We were talking about fall this week. We added sponge painting leaves to our art center that we could hang on our classroom tree, and we added hole punching to the sensory table to make some fall leaves for a Fall "leaf globe" art project. Both are working a lot on following directions and refining and strengthening their fine motor skills.
A lot of students got through their "All about Me" books. We are calling their assessments and PALS all about me books because really they are helping us to learn all about them. It also puts a positive spin on sitting with a teacher. The kids are actually enjoying it and doing very well. We will discuss all the results at conferences.
We are still working a lot on name writing. It is important that your child can write their name because it is the foundation of a lot of their writing skills, the beginning of their letter recognition, strengthens and refines their fine motor skills, and it is important to be on all papers so we know whose it is! Please work on name writing at home. Sheets are in our writing center to help them at school.
We have been working on proper writing in general. Here is a look at our lines. There is the sky line, the plane line, and the ground. (eventually there will be a worm line but we aren't to worm line letters). We always start at the sky line. ALWAYS. For T, it is start at the sky, pull down to the ground. Across the sky. for t, it is pull down, across the plane line. Encourage this language and proper formation as it will truly help the with their fluency down the road.
The letter of the week was Oo. 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 O with an Orange O rOlled all Over. On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, O is for Octopus.
Students also do a maze of the letter helping get from one object to another starting with that letter, find and color all of the letter, color a page of something that starts with that letter, and make a crown at the end of the week to be the Kings and Queens of the letter!
We also do a handwriting sheet. This is important because writing the letters correctly helps with efficency as well as learning cursive down the line. We ALWAYS START AT THE TOP. Please encourage students to write the letter correctly!
Letter of the Week: Oo (finish what we didn't)
AM Snack: Amador
PM Snack : Stapp
***Thanks to a parent suggestion, here is a healthy snack list site that can help with some ideas!***