Pre-Kindergarten Announcements

  • 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.” 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.

  • September 22, 2014

    Posted September 22, 2014

    PKWe started off the week by introducing your children to “Safety Signs.” After looking at our “Safety Sign Chart,” the children listened to the description of each sign and identified which sign was being described. From this activity, the children learned signs have meaning and can tell you what to do. This is an important pre-reading skill, learning to associate symbols and letters to the written word. We also played, “Safety Bingo” and took our classes on a “Safety Sign Safari.” As shown above, we found many signs in and around our School. You can reinforce this pre-reading skill by encouraging your child to notice the signs they see at home, on walks and on your drive to and from School. Click to read the letter.

  • September 15, 2014

    Posted September 15, 2014

    This week we will delve into our unit about safety. This unit is timed to coincide with our first fire drill at School and to make this necessary experience a positive one. We will be learning about traffic safety and begin discussions about fire safety. As part of this unit, our local fire station, Annapolis Neck Station, will visit our campus. Click to read the letter.

  • September 8, 2014

    Posted September 8, 2014

    Last week, our thematic unit on sunflowers was integrated into all domains of learning. Your children became scientists and used their senses to discover the characteristics and parts of a sunflower. They learned to compare sizes while finding sunflowers that were taller, smaller and just right for themselves. We also played a sunflower seed game called “Feed the Crow” which reinforced number recognition and one-to-one correspondence counting. In Language Arts, we read several stories about the life cycle of sunflowers and the children especially loved listening to Sunflower House by Eve Bunting. We even created our own sunflower paintings using our hand and fingerprints. Click to read the letter.

  • September 2, 2014

    Posted September 5, 2014

    This week the children will begin working in their Handwriting Without Tears letter books. Each week the children will be focusing on a new skill to practice. We will learn the “Crayon” song. The song will teach the children the correct way to hold a crayon and pencil using the thumb and pointer fingers pinching above the tip with the middle finger resting underneath and the other two fingers tucked away. Click to read the September 2, 2014, letter.

  • August 26, 2014

    Posted August 26, 2014

    We will begin the school year with the units All About Me and Into the Garden. Over the next few weeks, the children will create their own book, All About Me. We will also help each child meet and become acquainted with their classmates, teachers and other adults in the First School. During this unit, we explore our classrooms, the First School building, our garden, and the School’s campus. We will discuss safety in the car, on the playground, inside our classroom, and during fire drills. Each class will discuss and create classroom rules. Click to read letter.