Heather Spiegelman

Heather Spiegelman

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

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”).

Hasta pronto,

Señora Watson

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!

Looking Ahead: 


February 14-17th Winter Break, No School


March 6-16th             Spring Break, No School 

This week we zipped into our study of the letter Z. We created zebras on our letter card and created a nice list of Z words. We had a zoo center and in our journal we wrote about our favorite zoo animal. We also used paint in Ziplock bags to practice our handwriting.

We have continued our study of coins this week playing which coin is missing, coin sort and graphing. Please continue to review coins at home.

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 your son 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 10th if you have not already done so. Thanks!

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

Reminders and Looking Ahead:


February 14 – 17th                                                      Winter Break, No School

March 6-15th                                                                        Spring Break, No School

We began this week with the 100th Day of school! The boys looked adorable dressed as 100-year-olds, and we had a blast with our “100 Day” activities. From making necklaces with 100 Fruit Loops to ordering numbers 1-100 to searching for 100 Hershey’s kisses hidden around the room, we had one hundred times the fun! Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make our day such a blast!

We have continued our study of coins this week. We loved playing “Coin Bang! and sorting coins. 

We are ready for spring and have discussed Puxatawney Phil this week, making our own predictions regarding whether or not he will see his shadow this weekend! We loved laughing along to Go to Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox. 


Reminders and Looking Ahead:


Looking ahead to next week, we will focus on the letter Zz, continue studying coins, and begin our Red, White, and Blue unit on American symbols, landmarks, and presidents.


Friday, February 7th               Maggie Monster Munches, Zz


Monday, February 10th                          Hearts for Art Supplies Due

                                                                       Valentine’s Due


February 14-17th Winter Break, No School

We’ve had great fun yelling about the letter Yy! We began our study by making yo yos on our lettercard, making a list of words that start with the letter Yy, and practicing writing Yy.  As always, we look forward to seeing what Maggie decides to eat and generating our own words beginning with Yy!


Coins will serve as our math unit for the next couple of weeks, and we have introduced the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, and Quarters books by Mary Hill have taught us all about how to recognize the different coins we see. We are recording what we learn about each coin and making connections! We made our own paper versions of the coins to bring home to help us review.  


We are looking forward to lots of fun next week as we celebrate our 100th day of school on Tuesday. Thank you to the parents that have volunteered to help us with our activities! 


Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, January 28th        100th day of school- Dress like you are 100


Friday, January 31st Parent/Teacher Conferences – No school for boys


Friday, February 14th -17th     Winter Break

Welcome back! We have missed all of these smiling faces and have loved hearing about everyone’s break! We especially loved welcoming our new student, Charlie, into the classroom. The boys love having a new classmate! 


We have begun January by diving into our season of winter! We watched a BrainPop, Jr. and learned about how the Earth orbits the sun, and it tilts away during winter, making it feel cold outside! We read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and then created our own winter scene at night. 


Our week was off to an exciting start with the introduction of the letter, Vv, and our volcano lettercard!  We watched a Reading Rainbow video on the book, Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis and discussed what happens when a volcano erupts.  We practiced handwriting V’s on dry erase boards and loved seeing what Maggie munched!

We have begun our study of graphing this week, and we have graphed a lot of information and learned a lot about our friends! Who knew graphs could tell us so much?   The boys enjoyed doing their very own graph survey around the EC building asking teachers particular questions! 


Looking ahead to next week, we will begin our study of the letter Ww. In math, we will focus on identifying and creating 3-part patterns by color, size, and kind. We will continue our study of winter and begin to learn how other animals cope with cold temperatures!


Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

No School


Friday, January 31st Parent/Teacher Conferences

No School for Boys

What an unbelievable week we have had in JK! We introduced the letter Uu
and made our umbrella letter cards. We read “Aliens Love Underpants" 
by Claire Freedman and practiced  handwriting Uu.
We continued learning how to write numbers focusing on 6- 10 this week. We
will send home the wording we use when writing each number. Please
practice over the holiday.
Santa and Rudolph have been big topics this week as we prepare for the
Christmas break. 
 We are looking forward to our Christmas party next week
and hope to have a special visitor stop by for a quick visit!

Reminders and Looking Ahead
Thursday, December 19th Christmas Party, Half- Day Dismissal

Wear red or green
Friday, December 20th Half-Day Dismissal
No aftercare- holding room until 11:30
Thursday, January 6th Classes Resume

The Christmas season is upon us! We are lucky to be learning about the letter Ll in Junior Kindergarten. We began our week by creating Christmas lights on our Ll lettercard. We generated as many Ll words as we could think of and drew pictures of our favorite Ll words after Maggie visited! We also played with legos, light brights and Lincoln logs!

We practiced writing the numbers 3-5 this week! We have practiced our handwriting on magic slates, whiteboards, and on doodle boards. We would encourage you to continue practicing writing numbers at home as well!

We have begun our Christmas unit with a study of the Nativity. We have been reading The Story of Christmas by Linda Jennings and have been learning about Gabriel who came to visit Mary with the special message that she was to be the mother of God’s son, Jesus. We continued to learn about the special Jerusalem donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem with Joseph and that they were grateful for the stable in which they stayed to give birth to baby Jesus. We have been working on a special nativity art project all week.

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, December 19th                        Christmas Party, Half-Day Dismissal

                                                            Wear red or green

Friday, December 20th                         Half-Day Dismissal

                                                                   No aftercare- holding room until 11:30

Thursday, December 20                        Christmas Break Begins

Monday, January 6th                                    Classes Resume

Looking ahead in JK!

Reminders and Looking Ahead

Next week, we look forward to studying the letter Ll and starting our study of the first Christmas. We will work on learning to write the numbers 0-10 over the next few weeks as well.

Friday, December 6th                         Maggie Monster Munches, Ll

Thursday, December 19th                        Christmas Party, Half-Day Dismissal

                                                            Wear red or green

Friday, December 20th                         Half-Day Dismissal

                                                                   No aftercare- holding room until 11:30

Thursday, December 20                        Christmas Break Begins

Monday, January 6th                                    Classes Resume

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