October 19, 2022
This Little Piggy
Transform your child's art work into lasting keepsakes! Find further information in your child's folder! These make great holiday gifts for family and friends!
The Magic Tree House Series
We are ready for a new adventure in reading and writing!
We just want to take a minute to say THANK YOU! We feel so lucky to work with such delightful groups of children. We owe it all to you for sending us children that are ready to learn!
This Little Piggy
The Magic Tree House
We have transitioned away from the "Play Plan" and we are ready for something MORE! We will now be writing in response to literature. We will be using The Magic Tree House series as well as other books from our literacy series throughout the year to build and develop our comprehension and writing skills. In each of the The Magic Tree House books, the main characters Jack and Annie, travel to a different place and time. We will typically spend the first week of each new book building background knowledge about the time period and culture and will read many nonfiction titles to help us along the way. Week 2-3 of the book theme will be spent covering one chapter of the story each day. Children will read and write about Jack and Annie and learn science and social studies concepts related to the geographic location and time period the book takes place in. Children will also use the background knowledge and story events they learn about to dramatize the story in many centers throughout the classroom. We do ask that families refrain from reading ahead in the series and allow the children to experience and be thrilled together as we uncover clues, predictions and discoveries! Once a title has been finished, we would then encourage you to read it at home as a family.
Why Chapter Books?
Chapter books are used in Kindergarten to teach and practice complex reading comprehension skills like predicting, visualizing, inferring, sequencing, summarizing and many more! The engaging topics also encourage enriched play that continues and evolves over time. The Magic Tree House series has interesting storylines, complex plots and many ties to nonfiction topics which enrich our science and social studies curriculum.
Calling All Crafters and Designers
We are in need of any of the following...
- Paper towel tubes
- Food boxes (these are easier to cut than cardboard)
- Fun fabric scraps
- Paper lunch sacks
- Fun Foam sheets
- Old greeting cards
- Egg cartons, cupcake liners, paper plates
- Tape, tape, tape!
If you would be willing to send us a few supplies each week we could stock the art center and delight and inspire these creative minds! We just don't have the room to store large quantities.
Do you need additional ideas for practicing letters with your child? Just click this button...Have FUN!
How was school?
- What made you smile today?
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- What was the hardest rule to follow at school today?
- Tell me something you know today that you didn't know yesterday?
- What did you do today to be a good friend?
- What did you do today that made you feel proud?
- What are you looking forward to doing tomorrow at school?
- What alphafriend are you learning about this week?
- What new snap words are you working on?
- What is your favorite math center to work at?
- What is your favorite literacy center to work at?
- What are you working on in Gym, Art, Music?
- What was a major event that happened in the Magic Treehouse chapter?
Winter Weather Clothing
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO SIT CRISS CROSS APPLESAUCE IN SNOW BOOTS?
Here it comes...SNOW! It takes the children hours to get in and out of those snow boots and into regular school shoes that must be tied and/or buckled. In years past we have suggested that children bring a pair of Crocs or slip on shoes in their backpacks. These shoes are much easier for the children to slip onto their feet and they would be much more comfortable while sitting on the floor throughout the day. The carpet would also remain dry and slush free! The best benefit for the teachers is less time spent on helping students change and tie those shoes! We have also found that sending children with all their snow gear tucked separately into a sturdy, recycled shopping bag (fabric/plastic coated with nice handles) to be quite helpful . It makes it so much easier for the children to pack up and manage their backpack and snow gear at the end of the day!
Help build your child's independence with buttoning, zipping, tucking etc...when it comes to snow gear! PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.....PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! We would be so grateful for the time spent and support from home, working on these WINTER "Self Help Skills".