Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dr. Seuss

I got the newsletter out early!  Yay!
We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday this week!

On Monday, we made Dr. Seuss hats with rhyming words. Students wrote their own initial sound of the rhyming words that they created.  They then got to wear them around!  They also did some Green Eggs and Ham activity in which the students rolled the dice to see how many eggs to put on their plate. They then had to circle if that plate had more or less than the other plate they rolled.  Students did very well with this and are getting better at writing those numbers.

On Wednesday, we did Red Fish Blue Fish, One Fish, Two Fish. Students had to roll a color die and a number die. The color die told them what color they had to color their fish and number die was how many to put in the bowl. They did this a second time and they then had to total how many fish they had in their bowl.

We also got to work with some number and alphabet cards with Dr. Seuss. This worked on if it is was a letter or a number, as well as recognizing them and counting or saying their sound. The cool thing, this activity could be tailored to each child and his/her needs.

We did our usual letter of the week.  We did our usual letter of the week as well.  The letter of the week was Qq .  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 Qq with the quilt pieces.
  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, Q is for Queen.

Important Notes:

  • Reading with the Stars will be held on March 11 with a St. Patrick's day theme. Please RSVP by the 10th
  • We have the District Wide 4K Event for spring coming up April 3 5-7pm.  Please RSVP by March 19 so I can send numbers to the teachers at HES.  Fliers are coming home today.
  • There will be a Half Day on Wednesday March 12 (for the students who stay all day).  Students who usually leave at 10:55 will have a normal dismissal.  No aftrecare will be offered on this half day.  Students who stay all day can be picked up at: 10:55 or 12:30.   Also, if your child is going home in a different form than they normally do on these half days, please send a note how and/or who will be picking them up.   Any questions, please feel free to contact myself or the office.
  • 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: Dr. Seuss (again)
Letter of the Week: Vv

Snack: Bonnet Snack

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