Wow, this week was filled with many fun learning activities. We focused our learning around the letter C. Our theme was caterpillars & butterflies. You should have seen many art activities and practice sheets come home showing your child’s skills in many areas. You can help your child this
weekend engrain the letter C into memory by having him/her find the uppercase and lowercase letter Cc in the world around us. When students find the letter then have them practice saying what the letter says. Please remember not to add an “uh” or “a” at the end of the sound. All students need practice at home writing the letter Cc correctly. Make certain your child is starting at the top and is touching the correct lines. We have talked about the top line being the “hat line”, the middle line being the “belt line”, and the bottom line being the “shoe line”.
I have many favorites this week between catching butterflies, rolling up in a blanket to reenact a cocoon, and playing caterpillar/butterfly tag. Ask your child what their favorite school activity was this week.
Second week of school students are starting to become aware of all the things around them. Students are provided opportunities to explore the various learning activities available to them. Students brought home a cut out of their hand with a stamp heart based from the book "Kissing Hand". During the story we did a Story Log together pinpointing the setting, characters, beginning, middle, and end of the story. Try checking this book out from the library and reading it with your child while discussing feelings of being apart from mommy and daddy and how to deal with these emotions. On Wednesday students will have the opportunity to develop their own story log from the book "If You Take a Mouse to School".
We did a book walk and discussed the story "Chrysanthemum". Students practiced writing/tracing their name, gluing fruit loops (in a pattern) for each letter of their name. Students then showed their skills of counting with one-to-one correspondence and writing/tracing the total number.
I was impressed with each students abilities in their journals. Students showed creative expression and many showed beginning signs of writing. I am excited to see each students skills progress throughout this school year.
Wednesday we focused our attention on behavior. You may have noticed the bracelet that came home with your child. This is a reminder bracelet of the “Golden Rule” (treat others how we want to be treated). Many words we tend to use have little meaning to children unless we truly teach and show children what they really mean and look like. We also made “Good Job Bags” to stay at school. We will use these bags on occasion throughout the school year when we need reminded of how to behave. Throughout each day if a child does a kind act it will be written down and given to the child to take home. My hope is for each student to be aware of good things others are doing around them. When we are conscious about looking and thinking about kind acts then our actions start to reflect it. We all want our school to be a kind, safe, loving place.
Today was a TERRIFIC first day! Students learned about "mixed emotions". Many of us were excited about this day and nervous at the same time. I was amazed of the manners, respect, and courtesy that was shown from all students. I am looking forward to having a GREAT school year with these kiddos.
Parents I know you are expecting great things for this year and so am I. I wanted to make certain we are on the same page starting the year off. The month of September we will be focusing on getting to know each other, classroom routines, rules, manners, and how to treat others. When we get these routines established then this will provide a paved road for a great rest of the year and allow more time for us to focus on academics. Throughout September each child will be highlighted as our "Special Child of the Week". We will be focusing on names, interviewing each child, writing an article about each child, and reading about each child. The end of September we will be highlighting on what students already know. Students will have the opportunity to show me what they already know so I know where they are at and where they need to go. This also gives you and me a chance to sit down in October to conference about your child's learning and to set yearly goals you would like your child to meet.