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This week in Room 1 we are feeling the Winter. During our fun snow event last Friday, we decided to do fun winter art. Check out our snow men outside our classroom. This was quite an involved art project. We also learned how to make snowflakes. I’m sure your children were anxious to demonstrate their new found snowflake skills at home. Hopefully they didn’t make as big of a mess as we had here in Room 1. This week, our lead story is A Bed for The Winter, written by Karen Wallace. This book is an informational text. It is about animals and their habitats in winter. Our comprehension skill is sequencing. This story has a strong science component. We will be doing whole group worktime rather than centers this week because we have many other things that we need to accomplish. In math we have been comparing numbers through new games and determining more or less. We are also playing dice games and adding numbers to 12.
Looking ahead: Next Wednesday the 18th we have our field trip to the Northwest Children’s to see Peter Pan. That day is a late opening as well so we will be eating lunch right when we arrive that day. On Friday the 20th all the kindergarten classes will be rotating to other class room to learn about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Solstice.
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving break. I can’t believe how quickly this year is going. I so enjoyed meeting with you all during conference week. This week our lead story is Bear Snores On. It is a fiction story about a bear who is asleep for the winter, while his forest friends are having a party in his den. I am pairing this story with a non-fiction book about bears. We have been learning about the difference between informational and fiction books and how you read them for different purposes and organize your thinking in a different way. We will be talking about characters, setting and sequence of events with our fiction book. We are recalling important information about our non-fiction book.
On Monday, Eden’s grandparents came as special guests to our classroom. They came to teach us about Hanukkah. We learned about the lighting of the eight candles in the menorah. We also got to hear them sing the Hanukkah song while lighting the candles. They then gave each child a dreidel and taught us all how to play the dreidel game. It was a wonderful experience.
Looking ahead. On December 18th we will have a late opening. As soon as kids arrive at 10:45 we will quickly eat a small lunch and then board the bus for our field trip to see The Northwest Children’s Theater production on Peter Pan.
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of our first quarter of school. I noticed a big leap with this group in the past 2 weeks. They are becoming so much more independent and self sufficient. I am so proud of them.
This week we got to go to the garden with Kathleen to continue with garden education. While half the group was at the garden, I got to focus on a small group for writing. We worked on writing letters to our reading buddies. We wanted to thank them for our very fun meeting last Friday. We got to go into the gym and play non-competitive games from Playworks. Ms. Rotwien was a Playworks leader in her job before she came to Lewis. We had a blast playing… Run if, Butterfly Tag, and a few other active teamwork oriented games.
This week we will have The Tree Lady join us from Talk About Trees to give us a science presentation on trees. She will be teaching about how trees benefit us, products that come from trees and the importance of trees for animals.
Because the weather has been so rainy, we have been taking body breaks in the classroom. We have been having lots of fun with Just Dance for Kids. We have been getting lots of movement following a dance routine. We have also been practicing counting to 100 with an exercise routine. I find that it is imperative for kids to get exercise during to school day. Research shows a strong body, brain connection. The focus of the children increases dramatically after a movement break. I also have been incorporating yoga into our transitions. The kids are getting very good at our yoga routine.
Looking ahead: Next week we have our parent teacher conferences and then Thanksgiving Break. We have no school all day.
December 18th we will be going to Peter Pan at the Northwest Children’s Theater. Look for permission slips at the beginning of December.
I hope you all had a restful and relaxing 4 day weekend. I had the pleasure of working on preparing for parent teacher conferences. It was so much fun to take the time to look at each child in Room 1 and to note their strengths and the growth they have made in the few short months we have been in school. I can’t wait to share it with you at conferences!
This week our lead story is called Animal Babies in Grasslands. This story is a continuation of Unit 2 which is looking at Animal habitats and environments. There is a strong social studies and science component to this unit. Our focus this week is on animal babies. Our vocabulary words include, calf, cub, joey, grassland, pup and foal. The comprehension skill focus this week is Main Idea. I will be introducing 2 new word wall words (my, we). It would be very beneficial for you child to practice these words at home as well. At this point we have covered all letter names and letter sounds. We have been very focused on the short vowel sounds in the past few weeks. It is imperative for them to know these sounds to be able to decode unfamiliar words and to write unfamiliar words.
In Science we are continuing to discuss animal homes and habitats, and then also coming back to trees. Next week, we have a guest coming to teach us all about trees from an organization called “Talk about Trees”.
A few reminders. Library is on Thursday. Please be sure to return books any time in the week prior to that day.
Gym is on Monday. Please have your child wear shoes that are good for lots of running and other physical activities.
As the weather get colder, it’s very important kids come to school prepared to go outside in any weather. We try to get outside every day regardless of the weather. Unless it is pouring, we will be going outside.
Thank you all so much for having your kids here each day on time and ready to learn.