What a wonderful week! We are having so much fun embracing the spirit of Christmas in Room 1. We would love for you to come in and join us during the next few weeks before break! Without your help, we would not be able to do sight words 1:1 every morning, guided literacy centers, guided math centers, and art!! Thank you for signing up to help with sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-art. The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate your help!
Ask: We will be using paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for an art project in two weeks. Each child will need 2-4 rolls, depending on their size. Please feel free to start sending these in now! I am happy to collect them prior to our art project on the 19th. Speaking of this art project, I would love 2-3 volunteers for this! It will be on Wednesday, December 19th from 10:00-11:00 and finishing up from 12:00-1:00. If you are able to help with either of these time slots, please let me know! There will not be a sign-up genius for this date. Thank you!
Sight Words: This week we learned the sight words this and have. Next week, we will learn the words from and or. The kids are continuing to build their Sight Word Notebook each morning and continue to use them as a resource during Writer’s Workshop. Please continue to practice sight words at home and review the first 25 words of Fry’s First 100 Sight Words.
Phonics: This week we studies the letters and sounds /y/, /z/, and /v/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizers. We did not have time to draw and write our own words that begin with y, z, and v on the back this week. These phonics sheets are in your child’s Friday Folder. It would be a great addition to your homework next week if they completed this! We are continuing to practice our sign language letters when reviewing the alphabet. So many of our students are kinesthetic learners and love this hands-on approach to letter and sound practice. Here is a video that we use to practice the signs/sounds at school. Feel free to practice at home as well!
Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, word work center, independent library center, and iPad center. During word work, the students practiced rhyming and played a bingo game to help reinforce this skill. When determining if two words rhyme, we use a little chant. Have your child show this to you and challenge them to find more words that rhyme. In reading groups, we are continuing to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and “Lips the Fish” to say the first sound in a printed word.
Writer’s Workshop: This week, we focused on the difference between wants and needs. On Monday, we used hula hoops from the playground to sort different items throughout the classroom into the two categories. Students placed items such as food from lunch boxes, water bottles, warm coats, and shoes into the needs hula hoop. Toys from choice time, key chains from backpacks, and art supplies were placed into the wants hula hoop. We discussed the important difference between these two categories, especially when thinking of the many blessings we have during this holiday season.
Math: This week we began counting and writing numbers greater than 10. This was very exciting for the kids, as they LOVE big numbers. Here is a link to their favorite number song we use in class.
Science: This week we learned about problems, solutions, and engineers. A problem is something that needs to be fixed or made better. A solution is something that helps fix a problem. And an engineer is someone who uses math and science to help solve problems. After learning these basic definitions, we began our first STEM activity of the year. Roughly once a week, we’ll be participating in STEM lessons and hands-on activities. The kids absolutely loved this chance to build creatively with the purpose of solving a problem. The problem this week: Santa’s reindeer kept getting lost and it was too close to Christmas for Santa to keep leaving the workshop to find them! He needed our help to build a fence using popsicle sticks, masking tape, and sticky tack in order to keep the reindeer safely enclosed at the North Pole. See photos below for a closer look at your children’s creations! As you can see, some of the fences didn’t quite work. We loved being able to discuss how we could improve our designs next time – just like real engineers!
Art: Thank you Jen Russell for taking the lead during parent-art this week! The kids created their own snowglobe ornaments to hang on their trees or doorknobs at home.
Religion: On Monday morning at 8:15am, we met as a school in the church for prayer. We will continue to do this each Monday throughout Advent. I’m encouraging families to be on the playground and in line no later than 8:12am on these days. Thank you for your help! We also began decorating ornaments for our individual Jesse Trees in the classroom. We discussed the importance of a symbol to help us remember certain events, stories, or lessons. Our ornament symbols on the tree this week were a garden (where God’s plan started), a cross (to remember Jesus’ purpose), a dove (symbol of peace), the sun (Jesus is the center of us), and a hand (a gift from God to help us help others). We also celebrated the Immaculate Conception on Friday morning at mass.
Advent Service Project: The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers. Please consider donating a new toy before December 10th. The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th. Please leave these unwrapped. Thank you!
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- Monday, Dec. 10th – Toy Donations due
- Thursday, Dec. 13th – Report Cards go home
- Thursday, Dec. 13th – Christmas Concert (7:00pm)
- Monday, Dec. 17th – Paper rolls due
- Friday, Dec. 21st – Noon Dismissal (break begins)
- Monday, Jan. 7th – Welcome Back! (break ends)