Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

We had a lot of fun doing Valentine's day related activities this week.  We also added some centers, which made school more fun as well.

On Monday, students learned how to use our iPad center and how to mark they
were there.  We introduced an addition dice game in puzzles and games, introduced a rhyming pocket chart game, and continued to use "the shadow machine" (an overhead projector)  In sensory table we have put shaving cream and allowed students to go there when they choose to practice writing letters.  We also retaught how to do all the centers.  Students worked hard to make the many valentine's pieces to show all of you just how much they love you!

Thursday was our Valentine's day celebration. Students handed out valentines and did a write the room activity. This was working on some valentine's day words as well as copying print, and seeing if the letters were tall, small, or underground letters.  Students did very well with both activities.

We also got to do a letter of the week this week.  The letter of the week was Bb. 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 B with blue bubbles we blew.
  On Wednesday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, Bis for bumble bee.

If you are willing and able or have extras lying around, please donate the following items:
5 oz cups for milk at snack

On a personal note, I would like to let you know that my husband and I are expecting our first child in August.  My belly has started to grow and I plan on telling the students on Monday, but wanted to let you know as well in case they come home with questions or are talking about it.  I plan on keeping the conversation very short and simple, but if you would like to talk to you child before hand, you are welcome to do so.  I do know there are book available titled, My Teacher is Having a Baby (click title for link to amazon for the book) if you would find it helpful.  If I am noticing a lot of questions, anxiety, or anything else, I will also invest in the book to read to the class.   If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let me know. 

Important Notes:
  • BECAUSE IT IS FINALLY GETTING WARM ENOUGH TO GO BACK OUTSIDE, PLEASE BE SURE THEY ARE DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER TO GO OUT.  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: President's Day, Patriotic
Letter of the Week: Ff

Snack: Beyer Family

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