Heather Spiegelman

Heather Spiegelman

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

We had a BLAST in JK this week! We learned all about the letter Bb. We blew
bubbles, played in the bean table, and played with bug stamps in play dough.
We began our October unit on Fall this week, as we welcomed our new month.
Introducing Fall, we discussed the things we notice as the season is changing. We
see lots of orange, red, and yellow leaves, people wearing jackets, and leaves on the
ground. We notice the temperature gets cooler in the Fall. We read “Why Do Leaves
Change Colors” by Betsy Maestro and created our own fall leaves with tissue paper squares. 
 We are excited about Fall and ready for it here in Memphis!
We enjoyed meeting with you all this week. Thank you for your continued support
at home.
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Looking Ahead:
October 10 th -14 th Fall Break
October 17 th Field Trip to the Agricenter
October 25 th Grandparents Day
October 31 st Harvest Breakfast

We had a pretty perfect week in JK! We introduced the letter Pp. We played
with play doh and puzzles. We read “Pete’s a Pizza” and played the game Pizza Pile
Up. We practiced our handwriting Pp with pink and purple crayons.  We also had a special visit from our principal,
Mrs. Todd. We had a popcorn picnic and listened to several stories.
We continued to work on sorting. We sorted trail mix and classroom
 manipulatives. We celebrated our 40 th day of school with a visit
from Zero the Hero- he brought us a fun round Pp snack- pepperoni!!!!
We loved learning more about our bodies from experts on Healthy Me Day! We
learned about how to take care of our bones, our teeth, and our bodies by eating
healthy foods!
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Looking Ahead:
October 4 th Fall Conferences
October 10 th -14 th Fall Break
October 17 th Field Trip to the Agricenter
October 25 th Grandparents Day
October 31 st Harvest Breakfast

We had a dynamite week in JK! We dug deep and listed our favorite Dd words. We
spent a day talking about our Dads and Dear Ones and making some special art
projects to share with them. The boys had a great time spending the morning with
their favorite guy!
We wrapped up our unit on shapes this week. We played a shape spinner game, made shapes in shaving cream, 
played a shape bean bag toss game, and went on a shape hunt with Mrs. Brock.
To continue our study of our bodies, we discussed the digestive system and what
happens to all of our food. We did an experiment to show us what happens to our food
when it is in our stomach.
We learned all about the heart and even got to dissect a real sheep heart in
the PDS science lab! We also learned about our bones and teeth and how to keep them healthy.
Our bodies are amazing machines!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:
Thursday, September 26 th Individual Picture Day
Friday, September 27 th Healthy Me Day
Friday, October 4th Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 10-14 th Fall Break, No School
Thursday, October 17 th JK Field Trip to the Agricenter Farmer’s Market

Wow! We have enjoyed an excellent week in JK studying the letter Ee! We made our
E letter card and read Elmer the Elephant.  We used Expo markers to practice writing the letter Ee.
We also had our first tech time with Mrs. Brock.  Zero the Hero visited us this week for
our 20 th day of school and brought donuts! Finally on Friday, we were excited to see
what Maggie had munched and generate our own list of Ee words! We then drew
pictures of our own favorite objects that start with Ee.

We have continued our study of shapes this week. We made shapes using big pieces of elastic.
We also left the classroom on a safari for shapes around the building. There are shapes everywhere!

We continued our study of senses. For taste, we tasted foods that were sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. We utilized our sense of smell to discover mystery scents hidden in smell jars.

Our body unit has led us to the study of organs this week! We learned about our lungs and brain. We will continue our study of organs next week.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:
-September 20 th - Donuts with Dad and Dear Ones
-September 27 th - Healthy Me Day
-October 4th- Parent/Teacher Conferences

Welcome back from the long weekend to a fantastic week studying the
letter Ff!  We practiced identifying Ff words on the smart board. We also had fun seeing
what Maggie munched and generating our own Ff words!

We have been focusing on shapes this week, and our study will continue
through next week as well. We are focusing on triangle, circle, oval, square,
rectangle, crescent, star, rhombus, hexagon, and trapezoid! We played shape bang and shape memory.

We have begun our first monthly Discovery unit on “All about Me” this week! We
have emphasized that God made us all perfect in his image and celebrated the
qualities which make us unique! We created a mixed-media self-portrait using paint
and oil -pastels. They will be hanging in our room all year!

