Weekly Newsletter (Week of October 31- November 3)

 

The Week in Review

Dress-down Wacky Day!

Dress-down wacky day was a big hit! We all looked pretty wacky! Look at the photo page for all of the  pictures.

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Classroom visits

We had a great time,  last week with a class  visit with Anmaar’s mom. She came to tell us about her job of being a mom. She also gave us an inspiring talk about always doing our best. Thank you Alia’a! And come back soon!

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It’s a Birthday!

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We also had a great time celebrating Hareth’s birthday. Happy Birthday Hareth!

Remember birthday celebrations with cupcakes are always welcome. The school rule is to have them at the end of the day at 2:00. Let me know at least a day in advance.

 

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Lastly, Nasser and Omar were chosen to hold the flag for the morning flag ceremony. They did a great job!

What We Are Learning This Week…

Unit of Inquiry: How the World Works

We have begun our new Unit of Inquiry which is ‘How the World Works.’ In this unit we will discuss living and non-living things, classification of living things, and natural resources. We will complete a pre-assessment to see what we already know. (And we know a lot!) We will look at videos that will discuss living and nonliving things. We will also sort pictures into living and nonliving things. We will discuss questions such as:

What are living things?

What makes something living?

What do living things need to survive?

Why do living things depend on natural resources? (food, water, air, sun, soil)

 We will develop our research skills by observing, formulating questions, planning experiments and collecting data. Many of these skills will be practiced through our very own miniature, classroom garden.

We need seeds and plants for our classroom!

As we work through the unit, it would be great if your child could bring in a plant to decorate our classroom and seeds for planting. Thanks so much!

 

Inquiry into Literacy

Reading:

  • Exploring letters Cc, and Kk and their sounds
  • Creating 2 letter sight words (see, can, not). Remember sight words only need to be read.
  • Letter recognition: Learning the Upper and Lower case letters of the alphabet by playing different alphabet games.
  • Literature Study: The Tiny Seed –We are going to read a book called the Tiny Seed. This books teaches us many things including the seasons and what happens to seeds during each season.
  • 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….” This week we will write about seeds.
    • Think
    • Draw
    • Add Details
    • Write Words (Label)
    • Add Color
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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.
    • Practice sight words with your child. Remember they only need to read them. So far we have practiced the following words: we, at, is, the, it, to, I, am, a, play, an, in, go. Have fun with them by playing word games.
    • Talking about types of books, responding to questions about authors and illustrators.

Inquiry into Math

  • We will discuss and explore numbers 0-30. We will focus on Numbers 11-12 this week.
  • Practice counting objects up to 20.
  • Inquire into 2D Shapes (square, circle, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, octagon).
  • Inquire into the attributes of shapes such as the number of sides or the number of vertices.
  • 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 our blog! 

 

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