Early Start, Room 71

Letter Ee Week


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Field Day is this Friday! Students should wear a white shirt. It is supposed to be hot, so send a bottle of water! Apply SPF if needed, as we’ll be outside. Please have your child wear tennis shoes. Concessions are $2.

This week we will continue with the theme “Growing and Changing.” The letter this week is Ee. I have reminded the students how tricky the vowel sounds are as the “e” sound is similar to “i” and “a” sounds.

We will discuss how we can care for the Earth, with reducing, reusing and recycling items. Please send an item for us to sort (bottle, can, newspaper, box, etc.)

Also, are studying lifecycle of a butterfly and describe the phases. We have live caterpillars that we are observing!

Letter Vv Week!


What we are learning

This is our final week on the unit “The City and the Country”. We will review the city and the country and compare/contrast the two, reading stories about both. Our new letter this week is letter Vv (van, volcano, violin, vest, valentine). We conduct a volcano experiment in class using baking soda, vinegar, and red food coloring!

Please continue to review all the other letters and letter sounds taught this year (S,T,P,O,Y.B,U,F,X, W,Z,M,A,R,C,Q). We have already learned over half of the alphabet!

Kindergarten Registration

Don’t forget! Kindergarten Registration will be held THIS Wednesday, March 14 from 8am-5pm at your child’s home zoned school.  Email me or call if you have questions!

Scholastic Orders due this Thursday, March 15.
Father/Daughter Dance this Friday night, March 16.
SEF Fundraising Week- $5 includes a dance during nap time

Reading Skills

Last week we discussed and identified questions and question marks. We will continue that, also reviewing our sight words already learned: I, see, like, a.  We will also begin teaching “he” and “she” and make sentences.

Letter Qq Week!


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NOTE: Please send a winter coat each day as we play outside as long as its above 40 degrees. You can pack a light coat in the book bag as well so that we have options based on the temperature.

What we are learning

This week we will focus on the city. Using the topic “The Busy, Busy City,” we will read stories about what it is like to live in the city and how people get around there.

Our new letter this week is letter Qq (queen, quarter, quilt). 

Please continue to review all the other letters and letter sounds taught this year (S,T,P,O,Y.B,U,F,X, W,Z,M,A,R,C). We have already learned over half of the alphabet!

Reading Skills

This week we will continue the sight words “I, like, see, a.” We will also begin “he” and “she.” We will be discussing, identifying, writing and using these words in a sentence.  Please work on identifying these using the Kindergarten September sight word list.

Home Activities

Stories We will read the story City Mouse and Country Mouse this week. Ask your child to tell what happens when the country mouse visits the city.  Read other books about the city with your child.  Discuss what your child sees in the illustrations.

Coins We will continue to learn about money this week. Talk about each coin with your child and have them sort coins. Have your child count pennies.  You could set up a “store” at home.  Assign items a price and have your child count out pennies to “buy” an item.  (This could also be good for behavior reinforcement- student earns a penny each day and can buy a treat at home once he/she has 5 pennies.)

Letter Cc Week!


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What we are learning

We loved studying the letter Rr! This week we begin a new unit called “In the City, In the Country” and we will study the letter Cc. We will focus on the country (farm) this week by discussing animals and features of a farm and also discussing the difference in the county and the city.  We will read farm stories, while discussing that much of our food products come from animals!  We will also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, sequence what he ate in the story and make a caterpillar ABC pattern.  Please continue to review all the other letters and letter sounds taught this year (S,T,P,O,Y.B,U,F,X, W,Z,M,A,R).

Reading Skills

This week we will continue the sight words “I see a.” We will be discussing, identifying, writing and using these words in a sentence.  Please work on identifying this word in print and writing it on paper.

Home Activities

Country Books – Your child will listen to a story titled “The Billy Goat in the Garden.” Ask him/her to tell about the naughty billy goat.  Read other books about farm animals, discuss and re-tell.

Country or Cc Poster – Have your child practice cutting by cutting out pictures from magazines of things you would find in the country or on the farm. Make it a sort by having two columns labeled “Country” and “City.”  Then, your child can cut out farm and city pictures and glue them under the correct heading.  He/she could also cut out letter Cc’s and glue them to a piece of paper to make a Cc collage.

Letter Mm Week!


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This week we will continue the unit “Construction Zone”. We will read stories about building things and working together to solve problems.  The letter of the week is Letter Mm.  We will use comparison words like long, longer, longest to compare things in our classroom, as well as heavier and lighter using balance scales. We are still working on sorting and grouping objects, and will sort M&M candies by color and graph.  Please continue to review the letters and letter sounds that we have learned so far.  It is important for your child to know all the letters and letter sounds when he/she goes to Kindergarten next year.

