Miss Referente's Class Newsletter

Week of January 3-6

"Nursery Rhymes"

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we explored nursery rhymes. Children love rhymes, especially silly rhymes. They are drawn to the sounds of words that are playful and melodious. This week we exposed friends to many different kinds of rhymes. They were encouraged to play with rhyme as they practiced listening for words that sound similar but are not the same.

We read Humpty Dumpty and talked about parts to whole. We used the process putting Humpty Dumpty back together again to make a whole. We counted how many pieces each child had and talked about ways the King’s men could have put Humpty together again. When a friend understands the parts-whole relationship, they acquire a foundation for mathematics, language and scientific discovery. Beyond addition, subtraction, fractions and time, this is an essential early concept that opens the door for even piecing words together to form sentences.

We experimented with eggs by dropping them on to different surfaces to see what would happen. We talked about experimentation and hypothesized, or made a guess as to what would happen when they were dropped on each surface. We charted our findings to see if what we thought was true or not. Pre-kindergarten introduces children to concepts and ideas through investigation of the different content areas. Pre-kindergarten scientific investigations enable children to explore the world around them and allow them to make important discoveries.

We focused a lot on ending sounds. We played rhyming games. Friends were either given choices to identify words with the rhyming words. While others were able to produce their own rhyming words. Letter knowledge is an essential component of learning to read and write. Knowing how letters function in writing and how these letters connect to the sounds children hear in words is crucial to children’s success in reading.

Finally, we cooked eggs by hard-boiling them and scrambling them and voted on what we liked best! We discussed the differences between the ways we cooked each egg. How it looked, smelled, tasted and felt.

For the New Year, we have opened up a pretend School! Friends are enjoying pretending to be teachers! If you have any school items that you would like to donate to our class, it would be greatly appreciated!

Rhymes we Read…

The Three Little Kittens

Humpty Dumpty

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Jack and Jill

Word of the Week: CultureAny 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.

Next Week’s Word of the Week: Traditional - a specific practice of long standing; an inherited pattern of thought or action. (We talked about how it is tradition for our class to cook every Friday.)

Dates to Remember: (also check your Beaty Gazette for more info)

January 9-13 – College Week

College Week Theme Days

Jan. 9th- “School is important for my future.”

Show your school spirit by wearing your Beaty shirt or Plano ISD spiritwear.

Jan. 10th- “My future is bright.”

Wear your favorite bright or neon colors.

Jan. 11th – “College Suits me to a T!”

Wear your favorite college t-shirt, hat, or colors.

Jan. 12th- “When I grow up I want to be…”

Dress to represent the job you would like to have when you are a grown- up.

Jan. 13th- “Turn your dreams into reality.”

It’s Pajama Day, so wear your pajamas to school.

January 16 – MLK Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Ideas for Home

-Read, Read, Read! (Ask your child questions about what you read)

-Play rhyming games and make up rhyming words!

-Play beginning sound games “I spy something that has the beginning sound “B”.

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!

Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme - Learn From Your Mistakes!

Giving Tree (items you can voluntarily donate for our class)

For cooking next week (need by Wednesday)...please contact me if you are going to get this so that we don't have duplicates....

-2 loaves of bread

-4 bananas

-2 cartons of blueberries

Other items...

-tubs of oatmeal for sensory table

-googly eyes

-various colors of glitter

-bag of soil for spring planting

-fake flowers for pretend