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 also loved reading Squanto by Eric Metaxas, created a tell-n-draw Squanto, and painted our Native American vests. ! Thanksgiving is not a good time to be a turkey, and we loved sharing some of our creative disguises we made for our turkeys with the class! We talked about what being thankful means and for what we are thankful, reading I’m Thankful and This First Thanksgiving Day.
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
What a Nice week in JK! We introduced the letter Nn, we made noodle necklaces, circled N’s in the newspaper and read “The Best Nest” 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 at lunch! Mmmm…. We learned about pigs and the foods we get from them and even got to try some yummy bacon! 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.
Thursday, October 31st: Harvest Breakfast 11:00-12:00
Friday, November 22nd: Thanksgiving Play
We were rocking and rolling this week while we introduced the letter Rr. We made rainbows and used rainbow crayons after talking about Roy G Biv and the colors in a rainbow.
We also worked on our first journal entry this week. We journaled about what we did on Fall Break- the boys did a great job! We love to watch their progress throughout the year.
Continuing our farm unit, we studied different tractors and farm equipment that farmers use each day. We read the book “Fantastic Farm Machines” by Chris Peterson. To introduce the different parts of vegetables we eat, we read the book “The Vegetables We Eat” by Gail Gibbons and sorted pictures based on the different parts we eat. We had a wonderful time on our field trip touring the Agricenter Farmer’s Market. This tour reinforced the parts we eat of different fruits and vegetables. Is it the package, which is the outside; seeds, which are usually on the inside but not always; or both? We also talked about the different sizes, shapes, and colors of the fruits and vegetables. We ended our field trip with a hay ride and a picnic lunch- the weather was perfect! Thank you to all our parent volunteers- fun was had by all!
Friday, October 25th- Grandparents Day ( half day dismissal)
Thursday, October 31st– Harvest Breakfast (11:00-12:00)
Friday, November 22nd– Thanksgiving Play @ 9:00
We had a pretty perfect week in JK! We introduced the letter Pp. We painted, played with play doh and puzzles. We read “Pete’s a Pizza” and played the game Pizza Pile Up. We practiced our handwriting Pp with purple crayons. We ate pretzels, peaches and pears for a fun Pp snack! We also had a special visit from our Principal, Mrs. Todd. We had a popcorn picnic and listened to several stories.
We continued to work on sorting. We sorted trail mix, red light and green light foods as well as classroom manipulatives. We celebrated our 40thday of school with a visit from Zero the Hero- he brought us a fun round Pp snack- pepperoni!!!!
We loved learning more about our bodies from experts on Healthy Me Day! We learned about how to take care of our bones, our teeth, and our bodies by eating healthy foods!
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October 4th Fall Conferences
October 10th-14th Fall Break
October 17th Field Trip to the Agricenter
October 25th Grandparents Day
October 31st Harvest Breakfast