Personal Transformations

As we continue to learn about “Transformations”, our focus question for this week is, “How will I continue to change and grow?” Please talk to your child about personal transformations or changes that have occurred in their lives. For example, “transforming” from a baby into a 4 or 5 year old or “transforming” from a Pre-K Student into a Kindergartener! 

Now and Later

Invite your child to reflect on the things they can do now and things they would like to do in the future. Fold a piece of paper in half, title one side “Now” and the other “Later.” Talk with your child about the things they can do now and things they are looking forward to doing when they are older. Write your child’s responses on the paper or invite them to do their own writing; help them pay special attention to the sounds they hear in the words.

Warm regards,

Miss Kristen

Last Week Of School

Happy Last Week of School! 

I hope you all enjoyed the Virtual Magic Show! It was so much fun! I loved seeing the smiles and laughter on all of the children’s faces. 🙂 

Our last Zoom Meeting will be on Thursday, June 18th at 11:30 a.m. We will use this meeting as a final practice for Step-Up. 

Our Step-Up is on Friday, June 19th at 11:00 a.m. 

*There will be a Kindergarten information session tonight, June 15th, at 6:00 p.m. for those who will be attending OLMCA for Kindergarten.*

Please check your email throughout the week for more information regarding step-up and additional end of the year information.

Warm regards, 

Miss Kristen 

Transformation Unit: Cooking and Mixing

Read or listen to the story From Milk to Ice Cream, by Stacy Taus-Bolstad. You can find this story in the “Transformation Unit” collection on our epic website. After reading this book with your child, make ice cream together! Here is a sample recipe:

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup half and half or light cream (dairy-free options such as soy milk and almond milk also work, but will yield a softer ice cream)

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup salt

Ice

Gallon-sized zipper bag

Pint-sized zipper bag

Directions:

1. Mix sugar, half and half and vanilla extract together in a bowl.

2. Pour mixture into a pint-sized zipper bag and seal tightly.

3. Fill the gallon-sized zipper bag half full with ice.

4. Pour the salt over the ice.

5. Place the pint-sized bag inside the gallon-sized bag and seal tightly.

6. Shake the gallon-sized bag for approximately five minutes or until the ice cream is formed (play music while you do this!).

7. Remove the pint-sized bag from the gallon-sized bag. Rinse the salt from the small bag.

8. Grab a spoon, open pint-sized bag and enjoy right from the bag! 

Orange Juice Challenge

Supply fresh oranges and challenge the your child to figure out how to turn the oranges into orange juice. Guide them through the experience with open-ended questions. This activity could be implemented over the course of two days. On the first day ask your child to plan how they will turn the oranges into juice, including making a list of what they might need. On the second day, supply some of the materials they will need in order to accomplish this challenge. When your child is ready to drink their orange juice, talk with them about making healthy food choices.

Cooking Experience

Supply child friendly cookbooks for your child to explore. Invite them to select a recipe to make at home together. Read the recipes with your child and talk about how the recipe ingredients change throughout the cooking experience. For example, “When combined the milk and flour transformed into mush!”

Popcorn

If possible, make popcorn with your child. Show them the popcorn kernels in advance and talk about how the kernels change when heated.

Have a great weekend! 

Miss Kristen 

Step-Up Zoom Practice with Miss Altieri and Misc. Information

Miss Altieri will be hosting a final Music Class Zoom Session to practice for our Step-Up today, June 10, at 1:00 p.m. Please check your email for joining information. 

Please also check your email for information regarding a butterfly activity that I would like your child to complete for tomorrow’s Zoom meeting. 

We will have a Zoom Webinar Trial Run for our Step-Up today, June 10, at 4:00 p.m. Please check your email for joining information.

Our Step-Up is almost one week away on Friday, June 19th at 11:00 a.m.! Please remember to practice the Pledge of Allegiance and our two Step-Up songs (Grand Old Flag and I Am Special) with your child daily. If you need me to resend you the videos of Miss Altieri singing these two songs, please let me know. 