Reading Skills

We have been working on the sight words “I” and “like” by making sentences “I like ____.” We will practice writing the words and identifying them.

We are also introducing “see” and “a”.

 

Letter Bb Week!


construction_worker_01What we are learning

This week we will begin a new unit called, “Construction Zone”. We will learn about building things.  Using the topic, “I Can Build,” we will read stories about tools, materials, buildings, and construction.  Our new letter this week is Letter B. We will bubble paint and play BINGO!

Please continue to review all letters learned so far (S,T,P,O X, Y,U,W,F,A,Z). We are getting there! Please continue working on identifying numbers and counting, as well as name-writing (if your child can write his/her first name, move on to last name.)

Reading Skills

We will continue to work on the sight words “I” and “like” by making sentences “I like ____.” We will be adding “see” and “a” this week and next!  We will practice writing the words and identifying them.  If I sent sight words home with your child, please review them daily.  If not, please keep reviewing the letters of the alphabet and letter sounds.

Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place upon request only, before or after school February 15-23.  Please let me know if you’d like to meet! I am open 8:45 or 4:10.

Letter Zz Week!


zooThis week we will continue our theme “Animals Everywhere”. Letter Zz is our new letter this week – please practice identifying the letter Zz on signs, magazines, etc. and review the sound Zz makes.  We will discuss zoo animals, as well as baby animals and living vs. non-living things.

Please continue to review all letters learned so far (S,T,P,O X, Y,U,W,F,A). We are getting there! Please continue working on identifying numbers and counting, as well as name-writing (if your child can write his/her first name, move on to last name.)

Reading Skills

We will continue to work on the sight words “I” and “like” by making sentences “I like ____.” We will practice writing the words and identifying them.

Home Activities

Zz Collage – write Zz at the top of a large piece of paper. Help your child find Zz and pictures of objects whose names begin with Zz in magazines or catalogs. Glue them onto the paper. You can also draw your own pictures of Zz objects. If you do a collage, please send it in to share with the class.

Animal Homes – your child will listen to a story titled “Who’s in Rabbit’s House?” Ask him/her to tell you who was in Rabbit’s house. Read other books about animals with you child. Point out and discuss the different places where the animals live. If you have a good animal book at home, please send it in so I can read it to the class. I’m always looking for good books to share!

Letter Aa Week!


**We will extend Letter Aa through all of next week.**

snowman24This week we will continue our fifth theme called “Animals Everywhere”. Letter Aa is our new letter this week – please practice identifying the letter Aa on signs, magazines, etc. and review the sound Aa makes.  We will continue to discuss pets and how to care for them, along with talking about the differences in farm animals, wild animals and living vs. non-living things.  We will discuss whether animals have fur, feathers or scales.  Please continue to review all letters learned so far (S,T,P,O X, Y,U,W,F).

We will begin working on learning sight-words, in preparation for Kindergarten. I will introduce one or two words at a time, every few weeks.

We have begun talking about the word “I” and “like” and making up sentences: I like _______.   Let your child practice writing those two words and making up sentences.

Letter Ww Week!


christmas_wreathThis week we will meet “Willy Worm” for Letter “Ww” week. We will complete crafts about the letter Ww and Christmas.  We will continue the unit, The Four Seasons.  Please ask your student to name the four seasons and something that happens in each season or what it is like. Please review the letter Ww and letter sound at home with your child.   Remember to review the other letters we have learned as well (S,T,P,O,X,U,Y). We are also practicing counting, name-writing and learning our personal information, such as full name, address and birthday.

  • Winter Break begins at the end of the day on Wednesday, December 20. We will return to school on Tuesday, January 2.
  • Please have your child wear a holiday shirt (or Christmas Sweater) on Tuesday, Dec. 19. We will be seeing a Holiday assembly here at the school as well. J
  • We will be decorating cookies as a special snack on Wednesday the 20th.

Letter Yy Week!


yoyoThis week we will meet “Yetta Yo Yo” for Letter “Yy” week. We will be doing crafts for Christmas and reviewing our five senses. We will also continue the unit, The Four Seasons.  Please ask your student to name the four seasons and something that happens in each season or what it is like (cold, hot, rainy, snowy, swim, leaves fall, flowers bloom, what we wear, etc.)  Please review the letter Yy and letter sound at home with your child.   Remember to review the other letters we have learned as well (S,T,P,O,X,U).  Your child should be able to recognize the letters and tell the sound of the letters that we have learned so far in class.  Please continue practicing name-writing.  We are also practicing our personal information, such as full name, address and birthday.

As the weather turns cold, please be sure to send a heavy jacket each day, along with mittens and/or a hat.       We go outside twice a day as long as it is not raining.

