News of the Month
Mrs. Khan's Classroom
This past month had been extremely hectic but I enjoyed every bit of it getting to know your children. You will be relieved to know that the children have adjusted well to their classroom routines. They are following classroom rules most of the time, they are an inquisitive group of children, and I must say that it is a pleasure to see their smiling faces every morning. Although only one month has passed, your children have either completed or are in the process of completing several activities which spotlight the children’s skills in Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies, and Science. I would like you to know that besides emailing, conferences, and casual conversations at drop off and pick up our classroom monthly newsletter is the most effective way to stay tuned to your child's class activities as well as his or her school news. Stay Tuned!
Mark Your Calendars
Thursday, Sep. 18th, 9am
6200 Hermann Park Dr
- Please sign the field trip permission slip and send it no later than Friday, September 12, 2014.
- Parents, if you wish to go as a chaperon on the trip please make sure you turn in all the required documents in the front office for background check.
- Pack a sack lunch for your child on the field trip day
- Let your child dress in attire appropriate for outdoor activity. Jeans, shorts, and joggers is a good choice.
Key to a successful week!
- Try to send your child to bed by 8:30 pm
- Read aloud to your child before his or her bedtime or whenever you can even if it is for 6-8 minutes
- Minimize TV and video games during weekdays.
- Offer them healthy snacks. Include your children in preparing or buying the snacks.
- Ask them about their day at school.
- Last but not least give them a hug and a warm smile each morning or whenever you can.
- Science: The students will do several science related activities in school. Students will learn primary and secondary colors. They will experiment mixing different colors to create new colors. We will plant our own vegetable garden. We will divide the students in four groups and each group will grow a different vegetable. We will also go for nature walks and collect things of interest.
- Math: Students are working on money unit. They are learning about pennies, nickels, and dimes and how many pennies make a nickel and a dime. We are also learning about the number zero. It is a hard concept for children to learn that zero means nothing yet zero is an important number. Children are also learning geometric shaped through books, puzzles, and blocks.
- Reading: We just finished reading the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh in which children learned how mixing primary colors can create secondary colors. Children cannot wait to experiment mixing colors which is scheduled for this Friday afternoon. Parents are welcome to come and help children with their activity. We also finished reading the The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. The book introduced them to the concept of sharing. We talked about why we share.
- Social Studies: Children are learning about community helpers. Last week they met their school community helpers who are the nurse, the janitor, and they also learned that their teachers are community helpers as well. We read A Day in the Life of a Firefighter by Linda Hayward. We learned how firefighters help our community, and the things a firefighter uses at his work. Children are further developing their learning through dramatic play, and by writing and drawing about how they want to help their community.
- In science classes, we will be doing experiments related to mixing colors that would require parent volunteers. Sign up sheets will be provided and the parents can volunteer to help out in the class for that day.
- To encourage children to read, I am requesting one parent to visit our classroom every Friday as a parent reader. Parents will rotate weekly and each parent who is able to will get an opportunity to read to the class.
- When our class goes on field trips, parents will be asked to volunteer to go to the trips with the class as a chaperon.
- We need parent helpers for class parties such as Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, and end of year parties. Parents can volunteer to help before (to set up), during (monitoring and helping children), and after (for clean up). Parents can bring snacks to share.
- There will also be the room mom(s) or room dad(s) for the classroom. These room parents will help organize parties, forward important emails from the teachers to other parents, and help in many other areas.
- Parents can also help me in small classroom jobs, like organizing student folders, shelves, and stapling and stacking papers.