Our letter of the week was Pp. We talked about the sound Pp makes (like in pig, polar, and penguin). We practiced our hand symbol, practiced the hand writing sheet, and made our hand print book page (penguin), and we decorated the letter Pp with popcorn. 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!
We continued our theme of Polar Animals.
We started the week by making a walrus. Students cut their paper plate (it is a thicker material so more difficult to cut), painted a large paper plate, a small paper plate, and the two halves of the small paper plates. Painting was using our fine motor skills, but also endurance in using this skill as there was so much to paint. Students then had to follow directions and put two eyes on and two tusks on in the proper location on the head.
We also wrapped up our polar animal unit with making a snow globe. Students cut out the animals and their globes using their fine motor skills--cutting on straight and curved lines. Students then opened up a ziplock bag and put their animal pieces in--using their fine motor skills and pinching. They then scooped 2 scoops of hole punched snow and added 10 shakes of the snow glitter. Once their globes were assembled, students wrote the the sounds they hear when they say "polar" and "animals" writing the P and the A.
This and many
"There was an Old Lady"
books for many seasons
and themes are available
Reading with the stars went well! It was nice to see new families there! We read some There Was an Old Lady stories. These stories continue reinforcing rhymes. Again, this is a game you can play at home, in the car, or anywhere! Say a word and have them rhyme to it, have them give you some words they know that rhyme. Made up words are fine, we just encouraging the actual rhyming.
Literacy bags started coming home. We are going to be doing a 10 child rotation. PM's 10 students have the bags this week. Next week, the 10 AM students who go home on the bus or by car will get them. The following week, the 10 students from the AM that stay for the Extended Day program will get them. This will then be the rotation. Please try to get your bags in on the Tuesday after you get them so we are able to re-stuff the folders, and get them out to the next group! I encourage you to do the activities in the folder not only once, but a couple times. The bonding between you and your child is precious. The memories you will create laughing and playing together while learning will stick to the both of you while creating foundational skills for your child.
Book orders will be submitted Saturday morning so get them in by midnight Friday (today). Again, please consider ordering books from our school book order (or going to the library or reading the books you already have!) Reading is a wonderful bonding opportunity between you and your child. It also helps build their vocabulary and reading skills. When reading with them, have them show you where to start the book, where to go next, what letter some words start with. They are doing great with this in school and bridging the school curriculum to home helps build authentic learning and is fun for the students!
Theme: Community Helpers
AM Snack: Wheaton Family
PM Snack: Sawinski Family