 

Letter Uu Week!


This week we will be doing crafts for the Christmas holiday, umbrella activities and partaking in Career Day! Friday is Career Dress Up Day as well! Our new unit begins this week, “The Four Seasons”. We will be reading books about the weather and talking about the seasons of the year.  The new letter this week is Letter Uu. Please review the letter/letter sound and finding Uu’s at home with your child, as well as our other letters (S,T,P,O,X).  Your child should be able to recognize the letters and tell the sound of the letters that we have learned so far in class.

This week I will send home a letter check-up sheet about the letters we’ve learned. Please review any highlighted information with your child! He/she should know all of the letters and sounds we’ve learned.

Letter Xx Week!



Letter “Xx” Week
This week, we are learning a new letter, Letter Xx. We will be working on learning the sound that Xx makes and words that end with Xx (fox, box, etc. since there are not many words beginning with Xx).
Also, ask your child what his/her five senses are and what body part we use for each (smell, taste, see, touch, hear)! You can help your child by reviewing the letters that we have studied so far (S,T,P,O).
United Way Spirit Week!
Send $3 if you’d like your child to participate in all the activities, including a dance on Thursday
afternoon during nap time.

I will send home letter check-up form for the letters we have learned already. Please review the letters we have already learned over Thanksgiving break with your child, especially if I highlighted any of the information.

Letter Tt Week!


halloween-garfield HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Letter “Tt” Week

We are beginning a new unit called “My Five Senses” where students will learn about our senses of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. This week is also the letter “Tt” week! Students will meet Tiggy Tiger and we will discuss words that begin with Tt, identify the letter & letter sound, read stories, and complete activities with words that begin with Tt.  We will review the letters Ss and Pp.

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  • Friday, Nov. 3 is Teddy Bear Day – please have your child bring in a teddy bear that day!

    • Please continue to discuss the letters in childrens’ first or last name and practice name-writing.
    • Please help your child to hunt for the letter “Tt” all around, and point out objects or pictures of things that begin with the letter Tt.
    • Guessing Game – Play a senses guessing game with your child. For example, say “I hear a loud ringing sound.” Encourage your child to guess what you are describing. Take turns saying clues that begin I hear ____, I see ____, I taste ____, I feel ______, and I smell _______.
  • We are beginning to learn and memorize our home address-please practice this with your child!

Letter Pp Week!


pjWe are continuing our unit on “My Family, My Community.” This week is the letter “Pp” week! Students will meet Pippa Pig and we will discuss words that begin with Pp, identify the letter & letter sound, read stories, and complete activities with words that begin with Pp.  We will also be discussing community jobs.  Please chat with your child about jobs that your family members have and how they help the community.

This time of year is great to talk about pumpkins!  Students will learn and act out the “Five Little Pumpkins” rhyme using puppets! Friday is PAJAMA DAY! Students will wear an appropriate pair of pajamas to school, we will pop popcorn and watch a movie. This should be so much fun!!  Please see the letter in your child’s folder.

  • We are beginning to learn and memorize our home address-please practice this with your child
  • Please help your child to hunt for the letter “Pp” all around, and point out objects or pictures of things that begin with the letter Pp. We are finding letters on our milk cartons, food labels, and around the room!
  • Practice name writing, count to 20, recognize letters and numbers, read books with your child and just spend quality time together! J

Letter Ss Week!


spiderWe are continuing our unit on “My Family, My Community.” This week is the letter “Ss” week! Students will meet Sammy Seal and we will discuss words that begin with Ss, identify the letter & letter sound, read stories, and complete activities with words that begin with Ss.  This time of year is great to talk about spiders!  We will make a spider headband, create a “spider cookie,” & make our own Ss book to practice tracking & reading. We are still learning and discussing shapes, letters and especially letters in our name. Please continue to discuss the letters in childrens’ first or last name and practice name-writing.

Please help your child to hunt for the letter “Ss” all around the house and neighborhood, and point out objects or pictures of things that begin with the letter Ss. Making conversation about the print all around us is very important.  We have talked about STOP signs as it begins with the letter S and we see them when driving!

  • Thank you for sending in family pictures!! We would still love to share pictures with the class, so if you didn’t, feel free to send one in anytime!
  • We enjoyed all of our visitors on Grandparent’s Week! Thank you!
  • Next week we will study letter Pp, and complete activities with pumpkins!
  • Please work on zipping coats, as we are working to do so independently.

 

Our Families!


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We are beginning a new unit this week called “My Family, My Community,” where we will discuss, read stories and complete activities based on families and communities. We are still learning and discussing shapes, letters and especially letters in our name.  This week, we will discuss and draw the members of our families, count candy corn and paint a candy corn pattern, make a family out of leaves, and review shapes by making a pumpkin plate with a face of a jack-o-lantern.

