April 2013

April 26, 2013 Newsletter

 

Room 106 News

Earth Day was April 22nd.  We talked about ways we can help to save the earth.  Some ideas are:  cleaning up the  garbage,  turning off the lights to save electricity, walking or riding your bike instead of driving, turning off the water when you are not using it, the 3 R’s:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

We went outside and walked around the school.   We picked up any garbage that we saw.

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We continued to read stories and learn songs, fingerplays, and poems about rain.   We made a rainbow using cotton balls as the clouds.

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We are beginning a unit on spring.  We talked about as the weather gets warmer we will see more birds flying around outside.  We made birds and put them on our bulletin board.   We will also start to see plants, flowers, and trees growing.   We looked at pictures of flowers and their parts.   We colored a flower and labeled the parts (roots, stem, leaves, petals and seeds).

springbirds

 

We wanted to plant a seed and watch it grow.  We used lima beans and rolled them in wet paper towels.   We put them in a plastic bag and taped them to the window.  Now hopefully they will grow.

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Supplies

We could use some antibacterial wipes and disinfectant spray. 

 

Reminders

Please turn in your signed permission slip and money for the field trip to see the play,  The Cat in the Hat, as soon as possible.

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

May 6-10 – Scholastic Book Fair at Ray School

Wednesday, May 8 – Dismissal is at 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14 – Field trip to the Children’s Farm (Information to follow)

Wednesday, May 22 – Field trip to see the play,  The Cat in the Hat (Permission slip has gone home.)

April 19, 2013 Newsletter

 

Room 106 News

 

We read several stories and learned some cute songs, fingerplays, and poems about rain.  We used a cotton ball to demonstrate how rain occurs.  Each child was given a cotton ball.  We discussed how it feels.  We decided that it was light, not heavy.   Then we dipped the cotton ball into water.  The cotton ball soaked up the water and it now feels heavy.   We observed what happens to the cotton balls as water drips from them.   The water was too heavy for the cotton ball to hold.  The cotton ball represents a cloud and we squeezed the cotton ball and watched as it “rained.”  We had a lot of fun with this activity!

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We are working on identifying upper and lower case letters of the alphabet and their sounds.   We are also writing the letters.   We can all recognize the colors.   We are reviewing the color words.

In math, the younger children are recognizing numbers to 20 and learning to count to 20.  The older children are recognizing numbers to 100 and learning to count to 100.   We are also writing the numbers.

We can write our first names.  Now we are working on writing our last names.   Please practice this at home.

We have been learning to tie our shoes.  Please practice this at home.

Thank you to all of the parents and families for coming in for conferences.  I am glad that I was able to sit down and talk with you about your children and their progress.

Supplies

We could use some antibacterial wipes and disinfectant spray.

Reminders

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Tuesday, May 14 – Field trip to the Children’s Farm (information to follow)

Wednesday, May 22 – Field trip to see the play,  The Cat in the Hat (information to follow)

April 12, 2013 Newsletter

 

 

Room 106 News

 

We are continuing to read Eric Carle books.  We started out with From Head to Toe.   We talked about what we can do.  We can march, hop, jump, kick, write our names, and much, much more.  We completed the sentence:  I am _______ and I can ____________.  Then we drew a picture of what we can do.

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Next we read A House for Hermit Crab.   We talked about the many objects and animals that the crab wanted to decorate his house with.   We also worked on sequencing them correctly.   Then we made our own Hermit the Crab pictures.

houseforhermitcrab

We read The Mixed Up Chameleon.   We learned that a chameleon is a type of lizard.  Most of them live in trees.   It changes colors based on the light, heat and the color of surrounding vegetation.   They can change to various shades of yellow, green and brown.   A chameleon’s sticky tongue may be longer than its body and is used to zap the insects it feeds on.

In the story, the chameleon’s life was not very exciting.  So he wanted to change into other animals.  We had fun hearing about that and seeing what the chameleon looked like afterwards.  We also tried to remember the sequence of those animals in the story.

mixedupchameleon

 

The Rooster’s Off to See the World was the next book we read.   We talked about how the rooster wanted to see the world and started off on his journey.  He felt lonely.   He met some friends along the way and invited them to join him.  We learned what being lonely meant.   The animals wanted to go with the rooster and soon were on the adventure too.   We sequenced the animals and tried to remember how many of each one there were.  We did a pretty good job too!

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We also read Today is Monday.   We loved hearing this book and singing the song that goes along with it.  It is helping us to learn different foods as well as the days of the week.

Supplies

We could use some antibacterial wipes and disinfectant spray.

We are getting really low on our snack supply.  Please send in some healthy snacks.

 

Reminders

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Wednesday, April 17 – Report Card Pick Up (This is a non-attendance day for students.)

Tuesday, May 14 – Field trip to the Children’s Farm (information to follow)

Wednesday, May 22 – Field trip to see the play,  The Cat in the Hat (information to follow)

 

April 5, 2013 Newsletter

Room 106 News

We are starting a unit on Eric Carle.  We  read the book, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?  We talked about the different characters in the book and their sequence in the story.   We are continuing to review our colors and color words.  We completed a paper where we had to use the crayon that matched the color word written on the page.   We also made our very own Brown Bear book.

brownbearbook

 

The next story we read was Little Cloud.  We had to use our imagination as we listened to this book.  The students then had the opportunity to have Little Cloud change into anything that they would like.  Some ideas were a choo choo train, a flower, a car, a bus, and many more.  They could choose whatever they wanted.  We displayed them on the bulletin board in the hallway for everyone to see!

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We loved hearing The Very Hungry Caterpillar.   We talked about the various foods that the caterpillar ate.   We tried to remember the sequence of them so we could put them in order.   We also reviewed how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.

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The Grouchy Ladybug is the next story we heard.   We read about the different bugs and animals that the ladybug met.   We also learned about clocks and telling time.   We discussed what being grouchy means and how we can turn that around.   Some ideas were to go outside and play, draw a picture, take a nap.

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We read Draw Me A Star.   We talked about the many objects in the story and their sequence.  Then we made our own pictures that were based on the story.

drawmeastarbook

 

 We celebrated Tristen’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Tristen!

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We had music and gym this week too!

You should find the note about conferences in your child’s folder.  Please sign up for a time and return it to school as soon as possible.  I will let you know your scheduled time.

Supplies

We could use some antibacterial wipes and disinfectant spray.

We are getting really low on our snack supply.  Please send in some healthy snacks.

Reminders

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Friday, April 12 – Dismissal is at 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17 – Report Card Pick Up