• Week of November 12-16

    Letter of the Week

    Letter Review

    Math Skill

    Math Review

    Discovery

    The First Thanksgiving

    Character Trait

    Servant Leader

    Bible Verse 

    "Lead others by your good example." 1 Peter 5:3
Fri, Nov 09, 2018

We introduced the incredible letter Ii this week and created our own insect lettercards! We talked about the vowels we have learned so far, identifying words that began with Aa, Ii, and Oo. We talked about the differences between long and short Ii sounds when we saw what Maggie munched. We generated our own Ii words and practiced handwriting with dry erase boards and ink.

We began our unit on patterning this week. We learned what patterns are, how we name patterns, and worked on creating our own! We made patterns on our own using different manipulatives! As we help make our Native American costumes, we patterned colored shapes onto our Native American headbands and patterned beads on our necklaces.

Our Thanksgiving study has focused on the lives and culture of the Native Americans. We learned how the Native Americans lived in America well before the Pilgrims arrived! We learned about the great importance of animals to the Native Americans. They ate their meat and used their hides for clothing and housing.  We also learned that the resourceful Native Americans lived off of the land, using berries to dye their clothing and create art.  We made our own Native American vests, painting various symbols that the Native Americans would have used!  We can’t wait for you to see our work and are looking forward to performing in our Thanksgiving Play next week!

Please continue to practice your son’s line for the play at home!

Fri, Nov 02, 2018

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, and we generated our own extensive list of Hh words and drew our favorite pictures.  

In math this week, we have covered positional words. We had fun playing Simon Says to demonstrate our mastery of these words. 

We had a fun day on Halloween where we made pumpkin pie in a bag and formed sets using candy corn. This week, we also 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 learned about how Squanto and the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims learn to plant crops in the New World.  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!

Special Spotlight: Spanish

It has been a busy and fun trimester in our Spanish class. The JK boys have been practicing counting from zero to twenty and singing greeting songs at the beginning of each class.

They've been memorizing and chanting the days of the week. We've been reviewing the colors in Spanish and playing games to practice them.

Also, they learned about different kinds of feelings and how to say them in Spanish. They learned the song called "Cinco Calabazas" ("Five Pumpkins") and then acted out the emotions as they sang the song. We finished our unit making pumpkin or ghost finger puppets.

I love seeing their enthusiasm for learning new words and singing songs in Spanish.  I'm looking forward to lots more fun with these sweet boys in the coming months.

Feliz otoño (Happy Fall)

Hasta luego,

Señora Watson

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Friday, November 16                        Thanksgiving Play 9:00am 

November 21-23                                Thanksgiving Holiday

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

What a totally terrific week studying the letter, Tt! We created a turtle lettercard and generated as many words that start with Tt as we could think of! We loved watching abcmouse’s video about Tt, and we practiced handwriting Ts on ipads.  It was exciting to see all that Maggie was munching on that started with T! 

We have continued our study of forming sets with numbers 6-10.  We practiced our sets using pipe cleaners and beads and had the boys thread the number of beads that correlated with the number on the pipe cleaners.  This activity was a great fine motor exercise! 

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. We even got to climb on and explore real tractors in the PDS parking lot.  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 also talked about the different sizes, shapes, and colors of the fruits and vegetables.  We wrapped up our week with a delicious Harvest breakfast!

 Special Spotlight: Mandarin

  Since August, we have learned how to count from 0-30 in mandarin, and a Chinese number song. We have talked about different colors using some fun games and introduced the traditional Chinese Mid-autumn Festival. We also learned eye, ear, nose, mouth and head.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Monday, November 5th              TAIS- No school for the boys

Friday, November 16th               Thanksgiving Play 9:00am

November 21-23                         Thanksgiving Holiday

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

It has been a wonderful week studying the lovely letter, Ll!  We kicked the week off in Fall fashion by creating Fall leaves on our lettercards.  Zero the Hero visited for the fortieth day of school and brought lollipops for a special treat! 

We have continued our study of sets 6-10. A fun and engaging activity we did was forming sets placing the correct number of farm animals inside the barn stalls.   We encouraged the boys to “touch and push” when checking their numbers.

Hi ho the derry-o! We have loved diving deeper into our study of the farm and studied farm animals this week. We studied the difference between roosters and hens, and we practiced caring for our own nests with a real egg. Being a responsible parent is a lot of work! We watched a video “Rosie’s Walk,” and a fox snuck into our classroom to try to steal our eggs! 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! Ask your son what products we use and eat from farm animals. We had a wonderful time touring the farmer's market at the Agricenter.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Thursday, October 25th          Book Fair 8:00-8:30

Friday, October 26th                   JK Harvest Breakfast

Friday, November 16th               Thanksgiving Play  9:00am

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