Friday, October 19, 2012

Oct 15-Oct 18

Hello Parents!

Today's week really flew by!

Our letter of the week was Aa.  We talked about the sound Aa makes (like in apples, ants, alligator).  We practiced our hand symbol, our handwriting sheet, and read our Alphatales story, The Adventures of Alice Alligator.  The students are doing really well with our alphabet letters.  I am so proud of their progress with the sign language symbol, the sound symbol, the letter and even our handwriting sheets are improving!  

Our theme was Fall.  We read many books about fall, discussed what we see in the fall, and then what we know about fall.  We made a ziplock "leaf globe."  It is adorable, like a snow globe, but filled with fall colors!  Students worked their fine motor skills scooping the "leaves" from the buckets with a spoon, and on their colors when they told me the color before they put the spoonfulls in.  

One book we read was There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves.  There is a lot of rhyming words in this book.  We are starting to work on rhyming as it is a good skill to have when reading (if you recognize the ending of a word but it has a new beginning sound, you are better able to problem solve the word).  As we work on this in the classroom, you can work on it at home.  Play rhyming games in the car, on a walk, at the dinner table, etc.  It is fine if they make up words, the concept of having a rhyme is the important part at this point in their development.  

Important Notes:
  • Book Orders Due Friday September 26th.  Remember, if you order online you get a $5 coupon and our classroom gets a $3 coupon!  We also earn classroom points and can get more books/supplies for our classrooms.
  • No school Thursday September 25th
  • Conferences are coming up!  We will be sending more information in folders, but you will have an opportunity to sign up for a 15 minute slot on either: Thursday Nov 8 (3:00-6:30), Friday Nov 9 (9:00am -12:00pm), or Thursday Nov 15 (3:00-6:30)
  • Field Trip  is coming up!  November 13.  The trip will be to Mosquito Hill in New London.  We will be talking about "What animals do for the winter."  The trip will fit into your child's normally scheduled class time.  More info to come!  
  • Folders.  Please be checking your child's daily folder each night.  We put notes on the notebook pages in their folders as well as any notes we may have for you.  Artwork is also sent home this way.    Also, Please check the student's Wednesday Folders.  Please try to take info out and return the folder and any forms/info/payments in those folders a day or two after receiving.  
  • Dress for the weather.  Please send your child dressed for the weather as we go outside as long as it is not raining or below 0*
  • RSVP. If you have not done so, please RSVP for fall fun fest.  You can send me an email or you can send the form back in your child's folder.  We want an accurate count so we are able to buy the proper amount of supplies.  Since this is open to all Hortonville 4K, this number can vary greatly if students dont RSVP.
  • Red Ribbon Week. Red ribbon week is next week and information was sent home in the Wednesday folders.  The form is also below.  Click on the image to enlarge.  Please participate, it is always a lot of fun!  I promise to take pictures!

Next Week:
Theme: Pumpkins
Letter of the Week: We will not be having a letter of the week with the shortened week.
Snack this week: AM-McKee Family PM-Sawinski Family

--Mrs. Gloudemans

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