Week of November 30
On Monday, we had special guests. We celebrated Jeremiah, Josie, Lucia, and Guillermo's birthdays. We made sculptures with wood. Cole left for the dentist. (Allysah also had a birthday!)
On Tuesday during reading, we practiced making letters and we saw the pictures that started with the letters. Josie and Magnolia were playing penguins. We were resting with music.
On Thursday, we had a messy exploration. For recess, Allysah played Freeze Tag and Oden played Kingdom of Mice. We tasted a new kind of bread called egg challah. We took awesome bread notes. Nami made a sign of No smashing blocks.
From the grown ups:
We had such a full week! Birthday celebration, bread tastings, Fort Greene, letter sorting, and more!
We have one more Star Book show to record! We'll let you know as soon as the shows are ready to share.
Rasha and Madeleine
What can you do at home?
Estimate, then count things you see. Guess how many cars might be on a whole block, then count them. Guess how many steps it takes to get from one place to another place, then count steps. We want kids to build strong number sense - to really understand what numbers mean and their relationship to one another.
Compare sizes. Who is the tallest person in your family? Whose shoes are the longest? Who is the littlest in the family? Children can look for objects that are longer than or shorter than a book or toy. Having conversations like these will help build and practice the language of measurement that we are beginning to use.
How can we research?
We also practiced the sounds and letter formation of the letters C and T. Children learned a motion to go with each sound, practiced skywriting the letter (writing it in the air), then practiced writing the letters in their handwriting workbooks. Children also sorted pictures to show if the word started with a "c" or "t" sound. At home, you and your child can point out these sounds when you notice them in words.
Next week, we'll change the book baskets to include books with simple, patterned text and begin to have children read the words in books! We'll also be working on new letters!