Saturday, March 18, 2017

Week of March 13th



Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • The Desert
  • Two Cool Coyotes
  • Vocabulary Words: cactus, coyote, desert, dry, howl
  • Interrupting: My Mouth is a Volcano
  • Patterns
  • Life Skills 5 & 6
  • Lowercase Letters o & a
Life Skill
Social Skills
Interrupting
In combination with learning life skills number 5 & 6 we learned about holding our words in when others are talking and want to be heard.  After reading the story, My Mouth is a Volcano, we discussed using life skills 5 & 6 to get someone’s attention when they are not in the middle of talking. We look to find a time when their words are finished to say “excuse me” and get their attention. It is too tricky for others to listen to two things at one time.  It’s important to wait for our turn to talk.  We worked on this skill all week long!  
Song of  the Week
Animals in the Desert (To the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

The coyote in the desert howls
Awwwwooooooowwwww
Awwwwooooooowwwww
Awwwwooooooowwwww
The coyote in the desert howls Awwwwooooooowwwww
All night long!

The rattlesnake in the desert goes
hiss hiss hiss
hiss hiss hiss
hiss hiss hiss
The rattlesnake in the desert goes hiss hiss hiss
All night long!

The jackrabbit in the desert
hops like this
hops like this
hops like this
The jackrabbit in the desert hops like this
All night long!

The roadrunner in the desert
runs fast like this
runs fast like this
runs fast like this
The roadrunner in the desert runs fast like this
All night long!

Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
ABC:
Writing
Math
Sensory
Duplo Blocks
Desert Books
Desert stuffed animals, campfire & props
QR code beginning sound
iPad hunt
Desert Posters
Playdough cactus with toothpicks
(match numerals to quantity of spines)
cornmeal w/ desert animals

Literacy Small Groups:
Lowercase lowercase o
We practiced the lowercase letter o.  Letter o is a magic c letter.  It starts as a c and closes up to make an o.  We used desert sand to practice its formation.  We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.  

Cool Coyotes Initial Sounds
We learned how to listen for initial sounds.  Using two pictures on a pair of sunglasses, we listened for the sounds we heard at the beginning of both words.  We found that letter and matched it to the words.   Practice this skill at home in the car or at the dinner table! Ask your child to try to produce words that begin with the same sound.  
Snow Day
Lowercase letter a
We also practiced the lowercase letter a.  Letter a is a magic c letter.  It starts as a c, then becomes an o and finally a lowercase a.  We used desert sand to practice its formation.  We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.  
Journal Writing
We wrote in our journals about animals that live in the desert.  We added lots of detail to our illustrations and carefully sounded out our words to write what we heard.  

Math Small Groups:
Roll & Cover
We used dot dice to play another roll and cover game. This time, we had to add two dice together.  We then colored the numeral that matched that quantity on our paper.
Playdough Pattern Snakes
We used playdough to practice patterning.  Using colorful foam shapes we created and repeated our own patterns on our playdough snake.  Patterns can be made with almost anything at all- have fun patterning at home too!
Snow Day
Desert Puzzles
We practiced our cutting skills to cut and piece back together a number puzzle.  After sequencing number 1-5 we created a cool desert scene.  
Two Hour Delay

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Week of March 6, 2017

Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • The Jungle
  • Chameleon’s Colors
  • Big Question: What are jungle animals like?
  • Vocabulary Words this Week: pattern, complain, splash, parrot, chase
  • Calming Down Strategies & being flexible
  • Zootopia!
  • Letters u & the magic c
  • Life Skills 5&6
Life Skills
Song of  the Week

Choice Time:
Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
Writing
Math
Art
Sensory
Rug
Jungle Houses
Jungle/ Animal Books
Jungle stuffed animals & props
Class Jungle Poster
Feed the Giraffe Playdough Mats Numbers & Quantities 1-10
Handprint
Animals for mural
Peas, rocks jungle animals
Gross jungle
motor game

Literacy Small Groups:
Jungle Roll and Write
We reviewed formations of lowercase letters we’ve learned so far.  Using more jungle slime, we practiced formations for the letters l, t, h, b, n, m, r, & p.  Then we played a fun roll and write game to trace some of these letters on our papers.    These are all diving letters.  They start at the top and “dive” straight down.  
Letter u
We practiced the lowercase letter u.  Letter u is a diving letter.  It starts at the top and dives straight down.  We used confetti & magna doodles to practice its formation.  We also rainbow wrote this letter and practiced it in our books.  
QR Secret Sounds
We practiced letter sound correspondence with a fun qr code activity.  Using a qr code reader on our iPads, we scanned secret codes to reveal a mystery picture.  We matched the beginning sound to the letter that makes that sound and colored the letter on our recording sheets.  
Letter c
We learned how to make the letter c.  Letter c is special because it can be used to make many other lowercase letters.  These letters are called “magic c” letters.  We used confetti to practice the letter c and along with rainbow writing it and practicing it in our books.
Math Small Groups:
Chameleon’s Colors
We used the story Chameleon’s colors to create our own patterned chameleons.  Using colored squares we made our own colorful chameleon by repeating an ABC pattern. .
Duplo Patterns
We used duplo/Lego blocks to build patterned towers.  We had be sure our patterns repeated.  We recorded our work with crayons on our papers.
Jungle Animal Roll & Write
We used dot dice to roll and find numbers on our sheet. We named and traced each number we found and tried to trace them all!

