Friday, February 7, 2014

Groundhog's Day, Shadows

We had a whole week of school!  It is exciting to be here and get all the fun things we planned done!

This week we focused on groundhog's day-but more shadows.  We talked about how we make shadows, where we get shadows and what we need in order to make a shadow.

On Monday, students created a shadow effect by laying their groundhogs down and painting along their edges (like the sun shines around the edges). When the picked their groundhogs up, they left a shadow and were searching for it.  Students giggled when the groundhog "popped" up on their art project.

On Wednesday, we focused more on shadows.  We used the overhead projector and put things on it to discover more about shadows. We drew the shadows we saw, learned that shadows are not always black, and more



Students had fun using the projector during free time this week. They built things, dumped things, stacked things, and more to see the shadows.  It was fun watching their little minds think!

We also got to do a letter of the week this week.  The letter of the week was Hh. 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 H with hearts.
  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, H is for Hippo.

If you are willing and able or have extras lying around, please donate the following items:
5 oz cups for milk at snack
Shaving cream for sensory table and word/letter work

Many have have asked about our Valentine's Day in our class.

  • Our school has an all or none policy--students can bring valentines for:                                                                      *All the school*All the class*None at all
  • Valentine's day snacks can be anything you wish but we do not eat any at school
  • We will be handing out Valentines on Thursday February 13 as part of our small group 
  • Students are encouraged to write their own name on the from line, but they can leave the "To:" line blank. This allows students to pass out valentines more effectively.  IF your child would like to address them, it will be their responsibility to get them in the right buckets.
  • For our buckets, we like to use milk jugs. It is large for the valentines, has a handle, and can be decorated (at school).  Please send a cleaned gallon milk jug with your child (If you have extra you may send them for those who may forget or not have them).  by Tuesday February 11.

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.  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: Valentine's Day, Love
Letter of the Week: Bb

Snack: Wieczorek Family

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