Weekly Newsletter (Week of October 16-October 20)

 

What We Are Learning This Week…

Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are

We have been talking about what a community is. You may discuss this with your child at home to see what they think and know about communities.  We have been learning about our classroom community and our responsibilities in our community. We have discussed our favorite colors, favorite numbers, favorite animal, our family, jobs within the Hawally community and  much  more. This week we will explore the community jobs and the roles each person plays. If you wish to come into our classroom and discuss your job, please contact me. We would love to have you! We are focusing on Teamwork, Balance, Communication, and Cooperation.

Inquiry into Literacy

Reading:

  • Exploring letters Nn, and Pp and their sounds
  • Creating 2 letter sight words (it, is, in, at, as, an)
  • Letter recognition: Learning the Upper and Lower case letters of the alphabet by playing different alphabet games.
  • Furthermore, here are some great Ipad applications for reading and phonemic awareness:
    • Starfall
    • Teach Me – Kindergarten
    • Read Me – Stories
    • MeeGenius
    • Reader (with a picture of a monster)
    • Hooked on Phonics

Writing:

  • We are inquiring into the basic formation of letters. We’re working on writing our names, the alphabet and writing left to right. We are also working on details when we speak, draw, and color.
  • Writing: Students have begun their Writers Workshop.  They have focused on “What good writers do….”
    • Think
    • Draw
    • Add Details
    • Write Words (Label)
    • Add Color

 

What You Can Do to Help Your Child

    • Encourage writing, all forms of it! Writing can look like letters all over the page, drawing, or words! Regardless of what form encourage them to continue writing! We’re focusing on building confidence with printing and letter sounds.
    • Have your child practice writing their name with play dough, in sand, or with letter tiles.
    • Encourage the students to speak in full sentences when they are at home.
    • Read with your child for about ten minutes each night.
    • Talking about types of books, responding to questions about authors and illustrators.

Inquiry into Math

  • We will discuss and explore numbers 0-20. We will focus on Numbers 11-12 this week.
  • Practice counting objects up to 10.
  • Inquire into sorting, looking at attributes.
  • Inquire into 2D Shapes (square, circle, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, octagon).
  • Many of the skills are learned and practiced by playing various number and shape exploration games.

 

 What You Can Do to Help Your Child

Practice counting with your child at home. For example, have them help count money, different foods or snacks in the kitchen or items you are buying at the grocery store. Make sure that they point to each object when they are counting.

Help them keep track while counting. They can either touch each item or move it to another pile. Ask them ways to keep track while counting!

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Thank you all for following the blog! 

 

 

 

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