In keeping with our unit on our bodies, we have begun studying the five senses this
week. We read My Five Senses by Aliki Brandenberg and watched a
Brainpop, Jr.  We played with a feely box and used our sense of touch to figure
out the mystery shape hidden in the box…without peeking! We also used
our sense of hearing and played sound bingo! We will continue with the sense of sight, taste, and smell next week.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:
-PDS Jamboree, September 6th, 9:30am – This is FREE and there will be
many activities planned just for our Early Childhood boys! Plan to
attend—it will be great fun!
-Donuts with Dear Ones, September 20th 7:50am
-Parent/Teacher Conferences, October 4 th

We started our week off right with a visit from Zero the Hero! He zooms in on every
tenth day of school bearing a special treat. The boys must ask yes or no questions to
uncover and receive the treat! Hint: it is always shaped like a zero! He left us
yummy fudge stripe cookies!
We introduced our first letter this week. Ff!! We listed words that begin with the
letter F, made a football letter card, played some fun games, and practiced writing the letter F.
We will spend two weeks on the letter Ff.
We are also working hard on our first names this week! We have been practicing
writing our first names through the Handwriting Without Tears “Wet, Dry, Try”
method in which the student uses a wet sponge to trace his name on a chalkboard,
follow the sponge with a dry tissue, and then tries for himself with chalk! During this
exercise, the Handwriting Without Tears letter formation language is incorporated.
You can practice at home too! Look out for instructions coming home soon in your
son’s folder.

We wish everyone a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!
Reminders and Looking Ahead:
- School Holiday- September 2nd
-PDS Jamboree, September 7th, 9:30am
-Donuts with Dads and Dear Ones, September 20th, 7:50am
-Individual Picture Day, September 26th
-Parent/Teacher Conferences, October 4th

We have had a fantastic first full week in JK! This week, we focused on
recognizing our first names in print and learning the names of our classmates. We
loved playing memory match with our friends’ faces! For our own names, we used
paint dabbers to “dab” large letters in our names. We created our very own coconut
tree that correlated with the book Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom and letter stamped our
names on the tree. We read the book A, My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer which
sparked our thinking about things that start with the same beginning letter as our
first names! We created collage portraits of ourselves to go with our ideas, and they
are brightening up the walls of our classroom! We counted the letters in our names
after reading Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and graphed the names of all of our
friends in our class!
We read the book, Chicka Chicka 123, and worked on recognizing the numbers
0-5. We reinforced our recognition of numbers with a beanbag tossing game and a
number search. We had a fun activity of who could build the tallest tower using
unifix cubes rolling a foam dice.
With all of our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom study, we needed to investigate a
real coconut!  We did a “See, Think, Wonder” thinking routine on a real coconut and
described how it felt. We then got to crack it open! We also got to taste shredded
coconut that Astro left for us!
We continued the study of our rules from last week. We talked about what
makes a “weak choice” and a “strong choice,” and sorted different actions that might
arise in the classroom!
Reminders and Looking Ahead:
September 2 nd - Labor Day /no school
September 7 th - 9:30am, PDS Jamboree,
September 20 th - 7:50am, Donuts with Dads and Dear Ones
September 26 th -Individual Picture Day
October 4 th - Parent/Teacher Conferences ( student holiday)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Look who’s in our classroom!

What a great first week we have had welcoming our JK boys to our classroom. We have had fun reading about our letters through Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and getting to know new friends in our class! We are learning friends’ names and focusing on the letters in our own names. Making name necklaces, watercoloring our names, and name puzzles have been helpful activities! 

It was such a treat when Astro left us a clue to begin a scavenger hunt!  We visited Mrs. Todd's office, talked to Mr. Hancock, and checked out the gym and Special Area classrooms before our last clue led us to letter cookies…what a fun snack!

We learned to build Mat Man out of wood pieces, which we later will utilize to build capital letters in JK. After making Mat Man’s portrait, we created our own self-portraits! They will be turned into a special book to share in our classroom very soon.

We have introduced the rules and procedures in our classroom and will continue to review over the next few weeks.

We are off to a wonderful start in JK and can’t wait for next week!

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