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December 7 - December 17, 2015

Bears! Bears! Bears!

For the next two weeks, we will be having fun with bears...panda bears, polar bears, brown and black bears, and even teddy bears! During this time, we will read a variety of books related to different types of bears. We will make different kinds of bears and use different types of bears in the classroom. We will be talking a lot about the similarities and differences among the different types of bears. We will also be sorting objects by small, medium, and large. During the two weeks, we will make crafts, play games, and work on different skills while using bears.

Related Theme Books

Here are some great books about bears. Check out your local library for more great books!

  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, by Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson
  • Goldy Lucky and the Three Pandas, by Natasha Yim
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Touch the Sky, My Little Bear, by David Bedford
  • Found, by Salina Yoon
  • Bears in Chairs, by Shirley Parenteau
  • Hands Off My Honey, by Jane Chapman
  • I Love You, Mister Bear, by Sylvie Wickstrom

Ms. Stephie's Speech Spot

Hello! The next two weeks will be all things bears! We will read many different books and work on various skills while learning about bears. Small group activities will enable students to practice skill sets with more concentrated instruction using repetition and peer models. Large group activities will encourage cooperative learning and social skills (turn taking, using words with peers, waiting, eye contact, etc.) to allow the students to work together to complete activities as a group. Skills sets continue to include following directions, listening comprehension, vocabulary development, language expansion, and speech sound production. Activities will incorporate a variety of ways to learn through sight, sound, and touch. Remember to refer to the weekly speech sheet in your child's folder to help encourage answering questions about specific speech and language activities completed in the classroom. Visit the following websites for additional activities and ideas for carryover at home. Sharing books and completing simple art/craft activities are easy ways to encourage speech and language development. Take and have fun with bears!

Winter Clothes

Please be sure to dress your child according to the weather. We do outside when the weather permits, even for a brief time. It is important to make sure your child has a winter coat, hat, and gloves/mittens. Also, some children still have warm weather clothes at school for their spare clothing. Please send in a seasonally appropriate change of clothing, and we will send home the clothes that we currently have. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Winter Break

There will be no school the weeks of December 21 and December 28 for winter break. School will resume on Tuesday, January 5. I hope you enjoy some time with your family and friends!

Bring a Bear to School!

On Thursday, December 17, everyone is invited to bring a teddy bear from home to join us in class. Our bears will get to "participate" with us during centers, circle time, and other activities. We will be making a special "bear" snack to enjoy at snack time.

HSE Illness Policy

If your child has had a fever, has vomited, or has had diarrhea, he/she must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. With a fever, your child must be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. I know this is sometimes frustrating, because you do not want your child to miss school. We don't want your child to miss school, either. However, we do not want to spread illness throughout the class. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Family Picture

We would like to put up a display of family pictures in our classroom so that the children can see and talk about their families while at school. Due to limited display space and the number of children in both classes, I am asking that each child send in only one family picture that is no larger than 4x6. If you have a digital picture that you can send via email, that would be great. If not, you can send a picture in your child's notebook. Please let me know if you have any questions.


  • If your child will not be riding the bus, please contact transportation prior to school to let them know at 594-4117.
  • Please check your child's notebook daily for important information and/or artwork that is being sent home.
  • If you have not already sent in an extra change of clothes for your child, please do so as soon as possible.