Mrs. Sumner's Classroom News

December 7, 2015

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 8th- Watch Dog Launch 6:30/Last Day for Cool to Care

Friday, December 11th - Santa's Workshop

The Hill PTO is sponsoring a one-day Santa’s Workshop for kids. The shop features crafters who sell their items for $6.00 or less. Many of our parents have already volunteered as personal shoppers and gift wrappers. We are looking forward to this being a fun day for kids. Please send in your child's money before Friday.

Tuesday, December 15th - Grinch Day

Have your child wear red or green. We will be celebrating "Grinch Day" by having some green snacks, punch, and watching "The Grinch That Stole Christmas. The Grinch will also be making a surprise visit this day to pass out a special treat.

Thursday, December 17 - Clubs End

Friday, December 18th- Christmas Caroling at Braidwood

Students will be going to Braidwood from 9:50-10:50 to sing songs to the residents. They will also be making them an ornament to give them to hang on their trees. Please have them wear their Sunday best this day.

Monday, December 21st - Gingerbread Christmas Party

This is such a fun day where your child and a guest can build their own gingerbread house using lots of goodies. Please let me know if you can not attend or do not have anyone who can stand in for you. We do ask that you only bring 1 guest due to space. I will be sending home volunteer list for items needed tomorrow. Thanks for your donations.

Tuesday, December 22nd - Night Before Christmas/PJ Day/Sing-a-Long

Students are welcome to wear their pj's to school and bring their favorite stuff animal and blanket. We will also be having a Sing-a-Long at the end of the day.

Wednesday, December 23rd - No School

Don't forget to send in your Gingerbread Man's envelope so he can set off on his journey!

Academic Corner

Reading - We will be reading a variety of books about gingerbread men. We will be comparing the characters, setting, and looking at how they are the same or different. This week we will be reading: The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone and The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Ernest.

Writing - We will continue writing Pattern Books. Students will attempt to write a pattern book about gingerbread men. Students will be making sure that they are using spaces, capital letters at the beginning of a sentence, and punctuation.

Math - We will complete Topic 12: Measurement. Students have been using scales, rulers, cubes, and measuring cups to measure items around the room.

Letters of the Day: Hh and Qq

Sight Words for the Week: for, it, see

Mrs. Sumner

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thanks!

Literacy Corner

Tip#9: Vocabulary Development

Words, Words, Words . . . . as you read a story to your child you may come across words that they are unfamiliar with. A great way to increase their vocabulary is to stop and discuss the meanings of these new words. Repeat the sentence that the word is in and discuss how it relates to the story that you’re reading. Also discuss the word and how it relates to their life. Review these “new” words at the end of story. In order to help them truly understand the meaning of this new word use it in a variety of situations and encourage your child to use it as well. They will feel like such “big kids” because they are learning more and more new words!! As always remember our slogan: “Reading 20 minutes before bed really gets your children ahead.”