Week of December 4th
Letter of the WeekKk
Math SkillWriting Numbers 6-10
DiscoveryThe Christmas Story
Character TraitA Servant Leader
Bible VerseKeep your tongue from evil. Psalm 34:13
The Christmas season is upon us! Last week we joyfully studied the letter Jj in Junior Kindergarten. We began our week by creating our own jar of jellybeans on our Jj lettercard. IPads are always a favorite for handwriting and we even practiced writing the letter Jj in Jello. We generated as many Jj words as we could think of and drew pictures of our favorite Jj words after Maggie visited!
This week we kicked off the week studying the letter, Kk! We created our key word page with a kite! We practiced handwriting the letter, Kk, had fun seeing what Maggie munched and came up with our own words that begin with Kk. It’s a tricky letter that shares the same sound with Cc.
We also started writing the numbers 1-5 last week and introduced writing 6-10 this week. We have practiced our handwriting on magic slates, whiteboards, ipads, on doodle boards and even shaving cream! We would encourage you to continue practicing writing numbers at home as well!
We began our Christmas unit with a study of the Nativity. We are reading The Christmas Story by Carol Heyer and have been learning about Gabriel who came to visit Mary with the special message that she was to be the mother of God’s son, Jesus. We created our own angels and nativities in class to decorate our room. This week we continued to learn about the special donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem with Joseph and then focused on the three Kings that brought gifts to baby Jesus. Lastly, we read a special book,The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg, that taught us about the meaning behind a candy cane’s shape, colors, and stripes. ‘Tis the season!
Reminders and Looking Ahead
Thursday, December 14 Christmas Party, Half-Day Dismissal
Wear red or green
Friday, December 15 Half-Day Dismissal
No aftercare- holding room until 11:30
Monday, December 18 Christmas Break Begins
Tuesday, January 2 Classes Resume
We greatly enjoyed our review week last week, focusing on reviewing our letter identification and sounds. We also continued our study of the first Thanksgiving and read Red Fox and His Canoe by Nathaniel Benchley. We talked about methods of transportation used by Native Americans long ago and learned that they are called mishoons. We even took a virtual field trip to Plymouth and visited with several Wampanoag residents. We molded our own canoes out of Model Magic clay and made dream catchers! We also loved creating a special placemat just for Thanksgiving, using our handprints as the feathers on the turkey! We really love all of the creative disguises for our "Toms" in this class! These turkeys will never be found this Thanksgiving!
We want to thank everyone for attending the play on Friday! They boys did a WONDERFUL job! Happy Thanksgiving!!
Reminders and Looking Ahead:
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.
Tuesday, November 22 Tuesday, November 21st -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 22-24 Thanksgiving Break
This week we have had a happy time focusing on the letter, Hh! On Monday, we created our Hh lettercards with our keyword, house. We employed our creativity to create our own distinct houses. We practiced writing the letter H using highlighters. Maggie made her visit, we generated our own extensive list of Hh words and drew our favorite pictures.
In math this week, we have covered positional words. We played Simon Says to master some of these words!
We had a wonderful Harvest Breakfast and a fun field trip to the Agricenter! It was such a treat to wrap up our farm unit in such a special way! On Wednesday, we began our study of Thanksgiving beginning with the Pilgrims’ voyage to America. We are fortunate to have been born into a country where we get to go to church and school where we choose, and we learned the king did not give the Pilgrims these rights in England. We studied how they traveled across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Mayflower. We learned how the Pilgrims faced bitter cold, lack of food, and illness when they arrived in America and built log cabins for shelter. We look forward to continuing our study about the first Thanksgiving next week!
Please practice your son’s line for the Thanksgiving Play at home!
Reminders and Looking Ahead:
Just a reminder that the boys have to be walked across at the overhang during the morning carpool hour and not crossed further down the sidewalk!
Monday, November 6 Book Fair 11:00-12:00
Friday, November 17 Thanksgiving Play 9:00am
November 22-24 Thanksgiving Holiday