• 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
Mon, Nov 12, 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 make our Native American costumes, we will pattern colored shapes onto our Native American headbands and pattern 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 12, 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:

Tuesday, October 23th          Book Fair 1:10-1:40

Friday, October 26th                   JK Harvest Breakfast

Friday, November 16th               Thanksgiving Play  9:00am

Last modified on October 19, 2018
Fri, Oct 12, 2018

We have enjoyed a magnificent week in JK! We created moons complete with moon dust on our Mm lettercards.  We practiced our Mm handwriting using wet, dry, try on our iPads! We loved seeing what Maggie Monster munched on and reading My Friend the Monster by Eleanor Taylor. Finally, we generated our own words that start with Mm and practiced writing in our journals for the first time.

We are continuing to identify numbers 6-10 and will be working on forming sets with these numbers next week.  We will be encouraging the boys to “touch and push” when they check their sets. 

We have begun our study of the farm by first discussing the similarities and differences between urban, suburban, and rural communities and then watched a Brainpop Jr. video on the topic.  We brainstormed all the things a farmer must have and do and agree that farmers have a tough job! We read Big Red Barnby Margaret Wise Brown and drew our own tell-and-draw barn pictures as we talked about all of the different parts of a barn. 

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Thursday, October 18th            JK Field Trip to the Agricenter Farmer’s Market

Tuesday, October 23th          Book Fair 1:10-1:40

Friday, October 26th                    JK Harvest Breakfast 11:00-12:00

Last modified on October 12, 2018
Mon, Oct 01, 2018

It has been a great week in JK focusing on the letter, Gg! We kicked off the week with the creation of a goat on our letter card. We played "Pass the Gift" and identified items in the gift box that started with the letter Gg! We practiced handwriting the letter Gg using green glitter. We gathered to see what Maggie munched and generated our own words that began with Gg!

We have introduced the numbers 6-10 this week, building them out of unifix cubes, thinking of them as sums, and subatizing, which is the ability to associate a number with a set without counting. This strengthens the mathematics foundation. We played "Number Golf" putting the golf ball to the numbers 6-10. We also played our popular BANG game identifying the numbers 6-10.

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!

For extra review ideas, please follow our pinterest page PD’s Pins- https://www.pinterest.com/pds_pins/

Reminders & Looking Ahead:

October 4-8                                 Fall Break, No School

Thursday, October 18th                 JK Field Trip to the Agricenter Farmer’s Market

Friday, October 26th                     JK Harvest Breakfast

Last modified on October 1, 2018
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