Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed the winter break. Thank you to all the parents that volunteered or sent in donations to help make our holiday activities a success. We are starting the year off strong with many new and exciting learning opportunities! Here are a few pictures from our winter activities:
Mrs. Blumenthal shared Hanukkah traditions with us and we learned how to play the dreidel game.
On Gingerbread Day #1, we ate and graphed gingerbread men!
Decorating gingerbread houses was a blast!
We enjoyed traveling around the world to learn about how different countries celebrate the holidays. We made lanterns in China, St. Lucia's Day hats in Sweden, La Befana's broom in Italy, yule logs in France, and poinsettias in Mexico.
We loved creating snowmen with our buddies using a variety of different materials. They turned out awesome!
We really enjoyed incorporating the holidays into our language arts lessons last month. Some of our favorite activities included retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man, comparing The Gingerbread Man to The Gingerbread Baby, and learning facts about reindeer.
Later this month in reading groups, we will be reading nonfiction texts and identifying facts from these books and using the information gathered from these books in our writing. We will also be discussing word attack strategies for when we come to words we don’t know, such as: using picture clues; thinking about what makes sense; sounding it out; looking for smaller chunks in a bigger word; and skipping it and coming back to it. Please make sure you are returning reading bags with books every day! As we near the end of the quarter, reading books may not be coming home because we use reading group time to assess the students. Thank you for your understanding!
In Phonics, we have been working on blending sounds to make words. Please make sure you are practicing segmenting and blending words. The more confident your child is in reading these words, the more progress we will see in their reading ability. For example, if your child was given the word “dog”, he or she would need to be able to say each individual sound: /d/ /o/ /g/ and blend the sounds together to read word.
In writing, we will be finishing up our unit writing personal narrative stories. I am seeing wonderful improvement in their writing! We have begun talking about revising and editing our work. The picture below show two students having a peer conference about ways to improve their stories.
We will continue to focus on teen numbers. The students will need to be able to recognize, write, count, and create sets for numbers up to 20. Please make sure to practice these skills with your child at home. We have been learning how teen numbers are made up of 10s and 1s (for example, the number 15 has one set of ten and 5 ones). We will end the quarter by introducing the concepts of addition and subtraction. Students will use actions, objects, fingers and mental images to model and solve real world addition and subtraction story situations.
Social Studies and Science:
In Social Studies, we will be learning about wants and needs. In Science, we will begin our Weather unit. They will be experiencing many hands on learning opportunities with this unit.
Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate winter clothing to school. We go out for recess, even when it is very cold! It would be very helpful if you could practice dressing skills at home, including putting on coats, zipping coats, and putting on gloves or mittens.
Does your child want to become a member of the “Shoe Tying Club?” If so, start practicing shoe tying at home! There will be more information coming home soon!
What can you do at home?
· Practice segmenting words. Give your child a word, such as “dog.” Have them tell you each individual sound: /d/ /o/ /g/.
· Practice word rings. If your child can easily read the words then it is time to have them use the word in a sentence. Or they could alphabetize the words on the ring. They should also learn to spell these words.
· Ask your child to identify the numbers 11-20 and also practice writing them. Make it fun by having them make the numbers with chalk, finger paint, playdough, or write them in shaving cream!
· Have your child keep a journal at home and encourage them to write in it at least once a week. They could write about something they learned at school or their favorite activity of the week. Make sure you are encouraging them to be independent in their writing!
· Practice self-help skills, including: putting on coats, zipping coats, putting on mittens or gloves, and tying their own shoes.
· Give your child a word and see if they can come up with the opposite word.
· Practice social skills, particularly conversational skills, such as taking turns when talking.
January 7- Happy Birthday Emma!
Janusry 15- Happy Birthday Johanna!
January 21 – no school MLK day
January 28 – no school (Teacher Work Day)