Weekly Newsletter (Week of Dec. 18th – Dec. 21st)

The Week in Review

The Food Drive was a huge success! We collected 37 bags of pasta for our school workers! Thank you parents!

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We had another birthday in KG2! Happy Birthday Anwaar!

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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 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?

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?

 

This week we will assess their understanding of Living Things and Natural Resources.

 

Inquiry into Literacy

  • Phonics
  • Reviewing letter and sound recognition: Review previous letters: Ss, Aa, Tt, Ii, Pp, Nn, Cc, Kk, Ee, Hh, Rr, Mm, Dd, and Gg.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqntSJGu1t0
  • http://www.starfall.com/
  • Word Work
  • Reviewing sight words: look, up.
  • 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:  Sam Finds a Friend
  • We 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 Reflective 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. Encourage your child to keep a reflective journal. This is excellent writing practice, as well as a good outlet for venting feelings. Encourage your child to write about things that happen at home and school. This reflective journal can be used to develop the “senses” of writing. Have your child write about what he saw, heard or felt on a trip or adventure. Provide experiences in your community that will interest your child and spark her/his writing. Especially encourage your child to write about personal feelings — pleasures as well as disappointments. When reading your child’s journal (only if your child invites you to, of course), share your own feelings and ideas paired with positive feedback about your child’s writing. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!
  1. 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, big, goes. 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!)
  2. 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

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. A math journal, or problem solving notebook as they are sometimes referred to, is a book in which students record their math work and thinking. They can be used to:

  • Record the solutions to math problems, along with the strategy and thought processes used to arrive at the solution.
  • Write about learning: At times students may be asked to reflect on their math learning. For example, students may be asked to write about “what you already know about ……” at the beginning of a unit or “what you did today, what your learned, and any questions you have”, or “the three most important things you learned in this measurement unit.”

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

 

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