Thursday, February 7, 2013

Feb 4-Feb 7

Our letter of the week was Bb.  We talked about the sound Bb makes (like in Bear, bubble, and blue).  We practiced our hand symbol, practiced the hand writing sheet, and made our hand print book page (bumble bee), and we decorated the letter Bb with blue bubbles.  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!  

**** Found the correct wording on how to write the letters. Please click HERE It should bring you to a google document.  When you get in the document, you can save it (download) as a PDF.  You can then view, rotate counter clockwise to get a better view.****

Monday we did an activity about the groundhog and his shadow. Students cut out an image of a groundhog (lots of curves--getting lots of work with those scissor!).  We then taped him face down and painted over him to leave his shadow.  Our paint was "our sunshine." We then stood him up out of his hole and ahhh! he was scared of his shadow!

We read books about shadows and watched a video on shadows.

After doing our spontaneous graph last week, I observed students doing some of their own graphing on the white board during free choice time!

Gave students the opportunity to make their own shadows in the discovery center with the overhead projector.

Opening work on Wednesday was to start by sorting the tangrams (colored wood shapes) that were dumped on the table. They were then told to make shapes out the the shapes we had poured all over the table!  Students did well with this and initiated a lot of shape conversations and vocabulary!  More pictures are on the website.

On Wednesday, we did a small group activity on shadows.  Students looked at the shadows on the overhead projector and answered questions about them.  They did well with this activity and worked a large variety of skills including: fine motor skills, reading readiness, shape identification, listening skills, observational skills, and the scientific concept of trial and errors.  

Important Notes:
  • Book Orders are due Feb 15th.  There are some great new collections. Also, if you order online you get a coupon for free books.  It also earns points and free books for our classroom as well!  
  • Reading with the stars  is Monday.  If you could try to get an RSVP to me by Friday (by form in their folder or by email) if you can come or not it would be greatly appreciated.  Feel free to send your stars from previous nights if you can't make the next one for us to display!
  • Orientation  4K registration for NEXT YEAR'S 4k students is March 5 (Greenville) and March 6 (Hortonville).  If you plan on attending Hortonville or Greenville next year, you will automatically be registered due to your 4k enrollment (if you registered through Hortonville, not if you are registered through St. Edward.)  If you are planning on attending St. Edward next year (and were previously Hortonville), please let me know and we can get you a registration packet.  If you were already registered through St. Edward, your packet came in the Blue Folders last week.  Please get them in asap as they help us figure out staffing for next year and that process begins this early already.
  • Milk Jugs.  We do NOT need any more milk jugs (though you can bring what you have left over), but you don't have to save any more.
  • Dress for the Weather.  We go outside Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students need coats,  ats, and mittens.  If there is snow or even if it is in the 30s I would suggest snowpants and boots for warmth and dryness.  St. Edward Extended day families, these students go outside for "long recess" after lunch daily and need to be dressed for it daily.  Please come with everything they need to stay warm and have fun!

    • With weather below zero, students cannot go outside. This does include windchill.  Unfortunately, this means we didn't get outside all last week, but we do attempt to get some exercise in the room and the gym.  Please continue to send snow pants and boots as the commute to school can be rather long and I want them all to stay warm if something should happen.
  • Lost and Found.  Our lost and found is growing.  If you are missing something please feel free to check out the box on top of the lockers by our door, or email me and I will take a look for you!  
  • As always, any questions or concerns please feel free to email me!  Have a great weekend!
Next week:
Theme: Valentine's Day, Love
Letter: Kk
AM Snack: Erickson Family
PM Snack: Emerich Family

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