Miss Referente's Class Newsletter

Week of September 19-23

"Family"

Dear Parents/Guardians,


This week we read various versions of the book, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We focused on talking about sizes. We have been comparing, matching, and sorting objects and pictures based on size. Friends have been using words such as big, small, medium, and little to describe objects. These activities help to prepare children for placing objects in order according to size and for more formal comparing later in the year. They also build the foundation for work with measuring tasks.


We made pictures of number families. As friends counted their materials, teachers supervised that they were able to put on the correct amount and count the sets afterwards. We used various craft items to make a collage of sets of different number families.


We displayed our family pictures on the white board and counted how many people there are in our families. We counted 1-1 correspondence for each family member and compared them to our friends’ families. Friends demonstrated that the last count indicates how many total family members they had. We used words such as more, less, big, and small. We used photos of our families and of other families to discuss what families do and who is part of our families. Then we drew our family!


We cooked “Three Bears in a Bed”. We used graham crackers to make a bed, cream cheese as binding, and teddy graham bears. First, we spread the cream cheese all over a graham cracker. Then, we place half of a graham cracker on the bottom half of the cracker with the cream cheese. At last, we place three bears on the top part of the graham cracker and voila’! The children really enjoyed this yummy treat! We worked on counting, following directions, and fine motor skills!


We went to the library this week. Mrs. Schuler read My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuk. It was about a monster family and a Little Monster whose Mama spends time with him in different ways.


Friends are enjoying the playing pretend grocery. They pretend to be a cashier, a manager, and a shopper. Friends learn by imagining and doing. When friends engage in pretend or dramatic play, they are actively engaging and experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. The process of pretend play builds many skills!


We continue to work on identifying various feelings. We have been using words such as happy, sad, mad or angry, sad, disgusted, worried and surprised. We identify each emotion by looking at pictures that express these words. We described the way our faces may look when we feel a certain way. We then talk about why we would feel that way. This is an important part of identifying our own feelings and the feeling of others.


We went to the counselor today. Mrs. Hughes talked about sharing with toys. See the sharing song below! Practice taking turns with your child.


Books we read:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Adapted by Amanda Askew

Three Bears' Rap retold by Pam Schiller

Tackylocks and The Three Bears By Helen Lester

The Three Bears (video song)


Word of the Week: Fabulous - exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb.


Next Week's Word of the Week: Residence - the place, especially the house, in which a person lives or resides; dwelling place; home


Letters of the Week: Cc, Ff, Tt, Mm


Dates to Remember:

See Beaty Gazette for more information


Ideas for Home:

-Read, Read, Read!

-Read different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and compare/contrast them


Goldie and the Three Bears By Diane Stanley

Goldiclucks and the Three Bears By Charlotte Guillain


-Work on identifying good choices and poor choices at home and with friends. This will promote good manners and help children know what is appropriate.

-Set play dates with friends and work on playing with friends, teaching children appropriate ways to play. This will promote friendships when at school or at functions, etc.


Have a great weekend!

Giving Tree Items:

-vis-a-vis pens

-pretend items for community helpers

-paper plates

-small paper cups

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