Miss Referente's Class Newsletter

Week of November 7-11

"Make-Believe Giants"

Dear Parents/Guardians,


This week we read variations of Jack and the Beanstalk and pretend giants. We talked about the similarities and differences of the story. You can practice taking multiple-turn conversations with your child by talking about the stories we read. Connecting the information they learned in school. We are always trying to recall information. At this age, children are able to understand a lot of information; they need to become skilled at retaining that information and then using it later on.


We practiced working on patterning. We described patterning as patterns take turns like friends. In our activity, we paired up with a friend to make patterns. Each friend has a different shape and they took turns making a simple ABAB pattern, as well as practicing turn-taking by using words like "my turn" and "your turn".


In reading Jack and the Beanstalk, friends were given "magic beans" to sort. We had small and big beans, and different colored beans. Some friends matched the beans to where they went. Some friends were able to categorize the beans and sort them. Some friends were able to count the beans once they sorted them and talk about more and less. Sorting and classifying are skills that friends will use throughout their life, such as putting toys away, organizing their clothes, or emptying the dishwasher. Recognizing groups of objects requires logical thinking, an ability that will be important to friends in the future.


We talked about the sequence the events of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and used our imagination to make a new pretend ending to the story. Sequencing is a basic building block of reading. Even though friends may not be able to read, they are able to recall events from a story and put them in the order that it happens. We practice by using vocabulary such as first, next, the, and last.


Finally, we read The Enormous Watermelon. We talked about a watermelon and discussed what was inside, the texture, the size, and the taste!


We went to the counselor today. Mrs. Hughes read The Little Engine That Could and talked about not giving up! She also talked about feelings and ways we can calm down such as read a book, draw a picture, etc. Talk about things at home you can do when you feel sad or angry or frustrated!


Word of the Week: Make-believe - things that are imagined; not true.


Next Week’s Word of the Week: Consequences - something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions. (for example, the consequence of making is a mess is to clean it up!)


Letters of the Week: Kk, Ww, Jj


Books we read:

Jack and the Beanstalk (video streaming)

Jill and the Beanstalk By Barbara Vagnozzi

The Group Plan By Ryan Hendrix, Kari Zweber Palmer, Nancy Tarshis, Michelle Garcia WInner

The Enormous Watermelon Retold by Brenda Parkes and Judith Smith


Dates to Remember: (also check your Beaty Gazette for more info)

Thanksgiving Break - November 21-25


Ideas for Home:

-Read, Read, Read!

-Cook bean soup or salad at home together

-use your imagination to make up a story!


Don’t forget to view the class webpage to see pictures of what friends are doing at school!


As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!


Have a great weekend!

The Story of Jack and The Beanstalk - Fairy Tales for Kids
Sesame Street: Bruno Mars: Don't Give Up

Giving Tree (items you can voluntarily donate for our class)

-pretend bakery/cookie store items