Our topic this week was Fall Harvest.
Students started the week with a new calendar. The calendar pattern this month is turkey, blue, cornucopia. We discussed what a cornucopia was and how it helped people long ago who did not have machines collect the harvest.
We then discussed Indian Corn and how it does not look like the corn we eat today, it is in the same family and a corn that people ate around the time of the first Thanksgiving. We then made our own indian corn and counted how many of each color we had on our cobs.
We also discussed scarecrows and how they help scare the birds/crows away from the crops so people can pick them, but they are only scary to the birds. Students are really doing well at participating to at circle times, making connections, and
We read The Silly Scarecrow, a book about Clifford thinking the scarecrow was a field monster only to discover it was a Silly Scarecrow only there to scare the birds away. We then read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves. We used this book to make predictions of why she was swallowing certain things and to make connections to what we already know. We also worked to find the rhyming words in the story. Students are doing great!
We also had a visit from the Hortonville Bussing system to teach us about bus safety. Even for those who do not ride the bus, it was good to have this safety training for field trips and if they are future bus riders.
The letter of the week was Ss. 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 S with Stickers with Stars, Smiles, and Super on them. We even put Six or Seven Stickers on each S. On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, S is for Spider.
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 will be coming home tomorrow. 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.
Theme: Animals getting ready for Winter
Letter of the Week: Ee
Snack: Due to a technical glitch, snack for November is missing from the calendar. If you have signed up for snack this week, please let me know. If you are unsure, we do have some left overs, extras, and donations for such situations.