• 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
Sun, Nov 11, 2018

We introduced the interesting letter Ii this week and created our own igloo 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, and generated our own Ii words and practiced handwriting on the Ipads!

We began our unit on patterning this week, learning what patterns are, how we name patterns, and working on creating our own! We figured out which parts were missing out of different patterns on the smartboard and then 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 buffalo to the Native Americans, and they ate their meat as well as using their hides for clothing and housing. We took a virtual tour of a Wampanoag site on Scholastic.com, and learned that the resourceful Native Americans lived off of the land, using berries to dye their clothing and create art. They traveled on horseback and also in canoes, which they created from trees.  We studied the different kinds of houses in which the Native Americans lived in including teepees. We made our own teepees and 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!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Friday, November 16                         Thanksgiving Play 9:00am

November 21-23                               Thanksgiving Holiday

Last modified on November 11, 2018
Sat, Nov 03, 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 and journaled about what we were dressing up as for Halloween. 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 played Simon Says using farm animals to demonstrate our mastery of these words.

We had a special day on Halloween doing a pumpkin experiment and learning the life cycle of a pumpkin. We loved counting the seeds from the pumpkin we carved! On Thursday, 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 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

Last modified on November 3, 2018
Sat, Oct 27, 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 in textured trays filled with sand. It was exciting to see all that Maggie was munching on that started with T!

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! Mmmm…. We learned about pigs and the foods we get from them and even got to try some yummy bacon! Also, we learned that they are actually not dirty animals at all! We read “The Three Little Pigs”, and did a fun STEAM activity having the boys build a house out of straw (straws and play dough), wood (popsicle sticks and play dough), or bricks (legos).   There was lots of excitement if your house could stay standing after the big, bad wolf huffed and puffed (a blow dryer!). Ask your son what products we use and eat from farm animals. 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

Last modified on October 27, 2018
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 practiced handwriting capital L on laptops and wrote in our journals about our favorite food that comes from the farm.

We have begun 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.  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. 

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Wednesday, October 24th           Book Fair 1:10-1:40

Friday, October 26th                  JK Harvest Breakfast

Friday, November 16th               Thanksgiving Play  9:00am

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