Friday, January 24, 2014

Polar Animals-PALS (round 2)

Hello Parents, 

We have been busy measuring how many ice cubes a penguin is tall (IF you can find them around the room that is!).  This had us working on writing our numbers, the concept of measurement, the concept of counting, and number recognition.  Students really enjoyed searching around the room for the penguins and writing down their height.  

I have been busy seeing all that your child knows, and BOY have they learned a lot!  They are doing excellent at so many concepts and I love seeing how much they grow each day!

An area we have been working on the last few weeks is our body basics and making sure we are being respectful to our friends. This means doing their 5 on the carpet (criss-cross legs, safe hands, eyes on the speaker, ears are listening, and lips are zipped).  We are definitely starting to feel comfortable with our friends and have needed some reminders about this.  Also, we are working on using our centers and our classroom materials the correct way. This means that candy land is played correctly, high-ho cherry o is played correctly, puzzles are used for puzzles not confetti, the dice games are for playing not seeing how high the dice can go, we read in the reading center, not tackle each other, we play house with the food not throw it, etc.  We will continue to reinforce these concepts.

We will begin journals as well as "writing books" as the year progresses.  We are going to talk about an author, what they do, how they are so good at it, and how the students can be authors to.  We will be working on the concept of being an author over the concept of having to get words on the paper and spell.  

 The letter of the week was Jj. 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 j with Jell-O.
  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, J is for Jaguar.

Catholic Schools week is next week. There are many activities planned that do not have to do with Religion, but as our school being a community and having fun as a whole group.  Sheets were sent home, please feel free to participate in all dress up days.  

Important Notes:
  • Please RSVP for sledding with the Hillside site.  It will be a fun day I hope you can attend!
  • 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: Community Helpers
Letter of the Week: Hh

Snack: Everts Family

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