This week we talked about Thanksgiving and Turkeys. We started off Monday with listening to what number the teacher said and what color the teacher said and coloring the right feather the right color. Students did great with the listening part. We are still working on number recognition, but a lot of students figured out the trick of being able to start at one and count up to find the number they needed. Good problem solving!
We had our first Reading with the Stars Monday night and it went well! There was a good turn out and students looked like they had fun reading and doing the art book with us. We will not be having a "traditional" December Reading with the Stars. We will be having a reader's theater where all children will have have a small speaking part to show off for you. We will be collecting and decorating stars still.
On Wednesday, students put turkeys in size order. This seems like an easy skill, but it does indeed take practice to realize that there is an order to things. Students did well with this as well. They are really getting quick at their cutting too! Students also worked on counting the "dice dots" on the turkey's body and then finding the right feather to glue on the X marks the spot. This took some listening, practice, fine motor skills, number recognition (again we are still working on this but are providing lots of practice), and art in one activity. Students were already better at number recognition by Wednesday than they were on Monday! One way we help them with numbers are number rhymes. This helps know what they look like as well as how to write them. Below are the rhymes.
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The letter of the week was Rr. 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 R with Ribbons. On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, R is for Rabbit.
Thursday, students got to wear R crowns because they were the kings, queens, princes, princesses of the letter R because they worked so hard on them all week. Encourage them to say the letter R, to make the R sound, To make the R sign language and have fun with the letter. When they are having fun, they are learning....and they love learning with you!
Book orders are coming home as we get more fliers. Please know you can use books (and we highly encourage it) for gifts at the holiday time. The more we can get excited about reading, the more they will enjoy it and thrive doing it! If you would like a book order to be a gift, please just send an email or note and we will make sure to get that order to you discreetly and not allow your child to see the package. We usually tell them that the paper bag all taped up we put in their bags is their parents homework. Also, remember, your Scholastic book orders help us to buy supplies and more books for our room as well! Check out our new white board stickers we were able to purchase with the points we earned this far in the year!
Letter of the Week: No letter-short week
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