October 2022

Book of the Month

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Themes of the Month 


Social Emotional Learning

     We will learn about different feelings, such as happy, sad, and angry, reading a book called Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. 

     In this book, we will learn that everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds good thoughts and feelings.  Children begin to understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring and respectful.  They will also learn that when they do the opposite, they dip into the buckets and remove those good feelings.  Children can understand that actions and words can either fill a bucket or dip into it. 

     During the school year we will be encouraging, and recognize every child’s effort to be a bucket filler, at home, at school and everywhere they go.


     In math, we will learn about different shapes. 

     You can help your child by taking a walk around the neighborhood to look for different shapes. 

     You can even look around your home and talk about all the different shapes you see, for example: the door is shaped like a rectangle and a clock is shaped like a circle.

Physical Education

     Your child will engage in many gross motor activities throughout the school day. 

     You can help your child by taking them to the playground after school. 

     You can also play ball.  Practice throwing and catching a ball with your child.

Mrs. Fitzgerald - Music and Movement

     Pre-K students will learn about their bodies and various ways we can move them. Please remember to send your child to school with rubber soled shoes. We are an active class. Currently we are working on galloping and singing, Old Mc Donald had a farm. 


Ms. Becker - Art

     Students will create abstract rainbow designs applying their newly found knowledge of the spectrum which they learned singing Jàck Hartman's "Rainbow Song" and by observing a model rainbow drawing.  We also created found object sculptures and saw a video of assemblage artists.


Ms. Woods and Mr. Meehan - Physical Education

     PreK students will learn routines and be introduced to various fitness activities.

Mr. Feder - Science

     Pre-K children are introduced to the scientific method and the five (5) senses which they will use to learn more about themselves and their world.


Ms. Bakalac - Science 

     Pre-K students will be learning about how we use our 5 senses to explore, investigate and understand ourselves and our world.  Students will use observations and ask questions.  These are higher-level science skills that they will be using in upcoming Pre-K units and in kindergarten. 

     To support your child at home, have them look for things in nature and listen for different sounds, smell and taste different foods and touch materials of different textures.


Ms. Caputo - Social Studies

Pre-K classes will be hearing stories that help them understand that teachers - and other adults at school - keep them safe, care about them, and help them learn at school.  Some titles we will be reading are "All Are Welcome Here," by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman; "Rosie Goes To Preschool" by Karen Katz; and "The Pigeon Has To Go To School," by Mo Willems.  Students will participate in art activities to support fine motor skills and group work.


  Please have your child wear sneakers to school every day.  The children are running, jumping and playing in the schoolyard and in the gym. If your child wears boots to school please send them in with sneakers to change into. Sneakers with Velcro are helpful because your child can put them on and take them off independently.

  Please dress your child in comfortable clothing.  It is helpful to not send them in with pants that close with buttons and zippers, unless they can open and close it themselves.  It helps to make them more independent in the bathroom.

PreK Books of the Month

  Here is a list of some of our favorite books that we will be reading this month.                 

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McLoud  Book Cover of "Have You Filled a Bucket Today"   


The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn    

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley


Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell      

Five Little Ducks   

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed 

You can borrow these books and more from your local library:  Borough Park Library (1265 43rd Street, near 13th Ave), Kensington Library (4207 18th Ave at E 3rd St), Windsor Terrace Library (160 E 5th St at Ft Hamilton Pkwy) 

You can also ask the librarian for more books about school and making friends.

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