Please make sure you check the CPS website and your local news over the holiday weekend for updates regarding the teachers strike.
Also do not forget, if you are not in Ray boundaries you will not get into Ray for kindergarten unless you go through the lottery process. Please get on the CPS access and enrollment website to sign up your child. We love seeing our pre-k students year after year, but for this to happen you must go through the lottery process! Selective Enrollment started October 3rd. If you are NOT in district and you are going to Kindergarten (Five by September 1, 2017) next year you MUST apply to come to Ray next year. Please check thecps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Pages/Apply.aspx to register!
Our pre-k curriculum is often driven by student interest, and often year after year students are interested in similar things. 3 year old students often experience these themes only on the surface. During the 3 year old year, our goal is to help students function, attend, interact and play with independence. When studying a theme, many 3 year old’s background knowledge is more limited (due to having less years on this plant) and they are only getting simple facts about the topic of study. 4 year old students typically come into a theme with a broader level of background knowledge. This allows me to help them target what else they want to learn about and dive deeper into during the theme. This is one reason we use KWL charts (Know, What to Learn and Learned) with the class. Together we decide what direction we want our learning to go in. With second year students we do more research and encourage students to use the books (with teacher assistance) to find facts and explore them more deeply. We encourage second year students to use more of their own writing (inventive spelling) and also to draw and diagram in more detail. Basically, themes may be similar from year to year, but what students get out of those these is drastically different when they are 3 to when they are 4.
Special activities you can do over the long holiday weekend: Each student was sent home with a packet of work. These are examples of activities that you can do with your child. The names written in yellow are meant to be traced. Other things you can do include, visiting local museums, go on a nature walk and observe the changes occurring during the fall, see how many times in a day you can find the first letter of your name.
Next week, we will be beginning our study on all things fall. We will start with apples. We will be reading about apples, dissecting apples, tasting apples and ending the week making applesauce. You can help our study along by trying different kinds of apples at your house.
Have a wonderful long weekend, Ms. Weinberg