Weekly Newsletter (Week of Dec. 4th – Dec. 7th)

 

The Week in Review

Dress Down Fun!

We had another super fun Dress Like an Athlete Day last week! Dress like an athlete was a great success. See the photos tab for all the images.

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Birthday Fun!

We had another birthday! Last week we shared cupcakes for Latifah’s Birthday. Happy Birthday Latifah!

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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?

What is a resource?

What are natural resources?

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

Why do living things need water?

Why do living things need the sun?

 

At this time we will continue to observe our plant growth, as we focus on natural resources. We will look at the importance of natural resources. We will then record our ideas in our Science Journals.

 

Inquiry into Literacy

Reading:

  • Exploring letters Mm, and Dd and their sounds.
  • Letter recognition: Learning the Upper and Lower case letters of the alphabet by playing different alphabet games and songs.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqntSJGu1t0
  • http://www.starfall.com/
  • Reviewing sight words: are, have.
  • Guided reading: various stories based on reading levels
  • Literature Study: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • UOI Literature: The Sun, The Sun is my Favorite Star

Writing:

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.

Students have begun  Writers Workshop.  They have focused on “What good writers do….” This week the topics will include: writing about their weekend, and writing about what would happen if there was no sun. In math we will be measuring and recording our measurements.

    • Think
    • Draw
    • Add Details
    • Label or write a sentence
    • Color

What You Can Do to Help Your Child

  1. RAZ Kids! We have recently started an at-home reading program for our KG2 kids. It is called RAZ kids. It is an excellent reading program for all levels of our readers. Please make sure your child is reading for about 10 minutes each night. Start reading with books on the “aa” reading level. Some books they may be able to read on their own, others they may need your help. These books reinforce what we are doing in the class and will greatly assist in your child’s reading progress. If you have any questions, please let me know.
  2. At-Home Writing Journals – Please begin having your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. They can write about anything in English or Arabic. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!
  3. 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, are, have. Have fun with them by playing word games. Have them look for sight words in books, magazines or newspapers.

Inquiry into Math

  • Discuss and explore numbers 0-50.
  • Practice measuring using blocks and other objects for a unit of measure. Discussing longer and shorter.
  • 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

  1. At-Home Writing Journals – Please begin having your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. They can write about numbers and practice counting. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!

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

 

 

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