Thursday, February 19, 2015

President's Day & Patriotic

Intention forms came home today.  Please send the intention forms back as it helps the District plan for staffing.  They need 100% response so PLEASE return asap (due March 14).  We will continue to email and ask until we get all forms in. Thank you.

This week we talked about Presidents and America.  We started the week by reviewing information on what a president does, and showed three presidential images: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Barack Obama.  We talked about a couple short facts about each.  We talked about our flag (the colors that were missing on them when we showed our project template) and the Bald Eagle.

Students made an Eagle with their hands and wrote either USA which we talked about being short for United States of America or America. This helped them talk about our symbol as well as how to write some letters (and name them).

Students made an American flag by first patterning red white red white.  They then glued on the blue square and had 5 starter dots drawn from top to bottom.  They then used a Qtip and did 10 dots acorss from each starter dot to make 50.

Students also counted pennies-they have Abraham Lincoln on them and they are brown. They are worth 1 cent.  We then counted how many cents we had.  We practiced the counting as well as writing the numbers.

As a part of morning work, students cut apart a puzzle of George Washington.  They then glued it back together in number order. This worked on our cutting, gluing, fine motor skills, counting, and number recognition.

The letter of the week was Kk. 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 Kk with  K'nex.  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, K is for Kite.

Upcoming Events:
  • Book Order due Feb 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.
  • Sledding at Jennerjohn Park.  More information came out this week.  There is also a digital image on the blog (previous post)  Open to all 4k Sites in the district. Friday February 27, 2015.
Important Notes:
    • Please check the updated Wish List (top tabs says "Wish List").  We have more than enough of some and could still use others. As the email stated, this is by no means a requirement, but I know some people want to send things and these are the things we could use. 
    • 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: Teeth.Dental Health

    Letter of the Week: Qq
    Snack: Heinz Family

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