Friday, May 26, 2017

Week of May 22, 2017




Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • Make it Move!
  • This week’s words: fast, slow, bounce, muscle, direction, still
  • This week’s story: Oscar & the Cricket
  • Lowercase letter review: Magic c letters
  • Number Formations: 9
  • Body in the Group
  • Life Skill #10: Saying Thank you!
Life Skill

This week, we learned a new life skill. We learned that it is important to look others’ in the eyes when we talk to them. When they give us something or do something for us, we should say, “thank you.”  We practiced this skill when sharing crayons and other learning materials.  More to come next week!
Social Skills
Body in the Group
We continued to learn about keeping our bodies in the group.  We used figurines to play partner games where students had to identify which figures were in the the group and which were not.  We also learned that while in the group, our bodies need to do the “just right thing.”  We should not be too close or too far away from our friends in the group.  We learned to recognize what the “just right” amount of space is.  We practiced this skill walking in line and working in small groups.  
Songs

Number 9 Formation Poem
Make a lollipop and add a line,
That's the way you make a 9 

Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
Writing
Math
Art
Sensory
Rug
Ramps & Cars
Seasonal & Nonfiction books
Bowling Alley
Word balls: spelling & writing simple words
iPads:
-Bug & Numbers
-Bugs & Bubbles
-Bugs & Buttons
Marble Art
Pipes, balls & water
Racecar puzzle
Literacy Small Groups:
Lowercase Writing Review
This week, we worked to review the formations of magic c letters.  We drew a card from the pile and said the letter we chose. We reviewed the proper formation of  the letter and  made it on our sensory bag.  Then we used a pencil (with alligator fingers) to form the letter on our papers. We had to remember that all of our letters start as a lowercase c.
Listening for Sounds
We reviewed beginning or ending sounds with a fun bowling game.  Using mini bowling pins, we segmented 3 sound words.  For each sound we heard we placed one pin on our mats.  After we identified and colored the sounds we heard on our papers, we got a chance to use a ball to knock down our pins.
Word Balls
We practiced carefully tapping and sounding out words by individual phonemes (or sounds.)  We  cracked open mystery balls that contain three letters and a toy.  We said the name of the toy slowly and tapped each sound we heard.  We used the letter to build that word and recorded it on our papers.


Special End of the year surprise
We are working on a special project to share with you at our End of the Year celebration.   We can’t wait to share it with you!


Journal Writing
We have been learning about things that move or help us move.  This week, we wrote in our journals about things that move or help us move on our playground. We used our turtle talk and worked to add finger spaces between our sentences.  We will continue to add details and colors to make our illustrations pop.    

Math Small Groups:
What’s heavier than Me
After learning about the concept of heavy and light, we brainstormed items that would be heavier than our own bodies.  Something that is difficult to lift is usually heavier than us.  We illustrated our ideas on a paper scale to show the heavier item.  
Measuring with Oscar
We used a card with this week’s story character, Oscar, to compare lengths around our classroom.  We hunted for items that are longer and shorter than our Oscar card and recorded them on our papers.

Finding  Same Lengths
We continued to experiment with measurement.  Using snap cubes we made towers of a set quantity.  We measured items from our classroom to find objects that are the same length as each tower.  We  illustrated objects that we found that are the same length.  
Heavy vs. Light
We experimented with weight.  We made predictions about how heavy or light an object would be.  Using a scale, we weighed various classroom objects to find out which was “heavy” and which was “light.”    
Number Formations
Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we continued to practice forming numbers 1-10.  This week, we practiced number 9 using our laser lights  and in our letter formation books.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Week of May 15, 2017



Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • Reflections!
  • This week’s story: The Puddle Pail
  • This week’s words: ordinary, collection, puddle, proud, disappear
  • Diving letter review (Diving letters start at the top and dive straight down)
  • Our caterpillars, then butterflies-metamorphisis-cool!
  • New Life Skill #9
  • Body in the Group
  • Number 8 Formation
Life Skill

