Fri, Nov 15, 2019

We kicked off this week with studying the letter, Kk! We created our key word page with a kite! Write-the-room is one of our favorite activities, and we practiced hunting down and writing every Kk word we could find in our classroom. We practiced handwriting the letter Kk, and had fun seeing what Maggie munched and coming up with our own words that begin with Kk. It’s a tricky letter that shares the same sound with Cc.

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 are looking forward to painting them next week. We also learned about how the Native Americans used symbols and pictographs to communicate. We made teepees and decorated them with symbols. We also loved reading Over the River; A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson. We loved sharing our creative disguises we made for our turkeys with the class! We also read I’m Thankful For So Many Things, by P.K. Hallinan and then we wrote in our journals about what we are thankful for.

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 Fellowship Hall.

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

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.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Friday, November 22nd, 9:00AM: JK Thanksgiving Play!

                                                                                    Tuesday, November 26th: 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 27-29th: Thanksgiving Break

Mon, Nov 11, 2019

We had happy, happy week in JK! We spent the week learning about the letter Hh. We used hammers and made silly heads. We also used highlighters to practice writing the letter Hh.

Our math skill this week was patterns. We created pattern headpieces for our Thanksgiving Play as well as necklaces to wear. We worked on both two part and three part patterns.

We introduced the Thanksgiving story this week. We learned about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and the Native Americans. We created our own tell and draw of Squanto.

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, November 14th- Report Cards sent home

Friday, November 22nd- Thanksgiving Play 9:00 (Dismissal following the program. Aftercare will be available for those enrolled.)

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

We had a magnificent week in JK! We introduced the letter Mm and we made moon letter cards with glow in the dark paint. We practiced writing the letter Mm with magna doodles built with magna tiles and drew pictures with markers.

We continued our farm unit this week and focused on animals. We made chicken hats and discussed predators. The boys were daddy hens and spent the day protecting their egg from the sneaky, sly fox who would sneak in and grab their eggs. The boys had fun building chicken coops and fox traps! We read the book “Pigs Pigs” by Gail Gibbons. We did a STEAM activity to go along with “The Three Little Pigs.” We “built” houses and tried to see whose house would not be huffed and puffed and blown down! We finished our farm unit with a delicious Harvest Breakfast. We had foods from the farm and enjoyed music from Mr. Hancock. Thank you to all the party parents who helped provide for our party!

Next week is the PDS Book Fair. The books will be set up in Baber Gym and our day to visit is Thursday at 12:00. Please pick your son up from our classroom.

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, November 7th- Book Fair visit 12:00-12:30

Thursday, November 14th- Report Cards sent home

Friday, November 22nd- Thanksgiving Play 9:00 (Dismissal following the program. Aftercare will be available for those enrolled.)

Fri, Oct 25, 2019

What a Nice week in JK! We introduced the letter Nn. We made noodle necklaces, and created our nest letter card.

Hi ho the dairy-o! We have loved diving deeper into our study of the farm and studied farm animals this week. We learned how milk gets from a cow to carton, and we even “milked” our own cow and churned cream into butter. We got to taste our hard work! Mmmm…. We will wrap up our farm unit next week with a Harvest Breakfast!

We were also busy getting ready for our Grandparents’ Day program. We celebrated 70 years of Spirit and Song at PDS. Thank you to all the grandparents and special visitors that came!

Reminder for Nurse Alice Ball:

With Halloween coming up, we ask that ALL treats of any kind MUST be on the nut-free list.  Any candy/cookie/cupcake label has to clearly state that the product was made in a peanut and tree nut free facility…any product with language that says something like "made in a facility that also processes nuts" is not allowed.  

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, October 31st: Harvest Breakfast 11:00-12:00

Friday, November 22nd: Thanksgiving Play

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