Friday, April 14, 2017

Week of April 10, 2017




Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • Thinking Green!
  • Essential Question: How can we help our Earth?
  • Vocabulary Words: aluminum, paper, plastic, recycle, Earth, garbage
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt in the Gorgeous Weather
  • Personal Space
Life Skill

Social Skills
Whole Body Listening
We practiced keeping our bodies in our own personal space with some Personal Space Freeze Dance.  When the music stopped we checked our own space as well as the space of those around us to be sure we were respecting others’ personal space.  We also learned that it is okay to remind others when you need your own personal space.  At the end of the week, we made a picture of what personal space looks like to us.  Everyone was careful to draw their body NOT touching a friend next to them.  If they drew their family members, their bodies may have been closer together since our bubbles with family member are smaller than with friends and strangers.
Song of  the Week

Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
ABC:
Writing
Math
Art
Sensory
Garbage Trucks
Earth Day books
Recycling Center
iPads:
Letter School
iWrite
Draw & Labels things that live on Earth
Class Poster
Earth Day Dice Game
Watercolor Earth Projects
Trash to recycle, trash bins to sort
Literacy Small Groups:
Lowercase lowercase x
We learned how to form the lowercase letter x.  Letter x is also  a sliding letter.  To make sliding letters, we use sliding strokes.   We used confetti to practice its formation.  We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books

Letter/Sound Correspondence
We practiced matching vowels with their sounds.  These letters (a,e,i,o,u) are often the most difficult to master for young learners.  Beginning by placing our marker or crayon on a vowel, we stretched out the vowel sound to reach the picture that makes that sound while tracing the line.
Lowercase lowercase y
We learned how to form the lowercase letter y.  Letter y is also  a sliding letter.  To make sliding letters, we use sliding strokes.   We used shaving cream  to practice its formation.  We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.

Journal Writing
We continued our practice writing in our journals.  This week, we wrote about taking care of our earth.  We slowly sounded out words to write a sentence about one way we can help keep our planet a great place to live.

No School
Math Small Groups:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Duplo Sharing
We learned what it means for quantities to be equal.  Equal quantities have the same amount.  Starting with a set number of Duplo blocks we took turns adding blocks to make two towers.  When all the blocks were used we compared the towers to be sure they looked the same and then counted them to be sure they have the same amount of blocks in each tower.
Two Trees Sharing Sort
We continued our practice dividing quantities equally with a springtime tree sort.  Using a set number of spring objects we sorted them equally among the trees.  We placed any leftovers (from odd numbers of objects) aside.

Sharing Fairly
We learned how to divide items equally into two groups.  Using a number dice, we rolled a number.  Using that number of bottles, we sorted the bottles fairly among the two recycling bins.  Each bin must have an equal number of bottles.  We also learned that any leftover bottles can’t be placed into a group since it would make the group not equal.
No School

Friday, April 7, 2017

Week of April 3rd



Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • What happens when the weather changes?
  • One Dark Night
  • Vocabulary Words this Week:  thunder, lightening, stray, dawn, weather, prepare
  • Vowels!  Ask your child to show you his vowel dance!
  • Tripod pencil grasp (fancy term for alligator fingers to hold a pencil!)
  • Lowercase letters v & w
  • Personal Space & Comfort Bubbles
Life Skill

Social Skills
Personal Space
This week, we focused on personal space.  We read a story called Personal Space Camp and learned that not everyone is aware of personal space.  Kinderstars learned more about personal space by imagining invisible bubbles that may be smaller with family members, medium sized with friends and large with strangers.  We also learned that it is okay to remind others when you need your own personal space.  We learned a new system to check our bodies in line.  When reaching out our arm ahead of us, if it can barely touch the shoulder of the person in front of us, then we have the “just right” amount of personal space in a line.
Song of  the Week



Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
ABC:
Writing
Math
Art
Sensory
Rug
Trains
Weather Books
Weather Station

Rainbow Uppercase/lowercase matching puzzles
Letters in the snow
Number formation in snow!
Pom pom caterpillars for our class tree
Rain:  water, stones

USA
Floor Puzzle

Literacy Small Groups:
Lowercase lowercase v
We learned how to form the lowercase letter v.  Letter v is a sliding letter.  To make sliding letters, we use sliding strokes.   We used chalk to practice its formation.  We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.  

Lowercase lowercase w
We learned how to form the lowercase letter w.  Letter w is also  a sliding letter.  To make sliding letters, we use sliding strokes.   We used chalk to practice its formation.  We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.
Sound Search
We reached in the pitcher’s glove in search for baseballs.  Each time we pulled a picture card instead of a baseball, we said the word slowly to listen for its beginning sound.  Then, we will matched that sound to a letter on our game board and colored it.

One Dark Night Sequencing
After learning about the proper way to hold a pencil, we traced numbers 1-6 using a pencil. Then we practiced our scissor skills to cut pictures from our story, One Dark Night. We sequenced the events from the story and retold the story in order.  

