Miss Referente's Class Newsletter

Week of January 23-27

"Ballads, Folktales, and Fables"

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we explored a variety of stories, in the form of song, some filled with exaggeration, some that teach a lesson, and some that provide explanation of a phenomenon. We worked on ordinal numbers, counting, and problem solving.

We worked on descriptive words by playing “descriptive bingo”. This game focused on using expressive language to describe a picture on a board, so that others may decipher what it is. At first, the teacher used descriptive words for friends to listen and identify the pictures. Some friends were able to label the picture from clues, some friends needed more than 2 clues, while other friends pointed just pointed and named the pictures. Descriptive words can help provide a beginning point to friends to develop creativity and painting a picture in their mind and help in later writing skills.

We worked on ordinal numbers and putting numbers in order. Counting and ordering numbers builds the skill to sequence. Once we know how to put things in order, we are able to sequence other things such as events.

We continued to work on alliteration. Friends picked out pictures that have the same beginning sound as the letter shown. Teaching initial sounds is an essential component of any reading instruction. This knowledge gives you a building block to learn how to pronounce words, how to spell out your name, and later on reading skills.

We read The Old Woman That Swallowed a Fly this week. We continued to retell and recall the animals that she ate in the book. Recalling stories is a great way to for friends to remember and sequence events that will later transfer on to events in life and in organizational skills.

We also read The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie and talked about the different things she ate from the other book. We made our own mini-pie's!

We went to the library this week and Mrs. Schuler read Sneezy the Snowman! It is about a snowman who finds it dreadfully cold keeps doing things that cause him to melt, while the children who rebuild him each time offer clothing to keep him warm.

We will be opening up a Construction site in our pretend area. If you have anything that would help our Construction site be a success, boxes, empty clean paint cans, brushes, pretend hard hats, tool belts, tools, etc. to donate for our pretend center that would be great! Our friends would really appreciate it!

Books We Read:

The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

The Tortoise and the Hare by Roberto Piumini

Young Mouse and Elephant by Pamela J. Farris

Word of the Week: Exxagerate - to think of or describe something as larger or greater than it really is.

Next Week’s Word of the Week: Geometric - relating to shapes.

Letters of the Week: Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz

Dates to Remember: (also check your Beaty Gazette for more info)

February 1 and 2 – Miss Referente’s Parent/Teacher Conference by appointment

February 14 – Valentine’s Party (please send $3)

AM Class - 9:55-10:40am

PM Class – 2:10-2:55pm

Ideas for Home:

- Read, read, read! Retell and recall events from the story.

- Sing or say counting rhymes. Common rhymes such as "One-Two-Buckle My Shoe," "One Potato, Two Potato..." and others will introduce the names of numbers.
-Set the table. Count the number of family members and then count out the necessary plates and pieces of silverware for each.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!

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giving tree (items you can voluntarily donate for our class)

-valentine craft paper

-valentine stickers

-construction pretend items (boxes, empty paper towel rolls, cardboard, tools, tool belts, clean empty paint cans, etc.)

-4 bags of grapes for cooking (please email if you are volunteering to bring this so we don't get so many)

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly (www.ESL-Learning.com)