Sunday, November 17, 2013

Animals Getting Ready for Winter

Our topic this week was What animals do to get ready for winter.
We started the week by discussing what animals do in the winter and the vocabulary that goes with it.  We
discussed hibernation = sleeping all winter and migration = going south for the winter where it is warm.

We made a Canadian Goose that is going to fly south for the winter.  These will be hung on the ceiling in V formation to show their migration.

We made a squirrel and a bunch of acorn nuts to help them Gather for the winter.  They gather lots of nuts and snack on them all winter long. We even painted the fluffy squirrel with a fluffy painting tool!

We made a bear in his cave ready to hibernate for the winter.  These bears aren't asleep yet, but you better leave them alone!  We dont want them to still be hungry!

The letter of the week was Ee. We learned the sign language for a letter, the literacy link sound symbols, the letter sound, and looking at and writing it in both capital letters and lower case letters.  Click here to view the many ways we learn the letter of the week!

Each week we watch letter videos from "Have Fun Teaching" and the students are really picking up the names of letters, formations, and the sounds of letters.  Check out these videos with you child!  Click HERE.

The Tuesday project of letter of the week is to decorate a letter with something that starts with the letter. This week we decorated the letter

E with our Elbows!!  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, E is for Elephant.

Please visit the whole website (4k, drop down menu, Gallery) to see your child's first day photo as well as photos from through out the week.  If you would like the first day photo, please email me and I can send you the digital copy.

Reading with the Stars invites are out!  These events are really fun for the families and the students.  It allows parents to participate in their child's learning as well as children to socialize outside of school hours.  Also, our AM and PM sessions are both invited to these events so it allows them to get to know each other as well.  

Important Notes:

  • 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*(students are more than welcome to bring layers daily or to leave in their lockers)  It may also be time to change out the change of clothes to make sure they are weather appropriate.  If you send a new change of clothes, we will send the warm weather clothes in their backpacks.
  • 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. As we start letter of the week, we will also start sending home homework to help reinforce the letter concept and identification.  Please work on this with you child to help the students make the connection between home and school. 
  • 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. 
  • Literacy Bags come home every three weeks.  Students will have a week to complete the project inside and can then return the bag with completed sheets in it on TUESDAYS.
  • Library Books come every week.  We go to library on Monday and student have the opportunity to check out a book and keep it for a week. It can be kept in their back packs or at home, but please remember to bring it on Mondays. 
  • Book Order due December 6th (paper fliers came out, online available in the scholastic tab of the website: WE WILL NOT BE DOING ANOTHER ORDER IN DECEMBER BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO GET THEM IN BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS.
  • PLEASE CONSIDER BOOK ORDER BOOKS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS!  Reading is a great gift to share with your child and others.  If you purchase online, you also help our class to earn points to buy books for our room.  IF YOU WANT BOOK ORDERS TO BE A GIFT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL WRAP THEM DISCREETLY AND GET THEM TO YOU SO THEY CAN BE A GIFT.
  • Send in those family photos!
Next Week:
Theme: Turkeys
Letter of the Week: Rr
Snack: Bonnet Family

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