Friday, January 6, 2017

Week 17

The children seem very happy to be back at school after winter break.  The familiar routines and connecting with friends is always comforting.  Read on to see how we started the new year and what our curriculum highlights are.  

Math:  Teen numbers is our focus.  We are teaching the children to see teen numbers as a group of 10 and extras ones.  

Writing:  We are writing How-To books.  This is a procedural kind of writing where the children teach their reader how to do something they know how to do well; by writing it step by step.  For example:  how-to pack your backpack, how-to go down the slide, how-to build a snowman, etc.

Reading:  We have introduced a new reading strategy - Flippy the Dolphin.  Flippy helps remind us that if we are stuck on a word and sounding out isn't working, try flipping the vowel sound (short vowel sound) so the vowel says its name (long vowel sound).  We are so impressed with the reading growth that has taken place in each child.  

Social Studies:  We will begin talking about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We have many surrounding activities that we incorporate into our curriculum to explore the diversity in our world.

Science:  Our next unit in the human body is the circulatory system - heart and lungs.

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 1/9 - Day 4:  Spanish & P.E.

Tuesday 1/10 - Day 5: Spanish & P.E.

Wednesday 1/11 - Day 6:  Music & Art

Thursday 1/12 - Day 1:  Spanish, Music & Library

Friday 1/13 - Day 2:  Spanish, Skating & P.E.  Please have all skate gear at school in a separate bag:  skates, helmet and all outdoor play clothes.  Parents are welcome to join at the rink both on and off the ice.  The more help we have the better!  Parents must have a helmet to be on the ice.  See you there!

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