Ms.B's Busy Bees

CARE ISD Pre-kindergarten Weekly Newsletter

November 11-15, 2013

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Spotlight Guideline of the Week!

What are guidelines?

The Texas Education Agency supports high-quality early learning that promotes kindergarten school readiness for Texas children. The state of Texas is invested in the identification and dissemination of well researched early childhood education instructional strategies. Supported through key partnerships with the Regional Education Service Centers, the Texas Early Learning Council, numerous licensed child care programs, including Head Start, Texas continues to raise the bar for quality early learning. These key partnerships laid the foundation for all investments through the adoption of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines which emphasize research-based instructional strategies that are developmentally appropriate. Intended to support all students, these guidelines also work to inform teachers in addressing the specific needs of English language learners and students with disabilities.


(http://tea.texas.gov/earlychildhoodeducation.aspx)


THIS WEEKS SPOTLIGHT GUIDELINE: V.C.3. Child demonstrates use of location words (such as “over”,“under”, “above”,“on”,beside”,“next to”,“between”, “in front of”, “near”,“far”, etc.).

MATH

This week we learned about location words and how to use them. We met Mr. Location Puppet who loves location words. As he described his favorite location words, he even demonstrated the use of these words with his blanket. After we met Mr.Location Puppet, we read a story about a mouse's Halloween adventure with location words. When we understood what location words were, we played Simon Says! We sat under our tables, between our friends, next to the door, and even in front of our cubbies. We were having so much fun playing Simon Says with location words that we did not know we were learning! After Simon Says, we thought Mr. Location Puppet could use some new friends. We created our very own puppets. We showed the entire class our puppets and demonstrated a new location word we learned. After we finished with these activities, we were able to recognize location words when reading aloud (Ups & Downs), demonstrate locations when given instructions (Simon Says), and use location words correctly in a sentence (presenting puppets).


Meet Mr. Location Puppet's New Friends!

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LITERACY

We read Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and learned how to distinguish when two words rhyme. After we read the story and paired objects that rhyme, we made a Cat in the Hat mask! We even added words that rhyme with cat to our masks. At the end of this activity, we could produce a word that rhymes with a given word. One of us might be the next Dr. Seuss!


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ART/SCIENCE

This week in art we learned about primary colors: red, blue and yellow. We learned which primary colors create a new color when mixed together. During science we mixed red, yellow, green, and blue to a small plate filled with milk and dish soap. As we touched the colors with a q-tip, there was a rainbow effect!


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SOCIAL STUDIES

In honor of Veteran's Day (November 11th), we learned that a veteran is a brave man or woman who served in the military to keep us safe. We also learned about the Texas flag and the United States flag. We then drew the Texas flag and painted the United States flag, which we hung up in our room. After lunch, we had several veterans visit our school to talk to us about their services for our country. They made us feel thankful for their bravery, so we colored and drew thank you cards to send to other local veterans at CARE Nursing Center. After these activities, we understood what a veteran is, we could identify the Texas and United States flag, and we also developed a sense of pride for our country.


Happy Veteran's Day!

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Birthdays of the Week!

November 13th- Happy Birthday to Christopher and Johnathon!

Reminders!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 20th 2013 at 4-7pm

CARE ISD

Parents,

I look forward to seeing each and everyone of you to discuss how much your children have grown this past 6 weeks. If you need to reschedule your parent-teacher conference, you can email me or reach me by phone. Thank you!

A.D Players Children's Theater: The Bully Show

Friday, Nov. 22nd 2013 at 11:30am

2710 W Alabama St

Houston, TX

Parents,

I have sent home a field trip permission form last week and will be needing them by November 18th. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me by email or phone. Thank you!

Nonprofit Awareness Month

CARE ISD has teamed up with Feeding America and World Food Programme to help end world hunger. Students are encouraged to donate a canned good to support our two nonprofit organizations. To learn more about ways to end world hunger visit www.wfp.org and www.feedingamerica.org.


Contact Info

Stephanie Barrera

Parents,

Please feel free to contact me through email or phone.


Quote of the Week

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