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Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program

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Prekindergarten students at Watervliet Elementary School work on their writing and drawing skills with author Sheri Amsel.

New York author and illustrator, Sheri Amsel, visits Watervliet Pre-K

 Universal Prekindergarten students at Watervliet Elementary School are participating in an exciting enrichment opportunity this year provided by local author and illustrator, Sheri Amsel.

Throughout a series of classroom visits during the year, the author will gradually introduce more complex concepts and activities as pre-k students progress in their development.

Sheri Amsel is an author and illustrator of more than 25 nonfiction, children’s books with science and nature topics who has visited more than 500 schools across North America. Ms. Amsel is a certified instructor and a NYS visiting author who has been providing supplementary school programming for more than 25 years.

Her programming helps preschoolers learn to hold a drawing implement, listen to and follow instructions, think about colors, shapes, the alphabet, and learn about animals and habitats. Students will draw, color, match concepts and work on books, murals and posters.

Check out Ms. Amsel’s resource websites at: http://www.coloringnature.org/ and http://www.exploringnature.org/

Program lessons for 2016 include:

     Visit 1: Learn to hold a drawing tool, follow directions, draw shapes and color Jack-o-Lantern drawing activity, Autumn coloring page, Read a book about pumpkins

     Visit 2: Learn about pets. Practice using a drawing tool and follow directions. Learn to count and tally pets. Learn to draw a pet. Count and tally pets activity. Read a book about pets. Receive a copy of Zoo Vet Alphabet.

     Visit 3: Learn about animals in winter-migrate, hibernate, change color, thicker fur, etc. Practice using a drawing tool and following directions. Color winter animals, cut them out, post them on a winter mural. Read winter animals.

     Visit 4: Learn about animal locomotion. Practice using a drawing tool and following directions. Color animals that move differently, attach them to puppet sticks and try out how animals move. Read about animal locomotion.

     Visit 5: Learn about baby animals. Practice following directions and writing their own names. Color baby animals for their own little book. Baby animal matching activity. Read a book about baby animals. Receive a copy of A Wetland Walk.