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    Writing Numbers 6-10

    Discovery

    The Christmas Story

    Character Trait

    A Servant Leader

    Bible Verse 

    Keep your tongue from evil. Psalm 34:13
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The best 10 minutes of the year! Forget pumpkin spice lattes, the true marker of the start the holiday season is our annual Junior Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play!

 

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

We greatly enjoyed our Review week, focusing on reviewing our letter identification and sounds. We played a fun Thanksgiving game in which we drew and identified letters out of a bag. If we drew a turkey, we had to gobble and run around the whole table like a turkey! We practiced handwriting our letters on our Handwriting Without Tears app on the Ipads. We also practiced identifying the letter sounds we have studied at the beginning, middle, and end of words! Whew!

In continuation of our study of the first Thanksgiving, we read Red Fox and His Canoe by Nathaniel Benchley and talked about methods of transportation used by Native Americans long ago. We molded our own canoes out of Model Magic clay! We also loved reading A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. We completed a special placemat just for Thanksgiving. We used what have learned about patterns to create beautiful hand print feathers for our turkeys in brightly colored patterns! Thanksgiving is not a good time to be a turkey, and we loved sharing our creative disguises we made for our turkeys with the class! We talked about what being thankful means and for what we are thankful, reading I’m Thankful and This First Thanksgiving Day

We can’t wait to show off our hard work at the Thanksgiving Play on Friday! Below are a few reminders. Thank you for helping make our show a success! 

-Please send your son to school in a white collared shirt or turtleneck and long khaki pants.

-Please do not send your son’s backpack or water bottle to school.

-Refreshments will follow your son’s performance in the EC Commons.

-It is a precious and brief performance, so please be on time to ensure you do not miss a moment! 

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

As we look forward to celebrating this special holiday, we will review our literacy and math skills next week and conclude our unit on Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 17th, 9:00AM                                    JK Thanksgiving Play!

Tuesday, November 22            Tuesday, November 21st -Thanksgiving Feast (We encourage you to send lunch items that the Pilgrims and Native Americans might have shared at the first Thanksgiving, which are compatible with our nut policy.)

November 22-24                                                            Thanksgiving Break

Mon, Nov 13, 2017

We introduced the interesting letter Ii this week and created our own igloo lettercards! We talked about the vowels we have learned so far identifying words that began with Aa, Ii, and Oo. We talked about the differences between long and short Ii sounds when we saw what Maggie munched, and generated our own Ii words and practiced handwriting on the Ipads!

We began our unit on patterning this week, learning what patterns are, how we name patterns, and working on creating our own! We figured out which parts were missing out of different patterns on the smartboard and then made patterns on our own using different manipulatives! As we help make our Native American costumes, we patterned colored shapes onto our Native American headbands and patterned beads on our necklaces.

Our Thanksgiving study has focused on the lives and culture of the Native Americans. We learned how the Native Americans lived in America well before the Pilgrims arrived! We learned about the great importance of buffalo to the Native Americans, and they ate their meat as well as using their hides for clothing and housing. We took a virtual tour of a Wampanoag site on Scholastic.com, and learned that the resourceful Native Americans lived off of the land, using berries to dye their clothing and create art. They traveled on horseback and also in canoes, which they created from trees.  We studied the different kinds of houses in which the Native Americans lived in including teepees. We made our own teepees and Native American vests, painting various symbols that the Native Americans would have used! We can’t wait for you to see our work and are looking forward to performing in our Thanksgiving Play next week!

Please continue to practice your son’s line for the play at home!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Just a reminder that the boys have to be walked across at the overhang during the morning carpool hour and not crossed further down the sidewalk! 

Friday, November 17                         Thanksgiving Play 9:00am

November 22-24                                 Thanksgiving Holiday

Thu, Nov 02, 2017

This week we have had a happy time focusing on the letter, Hh! This week, we created our Hh lettercards with our keyword, house.  We employed our creativity to create our own distinct houses.  We practiced writing the letter H using iPads. Maggie made her visit, and we generated our own extensive list of Hh words. 

In math this week, we have covered positional words. We played Simon Says to demonstrate our mastery of these words. 

We had a wonderful Harvest Breakfast and a fun field trip to the Agricenter! It was such a treat to wrap up our farm unit in such a special way! On Wednesday, we began our study of Thanksgiving beginning with the Pilgrims’ voyage to America. We are fortunate to have been born into a country where we get to go to church and school where we choose, and we learned the king did not give the Pilgrims these rights in England. We studied how they traveled across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Mayflower. We learned how the Pilgrims faced bitter cold, lack of food, and illness when they arrived in America and built log cabins for shelter. We learned about how Squanto and the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims learn to plant crops in the New World.  We created our own log cabins using brown paint, puffy paint, and black oil pastels. We also completed our own tell and draw Squantos. We look forward to continuing our study about the first Thanksgiving next week!

Please practice your son’s line for the Thanksgiving Play at home!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Just a reminder that the boys have to be walked across at the overhang during the morning carpool hour and not crossed further down the sidewalk! 

Monday, November 6                        Book Fair 11:30-12:00

Friday, November 17                         Thanksgiving Play 9:00am

November 22-24                                 Thanksgiving Holiday

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