Play, Learn, and Grow in 4K

January 11, 2019

Literacy

The cold winter months are the perfect time to read the many wonderful stories by author, Jan Brett. During the readings of these wintertime stories, the children have been focused on listening for the different elements of a story. As part of our discussion after the story, the children have been asked questions like: Who are the characters? What happened in the story?, and Where does the story take place? These questions help the children to engage more in the story and help to build better comprehension. I recommend asking your child one or two of these questions at home when you are reading together.


In small groups, the children have been learning letter sounds. This week the children played letter sound bingo and listened carefully to find all the pictures on their mat that matched the designated letter. The children also created their own mittens with the characters from The Mitten. When your child brings their mitten home ask them to tell you all about the story!

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Math

Over the past few weeks the children have been learning about measurement. We read a story called "Buster the Ballon" which introduced them to the words: Bigger/Smaller, Long/Longer, Short/Shorter, Tall/Taller, and Wide/Wider. Our small group lessons have been focused on comparing objects like paper, yarn and classroom materials in order to explore how these terms relate to describing size and shape. We also painted pictures this week using the new terms we learned. Next week, we will begin to measure items around the classroom with non-standards objects like Unifix cubes and paperclips.

Snow Clothes

Please remember to send snow clothes (hats, mittens, etc.) with your child to school each day. We do go outside everyday unless it's raining or the temperature is below zero. Snow pants and boots are always a good idea to help keep the kids warm and dry.

Volunteer in the Classroom

I have shared a link below to the classroom volunteer calendar. Assisting in the classroom is a great way to get involved and to learn what your child's school day is like. You can choose to stay for the whole class session or if it works better for your schedule you can just stop by to be a special story time reader. While in the classroom I may have a special project for you or I may just have you interacting and playing with the kids. Please sign up for a date and time that works best for you.


4K Volunteer Schedule


Before your first time volunteering you have to complete a background check with the school district. Here is a link for the background check:


School District of Waukesha Background Check


I look forward to and appreciate any time you can share!

Important Dates

No School: Monday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 22