• 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
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Nn week has been a neat treat! We began our week with the creation of our Nn lettercard, a nest. We read The Best Nest by Laura Datta and Matt Buckingham, in which an owl tries to find a better home and learns that God placed him in the right place after all! We practiced handwriting and generated as many words that start with Nn as we could think of as a class! We strung noodles on yarn to make new necklaces and searched for Nn words in newspapers!

This week and next, we will be working on the numbers 11-20. We subitized by practicing identifying how many items were in ten frames without counting! We played “erase-a-number” in which we erased certain numbers based on clues the teacher gave us! We played a Valentine teen bingo game and a teen memory game.

We also loved celebrating Valentine’s Day with our second grade buddies when they came down to help us read our valentines! We read Today is Valentine’s Day by P. K. Hallinan and enjoyed a special cookie treat from the teachers!

Reminders and looking ahead:

Next week, we look forward to studying the letter Ee, continuing teenage numbers through 20, and focusing on US presidents!

February 16-19                               Winter Break, No School

Friday, February 23                         Maggie Monster munches, Ee

March 9-16                                    Spring Break, No School

Spotlight on Specials

Bible

We are having a great year in Bible! We began looking at New Testament stories after Christmas. The boys loved learning about miracles Jesus performed. We are talking about parables now and will start learning the Lord's Prayer soon.

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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 fingertips in sand. After reading Fifi Ferret’s Flute by Samantha Berger and checking to see what Maggie munched, we generated our own words that began with the letter Ff.

We have continued our study of coins this week, playing “Coin Bang!”, coin hop, and coin musical chairs. 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

Last modified on February 9, 2018
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

What a remarkable week we have had! We introduced the letter Rr and after reading A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman, we colored rainbows on our lettercards and utilized rainbow crayons for handwriting.  We generated words after seeing what Maggie munched on and created four different pictures that began with Rr! 

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 from 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! Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped made our day such a blast.

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 and making connections! We made our own paper versions and practiced sorting and counting change to pay for items around our classroom! 

We are ready for spring and have been studying Punxatawney Phil this week, making our own predictions regarding whether or not he will see his shadow this week! We loved laughing along to Go to Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox. We had so much fun with our STEAM shadow activities using blocks, cubes, and flashlights. 

Special Spotlight

Exciting things are happening in the EC music classroom! The boys are beginning to explore pitch by learning what it means to sing high and low- and even play scales in the key of C on boomwhakers and colored pitched bells. The JK and SK boys are also learning to recognize rhythmic patterns in music and have even had the chance to practice playing our class drum as they play quarter notes and eighth notes as we chant about snowmen, ice, and winter wonderlands.  We are building our musical vocabulary through singing, instrumental activities, and movement.  Ask your child if they can explain (or sing) the differences between dinosaur and butterfly notes.  

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

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

Friday, February 9                               Maggie Monster Munches, Ff

Monday, February 12                           Hearts for Art Supplies Due

                                                        Valentine’s Due                                    

February 16-19                                   Winter Break, No School

Last modified on February 1, 2018
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

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