Early Start, Room 71

Letter Ee Week


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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 for Earth Day on Monday. We will discuss reducing, reusing and recycling items.

Also, we will study the lifecycle of a butterfly and describe the phases.

The children have really enjoyed seeing each other as babies. Thanks for the pictures!

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,Ii,Gg).

Letter Review Week


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This week we will not be learning a letter. We will prepare for Spring Break by discussing Spring and Easter.  We will be reviewing all that we’ve learned this year.  (Ss,Tt,Pp,Oo,Yy,Bb,Uu,Ff,Xx,Ww,Zz,Mm,Aa,Rr,Cc,Qq,Vv,Jj,Hh,Ii) and a little bit about each unit.  The units we’ve completed are:  Welcome to School, My Five Senses, My Family/My Community, The City and the Country, Animals Everywhere, Let’s Move, Construction Zone.

Upcoming units: Growing and Changing & Ready for Kindergarten!

Final letters: Gg, Ee, Dd, Ll, Nn, Kk

We’re almost there!! Woo-Hoo!

Letter Jj Week!


st patricks dayWhat we are learning

This week we will begin a new theme called “Let’s Move!” where we will have fun moving our bodies! We will read stories about the different ways we move, such as running, skipping, sliding, and jumping.

The new letter this week is Jj.  We will complete a jellyfish craft, sort Jellybeans, explore green Jello Playdoh and celebrate St. Patrick’s day.  Remember to wear green on Friday!  The naughty leprechaun usually makes a visit to our classroom to mess up our room while he searches for his gold!

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). Please also work on helping your student memorize your telephone number.

Reading Skills

We will continue to review our sight words previously learned:

I, see, like, a, he, she

Please work on these at home!

Home Activities

Jumping Jack or Jill – Make a stick puppet. Tell your child that the figure is Jumping Jack or Jill and that he/she likes the letters Jj. Look for Jjs in newspaper and magazine headlines with your child. Have him/her make the puppet “jump” each time he/she sees Jj.

Stories – Your child will listen to the story “The Gingerbread Man” on Wednesday. Ask him/her to talk about the story and name the characters that try to catch the gingerbread man.  Share other versions of this story with your child.

Letter Vv Week!


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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! We will also experiment with floating and sinking objects.

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 8 from 8am-5pm at your child’s home zoned school. Please register your child at this date.  Email me or call if you have questions!

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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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).  We will also celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Thursday!

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 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 this word in print and writing it on paper.

Home Activities

Qq Hunt Look at magazine and newspaper headlines with your child. Circle the words that begin with capital Q and lowercase q.  Count the number of letters you find.  You can also cut out or draw pictures of words beginning with Qq.

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 he/she is on green/silver/gold 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 Rr Week!


red-clip-art-red-clip-art-2What we are learning

This week is our last week in the theme “Construction Zone” and we will study the letter Rr.  We will talk about Valentine’s Day, sort candy hearts and read stories.  We will discuss the color red and rectangle shape.  Also, we will make a rainbow and a rooster craft.  We will read stories about how building things requires planning and working together.  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).  We have already learned half of the alphabet!  It is important for your child to know all the letters and letter sounds when he/she goes to Kindergarten next year.

Reading Skills

This week we will learn the sight words “see” and “a” and review “like” and “I.”  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.

Upcoming Events

Feb 14- Valentine exchange & WEAR RED DAY.

Feb 14-17- Conference days before/after school, by appointment only

Home Activities

Looking for Rr – look for Rr’s on food packaging such as cereal boxes and labels on cans. You can also look for Rr’s on signs around your neighborhood.  Encourage your child to tell you whether the letter is an uppercase R or a lowercase r.

Reading together – We will listen to the story The Three Little Pigs in class.  You can read other versions of this story with your child.  Talk about how the stories are alike and different.

Stories to discuss – The Little Red Hen, Little Red Riding Hood

Letter Mm Week!


valentines

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 make a fish from hearts, discussing the sound “sh” makes.

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 on Tuesday through Friday, February 14-17.  Please let me know if you’d like to meet! I am open 8:30 am or 4:00 pm.

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!


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