Friday, February 27, 2015

Dental health

This week was dental health week.  We started our week off by counting teeth and putting the correctly numbered toothbrush on the mouths.  We are doing better at recognizing those numbers, but please keep working on this at home.
On Tuesday we set up our science experiment.  We took three eggs and placed them in milk, soda, and water.   Egg shells are very similar to our teeth so we wanted to see what those drinks would do do our teeth.
We let the eggs sit in the liquids until Thursday, and this what we saw when we were done!  We concluded that milk and water are better drinks for us to drink.  We didnt want to scare the kids into never drinking soda or their parents teeth going to fall out if they saw them drinking soda so we also discussed not drinking it very much and if we do, how we can take care of our teeth. The students remembered the nurse said (she came in on Wednesday) that if they brush their teeth it gets rid of the sugar bugs.  
We got out a paint brush because our toothbrush was missing and used some real toothpaste and brushed our egg.  It took the brown off!  That means brushing our teeth really does make them clean and take the sugar bugs away!
Students also got to make their own mouths by dipping marshmallows into glue and sticking them onto the black circles in their mouths.  This worked on direction following (they had to dip, wait for all the drips to be done, and then stick in the circle for each tooth) and fine motor skills.  When they were done, they had to count how many teeth were in the mouth.
We also went on a magazine search this week.  Students had a happy tooth and a sad tooth and they had to go through magazines and cut out 2 things that fit onto each tooth.  This worked on their cutting ,their sorting, their direction following, and on the content.  We really learned a lot about teeth!

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  quilt pieces.  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, Q is for Queen.

Upcoming Events:
  • Book Order due March 27.  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.
  • Half Day Wednesday March 11 for students who stay all day.  I will send an email finding out how students get home the week of.
  • Reading with the Stars, Thursday March 12 5:30-6:30.  More information and an RSVP (electronically) will come out next week.
  • Spring Break runs March 30-April 5.  
  • Classes Resume Monday April 6.  St. Edward school does not resume on Monday like the district.  We will be in session, but the only ones in the building.  There will be no Extended day with Mrs. Zajicek or After School Care with Mrs. Schmitz offered.  Students ALL must be picked up by 11.
Important Notes:
    •  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.
    Next Week:
    Theme: Dr. Suess

    Letter of the Week: Vv
    Snack: Manteufel

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