The Week in Review
Conference Day Success!
I see why I have such wonderful students, it is because of their wonderful parents! What a treat to be able to talk with you about your child’s success. They are really working hard and I am really very proud of all of them. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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 look closely at our plants and learn the different parts of plants. We will continue to 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)
Why do living things need water?
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.
At this time we will continue to observe our plant growth, as we focus on natural resources. First we will measure our plants and document the data in our Science Journals. We will then complete a plant experiment in order to determine the best environment for our plants. This will guide us into the final part of our study which will include the natural resources.
Inquiry into Literacy
- Exploring letters Rr, and Mm and their sounds
- Reviewing sight words: went, this.
- Letter recognition: Learning the Upper and Lower case letters of the alphabet by playing different alphabet games. Reviewing letter sounds on Starfall and Jolly Phonics on Youtube.
- Guided reading: Fruit story, Soup story
- Literature Study: Growing Vegetable Soup – Follow-up activity
- Unit of Inquiry reading: Let’s Look at a Puddle, Saving Water
- Applications for reading and phonemic awareness:
- Teach Me – Kindergarten
- Read Me – Stories
- Reader (with a picture of a monster)
- Hooked on Phonics
- Jolly Phonics on Youtube
We are inquiring into the basic formation of letters. We’re working on writing our names with only the first letter written as a capital letter. We are also writing the alphabet and writing left to right. We are 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 our favorite fruit or vegetable.
- 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. Have them write about subjects that interest them. We’re focusing on building confidence with printing and letter sounds. Also encourage your child to write their name with only the first letter written in upper case, the remaining letters must be in lower case.
- 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, like, can, and, in, see, so, do, go, you, she, he, went, this. Have fun with them by playing word games. Have them look for sight words in books, magazines or newspapers.
- Talking about types of books, responding to questions about authors and illustrators.
Inquiry into Math
- Discuss and explore numbers 0-50.
- Practice measuring using blocks for a unit of measure.
- Introduce sorting. Naming attributes.
- Practice counting the days of the week and the number of days we have been in school.
- 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!
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