Room 11 Newsletter

Mrs. Bays and Mrs. Nelson

May 17- May 27, 2016

Integrated Learning

We will be ending the year with an Author study on Mo Willems and Eric Litwin. We will read Pete the Cat Rocking in my White Shoes and Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin along with There is a Bird on your Head, Leonardo the Terrible Monster and the pigeon/elephant piggie series by Mo Willems. A few of the centers include:


  • Sorting and graphing buttons
  • Make a Pete the Cat shirt with groovy buttons
  • Handprint Pete the Cat
  • Sounding CVC- Consonant Vowel Consonant Words
  • Illustrating like Mo Willems
  • Observing different bird nests
  • Bee Bot character matching

Social Studies

We will end our Social Studies unit with Summer Traditions. The children will share a special tradition they do over the summer.

Literacy

Your child will be learning about the letter "Xx" and "Zz." We will read A Xylophone for X-Ray Fish and Zach the Lazy Zebra. The children will practice letter formation and recognition. A few of our centers will include:


  • Observing and drawing X-Rays

  • X-Ray flip book

  • Play a xylophone

  • Zoo addition families

  • Patterning with z things

  • Words to write

Science

We will finish up the year with force and motion. We will read Motion and Sheep in a Jeep. The children will be learning the effects of friction, push, and pulling in relation to force and motion.

Environmental Science

Marigolds will be coming home soon! Your child grew their plant from a seed and has been observing its growth for 4 weeks. I will send directions if you’ve never grown a marigold before! Our alphabet hike, in and around our Lamplighter gardens, asked our students to search for nature items that began with a letter and/or sound – always a fun and challenging activity. Another favorite sensory experience will be in the herb garden where the children smell or eat a food item (lemon, dill pickle etc.) and find the herb plant that matches that smell and taste!

Reminders & Events


Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27


  • Parent Teacher Conferences

Ask your child about...

  • What did they harvest from the garden?
  • What are vowels and consonants?

Science and Gardens

We ended our Science and Garden unit with our Farmer's Market. The market consisted of fruits and vegetables that were harvested by each class along with pinch pots made in art, bird feeders, popcorn, popsicles, compost, and herbs. The Farmer's Market was a big hit and the children loved selling and buying!

About Us

Carrie Bays - cbays@thelamplighterschool.org - x311
Katie Nelson - knelson@thelamplighterschool.org - x411