enjoyed "snow banking" (adventuring and practicing good balance on the snow banks) and many opportunities for outside play this week. 


Please make sure your child comes to school with an extra pair of socks, snow pants, mittens, boots and inside shoes appropriate for using in the gym. As part of our spring cleaning we will be asking parents to update your child's extra clothes, since there has been some growing going on in our room!
    While putting this fire engine puzzle together, we wondered if the puzzle was longer than the 
                                                                     students, and if  
                              any students were longer than the puzzle.... We tested our predictions and one student was taller than the puzzle!

  
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Dr. Seuss's Birthday

posted Mar 16, 2017, 12:58 PM by Julie Wilson


Yes, we wore our pajamas to school and celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday in style! 







100th Day of School

posted Mar 9, 2017, 1:22 PM by Julie Wilson

On the 100th day of school we made a classroom number chart, which has become a favorite activity for some of our math focused students. 
We practiced patience and using encouraging words while taking turns glueing each numeral to our chart. It did take quite a long time to complete, but we have grown our attention and concentration levels considerably since the beginning of the year! Of course, this was a "challenge by choice" activity, as other centers were open to students. 

Another favorite 100's activity is placing 100 gems onto a numbered chart. Students love the "jewels" and feel very proud to show us their work once they have placed all 100 gems onto the board. Of course, once all those gems are counted, they do need to go back in to the box to "get this work ready for the next friend".  

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