• Week of January 22-25

    Letter of the Week

    Rr

    Math Skill

    Coins

    Discovery

    Hibernation/Winter/Bears

    Character Trait

    Pacesetter

    Bible Verse 

    "you must do what is right and good, this pleases the Lord." Deuteronomy 6:18
Fri, Jan 18, 2019

We’ve had the best week studying the letter Bb!  We constructed a brown bear on our letter card. We practiced handwriting on white boards and learned that if you take away the top curve of the capital B, you have a lowercase b! It helps us tell the difference between a lowercase d and a lowercase b too! We couldn’t wait to see what Bb items Maggie munched, and we had fun sharing those while generating our own Bb words. We drew pictures of our favorite things that start with the letter Bb, and used our teddy bears to pattern and sort. 

With our study of 3-part patterns this week, we patterned different bears by flavor and color using teddy grahams.  We also created a 3-part pattern headband using shapes. 

With Bb comes our study of bears! We started with the brown bear otherwise known as the grizzly bear! We learned how bears and other animals live in natural habitats and are from different places even though we see them all at the zoo. We studied what they eat and how they survive during the winter. With our study on panda bears, we discussed its habitat, diet, and what it means to be endangered.  Finally, we talked about the polar bear and used it as an example of how God helps many animals hunt and protect themselves by camouflaging them into their surroundings! God also protects polar bears from the cold with a layer of fat on their bodies.We conducted an experiment to see how it works using Crisco to insulate our hands from cold ice!  

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Monday, January 21                                                Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

                                                                           No School

Friday, February 1                                                  Parent/Teacher Conferences

                                                                          No School for Boys

Last modified on January 18, 2019
Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Welcome back! We have missed all of these smiling faces and have loved hearing about everyone’s break! We have begun January by diving into our season of winter! We watched a BrainPop, Jr. and learned about how the Earth orbits the sun, and it tilts away during winter, making it feel cold outside! We talked about what temperature is and what a thermometer does and even started keeping a temperature chart in our classroom!

We have enjoyed an unbelievable week studying the letter, Uu! First, we created umbrella lettercards,  we worked hard on our journals this week, journaling about our favorite animal that migrates, and we practiced handwriting letter Uu using the iPad app, Ready to Print under the table. We also loved seeing what Maggie was fed that started on letter Uu

We have begun our study of graphing this week, and we have graphed a lot of information and learned a lot about our friends!  We graphed if our coats had a hood or not, what our favorite season is, along with many others. Who knew graphs could tell us so much?

We have been discussing what it is like for animals during the winter months. Reading through Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder, we talked about migration and about how some animals relocate to find warmer temperatures and some to follow their food, creating handprint ducks. 

Looking ahead to next week, we will begin our study of the letter Bb. In math, we will focus on identifying and creating 3-part patterns by color, size, and kind. We will continue our study of winter and begin to learn how other animals cope with cold temperatures!

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

                                                                        

Monday, January 21                                                Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

                                                                        No School

Friday, February 1                                                Parent/Teacher Conferences

                                                                        No School for Boys

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

We kicked off last week with studying the letter, Kk!  We created our key word page with a kite! Write-the-room is one of our favorite activities, and we practiced hunting down and writing every Kk word we could find in our classroom. We practiced handwriting the letter, Kk, and had fun seeing what Maggie munched and coming up with our own words that begin with Kk. It’s a tricky letter that shares the same sound with Cc. 

We have continued our practice of writing numbers, and we focused on numbers 5 through 10 last week. We practiced writing on magic slates, on chalkboards, and i pads.

As our unit on the Christmas story continues, we watched the video The Legend of the Candy Cane with our 5thgrade buddies. The story taught us about the meaning behind a candy cane’s shape, colors, and stripes.  We have also focused on the three kings who visited Jesus in Bethlehem. After reading The Story of Christmas by Linda Jennings, we created an art piece representing the nativity and the three kings!  We also created a very special Christmas gift to bring home to you!  Tis the season! 

Special Spotlight:  Spanish

During November in our Spanish class the JK boys learned about shapes and colors (las formas y los colores).  They learned all the common shapes in Spanish.  We described the shapes in terms of color, numbers of sides, and size. The boys participated in different kinds of activities to practice them, such as playing bingo, "I Spy", "Clase vs. Maestra"  (Class vs. Teacher), listening to songs, and answering questions.  

Also they learned basic vocabulary related to  "El Otoño" ( Fall). We discussed how the weather is during fall, and what holidays we celebrate during this time of the year. We practiced singing a song called "Otoño Llego" ("Fall Arrived") 

Our current unit is about "La Navidad" . I am using a Christmas counting book to practice counting and teaching Christmas vocabulary in Spanish.  Also we sing the song called "Rodolfo el Reno" ("Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer") and, of course, their favorite, the well-known Spanish and English song "Feliz Navidad".

I hope everybody has a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.Feliz Navidad a todosSeñora Watson.

Reminders and Looking Ahead

Thursday, December 13               Pajama Day/Popcorn with our Principal

Friday, December 14                       Maggie visits for letter P objects

Tuesday, December 18                  Christmas Party, Half-Day Dismissal

                                                       Wear red or green

Wednesday, December 19              Half-Day Dismissal 

                                                        No aftercare- holding room until 11:30

Thursday, December 20                    Christmas Break Begins

Thursday, January 3                           Classes Resume

Fri, Nov 30, 2018

The Christmas season is upon us! We are joyfully studying 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 practiced the letter Jj. We generated as many Jj words as we could think of and drew pictures of our favorite Jj words after Maggie visited! 

We are working on writing the numbers 0-5 this week! We have practiced our handwriting on magic slates, whiteboards, ipads, and on doodle boards. We would encourage you to continue practicing writing numbers at home as well!

We have begun 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 in class to decorate our room. We continued to learn about the special Jerusalem donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem with Joseph and that they were grateful for the stable in which they stayed to give birth to baby Jesus.  

Reminders and Looking Ahead

Next week, we look forward to studying the letter Kk and continuing our study of the first Christmas. We will work on learning to write the numbers 6-10 next week as well.

Friday, December 7                             Maggie Monster Munches, Kk

Tuesday, December 18                        Christmas Party, Half-Day Dismissal

                                                       Wear red or green

Wednesday, December 19                    Half-Day Dismissal 

                                                        No aftercare- holding room until 11:30

Thursday, December 20                        Christmas Break Begins

Thursday, January 3                            Classes Resume

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