Our End of the Year Magic Show will be this Monday, June 15th at 11:30 a.m. I will send you the Zoom joining information on Monday morning. 

See you tomorrow!

Miss Kristen 

Transformation Unit: Science/Discovery

Talk to your child about these vocabulary words: birth, butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis, cocoon, cycle, egg, entomologist, larva, life cycle metamorphosis, pupa. Define these words with your child and have them write each word and draw a picture. Additionally, you can find pictures online and print them out.

Metamorphosis

Supply pictures of various insects or animals that experience metamorphosis such as butterflies and toads and invite your child to sequence the pictures. Talk with them about the changes they notice in the pictures. Use the words metamorphosis, pupa, grow, change, and life cycle frequently throughout the activity.

Chameleon

Share with your child that a chameleon is an animal that can change the color of its skin. Chameleons change their coloring to communicate with other chameleons and sometimes change their color to blend into their surroundings or camouflage themselves. Trace a chameleon onto a clear surface (like a laminating sheet) and invite your child to place it in various places around the house to mimic how chameleons can change the color of their skin. Your child can generate ideas about why the chameleon might change its color in each area. Use the word camouflage frequently throughout this activity.

Trees-Now and Then

If possible, go for a walk today with your child. Observe and talk about the trees in your neighborhood. What has changed about the trees since winter? Have your child draw a picture of what the tree looked like in the winter and what it looks like now that it is spring and compare the two.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Ask your child to predict what might happen when you combine baking soda and vinegar. Have them record their predictions (or record for them) and provide the two materials for them to experiment with. Provide measuring spoons and encourage your child to experiment with differing amounts of baking soda and vinegar.

***Please check your email later today for an activity to complete for Thursday’s Zoom Meeting. We will meet this Thursday, June 11th, at 11:30 a.m. 

Warm regards,

Miss Kristen 

Transformation Unit: Week Two

The focus question for this week is, “What kinds of changes happen in nature?”. The foundational text is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. We listened to this story today on Zoom, but please listen to or read this story with your child again and ask them these questions: 

Level 1: Recall

What food did the caterpillar eat?

How did the caterpillar feel after he ate all week?

After the caterpillar ate and grew into a big, fat caterpillar he built a small house called a cocoon. What happened to the caterpillar when he was inside the cocoon?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

Why did the caterpillar eat so much food?

Why was the caterpillar so hungry?

Why do you think the caterpillar ate the green leaf on Sunday?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking

How can you tell if you are growing? What can you do to help you grow?

Why do you think the illustrator made a hole in each food that the caterpillar ate?

Level 4: Extended Thinking

How are you like the caterpillar?

How are you like the butterfly?

What are some other things that change like the caterpillar?

What are some other animals that change like the caterpillar?

Please check your email about information regarding our End of the Year Magic Show! 

Warm regards,

Miss Kristen 

 

Transformation Unit: Art Activities

Have your child read or listen to the story Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. Provide white paper and invite your child to use it to create Pete’s white shoes. After your child creates the shoes, invite them to add various colors to the shoes. Ask them how Pete got each color on his shoe and record their responses.

Paper Plate Emotions

Cut paper plates in half, give your child half of a plate and invite them to draw a mouth on the plate expressing an emotion (i.e. a smile for happy, frown for sad) on one side then turn the plate over and draw another mouth expressing a different emotion on the back. Attach a Popsicle stick to the bottom of the plate for your child to hold and provide a mirror for your child to use as they hold the emotion mask over their own mouth.

After looking at themselves with one expression ask your child to turn the plate around and look at themselves with the other expression. Use this as an opportunity to start a discussion about experiencing emotions and how and why emotions can change, including how actions and words can have an effect on other people’s emotions.

Transform This Challenge

Supply various objects such as recycled materials and challenge your child to select one and transform it into something new. Allow your child to use an assortment of art materials such as recycled materials, collage materials, markers, paint, glue, etc. to transform the object they select. Talk with the your child about what the original item was and what they have transformed it into as well as how they transformed the object. When finished, your child can write about how they transformed the object on a piece of paper to share with others.

