Fri, Sep 13, 2019

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

Fri, Sep 06, 2019

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

Fri, Aug 30, 2019

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

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

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)

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