As I begin this communication, I am struck by the most frequent greeting of late that seems to be, “I hope you are safe and well”. How different that is from the greeting we have come to expect as, “Good morning, how are you today?” These are different and somewhat uncertain times, and I sincerely hope you are safe and well.
We had quite the week in JK! We introduced the letter Qq. We learned that Qq is followed by the letter Uu and came up with a great list of Qq words. We made our quilt letter cards and had a special visit from Mrs. Todd. She showed us a quilt she is working on and explained the process of making a quilt! We used Q-tips and quills with paint to decorate the letter Q and played a fun game called Quiz Show!
We wrapped up our unit on teen numbers with some fun games. We played teen BINGO and find the president under the teen number. The boys loved it!
Rhyming has been our focus this week, and Dr. Seuss has been a big help! We began the week by watching a Brainpop, Jr. on rhyming. We practiced making our own rhyming words and have read Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. We have built rhyming puzzles in which we connected words that rhyme and played a spinner game. We look forward to working more on rhyming next week!
Looking Ahead and Reminders:
Thursday, March 5th Student/Faculty Basketball Game 1:00
March 6th- 15th Spring Break
Thursday, March 26th Family Night
We had an Outrageous week in JK learning about the letter Oo. We made an olive letter card, and tasted green and black olives.
We have been rounding out our Red, White, and Blue unit by making connections between George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Donald Trump. We watched a Brainpop, Jr. on Washington and Lincoln and read George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora. We made our own tri-corner hats just like our first president! We read Our Abe Lincoln by Jim Ayles and learned about what an honest man Lincoln was and how he worked to abolish slavery. After watching a Brainpop, Jr. about the jobs of the president, we talked about how we elect our president by voting. We were thrilled to attend the 2nd graders Yipes Stripes presidential parade on Friday!
Looking Ahead and Reminders:
Thursday, March 5th Student/Faculty Basketball Game
March 6th-15th Spring Break
Spotlight Special Area: Spanish
During February, the JK boys continue learning about winter and the clothing that’s worn during the winter. Our favorite book we use to practice our vocabulary is “Froggy se Viste” (“Froggy gets Dressed”). After I finish reading the book, we play a game to review the sequence of the story. Then the boys color Froggy and the individual articles of his clothing, and then cut them out and paste his clothes on him. We also play “El Juego de Memoria” (“The Memory Game”) to reinforce the words learned in the unit. Finally, we sing songs about winter and how to dress for the cold. Our concurrent unit is about “Los Lugares de Me Comunidad” (“The Places in My Community”).
This week we introduced the letter Cc. We made our car letter card, built cars, and made Valentine cards.
This week and next, we will be working on the numbers 11-20. We used unifix towers to represent teen numbers. We also subitized by practicing identifying how many items were in ten frames without counting!
We also loved celebrating Valentine’s Day with our second grade buddies when they came down to help us read our valentines! We read Valentines Day by Gail Gibbons and enjoyed a special cookie treat from the teachers!
We also had a visitor from the Carpenters’ Art Garden came to speak to us. She was very appreciative of all the art supplies the boys brought in.
Next week, we look forward to studying the letter Oo, continuing teenage numbers through 20, and focusing on US presidents!
February 14-17th Winter Break, No School
March 6-16th Spring Break, No School