News from Room 15

O2K Class

December 7-22, 2015

Dear Families,

We had a great time with our space unit last week. For the next few weeks we will be learning about winter holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. This unit has always been a popular one. Some of the activities in this unit include art projects for each holiday, vocabulary games, comparing holidays, singing Christmas carols, and sharing holiday traditions. We will end our unit with a winter party!

  • If your child receives progress notes as part of an IEP, those updates will be coming home after the break.

Have a great week!

~ Ms. Jackie, Mrs. Joyce, Mrs. Patrice

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Theme and Stories We Will Share

Winter Holidays

Christmas Is... by Gail Gibbons

Merry Christmas Mom & Dad by Mercer Mayer

Snowmen at Christmas by Carolyn Buehner

Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah by Norman Bridwell

My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz

Lighting a Lamp by Jonny Zucker

Little Critter's Night Before Christmas by Mercer Mayer

Learning Objectives

We will know the name and sound for the letters Gg and Ss. (literacy)

We will be able to write the letters Gg and Ss. (literacy)

We will be able to segment the sounds in a word. (literacy)

We will know parts of a book and concepts of print. (literacy)

We will be able to retell and sequence a story. (literacy)

We will know the letters in our name and be able to write our names. (literacy)

We will be able to tell how we would respond to a situation in a story. (literacy)

We will be able to name an item that begins with a given letter/sound. (literacy)

We will be able to select words that rhyme. (literacy)

We will be able to recognize and name numerals 0-9. (math)

We will be able to count items up to 10. (math)

We will understand what it means to be a Super Friend. (PBS)

We will understand how to be safe, kind, and responsible at school. (PBS)

We will know vocabulary related to winter holidays.

We will understand that different holidays are celebrated by people in December.

Activities for Home

  • When reading a story ask your student what the author and illustrator do.
  • Compare numbers or groups of items and discuss which number is "bigger/smaller" or which group has more/less items.
  • Watch for holiday items on TV and in books. Ask your students to tell you something about the items. For example - what do you do with it, what does it look like, etc.

Duckling Dates

  • November 30th - December 11th - Hats and Mitten Drive for Salvation Army
  • December 7th-11th - Duckling Days - wear duckling shirts or blue and yellow
  • December 21st - Winter Party
  • Tuesday, December 22nd - NO PM Classes - Records Day for teachers
  • December 23rd-January 5th - NO School - Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, January 6th - Classes Resume
  • Wednesday, January 6th - Parent Meeting for Child Center Presentations
  • January 11th-15th - Duckling Days - wear duckling shirts or blue and yellow
  • January 14th & 15th - Child Center Presentations Part 1
  • January 18th - NO School - MLK, Jr Day
  • January 21st & 22nd - Child Center Presentations Part 2

Class Goal

Our class goal for second quarter is naming all the letters in our name.

Simon's Schedule

December 11-13: Jocelyn G.

Contact Information

Hackmann Office: 636-851-6200