• 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 noodle monuments and searched for Nn words in newspapers!

This week and next, we will be working on the numbers 11-20. We talked about tricky teen numbers and numbers that say their name. We also did a dabber dot activity identifying the numbers. 

We also loved celebrating Valentine’s Day with our second grade buddies when they came down to help us read our valentines! We read several Valentine's books 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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Mon, Feb 12, 2018

We focused on the letter Ff this past week, creating a football lettercard and played sound association game! We practiced handwriting and painted with feathers!  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 also continued our study of coinns, playing “Coin Bang!” and a fun focus game. We also loved investigating all of the features that make coins different.

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 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

Sat, Feb 03, 2018

What a remarkable week we have had! We introduced the letter Rr, watercolored rainbows on our lettercards, and utilized red and rainbow crayons for handwriting.  We also did a whole group activity on the SmartBoard identifying where we hear the Rr sound in certain words. This was a good challenge! Lastly, we generated words after seeing what Maggie munched on and created four different pictures that began with Rr! Maggie can bring Rr items on Monday as well! 

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 will be practicing 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 Punxatawney Phyllis and Groundhog Day. 

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

Sun, Jan 21, 2018

It has been a short week with all of the snow days we have had! We were so excited to get back to school and hear about all of the fun activities the boys did over the many days out! The boys enjoyed journaling about their favorite thing they did in the snow, and we finished up our Uu unit by listing U words and creating pictures that began with that letter.  We finished out the week with review activities and games to reinforce the letters we have introduced.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, we concluded our week with a study and celebration of his life. We learned that there was a time when all people were not treated equally simply because of their outward appearance and discussed the importance of our empathy and love for all of God’s children. We read several books about Dr. King and watched a BrainPop Jr. as well.  We hope everyone enjoyed this holiday and gives thanks to those who stood up for the freedom of all. 

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Next week, we look forward to completing our unit on 3 part patterns as well as studying the letter Bb and our study on bears!

                                                                        

Tuesday, January 30                                               100th day! Dress like you are 100 years old!

                                                                   

Friday, February 2                                                   Parent/Teacher Conferences

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