Oak Room Newsletter

Week of December 1, 2014

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Please RSVP for the puppet show and writing showcase!

If you have not RSVP'd for our puppet show and writing showcase on Friday, December 19th please do so!

The link to the invite is: https://www.smore.com/j9ffa

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This week (as told by the Oak Room Kindergartners)...

We don't have rest time anymore!

We got new things in our classroom. We have more blocks and new things on the shelves.

In Studio in a School we made a mural about the community garden.

We played a game in math where a teacher holds up a picture and we have to quickly say how many things are in the picture.

It was Corbin's birthday! He brought a race car to show the class.

It was slippery outside for recess. We talked about being careful.

We read a new poem! It is called "The Voice" by Shel Silverstein.

We made puppets! One group made puppets for The Little Red Hen and another group made puppets for Bunny Cakes.

We visited the community garden. We drew and wrote what we noticed to help us with the garden book.

We got to help Arian with a package! We counted things that were in different bags.

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This week in literacy (and things to do at home)

This week in Reading Workshop the Oaks practiced using the same words the authors use when reading a book. First we practiced as a whole group. A teacher read a page from Big Al and then the children tried to remember some of the words and sentences they heard. Also in Reading Workshop we practiced paying close attention to what the characters in stories say so we can understand how they're feeling. We practiced all together with The Little Red Hen. A teacher read a few pages and then the children had to discuss how the characters were feeling.

In Writing Workshop we started our new unit about looking closely: observing, listing, and labeling like scientists. We went to the community garden and took clipboards to jot down words and pictures of things we noticed.

In Word Study we worked on the letters L and H. We sorted pictures that started with the letter sounds and practiced in our handwriting books. We have also been focusing on the sight words it, a, am, is, and my.

Things to do at home

When reading with your child ask them about how the characters are feeling! Have them explain to you why.

Review the letter sounds for L and H as well as the sight words it, a, am, is, and my.

It is so wonderful to hear from you all about how your children are writing and labeling their pictures at home! Keep it up!

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This week in math (and things to do at home)

We have been playing some new games in math as well as working really hard on our counting books! In Build It the children work in pairs, taking turns picking a number card and then "building it" with coins on a ten frame. In Roll & Record the children roll a die and then record on their worksheet what number they rolled. They try to see which number wins 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The children have been making their own counting books with a different page for each number from 1 to 10. All this work is to help the children make connections between quantities, numerals, and pictures/symbols.

Things to do at home

Make some number cards from 1-10 and have your child pick a card then count out pennies to match the card.

Would you like to donate your child's rest mat?

William's mom Claudia works with physical and occupational therapists that could use the mats for patient care with babies. If you would like to donate your child's mat please bring them by the classroom any time before December 19th.

Contact Information

Feel free to email us anytime. Pascale can be reached at pascale@brooklyncompass.org and Lorna can be reached at lorna@brooklyncompass.org.