Hi! Happy Saturday! It’s snowing!!!!!!!!!! I’m guessing your child is pretty excited seeing the snow fall and accumulate on the ground!! My three boys are pretty thrilled!
Now that winter is fast approaching (faster than we want it to), I just thought I’d send out a friendly reminder to continue to dress your child appropriately for the weather each day. It might be time for the children to start wearing snow pants, warm jackets, hats, mittens and boots. We play outside for at least 40 minutes each day and they need to be warm and comfortable to enjoy playing outside.
Please feel free to send in extra socks and mittens in your child’s backpack as well.
Here is November’s calendar if you would like to print out another one!
We completed our alphabet blitz where we reviewed the letters of the alphabet and their sounds! The children enjoyed doing a variety of activities with the letters and bringing in show and tell was a lot of fun!
Early this week I will be sending home some “letter rings” home for your child to practice the sounds and actions that we have learned. I would like them back in a few weeks or so but I think it would be fun for your child to review the letter sounds and actions with you.
We will continue to learn about letter combinations such as th, sh, ch, oa, or, ee, ing over the next few weeks as well. We will be continuing to use our chalk and sock activities to review sounds and focus on letter formation. The focus will be on making letters from the top to the bottom and using upper case letters only at the beginning of special words like our names and beginning of sentences. We are doing hot news a few times a week and the children are doing very well and we have begun to read our hot news to each other in an author’s circle. This is an opportunity for the children to show their amazing work and I can praise and make them feel good about their writing. My number one goal is to help the children see themselves as readers and writers and to be confident in their skills. We are getting very good at stretching out words, listening for beginning, middle and end sounds.
We continue to do quiet reading each day and I have been using “echo reading” with them as they look and read their books. I am constantly amazed with their skills and how well they are progressing!
Just like our alphabet blitz, we will begin our “Number extravaganza”! We will be talking about the numbers from 1-20, focusing on how to write the number, make the number using hands-on manipulatives, show the number in tallies, how to write the number wor and learn how to compose and decompose the number ( eg. we can make 5 using 2 green chips and 3 green chips)
We do our calendar activities each day after quiet reading time, as well as continue to record the weather on our individual calendars. The children are learning to use tallies and do surveys.
We are starting a new inquiry about rocks and seashells this week! We are going to learn more about rocks and what they are made of and compare them with seashells. The children will use the magnifying glasses and record similarities and differences. We will also begin talking about hibernation, migration and adaptation in our read alouds and community circles.
That’s all for now,
Looking forward to seeing you all this week at Parent teacher Interviews!