## What We Learned This Week

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## What We Are Learning This Week!

In ELA, we will be focusing on initial and ending sounds. We will be focusing on letters E and X. We will be doing some fun activities to help reinforce the letter names and sounds.

In Math, we will be focusing on composing numbers 10-19. This means that we will be building the numbers. For example, ten is made up of 1 ten and 0 ones. Eleven is made up of 1 ten and 1 one. We will be building numbers in multiple ways using unifix cubes, ten frames and other ways as well.

## Featured Author/Illustrator

Author/Illustrator of the Week: This week we will be focusing on Leo Lionni. We will be reading several of his stories. We will continue to compare his stories and talk about their similarities and differences.

We will be writing, writing, and writing this week! This week we will be focusing on beginning, middle, and end. We will be creating our own books after we read his stories. Our friends will use their books to help retell the story. We will also be reading "little blue, little yellow". After reading the story we will mix our own paints and create a picture. We will write about our creation!

## First and Last Names

We are doing a great job with our names! Please continue to encourage your child to work on this at home also.

If they have trouble with this please try using a highlighter or dotted letters for them to trace, writing the name and having them copy it underneath.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, we have launched our Reader’s Workshop Model of instruction for reading. The children are developing a love of reading. This week we are going to review and practice “Chunky Monkey”. This strategy teaches us to look for a “chunk” of the word that you know and try and figure out the word. Ask your children about these strategies, they love using them! We will also review and practice using all the strategies that we have learned so far such as Eagle Eye, Lips The Fish, Stretchy Snake, Chunky Monkey, and Skippy Frog. I will send home copies of these for you this week so that you can use them at home.

## DATES TO REMEMBER

MARCH 17- Leprechaun Trap