Happy New Year and welcome back! Hope you all had a wonderful time together with family. I had a gratifying and unique experience of teaching in three different schools in India! I truly appreciate your support during my absence. We are excited to start new adventures in the year 2016! Here are some of the highlights for the month of January.
January 4th- 8th
Theme: “New Year/New Beginnings/Season- winter”
Letter Review: G-L.
- This week’s big project is to build tall buildings of NYC for the New Year and have a count down!
- We will also introduce the concept of the new season-winter through science experiments and stories.
January 11th- 15th
Letter of the week: “M-m”
- Language Arts: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “Mouse Around” (a wordless book about a baby mouse’s adventures) and “The Mitten” will be our star books this week. We will weave many activities such as sequencing the story, looking for details, predictions etc. around them.
- Science: Seasons, animals in winter, and exploration with magnets.
- ·Math: Number writing, Concept of More and Less, and some fun mathematical thinking activities using mittens and hats!!
- This week’s big project is also to create large winter murals by working in cooperative groups.
Theme: “Peace Makers”
Letter of the Week: “N-n”
- We will read stories and learn about George Fox, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and the Underground Railroad movement. (It always amazes us how the young children understand the ideas of fairness and peace!)
- Science: Letter “n” has to include learning about the “night time sky” of course!
- Math: Number books, developing number sense with two digit numbers.
Letter of the week: “O-o”
- Language Arts: Concept of opposite words and positional words such as on, over etc.
- Math: Cooperative group activity of creating Shape Robots!
- Science: Letter “O” has to include some activities around ocean and octopus!
Dates to remember: Martin Luther King Jr. Day -No school on Monday, January 18th .
An important reminder for wintry, snowy days: We love to go out in the snow, so please pack snow gear when there is snow on the ground. We do not go out if the temperature is frigid. Instead, we take the children to gym to have indoor playtime. Please make sure to put all the snow gear in a cloth/plastic (reusable grocery tote kind is perfect) bag with your child's name on it. It is the easiest way to store and transport everything back and forth. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter.