Miss Referente's Class Newsletter
Week of March 14-18
This week we explored vehicles (trains, planes, cars, boats, etc.) used to transport people and materials from location to another. We discussed our word of the week: adventure. An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience or trip. We can use various types of transportation to go on an adventure.
We worked on following directions by doing various movement activities that the teacher directed and racing each other. Movement activities involve the large muscles. Good gross motor skills are essential in growth and development!
We used different colored shamrocks to work on patterning. Friends patterned by the color of the object. Some friends made simple ABAB patterns, while others worked on more complex patterns such as ABCABC or AABBAABB patterns. Patterning helps friends to acquire prerequisites for more advanced skills. Friends learn how to recognize similarities, differences and the correct sequence of items.
We talked about going on a trip and what we do to prepare ourselves to go away. We discussed the idea of packing a luggage and what things we need to pack. We talked about different adventures we could go on, whether it be a beach or somewhere cold and snowy. Each child was given a pretend adventure and needed to pack for that occasion. We discussed what was appropriate and what was not appropriate to bring. As we did so, we worked on things that rhymed with the object they pack and onset and rime. Onset-rimes are comprised of two parts. The onset is the beginning sound that can be heard when words are sounded out. The rime is the part of the word that is left after the onset is removed. When the two parts are separated, it is called onset-rime segmentation. It is a foundational skill of phonemic awareness to recognize onset and rime of words.
Ms. Erin came to visit to show us worms. She read a story about worms and taught us some facts about worms. Did you know worms don’t have eyes or a nose? They move in the ground by eating their way through the dirt. She even brought some worms for us to hold! It was an interesting experience. Some worms wiggles and tickled friends’ hands.
Finally, we made banana pudding treats. We worked on fine motor skills by slicing our bananas. We saw the transformation of making pudding! We also worked on patterning by putting wafers, pudding, and bananas in a cup in a pattern. It was a delicious treat!
Books we Read…
Gram is Coming to My House By Jill Norris
We All Go Traveling By By Sheena Roberts
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach By James Dean
Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears By Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton
Word of the Week: Adventure – an exciting or unusual experience or trip.
Word of the Week: Aerodynamic – the force with which and object moves through air.
Ideas for Home
-Read, Read, Read!
-Go on an ‘adventure’…take a walk outside, go somewhere exciting and different, etc.
-Go on a scavenger hunt and give your children clues to find “treasure” (ie. Their hidden toy, a snack, etc.)
Dates to Remember: (also check your Beaty Gazette for more info)
No School - March 25
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!
Worm Lady Visit!
Ms. Erin, from the City of Plano, came to talk about worms!
We love pretending to fly the friendly skies!
Fun Foodie Friday!
We made banana pudding cups and made a pattern making them!