Our Class News
December 11, 2014
We've had a rough time following directions this week, I imagine Freddy has talked Santa's ear off each evening at the North Pole! Speaking of Freddy, someone touched him and he lost his Christmas magic, so we had to research how to help him get his magic back today. Who knew cinnamon was like vitamins for elves? ;)
In language we focused on author's purpose for writing books. We read a couple of informational books and discussed why the author would write those (to teach us about something) and then we read some just for fun books and discussed why and author might write those. Ask your child to tell you about the stories Snowmen and Night and Snowmen and Christmas.
In math we are still learning about addition and subtraction.
In social studies we are doing Christmas around the world activities. Each day we "travel" to a different country. We put a flag sticker in our passport and make something related to the traditions in that country. We discuss similarities and differences between our traditions and theirs.
Our habit for this week is Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw. We learned that it is important to take care of ourselves by getting enough rest and exercise and having a balance in the things we do.
This week was Computer Science Education Week so we participated in the One Hour of Code. We learned about programming as a job and what it means to program (basically giving a computer step by step instructions). We played an app called Kodable to learn the basics of coding. The kids continue to use the app during free choice centers, they will be programmers before you know it!
After the performance take your child to a couple of the stations to engage in fun math and science activities. I will be at the peppermint slime station. Hope to see you there!
- PTO Meeting 12/ 11 5:00
- Math & Science Night with Program 12/11 5:30-7:00 (our class performs at 5:30)
- DRA Testing 12/12 (reading level) - I'll have a sub
- Early Release 12/19 12:00
- Christmas Breakfast Party 12/19 8:30-10ish Awards immediately after party
The last week of school before break we are dressing up in holiday attire.
Monday 12/15 - Holiday Head Gear
Tuesday 12/16 - Holiday Neck-wear
Wednesday 12/16 - Holiday Socks
Thursday 12/18 - Holiday Slippers
Friday 12/19 - Holiday Sweater (we are going to do pj's this day instead for our party)
Mrs. Hoelscher's contact information
The school number is below, but feel free to text or call me at (512)426-6190 when something important comes up.
Things we've learned so far...
You can reinforce these things at home for review.
LanguageLetters (to identify, name the sound & write)
We've learned all letters
Sight words (read & write/spell)
like I the a and see can we to yes no come me with my
Decoding strategies (figuring out unknown words)
point to the words
use picture clues
sound out the word
beginning sound and what makes sense
events in a story (B/M/E)
author's group information in ways to help us understand (informational texts)
making connections to something in the story or another story read
Numbers (identify, build & write) 0-15
Comparing numbers 0-10
Sorting & organizing data
- why people work
- needs vs. wants
- why we have rules
- community helpers
- Verteran's Day
- science tools/ lab safety
- hand-washing/ germs
- 5 senses
- force & motion
- properties of matter