Pre-Kindergarten Announcements

  • December 1, 2014

    Posted December 1, 2014

    Last week, both classes had a focused science lesson with Nancy Leventhal. The topic was learning about worms. The children were engaged in activities that included observing live worms, measuring worms, describing worms, and making a beaded worm. Click to read the letter.

  • November 17, 2014

    Posted November 17, 2014

    Your children are deeply immersed in our work with patterns. They were highly engaged this week, in each of our hands-on activities. They used the light board, SMART Board, apps on the iPad, and art materials to discover, explore and create various types of patterns. Your children also learned to analyze and recognize patterns in the world around us. From noticing our clothing to listening to music and literature, and by observing patterns in art and nature, your children are more familiar with the language necessary for mathematical problem-solving and arithmetic patterning. Click to read the letter.

  • November 10, 2014

    Posted November 10, 2014

    This week we will continue our exploration of different versions of the Little Red Hen stories. We are integrating this literacy activity with math skills. The children collaborated with partners to build a home for the Little Red Hen and her friends using the wooden unit blocks. Then, they were charged with drawing the structure. This activity required the children to use collaboration skills while stretching their spatial reasoning, and critical and visual thinking skills. This week we will compare and contrast the stories using a hula hoop Venn diagram to visually show differences and similarities between two of the stories, and the children will graph their favorite versions. Click to read the letter.

  • November 3, 2014

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Last week, we finished our pumpkin math and science inquiry activities. The children enjoyed learning about the weight and attributes of their pumpkin. We also talked about ordinal numbers as we lined our pumpkins up from smallest to largest and figured out whose pumpkin was first, second and so on! Click to read the letter.

  • October 27, 2014

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Thursday was a glorious day for our field trip to Sunrise Farms! We had a wonderful morning and enjoyed our time seeing the animals, visiting the garden, and going on a hayride. We will use the pumpkins that we chose at Sunrise Farms for some science and math activities in the classroom. The children will take their pumpkins home as soon as we are finished and in time for Halloween! Click to read the letter.

  • Optimizing Children's Cognitive Development

    Posted October 23, 2014

    The recent New York Times article, "The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K" provides timely food for thought as it was published right on the heels the First School parent program “Learning Through Play: What Research Has Found About Its Importance for Optimizing Cognitive Development.” The only thing the New York Times reporter missed was the opportunity to talk with Key’s own Erin Weiss, who led the well-received parent program last week. Click here to view a video of the program.

  • October 21, 2014

    Posted October 21, 2014

    This past week, our Pre-Kindergarten classes took full advantage of the glorious fall weather by taking wonderful nature walks and spending time outdoors to observe, collect and learn about the leaves and trees that grow on the Key School Campus. We read Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall and Leaves, Leaves, Leaves by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Both of these books have beautiful illustrations depicting the same trees and leaves we have here on campus. Your children picked their favorite tree and leaves and did a wonderful job painting the trunk and using leaf sponges to create their own tree. Click to read letter.

  • October 14, 2014

    Posted October 14, 2014

    The children are enjoying our Math focus on graphing this month. Last week we graphed what kind of clothes we wore to school each day. We were surprised to see how the graph changed each day. We will continue graphing activities this week. Click to read the letter.

  • October 6, 2014

    Posted October 6, 2014

    We hope your children mentioned their experience of learning about our famous artist, Georgia O’Keeffe this week! We listened to her life story and observed many of her floral watercolor paintings. We learned about her artist technique of observing flowers and magnifying them to capture the details and beauty nature provides. After the demonstration, we gave each child the opportunity to paint his or her own interpretation. Inspired by nature and art, your children skillfully used the tools and techniques of an artist to create beautiful pieces of art work! Click to read the letter.

  • September 29, 2014

    Posted September 29, 2014

    This week we will begin discussing the five senses and autumnal weather changes. We will be making a five-senses guide to help us as we go on senses walks around campus. We’ll begin to introduce information about fall harvests. Click to read the letter.