We learned about another new life skill this week.  
Life skill #9 reminds us that when another child tells you to wait, you should just say, “Okay” and your waiting words.”  We practiced this skill this week.  First, we used a dot markers to fill a picture of  how full our buckets were feeling that day.  Since there was a limited number of dot markers to share with the group, we had to practice using our words to ask for the color we needed.  When another student asked us to wait we practiced waiting quietly to get the color we wanted.  Kinderstars did a great job asking for what they needed and patiently waiting.  Practice this skill at home!
Social Skills
Body in the Group
This week continued learning about keeping our body in the group.  When we keep our body in the group we are not too close to our friends and not too far away. This week, we played a freeze dance game.  During each round, mystery students were asked to dance out of the group.  Students had to recognize those that were in the group and those that were not.  Our bodies should be together but not too close while we dance.  We also played at different “islands” in our classrooms.  Groups of 4 students traveled from one island to another to participate in various activities in the room.   We had to stay with our group and follow the group plan as we traveled from island to island.
Songs of  the Week
Number 8 Formation Poem
Make an S and a line that’s straight,
That’s the way you make an 8.

Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
ABC:
Writing
Math
Art
Sensory
Dinosaurs
Seasonal Stories
Toy Store
(Collections)
Register, bags, toys, numbers
Mystery Letter
Color only the letters that the mystery glasses reveal

Mini Books
(Markers, stickers, mini books)
iPads
Letter Formation
app
Puddle Pail Reflection Paintings w/qtips
Bubbles in foil lined table

Literacy Small Groups:
 Lowercase Writing Review
This week, we worked to review the formations of diving letters.  We drew a card from the pile and said the letter we chose. We reviewed the proper formation of  the letter and  made it on our sensory bag.  Then we used a pencil (with alligator fingers) to form the letter on our papers.  We had to remember that all of our letters start at the top and dive straight down.

Rhyming Collections
In our story this week, Ernst collected puddles in his pail to discover beautiful collections of shadows and reflections that could be held inside.  We reviewed our rhyming skills to make collections of rhyming words.  We used our own special rhyming pail to collect picture cards that rhymed with our picture card.  We illustrated our collections.  Ask your child to name his/her rhyming collection.
Special End of the year surprise
We are working on a special project to share with you at our End of the Year celebration. We practiced both our writing and illustrating skills to make this special surprise.  We can’t wait to share it with you!
Special End of the year surprise
We are working on a special project to share with you at our End of the Year celebration. We practiced both our writing and illustrating skills to make this special surprise.  We can’t wait to share it with you!

Journal Writing
After reading the Puddle Pail where Ernst made collections.  We thought about which type of collections we’d like to make.  In our journals, we wrote and illustrated our ideas.  We slowly said each word and wrote any sounds we heard.  We’re proud of our Kinderstar writing!

 
Math Small Groups:
Sharing Pails
We  practiced sharing quantities fairly.  Using cubes, we shared a set amount among three pails.  We needed to put any leftovers to the side to be sure each pail had an equal amount.  We recorded our work using stickers on our papers.

Shapes to make Shapes Book
We used pattern blocks to make hexagons. Using triangles, trapezoids and rhombuses, we worked to fill the shape of a hexagon.  We counted the number of each shape we used and recorded our answers in our books.

How Many Ways can you Fill a Hexagon Puzzle
We challenged ourselves to see how many different ways we could fill a hexagon.  After reviewing each shape’s name we used blocks to fill each hexagon using a different combination of blocks.  We then recorded our work using pattern block stickers.  
Guess My Collection
We sorted shapes by various attributes (sides, corners, color, size, shape.)  Using pails, we made our collection based on one or two rules.  (For example: shapes in my collection have 4 sides.)  We sorted our shapes according to our rule and challenged our friends to guess the rule of our collection.  
Number Formations
Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we continued to practice forming numbers 1-10.  This week, we practiced number  8 using laser lights and in our letter formation books.