February 18, 2016
It has been another great week in spite of the crazy start. The children have been working hard on all of our academic activities as well as their work habits and social skills.
During literacy, I have seen the children continue to use great reading strategies to figure out new words. We again discussed using "Stretchy Snake" to say each sound and blend them as well as "Chunky Monkey" to break long words into smaller parts. In addition to these strategies, we also talked about rereading sentences. The children and I worked with a book and practiced rereading sentences to figure out new words and to help them understand what they have read.
During Letterland, we "visited" "Bouncy Ben" and also discussed "Friends at the end". Please ask your child about them!
We continued to practice addition this week. The children learned 4 strategies they could use to solve addition equations. Please ask your child to see if he/she can remember them (count on fingers, use cubes/objects to count, draw a picture, or use a number line). Mrs. Adams and I have started mid-quarter assessments and have found something that has me a bit concerned. Several students struggled with rote counting. Some children were not even able to count as high as they did in December. The benchmark for third quarter is counting to 70. Please help your child practice counting. You could ask them to show how high they can count when you are driving or challenge them to count with you by taking turns saying numbers (i.e. Your child says 1. Then you say 2 and so on to at least 70.) Thank you in advance for your support!
We also continued our weather unit in science. The children learned what clouds are made of and about different types of clouds. They also began working on a cloud book to help them remember 3 basic cloud types (cumulus, stratus, and cirrus).
Please be sure to complete the no bullying pledge with your child and return it to school no later than February 26th. If you return it, you will receive 2 tickets for a Durham Bulls game! Best of all, the class that gets the most pledges back wins a pizza party with Woolly Bull!
If your child would like to come to school to get some extra exercise, please look at the information regarding our Baby Bengal Run Club. It is a great way to get some exercise and have fun with friends. The information was on the orange paper we sent home in your child's folder this week!
Next Tuesday the 24th we will have a cultural arts performance. The kids will get to see a presentation of "The Princess and the Pea." These shows are always amazing!
Our next early release day will be March 4th. We will eat lunch at 12:30 and dismiss at 1:15.
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- Empty water bottles to make thermometers
- Extra snacks to share with children who forget one
- Pencil boxes (see note above)
- Spring/Easter erasers