Miss Referente's Class Newsletter
Week of April 3-7
This week we talked about farm animals. We created a chart and named animals that lived in the farm. We also discussed various characteristics of the animals.
We played animal sound game and listened to sounds of farm animals. Each child had a turn to decipher which sound belonged to which animal. This is a part of decoding and recognizing sounds, which will help in developing other sounds such as rhymes!
We worked on simple addition and subtraction problem using math stories with a farm scene and farm animal manipulatives. Math stories help children build mathematical skills, learn mathematical vocabulary and practice critical thinking. Using problem solving stories with manipulatives, not just problems, puts math in a real world context for children. When children are able to make a personal connection in math, like any other subject, they tend to internalize and retain the new information longer. Also, they are able to make the important connections between different math concepts. Making math connections is critical to understanding math. Using problem solving math stories helps children make connections between concepts, as they use their prior knowledge of counting and experience in resolving problems.
We used pictures to rhyme with farm animals. Rhyme teaches friends that words and sentences both spoken and written have a pattern, structure, and a rhythm. Rhyming helps strengthen decoding skills, this is a precursor to pre-reading.
We made butter! We used heavy whipping cream in a small container with a marble and added some salt in it and shook it up! Shaking it up, made the cream into butter. It was very tasty!
Finally, went to the library and Mrs. Schuler read Pig's Egg. It is an adorable story, very sweet and amusing about a pig who feels left out when his bird friends tend to their hatch-lings, then gets a surprise "egg" of his own.
Books we Read…
Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type By Doreen Cronin
Funny Farm By mark Teague
The Cow That Loves Cookies By Karma Wilson
Duck for President By Doreen Cronin
Word of the Week:
Agriculture – farming: the occupation, business, or science of cultivating the land, producing crops, and raising livestock.
Next Week's Word of the Week:
Zoology - The study of animals and animal life.
Ideas for Home
-Read, Read, Read!
-Visit the farm. Talk about the animals. What do they look like? Are they small or big? What are they eating? Do they have spots or stripes?
-Work on expressive language and play “I Spy” using descriptive words.
Dates to Remember: (also check your Beaty Calendar for more info)
April 14 and 17 - NO SCHOOL
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