• Week of 5/8

    Letter of the Week

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    Mother's Day

    Character Trait

    The Heart Patient

Fri, May 12, 2017

What a special week we have had working hard to celebrate our wonderful moms! The boys created hand painted, bejeweled portraits of their mothers that they could not wait to show off as well as handmade corsages, Mother’s Day cards, and special placemats as gifts. In preparation for our Mother’s Day Tea, we read Celebrating Mother’s Day: Mom’s Memory Box by Sandi Hill and My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck and Mark Buehner. Thank you to all who joined us for the special event! We loved spending the morning with all of the most important ladies in our boys’ lives, and the boys were thrilled to show off all of their hard work. We wish everyone a relaxing Mother’s Day this weekend with your little ones!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

We are looking forward to racing into summer with a fun week planned next week! Please see below for details:

Monday, May 15                                     Awesome Artist Day

Tuesday, May 16                                    Techie Tuesday

Wednesday, May 17                                Books with My Buddies           

Thursday, May 18                                   Toys and More Galore

Friday, May 19                                       Tidy Friday

Later this month:

Tuesday, May 23                                     Class Party, 10:00am, Cordova Bowling Lanes

Wednesday, May 24                                 Last Day of School, 10:40 Dismissal

Some of you have asked about how to keep your son's skills sharp over the summer. In response to your interest, we have prepared a review packet that will come home in your son's folder. This is completely optional.

Thu, May 04, 2017

Quirky letter Qq started off this week in the best way! We read Quick as a Cricket to introduce our new letter. We practiced handwriting the letter Qq using the Ready to Print app on the iPads and utilized our laptops to sort Qq and Kk pictures. Q is for Duck by Mary Elting and Michael Folsom was one of our favorite books this week! Finally, we couldn’t wait to see what quizzical items Maggie had munched as well as think of our own Qq words.

Continuing our study of time to the hour, we have introduced digital time. We practiced writing the digital time from the time on an analog clock and played memory match in which the boys had to match cards showing the same time on a digital and an analog clock. After reading Cluck o’Clock by Kes Gray, we loved dancing and playing with a sneaky mouse who would hide behind clocks displaying different times in our classroom.

We have continued our study of community and specifically of our community, Memphis this week! We learned about how each of our families lives in a home in our community and that homes come in all different shapes and sizes.  From our wonderful Memphis Masterpiece presentations, we have learned about the Arcade restaurant and the Rendezvous (and even got to enjoy some BBQ for lunch!), the Civil Rights Museum, St. Jude, FedEx Forum and the Grizzlies, the Memphis Redbirds, and the Memphis Tigers. We had fun celebrating Rock & Roll Day!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Next week, we will be reviewing our letters and math skills and finishing up our unit on Memphis.

Friday, May 12                        Mother’s Day Tea

Tuesday, May 23                        Class Party – Cordova Bowling Lanes

Wednesday, May 24                        Last Day of School, ½ Day

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Mon, Apr 10, 2017

This week, we worked on reviewing all of the letters we have studied so far. We cannot believe that we only have three letters left in the alphabet! We worked on generating words for the letters we have learned, played a memory match game, and utilized the iPads to practice our handwriting.

We sequence all the time in our classroom but really began to focus on it this week! We practiced putting parts of a story in the correct order and putting the mixed-up steps of baking muffins in order as well! We will continue focusing on this skill next week.

We completed our dinosaur unit by focusing on the jobs of paleontologists. We brainstormed about what paleontologists do and sang along to “I’m A Paleontologist” by They Might Be Giants. We took a virtual field trip and learned about all of the tools paleontologists use, filling our own paleontologist packs with magnifying glasses, a ruler, binoculars, and a brush! Utilizing our paleontologist packs, we followed dinosaur footprints to the excavation site and got to dig up dinosaur bones ourselves! We carried them back to the “museum” for investigation! We made our placemats for Family Night by journaling about our favorite dinosaurs and the tools we like to use as paleontologists!

Thank you to all for a wonderful Family Night! Your tour guides worked hard to prepare for you and were so excited to share all of their knowledge and hard work!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Next week, we look forward to focusing on the letter Xx, continuing our unit on sequencing, and spending our time studying the Easter story. Please send in your eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt if you have not already done so! We look forward to a fun celebration!

Thursday, April 13                        Easter Egg Hunt and Party

April 14-17                                    Easter Break

Friday, May 12                        Mother’s Day Tea

Fri, Mar 24, 2017

We’ve had great fun yelling about the letter Yy! We began our study by making yoyos on our lettercard and handwriting using Ready to Print on the iPads and yellow crayons! As always, we look forward to see what Maggie decides to eat and to generate our own words beginning with Yy!

Math focused on measurement skills this week. We watched a Brainpop Jr. on length and talked about the different ways you can measure it using rulers, yardsticks, and measuring tape! We measured our heights and look forward to learning about how to measure weight next week. The boys have loved playing a measurement game that measures the height of different “people.”

Dinosaurs are really ROARRRRing in JK! We spent this past week learning about the characteristics of dinosaurs! We brainstormed what we thought we already knew about dinosaurs and what we might want to know about dinosaurs.  We discussed what qualifies as a true dinosaur and created flying pteranodons…ask your son if they are real! We also talked about the colors of the dinosaurs, made “Footstep Steggies” and created habitats during the Mesozoic Era! We loved reading many dinosaur books and exploring different dinosaur sites to conduct our own investigations online. The boys have been very excited about this unit and have a lot of information to share!

Reminders and Looking Ahead

We look forward to continuing our unit on measurement and focusing on weight next week. We will also be studying the letter Vv and continuing our unit on dinosaurs!

Thursday, March 30                        EC STEAM Day for JK

Thursday, April 6                        EC Family Night

Thursday, April 13                        JK Easter Party

April 14-17                                    Easter Break, No School

"Young children are important because they contain within themselves the ingredients for learning, in any place and at any time." - Erika Christakis, The Importance of Being Little

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