Weekly Newsletter (Week of Dec. 11th – Dec. 15th)

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 continue to discuss questions such as:

Further inquiry:

What living things do you see in your environment?

What natural resources do those living things depend on?

Why do those living things need those resources?

Additional student generated questions:

What do rocks give us? Why are rocks important?

Why do we have winter?

 

Previous questions:

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?

 

We will continue to look at the importance of natural resources. We will then record our findings in our Science Journals.

 

Inquiry into Literacy

Reading

  • Reviewing letter and sound recognition: Dd, and Gg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqntSJGu1t0
  • http://www.starfall.com/
  • Reviewing sight words: big, goes.
  • Discovering new CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) short ‘e’ words: wed, bed, fed, red, ten, hen, pen, men
  • Literature
  • Guided reading: various stories based on reading levels
  • Literature Study: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • UOI Literature: Imagine a Day With No SunWe are inquiring into the basic formation of letters. 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. In math we will be measuring and recording our measurements.
  • Writing
    • Think
    • Draw
    • Add Details
    • Label or write a sentence
    • Color
    • We are also modeling simple sentences such as: “I went to Hawally Park.” We are practicing the following with our sentence writing:
  1. Begin each sentence with a capital letter.
  2. Put finger spaces between our words.
  3. Put a period at the end of each sentence.

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, no, me, you, she, he, went, this, are, have, my. Play a game with them. For example, put each word on a card or paper. Hold up each card one word at a time. If they can read it, they keep the card. If they cannot read it, you keep the card. The person with the most cards wins the game. (This is a game I don’t mind losing!)
  4. Practice CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) Words: wed, bed, fed, red, ten, hen, pen, men

 

 

Inquiry into Math

  • Discuss and explore numbers 0-100.
  • Practice measuring using blocks and other objects for a unit of measure. Using measurement vocabulary such as: longer, shorter, taller, shorter, heavier, and lighter.
  • 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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