MacArthur 4K News

September 8, 2015

Our First Week in 4K

We had an incredible first week in 4K! The students were all SO excited to be at school and we really enjoyed getting to know them. We practiced many routines that we will be using throughout the school year. We discussed some of our classroom expectations. Thank you for bringing in all the school supplies and snacks with your child. We will begin to have milk with our snacks daily beginning this Tuesday. If you chose for your child not to have milk, please send a water bottle to school with your child each day.

Books We Read Last Week:

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff

If You Take A Mouse To School by Laura Numeroff

The Best Mouse Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Books We Are Reading This Week:

Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow

Shared Reading

We are working on learning our friends' names these first few weeks and we've been using a pocket chart with this song. Everyone gets a turn to stand up when their name is put on the chart. During shared reading, I select a book, song, or poem and the students join in "reading" or approximating to develop print awareness. Though they many not be "reading the print" they are internalizing the language and following along as I point to each word (left to right, and returning to the left side). The chart will go into the reading center in a few weeks and the students can insert their friends' names and use a pointer to read it.

___________ is here today.

___________ is here today.

We all clap for ________________.

_______________'s at school today.

Some of the Songs We Learned and Listened to This Week:

Finger Family

Tommy Thumb is up, Tommy Thumb is down. Tommy Thumb is dancing all around the town. Dancing on my shoulders, dancing on my head, dancing on my lap, now let's tuck him into bed.

Song continues with:

Patty Pointer...(pointer finger) - Patty Pointer's up, Pattty Pointer's down.....

Toby Tall..(middle finger - always points down)

Ruby Ring...Ring Finger

Baby Small...Pinky Finger

Finger Family...Both hands

Shake Break - try this link:

5 Little Monkeys - try this link:

Birthdays Last Week and This Week:

Gloria - September 3

Ashton - September 8

Daniel - September 9

Jaxxson - Celebrating Wednesday (Birthday - August 29)