The Jungle Beat

January 10, 2016

Our mission is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

News and Notes

Happy New Year Everyone - Welcome back to school!

I hope you all enjoyed special time with loved ones during this holiday season. Children at this age change emotionally and physically almost daily. This held true over the Christmas break. It has been fun having the children back and seeing how much they have grown. The New Year brought us a new learner. Dane joined us this week and it seems like he has always been a part of our family. I am looking forward to a great week!

Ramps and Pathways Update

During a meeting on Tuesday, my email inbox started receiving multiple emails. To my surprise, it was notifications from different venders of items that were being ordered by DonorsChoose for our Ramps and Pathways project. I am so excited! The children have even been asking when the items will arrive. It won't be long before we hear the "melodious sounds of learning" take on a new meaning in our block area.

The Mitten-Story Retell

The Mitten
The learners had a great time acting out portions of The Mitten by Jan Brett. We read several of her books before Christmas and will continue to read other works by this author. Several learners took turns reading portions of the book for us to act out the animals going into the mitten. Some readers used the text to tell the stories and another used the illustrations. Below is a link to a youtube video of the book being read by the author Jan Brett.
Online Storytime: The Mitten

Project Update

*I have recently received an email from Lanark expressing an interest in working on a project of informing others of trail safety rules. I am excited to see where this project takes our learners.

*I have mailed the letters to the NFL Patriots. I am very hopeful that they will respond.

*Possible new project on the horizon? As you know we, are learning about Persuasive writing. I am listening to our learners as we explore writing for a reason to see if their interest leads us to a new project.

Morning Meeting

Writing a letter to the learners gives an authentic purpose to reading and writing. Leaners asked for an opportunity to try to read the letter independently. Those in the early stages of reading, were able to gain understanding that we have a sound system and the letters on the board have something to do with words. Learners that have more command of our phonemic system, gained knowledge of recognizing words they could read by sight and some they could sound out. More advanced readers gained knowledge of sentence structure and how punctuation changes the reading of a sentence. I am looking forward to writing a letter to the learners in the morning. The cold weather will be fun to write about.

Writing - Power of Words

We spent time this week walking through the building reading authentic examples of persuasive writing. We discused each to see if more information could have been added to the writing to make them more persuasive. After our walk, we brainstormed our own ideas of things we feel strongly about that we want to share with the school. Examples of the ideas are: "Pick Up Trash-Keep our School Clean" and "Talk quietly in the halls-others are learning." We will be making posters of these to put up in the school for others to read.

Learning Areas

Cooperative Play

During our center time this past week,I realized that most all children were engaged in cooperative play. Cooperative play is considered the highest level of social play. Notice in the pictures that the learners are in groups of three and four. On another day we even had learners combining play across centers. Someone in the PRS Vet clinic leaned over and a bought a flower from the garden in the science area. Our learners have reached some very important milestones in their development!

Center Time -Differentiated Instruction

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Letter tiles in the book area are often used to provide differentiated instruction. With one learner they may be used for letter recognition. With this learner, the tiles were used to work on word building skills. With prompting and support, the learner built words and used the beginning and ending phonemes to build other words.

What's Coming up?

Jan 11-15 In writing we will continue to explore Persuasive Writing. We will explore the power of words and writing for a reason. Our mentor text for this week will be Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type. We will also continue to work on the standard K.RL.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details. We will compare two versions of the Folktale The Mitten. In math we will be working on standard CC.K.MC.3: Measurement and Data objects and count the number of objects in each category. Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
Jan 18th-Martin Luther King Holiday/No School

Jan 28th-Group Picture Day

High Frequency Words.

This is an ongoing standard. The words accumulate. Consider looking at the link for ideas of ways to work with High Frequency words during the two week break. We will begin a new set of words when we return in January.

Already introduced: a, am, can, go, I, me, my, play, the, to, you, and,

blue, for, went, is, it in, little, red, yellow, look

Words Currently Working On:

-big, help, come, make, not, one, two, three, we, see, said

Words remaining:

-where, jump, they, what, up, down, here, he, she, have, like

Ideas for High Frequency Word games to play with your learner at home.

Scholastic Book Order

Parents we will be using online ordering for Scholastic Book Orders for all future orders. We will continue with book orders in February.


Class Activation Code: PC3NF

Below is the link to the pre-approved absence form.