Mangum Family News

April 8, 2016

Theme

This week we finally finished constructing our hampshire pig and our sheep.

The children are very proud of both of them. They have created displays so that others can come and learn about our animals.

We also began studying our last animal from the farm: the cow. The children started out making a list of all the things they know about cows. Then we began a list of questions to research, for example: how do you get milk out of the cow, where do cows sleep, who are cows predators. The children are very excited to read and research about the cow!

Reading

This week in reading, we completed our author study of Eric Carle. We researched his life and learned all about how he creates his books and illustrations. We also talked about the different describing words he uses when writing. We are trying to use more describing words in our daily writing.

We also learned how Eric Carle makes his illustrations. He paints a piece of tissue paper and then cuts it out to make a collage. We decided to make our own! The children painted large pieces of paper and next week we will cut the paper into different shapes to make our own collages. The children are so excited!

We also wrote our own version of Eric Carle's Head to Toe. We also learned a poem about a hungry caterpillar.

FYI

Many of your sweet children have invited me to baseball, softball, ballet, soccer, gymnastic events, etc. I would love to come!!! If your child would like for me to come please send me his/her schedule and I will do my best to come!!!!

Upcoming Dates

  • April 13: Field Day Shirt Orders due
  • April 18: Last Day for Yearbook Purchase
  • April 25: Professional Learning- no school for children
  • April 25: Kindergarten Kick-off 11:30-1:30
  • April 29: Field Day
  • May 20: Kindergarten Splash Day (more info to come)
  • May 26: Last Day of School

Needs

The following is a list of items that we could use in our classroom (any quantity, any amount is appreciated!!)

  • scotch tape
  • pipe cleaners
  • straws
  • beads
  • old electronics
  • scrap pieces of wood
  • nails