What a fun day! Thank you to those who helped. Reminder that today was the end of quarter one and there is no school on Monday! Happy Halloween.
Even though we had a short week, it was a busy one! We celebrated Easton's birthday on Monday. Tuesday Mrs. N. was out of the classroom all day and today was our trip to the fire hall, along with our first half day. Whew!
Next week we will wrap up the introduction of our alphabet. We have practiced saying the letters, forming them properly and the sounds that each letter makes. We also learned our next quick word "like."
In math we are moving into number recognition. We focused on numbers 0-5. Next week we will continue to 10. This includes saying the number, writing it properly and showing that many objects of something.
Just a reminder that next Friday is grandparents day. The kiddos have been working very hard in music to get ready for their program. Please extend invites to those special grandma's, grandpa's or special friends. Remember that due to space we ask parents to please sit this one out, unless your child doesn't have anyone else to attend.
Have a great long weekend!
This week we focused more on writing letters and words. It was fun to watch the kiddos as they discovered words are all around us and that they have a pretty important job! We wrote words around the room and even around the school. I even let them venture into the front office to see how many words they could find in there. Check out the pictures to see this activity in action.
During letter time we practiced properly forming the capital/lowercase letters p, r, m, n, e, f and s. We also sang about each letter and practiced the sound it makes. This week marked the introduction of our first quick words. Throughout the course of the year we will practice 55 "quick words." We call them quick words because these are the words we want the kiddos to be able to read without sounding out. They are also the most common words used in our English language. The words this week were: I, see and a.
We wrapped up our patterning unit this week. The kids have done an awesome job with creating, extending and naming patterns. We have used a variety of medias to help us practice our patterning. Check in with your child and see what kind of pattern they can create for you!
The entire school learned about bullying this week as it was Bully Prevention Week. We learned about ways to deal with bullies, what a bully truly is, what to do if you see someone being bullied and how to help someone who is being bullied. Don't be surprised if you child feels he or she is being bullied at school this week. Usually right when we talk about his issue everyone feels like they have been bullied. Remember to ask your child if this is something that has happened several times? Does the child feel unsafe? Did the child tell anyone at school about the incident when it happened? Bullying is a very serious issue, but sometimes it can be difficult for our youngest learners to understand the difference between an argument and a bully.
To end Bully Prevention Week all of the kids decorated a wood chip from the playground. The wood chips were then thrown onto the playground in hopes they would help someone who is having a difficult day to feel better. The playground was also decorated by the entire school with positive sayings or drawings in chalk.
Just a reminder that next week is a short week. We will be walking to the fire hall on Wednesday morning at 8:45 and then school is done at 12:25. Also no school Thursday or Friday. Have a great weekend.
It is hard to believe that we are already done with the first month of school. We have all been working really hard and it's fun to see the progress the kids have already made.
We have continued to work each day to build our stamina during read to self. The kids were beyond excited that we made it 15 minutes one day! In addition to read to self, I introduced listen to reading and word work . During listen to reading, students use their iPads and headphones to listen to a story. The iPad also tracks the text and highlights it as it is read. This time of the day allows students to hear good fluent reading, track text and choose books of their interest. Word work was new this week as well. During this time students are in groups of 4-5 students. Each day they move to a new word work station. During this time they are manipulating words and working on multiple prereading skills. Once our stamina is built I will be working with small guided reading groups during this time as well.
Math has been all about patterns. We used shapes, colors, objects, iPads and our bodies to make various patterns. Our main pattern types include AB, ABB and ABC patterns. We ended the week by joining Mrs. Pollards class and working with a partner to create patterns.
During unit time we talked a lot about what we can do when we get mad. The book When Sophie Gets Really, Really Angry helped us to talk about warning signs and what we can do when we feel those signs. The class designated a spot behind my desk as our classroom "safe spot." This is a spot students can go if they need to calm down. We also practiced some calming techniques such as closing our eyes and counting to five, taking deep breaths, asking for help, taking a walk and asking for a break.
Next week we will begin learning about fire safety, continue saying and writing our letters and wrap up patterning. I hope everyone has a great weekend. As always please call or email if you have any questions.