Color Mixing

Supply red, yellow and blue paint and invite your child to explore coloring mixing and how the colors can change into new colors. You can do this activity with only black and white paint, or add black and white paint as an extension of this activity.

***Our Step-Up is only 2 weeks away! Please practice the Pledge of Allegiance and our two step-up songs with your child daily.  Our Zoom meetings for next week will be Monday, June 8th at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, June 11th at 11:30 a.m. 

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Kristen 

Little Tree by Loren Long

One of the foundational texts for this week is, Little Tree by Loren Long. We listened to this story together on Zoom, but please listen to or read this story with your child again and ask them these questions: 

Level 1: Recall

Why did Little Tree stay little when all of the other trees started to grow bigger?

Why did Little Tree finally decide to let go of his leaves?

What happened after Little Tree dropped his leaves?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

Why do you think Little Tree wanted to keep his leaves for so long?

Why do you think the animals in the forest tried to help Little Tree drop his leaves?

How do you think Little Tree felt about staying the same when all of the other trees were growing and changing?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking

If you were in the forest with Little Tree would you try to help him drop his leaves? Why or why not?

What do you think the other trees and the animals in the forest thought about Little Tree keeping his leaves and staying the same?

Level 4: Extended Thinking

If you were going to try to help Little Tree drop his leaves what would you do? Why?

Can you think of a time when the things around you were changing but you wanted them to stay the same? What did you do?

Tell a partner about a change that made you uncomfortable or a change that made you excited.

Things around us that change: Reflect with your child on the things they have experienced this week that change. Ask them to think of additional things that change. Chart their responses on paper.

Please see the “Transformation Unit” collection of books that I put together and assigned on epic!. 

Warm regards,

Miss Kristen 

Transformation Unit: Week One

Today is the first day of our “Transformation” unit. “Transformation” is our last unit of study for the school year.  The essential question to keep in mind throughout this unit is, “What is transformation and how do things change?“. In this unit, children conclude the year by investigating how things change over time. This final Pre-K unit is an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills children learned in previous units, and to help children prepare for upcoming transitions. 

To transform means to make a thorough or dramatic change in form, appearance or character. To learn this concept, children will begin the unit by considering the focus question, “What changes around me?“. This week we will also consider the focus question, “How can objects change?” The foundational texts for this week are, Little Tree, by Loren Long and Joseph had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback.  

Talk to your child about these vocabulary words: appearance, change, date, feelings, larger, longer, narrower, objects, state, shorter, seasons, transform, transition, weather, after, bigger, camouflage, combine, continue, darker, develop, disguise, evaporate, feet, freeze, grow, harder, heavier, inches, less, lighter, magnify, more, newer, off, older, purpose, recycle, repurpose, reuse, shrink, smaller, softer, stages. Define these words with your child and have them write each word and draw a picture. Additionally, you can find pictures online and print them out.  

Here is the complete DOE unit of “Transformation”.

Warm regards, 

Miss Kristen 

Babies Unit: Cooking and Mixing

This week we talked about how babies change. We discussed the different types of foods that babies eat and that babies need to eat soft foods because they don’t have teeth yet. Here are some cooking and mixing activities to do with your child related to our “Babies” unit. 

Make Baby Food

Talk with your child about what types of food they think babies eat and why. Invite your child to create baby food at home. This can be done by pureeing steamed fruits or vegetables in a blender. Consider inviting your child to help you follow an existing recipe to create the baby food or to write their own baby food recipes. 

Click here to find some simple baby food recipes. 

Baby Food Taste Test

Supply an assortment of baby food. Invite your child to taste each and graph which one they like best.

Baby Oil Playdough

Ingredients:

1 cup baby oil

8 cups flour

Directions:

Place the flour in a large bowl.

Add the baby oil.

Mix well.

Next week we will start our unit on “Transformation.” Our Zoom meetings for next week will be Monday, June 1st at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, June 4th at 11:30 a.m. 

Have a great weekend!

Miss Kristen