As I begin this communication, I am struck by the most frequent greeting of late that seems to be, “I hope you are safe and well”. How different that is from the greeting we have come to expect as, “Good morning, how are you today?” These are different and somewhat uncertain times, and I sincerely hope you are safe and well.
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 in "quick" sand to practice handwriting.
We wrapped up our unit on teen numbers with some fun games. We played teen BINGO and Teen Bang- the boys loved it! We practiced writing the teen numbers as well.
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 Popand Green Eggs and Hamby Dr. Seuss. We have built rhyming puzzles in which we connected words that rhyme and played a spinner game. We sorted and identified our own rhyming words on the white board and 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
This week we introduced the letter Cc. We made our car letter card, generated Cc words, shared what Maggie ate, played with the cars, and graphed candy hearts.
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 and built teen numbers with unified cubes.
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 Dayby P. K. Hallinan 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!
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. 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 bang, and coin musical chairs. 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 Liberty Bell, 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 Liberty Bell and completed a stain glass bell.
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 13 Valentines celebration with our 2nd grade friends.
February 14 – 17th Winter Break, No School
March 6 - 15th Spring Break, No School