Sunday, December 15, 2013

Winter, Gingerbread

Our topic this week was Elf on the Shelf, Winter, Gingerbread.

We worked on patterning, made snowflakes for our classroom tree, and worked on a gingerbread book.  We read the book and then colored it. We are really working on those book reading skills!  They are doing good, but practice is always great!

Tiger continued to get in trouble this week!  
Monday, Tiger must have been swinging on our holiday sign but then fell down!  We caught him stuck upside down.  
Tuesday, Tiger was up in our class tree-probably checking out our awesome snowflakes.
Wednesday, Tiger was reading his book, remind friends he goes to Santa and they need to do their best!
Thursday, Tiger was playing with blocks. He had a nice tower and must have run out of time to make more! 

We spent a lot of our week working on the St. Edward program, watching the St. Edward program, practicing our gingerbread show, and performing our gingerbread show. Students loved wearing their masks and they had a lot of fun "playing" their parts!  It was a great night!

Our Next reading with the stars is January 14.

The letter of the week was Mm. 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 M with Mini Marshmallows.
  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, M is for monkey.

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.

Important Notes:
  • Boy oh boy, did it get cold fast!  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.  We go outside on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, Extended day kids go out EVERY DAY.
  • 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. 
Next Week:
Theme: Holidays
Letter of the Week: Uu

Snack: Ebben Family

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