• Week of February 12th

    Letter of the Week

    Nn

    Math Skill

    Teen Number Identification

    Discovery

    Valentine's Day

    Character Trait

    Moral Motivator

    Bible Verse 

    Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

We focused on the letter Ff this week, creating a flag lettercard and playing a letter F and V sound association game! We practiced writing capital F using our iPads. After checking to see what Maggie munched, we generated our own words that began with the letter Ff and practiced identifying pictures that start with Ff using dezol.com!

We have continued our study of coins this week, playing “Coin Bang!”, "Which coin is missing?", and pick a. We also loved studying coins under a magnifying glass and investigating all of the features that make them different and sorting them. 

We have been focusing on symbols that represent the United States of America this week in JK, especially about the American flag, the bald eagle and the Statue of Liberty. After reading F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, we created our own American flags. Ask me about why our flag has fifty stars! We learned about how our founding fathers chose the bald eagle to be the national bird and about what the bald eagle stands for. We learned about the Statue of Liberty and completed a tell-and-draw in which we created our own Statues of Liberty.

Thank you to everyone for making our Valentine’s so special by completing the Hearts for Art chore chart with your sons and earning money to buy supplies for the Carpenter Art Garden. We look forward to them coming next week to show us pictures of the kids at the Art Garden and explain to us the work that they do there. This is a perfect way for us to share God’s love and our own gifts with others! 

Please send in your Hearts for Art Supplies and Valentines by Monday, February 12 if you have not already done so. Thanks!

As we look ahead to next week, we look forward to studying the letter Nn, identifying the teen numbers, and focusing on Valentine’s Day.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Thursday, February 15                                     Maggie Monster Munches, Nn

February 16 – 19                                    Winter Break, No School

March 9-16                                                Spring Break, No School

Special Spotlight

Mandarin

During the month of February we will be celebrating Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, has more than 4000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year. This year is the year of the dog.  We will celebrate Chinese New Year by exploring some of the traditional decorations, foods, and clothing. Below is a link to a song about Chinese New Year we will learn. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM_QSDCjHKY

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Preview YouTube video Happy New Year! (新年好!) | Holidays | Chinese | By Little Fox

Happy New Year! (新年好!) | Holidays | Chinese | By Little Fox

Fri, Jan 26, 2018

We’ve had the best week studying the letter Bb! We began the week by constructing a brown bear on our lettercard. We practiced handwriting on white boards and learned that if you take away the top curve of the capital B, you have a lowercase b! It helps us tell the difference between a lowercase d and a lowercase b too! We couldn’t wait to see what Bb items Maggie munched, and we had fun sharing those while generating our own Bb words. We drew pictures of our favorite things that start with the letter Bb and added to our journals our favorite bears. 

We’ve continued our study of 3-part patterns this week, first patterning different bears by flavor and color using teddy grahams.  We also played a patterning game using patterning cards and colored links. 

With Bb comes our study of bears! We started with the brown bear otherwise known as the grizzly bear! We learned how bears and other animals live in natural habitats and are from different places even though we see them all at the zoo. We studied what they eat and how they survive  during the winter. With our study on panda bears, we discussed its habitat, diet, and what it means to be endangered.  Finally, we talked about the polar bear and used it as an example of how God helps many animals hunt and protect themselves by camouflaging them into their surroundings! God also protects polar bears from the cold with a layer of fat on their bodies. We conducted an experiment to see how it works using Crisco to insulate our hands from cold ice!

Specials Spotlight:

Spanish

In our Spanish Class, the JK boys have been practicing counting from one to twenty and singing greeting songs in the beginning of each class. 

They learned about “Animales de la granja”  (Farm animals). The boys enjoyed singing songs and playing games, listening to me read books, all of which were related to the unit.  During this month they have been learning about  “El Invierno” (Winter). We have discussed the characteristics of winter. They sing “Es invierno, hace frio” (“It’s winter, It’s Cold”).  Also they will learn about type of clothes that we are worn during the winter.  

Hasta luego.

Señora Watson

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Next week, we look forward to completing our unit on Winter as well as studying the letter Rr and introducing coins!

                                                                        

Tuesday, January 31                                    100th Day of School! Dress like you are 100!

Thursday,  February 1                                  Maggie Monster Munches, Rr

Friday, February 2                                        Parent/Teacher Conferences- No School for Boy

Fri, Jan 19, 2018

It has been a short week with all of the snow days we have had! We were so excited to get back to school and hear about all of the fun activities the boys did over the many days out! The boys enjoyed journaling about their favorite thing they did in the snow, and we finished up our Uu unit by listing U words and creating pictures that began with that letter.  We finished out the week with review activities and games to reinforce the letters we have introduced. 

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, we concluded our week with a study and celebration of his life. We learned that there was a time when all people were not treated equally simply because of their outward appearance and discussed the importance of our empathy and love for all of God’s children. We read Martin’s Dream by Jane Kurtz and Let’s Read About … Martin Luther King, Jr. by Courtney Baker.  We hope everyone enjoys this holiday and gives thanks to those who stood up for the freedom of all. 

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Next week, we look forward to completing our unit on 3 part patterns as well as studying the letter Bb and our study on bears!

                                                                        

Tuesday, January 30                                               100th day! Dress like you are 100 years old!

                                                                   

Friday, February 2                                                   Parent/Teacher Conferences

                                                                                 No School for Boys

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

We enjoyed an unbelievable week studying the letter, Uu! First, we created umbrella lettercards! We worked hard on our journals this week, journaling about our favorite food to eat, a conversation sparked by our favorite food class graph! We practiced handwriting letter Uu using the iPad app, created art under the table, and generated our own Uu words after checking to see what Maggie munched. We drew our favorite 4 things that start with the letter Uu. We read the story Aliens Love Underpants and played a matching game with underwear printed on the front and letters and picture cards on the backs.

We have been working on 3-part patterns this week, patterning everything from shapes, stickers, paint dotters, colored cubes, and bear manipulatives!

Last week, we learned about what the season of winter is like for us. This week, we have learned what it is like for animals. Reading through Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder, we talked about migration and about how some animals relocate to find warmer temperatures and some to follow their food, creating our Monarch butterflies using contact paper and tissue paper. We learned how some animals hibernate and read Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows. We made our own snakes using scissors, bubble wrap, green paint, paper plates, and eyes! Finally, we learned about animals that adapt like we do! 

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, we concluded our week with a study and celebration of his life. We learned that there was a time when all people were not treated equally simply because of their outward appearance and discussed the importance of our empathy and love for all of God’s children. We read Martin’s Dream by Jane Kurtz and Let’s Read About … Martin Luther King, Jr. by Courtney Baker.  We hope everyone enjoys this holiday and gives thanks to those who stood up for the freedom of all. 

Mandarin Spotlight

January has been a fun month in Mandarin class. We have begun learning classroom objects such as pencil 铅笔, crayon 蜡笔, marker 彩色笔, book bag 书包, notebook 本子, scissors 剪刀, glue stick 浆糊, paper 纸 and book 书. Some of the ways we have been learning classroom objects is through creating flashcards to take home, drawing the objects on whiteboards, and playing I spy within the classroom. The song that we are learning is “Where did my friend go?” Please have your child sing you this song. 

Tracey Oliver

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

                                                                        

Monday, January 15                                                Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

                                                                                 No School

Friday, February 2                                                   Parent/Teacher Conferences

                                                                                 No School for Boys

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