Please continue to discuss the letters in childrens’ first or last name and practice name-writing.

Please send in a family photo by Friday of this week so that students can share with the class and we can hang in the room – this unit on families lasts for 3 weeks, so I’d like to keep them up that long.

Reminders

  • If you were interested in purchasing any Scholastic books for your child, please place your order online at https://clubs.scholastic.com/. Our code is LKJVN. Thank you for your support!
  • Picture day is this Friday, Oct. 13. All pictures must be pre-paid if you’re interested in buying them. Complete the form and send in money on picture day or complete your order online.
  • Please send in a family photo by Friday of this week so that students can share with the class and we can hang in the room – this unit on families lasts for 3 weeks, so I’d like to keep them up that long.
  • This week is Grandparent’s Week!. Please see the information and form in your child’s folder last week. Our lunch is around 1:00.  The family member will pick up your student from the classroom and there are special tables set up for them to eat on the gym stage.

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Letter Gg Week!


*Please return green field day sheet.
What we are learning
We are beginning a new theme this week called “Growing and Changing.” Using the topic “I’m Growing Everyday,” we will read stories about growing up. We will also discuss what living things need to grow and change. The letter of the week is Gg (grow, garden, goat, green, goldfish). We will make a flower garden picture, make a collage of babies and adults, read and discuss Goldilocks and the Three Bears and sequence items by small, medium and large.

Please send a baby picture of your child this week to put on a bulletin board in our classroom. The children will enjoy seeing their classmates as babies and how they have changed and grown.

Kindergarten Registration
Even though your child is enrolled in Early Start, you still must register him/her for Kindergarten. The next registration is May 9 from 8-5 at your child’s home zoned school. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Upcoming Dates:
May 4: Field Day ay NPES – WEAR WHITE SHIRT! Send a bottle of water and wear sunscreen if needed.

Letter Ii Week!


 

Our field trip to NRHS is this Friday, 4/20!!!

What we are learning

This is our last week in the theme, “Let’s Move!”  This week, we will read stories about following directions and solving problems. We will read a book called Do like Duck Does and other duck stories in class. The letter of the week is letter Ii (inchworm, ice cream, igloo, iguana, ice). We will make an igloo craft, discuss the states of matter through solid, liquid and gas (ice, water and steam) and have an ice cream party!

Please continue to review all of the letters and letter sounds we have learned so far (Ss,Tt,Pp,Oo,Yy,Bb,Uu,Ff,Xx,Ww,Zz,Mm,Aa,Rr,Cc,Qq,Vv,Jj,Hh).

Letter Hh Week!


What we are learning

We will continue our unit called “Let’s Move!” where we will have fun moving our bodies!  We will read stories about the different ways we move, and experiment with hula hoops. The new letter this week is Hh (horse, hat, hug, hay, hunt, house). We will discuss Humpty Dumpty and go on an “I Spy” walk to find his pieces and put him back together again!  We will also read the book Harry the Dirty Dog, which they love!  We will also work more on identifying numbers.

Please continue to review all of the letters and letter sounds we have learned so far (Ss,Tt,Pp,Oo,Yy,Bb,Uu,Ff,Xx,Ww,Zz,Mm,Aa,Rr,Cc,Qq,Vv,Jj).

Reading Skills

We will continue to review our sight words previously learned: I, see, like, a, he, she, NEW WORDS- me, we

Home Activities

*Hh Hunt – look at magazine and newspaper headlines with your child.  Search for words that begin with capital H and lowercase h.  Circle the letters. Count the number of letters you find.  Look for pictures that begin with the letter H.

*Work on recognizing numbers 0-20 with your child.  Practice writing numbers once your child can recognize them.

Review/Spring Week


This week we will be discussing the letters we’ve learned and taking a break from a new unit of study. We will also be completing Spring crafts.
-We are still collecting egg cartons and eggs/candy for the egg hunt on March 30.
-Class pictures are this Friday, March 23.
-Spring Break will take place the first week of April: April 2-6.

Super 1st week!


A Super Week!

We had a great first week of school! We made new friends, learned about our classroom, played in centers, read books, sang songs, danced, and much more!  This week we focused on learning many routines and procedure for what to do in school.  We recite and discuss our class rules together daily:

(from Whole Brain Teaching)

Our Class Rules

Rule 1: Follow directions quickly.

Rule 2: Raise your hand for permission to speak.

Rule 3: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.

Rule 4: Make smart choices.

Rule 5: Keep your dear teacher happy! (and mommy/daddy)

We will also be working on identifying our name and picture, and thinking about the first letter of our name.  We will also begin trying to write our name DAILY.  Please work on this as well.


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