Weekly Newsletter – October 13, 2017
This week we’ve added another routine to our morning. In addition to morning journals, the students will now practice signing in using their first name. To begin, the class will be tracing the letters of their name. As their ability to write grows, we will remove the tracing letters and eventually add in last names.
In math, the class has been looking at 3-D shapes. The students have taken a look at spheres, cylinders, rectangular prisms and cones. Our book The Great Shape Hunt has given many examples. The class used the words flat and curved to describe the sides. Roll and slide were used to describe how the shapes could be moved. We have also related the shapes to our lives, thinking about where we have seen them before and where they are located in our classroom. Look for 3-D shapes while you are out over the weekend. During small group time we have continued our work with basic shapes using popsicle sticks to build our own and playing shape memory.
During reading time we’ve begun to think about rhyming. The class has listened to and sung along with Hey Diddle Diddle, Jack Be Nimble and One, Two Buckle My Shoe. We know that fiddle and diddle are rhyming words because we hear the same ending sound. The class also thought of other words that might rhyme such as siddle, middle, kiddle, riddle. While we begin to practice rhyming, non-sense words are perfect! They show that the students notice the ending stays the same, but the beginning is what changes.
This week our religion program focus has been on family. The class has seen that just as they are part of a family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph were also. We have thought about reason why we love our families and what we can do to show our love. We have also been practicing the Hail Mary, practice at home before bedtime.
The class is continuing their work with uppercase letters, focusing on the letters that begin their own names. We are working on picking the letters out of a set.
-Wednesday, October 18th is school picture day. Students are welcome to wear the own dress clothes for these photos.
-There will be no school for students on Friday, October 20, 2017.
-Please return washed sleep mats on Monday.
-Our art teacher Ms. Jen is asking that all students send in an old t-shirt or smock to keep in the art classroom.
Have a great weekend!