PK3.3 News -Literature to Life

14TH - 18TH MARCH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLOS!

Join us in wishing Carlos a very happy 4th Birthday! We shared yummy cake and juices together in class this week.

LITERATURE TO LIFE WEEK

What a wonderful week we have had celebrating literature. We discussed many questions during our circle time meetings;


  • What can you find inside a book?
  • How can you create a book?
  • Is the first letter of your name on the cover of this book?
  • What action words can we find in this book?
  • Is this book FACT or FICTION?


As always the children came up with great answers, just check out the pictures below.


With so much happening this week there are A LOT of pictures, so grab a coffee and enjoy our week in PK3 :)


WISHING YOU ALL A RESTFUL SPRING BREAK WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

PARADE DAY

A big thank you for all your support in sending t-shirts so the children could make their awesome "Too much glue" shirts! We had such fun making them with all the icky sticky glue, sequins, pom poms and sparkles. We felt like we really were living the story!


Parade day was fabulous and the children were wonderful as they waited patiently to join the rest of the Elementary school, all dressed as their favorite book characters. Thank you to the parents who were able to come and watch the parade. For those who could not make it there are many pictures of our day below.

Story book rotations in PK3

One of our "traditions" on Literature to Life day is to visit the other PK3 classrooms and hear what they have been reading. On Parade morning the children went to each of the PK3 classes where the teachers were waiting (in character!) to read to them. PK3.1 shared a Dr Seuss story, "Fox in socks" and in PK3.2 the children voted for which 3 little pigs story to read. After counting up votes,"The Three Ninja Pigs" was the winner! In PK3.4 Ms Camilla, the wakeful flea, was waiting to read "The Napping House".

Sticker Story Bag

We even created our own story this week using pictures!


With a big paper bag and a bunch of pictures inside, the children closed their eyes and reached in. As each picture was pulled out they dictated the next part of the story to me and we made a big poster page together. It will be on display during Parent Conference days.


This engaging activity encouraged the children to use their imagination as they created their own story, follow a story sequence and see how text has a purpose. This skills necessary as they become ready to read and write on their own.


What can you do at home?

All you need for this project is some stickers, a paper bag, paper to place the stickers on, and a marker. You can use leftovers from old sticker books and party bags! This project is also very portable, making it a good choice for a car or plane journey perhaps?

We're going on a bear hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen

Our discovery center was all about a bear hunt this week! With sensory bottles of swishy swashy grass, a deep cold river, squelchy mud, a big dark forest and a swirling whirling snow storm we weren't scared! Just see how brave we were as we followed the bears paw prints!
Michael Rosen performs We're Going on a Bear Hunt

If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Joffee Numeroff

We have also enjoyed reading "If you give a mouse a cookie" this week. A delightful story about a demanding mouse who wears out a little boy with his never-ending requests. Everyone knows that if you give a mouse a cookie . . . well, he’ll end up wanting your entire house!


Laura's stories are excellent way to introduce the children to sequencing, making predictions, and identifying cause-and-effect .


Here we are using dice and a cookie sheet to identify and connect numbers from 1-6.

the Cat in the hat by dr seuss

Dr Seuss stories are such fun. With their rhyme and action they are always a favorite.


We extended the story into our play, practicing fine motor skills and patterning as we made hats for The Cat.


Later in the week we read the story again and identified action words: run, jump, hop, bow, kick, sit, and fall. Making a big circle the children had to listen for the change as we followed the Cat in jumping, bowing, sitting and hopping!

Our working library

In dramatic play this week the children have been taking turns to be the librarian; checking books in and out to many happy readers. Each child had their own "library card" to check out their choice of book to read.

MYSTERY READER

Thank you to Emma's Mum, Mrs Rubinoff for coming to read a classic to us this week - The day the crayons quit by Drew Daywalt.


"Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit!"


We really enjoyed hearing about each of the crayons and promise to be super creative with our own coloring!


WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR MYSTERY READERS SO PLEASE, DROP ME A LINE AND COME READ US A STORY.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: APRIL 6TH & 7TH

Parent teacher conferences will take place April 6th & 7th. Links were sent to parents today (Friday). Slots have been set for 30 minutes to allow transition times between meetings and any delays or overruns. I expect our conference to take around 15-20 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE: CONFERENCES IN PK ARE ONLY BETWEEN TEACHERS AND PARENTS, YOU SHOULD NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO THIS MEETING.

FOURTH GRADE BAKE SALE

4th Grade will be having its annual bake sale on MARCH 31ST AND APRIL 1ST to raise money for thier community service project. More details to come when we return from break.