The Wag

Mrs. Edelman and Mrs. Block's Weekly Newsletter

December 7 - 11th

Literacy

We loved continuing our study of Hanukkah this week! It was so fun reading The Runaway Dreidel on Monday. We decided that since the dreidel went on such a silly trip in the story, we wanted to make our own journey for our class dreidel. Each child wrote about where their dreidle would run to if it got the chance. We had dreidles going from Disney World to the beach:) We also read There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Dreidel. We practiced our sequencing skills by putting all the Hanukkah things she swallowed on a Dreidle Graphic Organizer. It was also fun to listen to Ms. Block sing the book to the tune of "I know an Old Lady who Swallowed a fly." Finally, we read Latkes Latkes Good to eat and used Venn Diagrams to compare Chocolate Chip Cookies to Latkes.


This week we met "Bossy e." We learned that bossy e is a bit rude and when he sits at the end of a word, he makes the vowel say it's name. We will be working a lot with our new friend Bossy "E" next week to see all the new words we can read.

Math

This week in Math we explored graphs. We learned the important word, data, and that before you begin making a graph and collecting data you always have to ask a question. On Monday our question was, “What is your favorite piece of equipment on the playground?” and once we collected our data we were able to figure out that the spider web was the class favorite. We also asked, “What is your favorite weekday?” Friday, of course, was the most popular. We ended our week in Math with the question, “Do you like latkes?” This was extra fun because we each got to keep track on our own paper. It was clear that many friends in our class were latke lovers!

Writers Workshop

This week in Writer's Workshop we moved from writing personal narratives to learning how to write How to Book. We started our week by dividing into groups and illustrating for our peers how to perform a certain task. We talked about how important it is to remember every step and to let your reader know all the supplies that are needed. The teams then presented their How To posters to the class. Next, we wrote a paper on How to make a Dirt Cup Snack. We used chocolate pudding, oreos, and gummy worms to create and write about a delicious snack. We will continue to write How To stories and each child will have the opportunity to teach the class and write their own.

Hanukkah Party

The highlight of our week was definitely our Hanukkah party! We had so much fun performing our Hebrew songs and enjoying the yummy treats and exciting games. Morah Rivka did a great job helping prepare us. We would also like to say a special “thank you” to our room mothers Stephanie Yudin and Courtney Nelms who were a huge help organizing all the important details to make the day so special. Thank you to everyone who brought something. We could not have done it without you.

Thank You's!

-Thank you to the Harris Family for being our family of the week. We loved our delicious cupcakes and we so excited you could join us on our field trip.

-Thank you to Kadmiel von Springer for being our mystery reader.

-Thank you to Heather Carlin and Stephanie Yudin for being our center helpers.

Upcoming Dates

-December 17: Winter Concert at Dunwoody Springs

-December 18: Half Day

-December 21-January 1: Winter Break

-January 18: MLK Day No School