Friday, November 9, 2012

Nov 5-Nov 8

 Dear Parents,

Our letter of the week was Gg.  We talked about the sound Gg makes (like in goose, gorilla, Green, gold, glue, and more!).  We practiced our hand symbol, our handwriting sheet, and read our Alphatales story, Be Good, Gorilla.  they put glue and green and gold glitter on their Gg, and made a handprint book page: G is for Ghost.  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!  

 Sign Language G clipart


*****I am going to add all the previous letters of the week to a "Letters of the Week" tab on our website.  Please visit the website for this new tab as well as updated photos!*****

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We started the first full week of November discovering the new pattern on our calendar (turkey, turkey, cornucopia).   We discussed what a cornucopia was, what is was used for, and why they used that instead of things we know about now.  It was a wonderful discussion with our class.

We started the week with making an Indian Corn Stalk.  Students cut out the small squares in the color's of their choice.  They then glued them on the corn stalk.  We then "got out our counting finger out" and counted the number of kernels of corn on our cob.  For now, we are simply working on our counting skills, one to one correspondance, and number identification so I wrote the number in yellow. I read the 'big number' and then told them the two numbers that made that up.  They then worked on writing those numbers and identified those individual numbers.  This also introduced some good vocabulary.

Tuesday was election day

We discussed that today is the day Mom's and Dad's vote for who they want to be the president.  **A little boy pipes up, "YEAH! You can vote for Bobama or what's that old guys name again?"***  We discussed what it means to vote: everyone picks their one favorite, put it on a ballot, puts that ballot in a box, a ballot box, and then they count those.  The one that got the most picks to be favorite wins to be president.  Finally, we discussed that we are not old enough to vote for real so we can do a pretend election.

We then got our turn to vote.  Students lined up at the polls, and waited their turn.  I had a "blind" set up so that their vote could be private.  They then took a marker and ballot from a pile, write "O" for Obama or "M" for Mitt Romney.  They then put that in the ballot box and we had the next voter come up.  We will tabulate the results the next day.  We developed many election vocabulary words today!

**I want to note***
We had no discussion on the candidates and what they stand for.  I just wanted them to work on the voting process, voting vocabulary, and some writing skills. **

At our circle time on Wednesday, we took the ballots out, read the vote, and tallied it on the board.  We then saw who our president we chose was and compared to who our projected president was.  Obama won in both elections.

We then made sensory acorns.  I found an acorn template and printed it out.  Students cut out the acorns.  Students painted the bottom with glue on a paint brush (I did water it down a bit).  They then sprinkled this area with coffee.    They then brushed the top of the acorn with the glue mixture and paintbrush and sprinkled it with oatmeal.  This project smelled good, looked good, and was fun to make!

We read a book, Thanksgiving Day, from Scholastic.  It discusses why we eat the food we do for Thanksgiving.  This opened up discussion again about the Cornucopia and the first Thanksgiving.

Important Notes:
  • Book Orders Due Friday November 30th.  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. If you want them as a Holiday Gift, please let me not by note in their folder or email and I will find a way to get them to you secretly.
  • Conferences are going well.  If you have any questions or concerns afterwards, please contact me and we can either discuss them via phone or email or set up a meeting time.  
  • 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."  Slips went home.  No slip to trip  so get them in by Monday Nov 12!!
  • 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*

Next Week:
Theme: Where Animals go in the Winter
Letter of the Week:Ss
Snack this week: AM-Danoski Family PM-We currently don't have anyone signed up for snack--If you would be able (even for 1 day) it would be greatly appreciated.

--Mrs. Gloudemans

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