Friday, March 18, 2016
HATS OFF TO READING!
We have continued to celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading. We enjoyed reading The Cat In The Hat and wearing our favorite hats to school last Friday. And, today we dressed like twins--resembling Thing 1 and Thing 2! I encourage you to keep fostering this love for reading at home by reading aloud to your child daily. Reading aloud is, according to the landmark 1985 report, "Becoming a Nation of Readers", the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book (free with a library card) and a willingness to spend some quality time with your child. The benefits to reading aloud are many: your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader.
A VISIT FROM MR. MATT
Mr. Matt from the Pike Road Public Library came for a visit today. We enjoyed his reading of How Chipmunk Got His Stripes. Mr. Matt is such a fantastic reader! We will look forward to his next visit in April.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY PICTURE ORDERS
Don't forget that the last day to order family and community group pictures from Total Image is Tuesday, March 29. You can view and order pictures at the following link:
I hope you enjoyed reading your child's February journal together and celebrating their progress. If you have not done so, please return that journal to school. We are compiling all of our entries into one journal for the year which will come home with your child in May.
IMPORTANT DATES AHEAD
- Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25 -- Spring Break
- Monday, March 28 -- Professional Learning Day (no school for learners)
- Tuesday, April 5, at 5:45 p.m. -- Viewing of Most Likely To Succeed at Saint James United Methodist Church
- Tuesday, April 5 - Thursday, April 7 -- Book Fair
- Thursday, April 14 -- Tentative Field Trip to the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn (more information to follow when we return from spring break)
- Monday, April 25 -- Professional Learning Day (no school for learners)
Mrs. Collins' family has been learning about how to be an Earth Advocate. They have been reading and learning about caring for our earth and each other. We were invited to come and join them in taking the Earth Advocate Pledge on Thursday. Enjoy the video of the friends who participated through the following link:
ROLLER COASTER FUN
Some of our friends from Community 7 worked on constructing paper roller coasters as a project. We were the lucky recipients of their hard work! They shared their structure with us which we have been enjoying as a center. Their work has inspired some of our learners to begin experimenting and creating their own roller coasters in our classroom.
Last week during shared reading, we focused on word families. We read chants and books which helped us brainstorm and chart words from the -op, -ed, -at, and -am word families. Some of those selections were I Can Hop, "Go To Bed", "Green Eggs and Ham", and Nat's Cat. This week we learned about the consonant digraphs, ch, th, wh, and sh. We found these sounds as we read "Stop That Noise", Mrs. Wishy Washy, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Whisker Bill, and "Birthday". We also visited the website, www.starfall.com, where we found those sounds in some fun ways. We have added two new sight words to our word wall--like and he. We found those words in the poems, "I Like School", "I Like", and "The Rooster".
We continue to practice addition through math games. One game involved building designs with square pattern blocks and turning that design into an addition number sentence. A St. Patrick's Day Roll and Cover game required rolling three dice, adding the dots rolled together and covering the sum with a gold coin. The first person to cover all of their sums was the winner!
We also worked with nonstandard measurement this week. We used paper clips, counters, unifix cubes, and pattern blocks to measure the length of a shamrock. We recorded our findings. We also measured each other with shamrocks. Each child recorded how many shamrocks tall they are. We compared our heights with one another to find out who was taller and who was shorter.
We are very close to completing our great horned owl, eggs, and nest. Our owl came together as we painted its body, head, wings and legs, added feathers, constructed facial features such as eyes and a beak, and used playdough to form the talons. We learned that the great horned owl does not make its own nest but takes the nest of another creature. We observed the nest of the owl we have been watching on the webcam and listed the items we would need to create our own nest. We then took a nature walk behind the school to gather moss, pine straw, sticks, and leaves. We glued these items together to form our owl's nest. Several friends brought in plastic Easter eggs that we painted white to put in our nest for our owl eggs. Our last task is to display our owl and nest. We are working to put the nest into one of the trees in our classroom. The children really want the owl to "fly". We have some plans in the works and will let you know when we make that happen!