Jungle Snakes
We used paper links to make a snake.  We used three different colors to make a pattern.  We were sure to have our patterns repeat.  Point out patterns to your child in that natural world.  Patterns are all around us!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Week of February 27, 2017


Hot Topics to Discuss
with your Child
  • The Amazing Jungle
  • Big Question: What is a jungle?
  • Vocabulary Words this Week: jungle, explore, trunk, branch, twig, graze
  • The Table of Contents
  • The 3Parts of the jungle: the forest floor, the understory, the canopy
  • Lowercase letters r & p
  • Life Skills 5 & 6
Life Skill
We’ve been learning and practicing life skills 5 and 6.  We are learning to use the term “excuse me” and a person’s name to get someone to look at you.  Then, we can ask for what we want. We’ve been using this skill all day at lunch, during choice time and and in small groups.  Ask your child to practice this skill when asking for your attention at home.
Song of  the Week
We used stuffed monkeys to understand the concepts of one less .

Blocks
Library
Dramatic Play
ABC:
Writing
Math
Art
Sensory
Rug
Safari House, jeep and animals
 
Jungle/ Animal Books
Jungle Dress Up
Animal masks,
binoculars, safari hats
Letter Hunt
Jungle sensory bags
lowercase  letters hidden inside
Jungle Poster
Label Jungle animals, make a poster
Feed the Giraffe Playdough Mats Numbers & Quantities 1-10
Animal handprint project
Trees, grass, jungle animals
Jungle Jigsaw Puzzle
Literacy Small Groups:
Rhyming
We continued our practice rhyming.  Through a jungle bingo rhyming game we learned to identify and produce rhyming words.  We listened for words that rhyme to identify a rhyming pair however before we could place a marker on our boards we came up with our own rhyming word to rhyme with the other words in the group.  We used both real words and nonsense words to create our own rhymes.
Letter r
We practiced the lowercase letter r.  Letter r is a diving letter.  It starts at the top and dives straight down.  We used confetti & magna doodles to practice its formation.  We also used rainbow wrote this letter and practiced it in our books.  
Rhyming
We  continued to practice producing our own rhyming groups.  Using a picture to get started, students thought of words that rhymed with the picture.  For each word they rhymed, they earned an animal stamp for their paper.  Have your child practice producing his/her own rhymes while riding in the car or waiting in line or for an appointment.  
Letter p
We also practiced the lowercase letter p.  Letter p is a diving letter.  It starts at the top and dives straight down.  We used jungle slime to practice its formation.  We also used crayons to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.  

Journal Writing
Using our writing journals, we wrote about our favorite jungle animals.  We carefully sounded out each word and some of us even  practiced using our fingers to add spaces between words in our sentences.  We worked hard to add colorful details to our animal illustrations.
Math Small Groups:
Pattern Practice
We started learning about patterns.  Using cubes, we duplicated a pattern from our papers.  We then tried to extend the pattern and colored our papers to show our work. Patterns are everywhere- look for them both inside and outside- be sure they repeat before calling it a pattern!
Rhythm Patterns
We learned more about patterns by using our bodies to make our own rhythm patterns.  We practiced repeating movements with our bodies (clapping, tapping, etc) then made our own pattern strips to make rhythm patterns.  For example, we can tap, tap, clap, tap, tap, clap or shake clap, shake, clap.  Try these at home!
Duplicating Patterns
Patterns can be seen in our natural world.  We explored patterns on familiar jungle animals by looking at & discussing photos of a zebra, tiger, tropical bird and snake.  We  then recreated their patterns using cut paper and glue.
“One Less” Jungle Game
We practiced the concept of one less using a jungle dice game.  After rolling the dice, we counted out that many counters and then took away one.  We colored that many animals on our sheet.  We challenged ourselves to guess how many without using the counters after a few tries.  We also discussed more and less concepts.
Pattern or Not
We played a  fun “Pattern or Not” game.  Using beads and pipe cleaners (snake body) we created and extended a partner’s pattern. After some practice extending patterns we challenged one another to decide if the design we made for our partner is a “pattern or not.”  Use the “Pattern Snakes” activity sheet to have some fun with this at home.