Journal Writing
We continued our fabulous journal writing by writing our very own weather report.  We looked outside to determine the day’s weather and described it in our journals. We used careful and detailed illustrations to show what it looked like outside. Ask your child to report on the weather at
home too!
 

Math Small Groups:
Towers to Nine
We practiced identifying numerals and matching quantities to numerals 1-9. We used a number spinner to identify numbers 1-9.  We built towers with the corresponding number of cubes.  After we built a tower for each number we traced the numerals on our paper.

Under the Blanket
We connected our math learning to this week’s story. Using a set number of cats (6-10), we hid some under a blanket and left some showing.  We challenged one another to determine how many cats were hidden under the blanket.

Seasonal Numer Book
We continued to practice parts of whole numbers.  Using pink tissue paper as spring cherry blossoms, we used a whole number 6-10 and counted out that many blossoms.  We glued some blossoms to the tree and glued some that had fallen on the ground. We traced numerals to show the whole number of blossoms as well as the numerals that showed the number of blossoms on and off the spring tree.
Numeral Book
We continued our practice recognizing and understanding numerals to 10.  Using a number book, we added that many dots on each number to practice matching quantities 1 to 10.  We used two different colors to make “parts” for each number.

In the Box/Out of the Box


In our unit story, One Dark Night, the boy in the story kept stray kittens safe in a box during a thunderstorm.  We placed sets of kittens (5-9) in a box and out of the box and discussed how whole numbers are made of parts.   

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Week of March 27th


Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • What happens when day changes to night?
  • Night Shift Daddy
  • Vocabulary Words: night, day, star, awaken, snore, cloud
  • What causes day and night?  
  • Life Skill #8-Waiting quietly to get what we want
Life Skill

This week we learned about waiting quietly to get what we want.  Waiting can be hard, but when a teacher or friend asks us to “please wait” we need to wait patiently and quietly.  We practiced using the words “excuse me” to get someone’s attention.  If that person asked us to “please wait” we used a quiet mantra in our heads to remind us to wait quietly- “When I wait quietly, I get what I want.”  We shared materials for a coloring project and had to practice waiting to get the crayon we wanted after a friend was done using it.  We also read an Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willams called, “Waiting is not Easy” to review how waiting can be a difficult skill.  We helped the characters in the story use “waiting words” to be patient.  Practice this skill at home.   
Song of  
the Week

Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
Writing
Math
Art
Sensory
Rocket Ship Outlines
Build with Blocks
Books about day, night, space
Space Center

Letters in moon foam (shaving cream)
iPad Pattern Games, cont.

Spring Trees with cut paper and tissue

Space rocks:
Black rocks, stars, yellow streamers

Lowercase Letter s
We practiced the lowercase letter s.  Letter s is a magic c letter.  It starts as a small c and then turns down to make an s.  We used star glitter to practice its formation.  We also used crayons to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.  

Phoneme Segmenting
We began learning how to segment phonemes in words.  Phonemes are individual sounds heard in words.  For example, the word bike has three phonemes we can hear- /b/-i/-/k/.  This skill lends itself to the turtle talk we use to journal write.  We used chips to slide and count the number of phonemes we heard for each picture.  We then said it ourselves while using a dot marker to mark each phoneme.  
Mystery Sounds
Using a mystery bag, students practiced listening for beginning sounds and matching those sounds to the corresponding letter.  One student pulled three picture cards from a mystery bag and said them for the group.  Students used a dot marker to  record the letter that made that sound  to try to get four in a row!  

Lowercase Letter q
We practiced the lowercase letter q.  Letter q is a magic c letter.  It starts as a c, closes up to make an o, then straight down with a hook to become a q.  We used star glitter to practice its formation.  We also used crayons to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.  

Journal Writing
We wrote a two-part journal entry. We used two different pages to make  day and night.  We wrote and illustrated one activity we do during the day and one we do at night.  We focused on being great illustrators so that day and night were obvious in our pictures by adding important details.  

Math Small Groups:
Night Numbers
We worked to recognize, name and write numbers 1-10.  We dimmed the lights and used flashlights to search our classroom for number stars in the “night sky.”  We traced each number on our recording sheet after we found each one.  
Starry Night Math
We practiced our subitizing skills.  Subitizing is the ability to instantly recognize quantities in a set without counting.  We rolled a number cubes to collect sets of 1 ,2, or 3 star stickers.  We had to find our set of stickers without counting. When the game was over, they used those stars to fill up the night sky on their paper and label them with numerals.

Roll & Write
We practiced our subitizing skills once again by rolling a dot dice and working to recognize quantities without counting.  After each roll, we wrote traced the number on our paper.   
How Many Am I Hiding
We had fun playing a guessing game that helped us learn to count on to get to a given number.  Using 5 cubes, we hid some behind our backs and reveal the leftover cubes.  Players counted on to guess the hidden amount and recorded it on their sheet
Star Gazing Counting Book
We practiced matching quantities to written numerals while making our own star gazing counting book.  We identified numbers 5-10 and cut and counted out that many stars to paste on each page of our book.