Miss Referente's Class Newsletter
Week of December 12-16
"Gingerbread and Problem Solving"
Our topic for this week was problem solving. We also read various stories of The Gingerbread Man. We discussed different problems we could run into at school and how we could solve them.
We went to the counselor and she talked about "what do you want to be when you grow up?" She talked about different careers people have and what they do.
Each friend had a bite of a gingerbread cookie. We used a paper cut out to depict which part of the body we ate first; the head, the arm or the leg. We made a chart to see which part of the gingerbread cookie was the most popular! It is never too early to learn about the importance of voting. Creating an opportunity for students to vote on something that affects their lives will help children understand the importance of voting. Using graphs will visually explain the concept of popularity and how the item or person with the most votes wins. We talked about concepts such as more and less.
We decorated gingerbread men and counted how many buttons we would give each. Each child was given a gingerbread man and was asked how many buttons they wanted. It is an important part of learning for children to understand basic counting and number recognition. This is the building block for future mathematical skills.
We made an obstacle course to talk about problem solving and the ways we could get through it. For example, we could go over the table or under it, through the tunnel or around it, etc. It was a fun way to get in some exercise too!
Thank you to all of you who contributed to our Winter Party! The Winter Party was a success.
Books we read:
The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
Word of the Week: Options – the opportunity or ability to choose something or to choose between two or more things.
Next Week’s Word of the Week: Culture – Any group of people that does things in a certain way, has certain types of fun, certain types of work, certain types of beliefs and so forth.
Letters of the Week: Jj, Kk, Ww
Dates to Remember: (also check the Beaty Calendar)
December 19–January 2 – WINTER BREAK – NO SCHOOL
Ideas for Home:
-Read, Read, Read!
The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst
-Make gingerbread or gingerbread house at home, talk about what ingredients you put on, how many, what color, etc.
-Work on recognizing letters in your name and in print around your house and community
-Work on rhyming words and alliteration
Visit our class webpage to see what things we are doing in class!!
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!