Dear Families of Pre-K,
We are just starting our first Unit of Inquiry in which students will inquire into who we are and how we learn. This is a year long unit which will give students time to reflect on themselves as learners.
Throughout the unit the children explore the central idea: Understanding who we are helps us connect with others and understand how we learn.
Through literature and learning activities in the classroom, teachers, assistants and specialists will be guiding each child’s inquiry into:
- who we are
- how we connect to each other within families, friends, and communities
- the many ways we learn
How you can help your child at home:
1. In order to help your child share some special information about herself/himself with the classmates we are encouraging you to take a part in our “Hand Project”.
In your child’s backpack you will find a piece of cardboard paper to use for tracing your child’s hand. Please cut out the hand and on each finger put a piece of information that your child wants to share with others. For example:
- Place of birth, languages spoken
- Favorite thing to do as a family
- Favorite thing to play
- What makes you feel happy, excited, scared, calm?
- Favorite place to go
- Favorite food
- Something that you are really good at
- Favorite cartoon/movie/book character
- And/or anything else your child thinks is important for his/her friends to know.
Please write down the information on each finger. Where possible, please add a picture to remind your child about the idea he/she wanted to share (a photo, a sticker or a drawing).
2. Help your child to become aware of his or her capabilities – helping them to see how they have grown and what they can now do, that they couldn’t do before. What makes your child an individual, make them unique?
3. Talk about feelings, labeling them for your child and modeling positive ways to express feelings in your family. What do you do when someone is hurt? How do we help each other?
4. Arrange some play dates for your child, helping him/her to develop skills at making and negotiating friendships. What do you say when you meet someone new? How do you know this person is a friend?
Thank you very much for taking an active part in your child’s learning.
Your partners in learning,
The Pre-K Team