We have a lot planned for December. We have sent home a Family Traditions letter for each family to complete to explain how their family celebrates the Holidays in December. We also have a lot of activities planned for the last week before the winter break. We will need some special supplies from each child for some of these activities. A letter will come home soon with this information.
Language Arts: We learned about characters and setting in our reading groups and now we are going to focus on the beginning, middle and end of our stories. The sequence of a story is important. We will carry this over to our writing as we write about events in our lives. We will be practicing writing our last name. The goal is to write their first and last name without looking at a model. We have quite a few children with long last names. Practicing at home would be helpful. We also learned about compound words, syllables and how to blend sounds to read words. Thanks for working with your child on this.
Math: We are finishing our shape and measurement unit. Our next unit is counting, recognizing and representing quantities to 20. They will need to be able to read and write the numbers 0-20. Number writing is hard. Reversing numbers is quite common so practice will help.
Social Studies: We have finished learning about Life in Early America and the First Thanksgiving. We compared our lives to the Pilgrims when they first arrived in America. We will begin talking about our families and our special family traditions. This will relate to the Family Traditions homework assignment.
Warm Weather Clothing:We will be going out for recess in very cold weather; therefore your child will need a coat to keep warm. Please have your child practice putting on and zipping their coats independently. With the cold weather come chapped lips. Your child may keep Chap Stick in the classroom to use as needed. Please remind your child this is not for sharing with a friend.
What can you do at home?
· 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.
· Let your child help you with the grocery list. They can write what is needed. Encourage sounding out the words.
December 13- Happy Birthday Brody & Carter!
December 14– 2 hour early dismissal day
December 18- Art Show
December 22 – January 1 – Winter Break
December 27- Happy Birthday Kaci!