Friday, November 7, 2014

Week 10-Harvest/Farming

We are continuing with our Fall unit focusing on harvest time, farming and preparing for Thanksgiving.  We are spending more time during centers writing our letters, numbers, and names and have been introducing more games in our puzzle and game center that will increase letter and number recognition.   Our sensory table has been filled with acorns and corn kernels  and we have been doing a lot of sorting and making patterns with them.

The letter of the week was Ss. 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!

This week we are learning the letter S!  We have read our Alphatales book several times  and are doing an awesome job picking out the S words in the book. We have also discovered that we are learning to spell!!  Ask your child about some of the words they have learned to spell during circle time, specifically during weather watching! We decorated our bubble letter S with star stickers and our handprint was a big black spider!! 

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 S with Smile and Star Stickers.  They even took it a step further and put six or seven stickers on.  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, S is for Spider.

Does your child sit in the dreaded W sit?  Please click HERE for information on why we as family and teachers should recommend a different way for your child to sit.

Important Notes:
  • Mrs Gloudemans will return on Monday November 17.
  • Thanksgiving Week is quickly approaching.  Please know that we will only have school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Morning (Nov 24, 25, 26).  There will be no extended day or after school care for those who typcially stay all day.  If you typically stay all day, you have 3 options for that day.  1. pick up at 11 when 4k lets out 2. Attend the Thanksgiving lunch (only open to those who typically are here for lunch at school) at 11:30 3. Pick up your child at 12:30 after the Thanksgiving lunch (they will eat lunch with the class).
  • 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 November 26.  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.  Start thinking about making book orders a part of your child's holiday presents!  Make reading fun and exciting for your child.
  • Send in those family photos!
Next Week:
Theme: Hibernation/Migration
Letter of the Week: Ee
Snack: Bonnet Family

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