Miss Referente's Class Newsletter

Week of February 6-10


Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we talked about machinery. Machinery pertains to machines. We explored the different kinds of machinery and tools that people use to help build and make things.

We talked about tools and the different tools there are. We talked about what different tools do. We discussed tools that were not just for construction but other tools as well. We matched tools to their counterparts, for example: paint brush and paint, hammer and nails. This is part of sorting and classifying which are basic skills. This allows friends to organize items based on a common characteristic and also explain why they are grouped together. It also hones in on analytical skills as friends understand the relationship between the different groups and start to discuss that their relationship.

As we explored machinery, we discussed different tools that people use. We talked about how tools help us build things, make things, and do things. Friends were given different pictures of tools. We talked about how we used them and what we use them for. We then put them together with what they went along with. For example, a hammer helps us build things and goes with a nail. Object function is everywhere around us. Friends are surrounded by many objects that they already know the use of and some that they are learning to know how to use. It is important to know the use of objects and their purpose.

We used cuisinare rods to measure various lengths. We compared lengths of each rod and talked about the shortest and longest rod. Some friends measured their rod along cubes on a paper. Some friends measured and then recorded their findings on chart paper. Length is measured by quantifying the distance from one endpoint of an object to the other endpoint. Using nonstandard units such as rods, cubes or paper clips can help friends partition the length of an object into equal pieces. To measure, friends place same-sized units end to end to cover the length of an object. By measuring length, friends can also develop an understanding that length is conserved if the object changes position.

We have been developing many friendships in class. We play together and learn together. In a cooperative building activity, we practiced working together. We used a picture of a block structure and split up into groups. Each group was responsible for working together to put together the structure. Just as builders work together, we pretended to be builders and used our nice words and hands to create something! This activity is a good way to practice following directions and develop cooperation amongst others.

We took a tour of the different machines that teachers use in the school. We used the cooking machine, the blender, to make yummy shakes! It was fun seeing the fruit blend together! What a healthy treat!

We went to the library this week. She read Polar Bear's Underwear. It is about a Polar Bear who has lost his underwear! Where could it be? There's only one thing to do: Remove the book's underwear-shaped bellyband to find the missing pair! Is that Polar Bear's underwear? No, it's Zebra's—see the colorful stripes? What about that itty-bitty pair? No, those belong to Butterfly! And so the search continues, with every page revealing an animal in eye-popping undies!

Books we Read…

The Do Nothing Machine by Sharon MacDonald

Construction Tools By JoAnn Early Macken

My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

There's a Wocket in My Pocket By Dr. Seuss

Word of the Week: Machinery - relating to machines. Construct – to build.

Next Week’s Word of the Week: Construct - to build.

Letters of the Week: Dd, Ss, Ll

Ideas for Home

-Read, Read, Read!

-There are many wonderful card games that build a child’s number sense. For younger kids, card games can help children learn their numbers reinforce their counting skills, and strengthen their logical reasoning. For older children, card games are a wonderfully painless way to ensure mastery of addition and subtraction facts, strengthen their strategic thinking, practice skip counting, and reinforce their logical reasoning. Here are some suggestions: play Uno, Crazy Eights, Go Fish, or a card matching game.

-Make smoothies!

Dates to Remember: (also check your Beaty Calendar for more info)

February 14 – Valentine’s Party - Don't forget your Valentine box and cards!)

AM Class - 9:55-10:40am

PM Class – 2:10-2:55pm

February 20 – NO Class

February 23 – Open House and Book Fair

March 6-10– Spring Break

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!

Giving tree (items you can voluntarily donate for our class)


-paper plates

-we need toilet paper or paper towel rolls, tin foils, newspaper, small boxes, pipe cleaner, pom poms, anything at home that can be used for mixed media art. We will be using them the Week of February 21.

Friendship week!

February 13-17

During Friendship Week, students will discuss the positive character traits needed for being a good friend and share acts of kindness with each other.


“Show your spirit of friendship.”

Wear your Beaty shirt. At Beaty, we value and include all.

Teacher Activity: Discuss ways to make new friends.


“Celebrate Friendship.”

Classroom Activity: It is Party Day for most classes. Please see information from the teacher regarding the details of your class party.


“Life is unbearable without friends.”

Bring your favorite stuffed animal today.

Teacher Activity: Review social skills, such as: sharing, giving compliments, or joining in play.


“Random Acts of Kindness”

Be kind today. Help someone. Compliment a friend. Make someone’s day!

Teacher Activity: Offer examples of random acts of kindness.


“You can count on me to be a good friend.”

Wear a shirt with numbers on it, such as a sports team shirt.

Teacher Activity: Have students count 5 ways to be a good friend.