Friday, October 3, 2014

Week 5-Apples

On Tuesday, students practiced the fire drill to prepare for the real fire drill that is next week.  Please know that the alarm does go off for the normal fire drill.  We stress to the kids that it is a practice and there is not a real fire, but reinforcement of this at home will help them be less afraid as well.  Also, along with the firedrill, we have a firetruck and firefighters in all their gear here.  We also talk about dialing 911 and emergencies. Please know if your child is talking about such things it is due to conversations at school,

Students talked about the parts of the apple and labeled the parts of an apple on a giant apple we have posted in the room.  Students also graphed their favorite colored apples and discussed the results of the graph.  This teaches math skills as well as decision making.
On Wednesday, students helped make apple sauce by helping to peel the apples and add the ingredients to the crock pot. They then watched it cook all day.  Thursday we ate our homemade applesauce for snack. It was delicious!  We also discussed what will happen at the apple orchard on our field trip that is next week. 

The letter of the week was Cc. 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 C with Cotton Clouds.  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, C is for cat.

Important Notes:
  • Fire Drill and Fire Safety week is next week
  • Field Trip is next week. Please send children dressed for the weather--including shoes that can get dirty.  NO SANDLES pleaseMake sure they are warm enough.  It is always recommended they dress in layers so they can remove layers if the weather is warmer.  If you are a chaperone, a letter should have come home with chaperone expectations. If you didn't, write a note in your child's folder and we will get one to you. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Book Order due October 31st.  Please click on the link for scholastic at the top of this page.  When you buy books for your child, it helps buy books and supplies for our classrooms.
  • Field Trip forms are due on the day of the trip!  Please  make sure payment and slips are in.  No slip, no trip.
  • Send in those family photos!
Next Week:
Theme: Fire Safety-Field Trip
Letter of the Week: Oo
Snack: Ulmen family (again)

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