Early Start, Room 71

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!


This week we will review the letters we’ve learned since we have a short week.  Your student should be able to identify the letter and sound it makes: S, P, T, O, X.  You will see a letter check-up slip in your child’s binder this week.  Please work on the highlighted letters.

Nap blankets will be sent home tomorrow (Tuesday).  We did not send out blue reader bags last week due to the Thanksgiving break.  We will start up again next week when we return and take another break around Christmas.

Early dismissal Wednesday at 1:15pm. No School Thursday or Friday.

 

Shapes


“Shaping Up”
We are learning the names and features of the four main shapes – circles, squares, triangles, rectangles (and more to come!). Please point out shapes with your student around the house, when driving in the car, etc.  One of their favorite references I make is that a rectangle looks like a door! There are shapes all around us and giving students concrete examples at home helps them to remember the names of the shapes.

In small group, we traced and colored shapes, created a face made of shapes and sponge painted shapes. During work time (centers), we got the choice of playing in housekeeping, table toys, building blocks and animals, trucks and doll houses. This is so much fun, and we look forward to opening more work centers!
We continue to reinforce class rules, procedures and expectations. We are filling a classroom bubble gum jar and each students put a bubble gum in when they are seen following directions!

**ALL DAILY EARLY START Parent Pick Ups will be held in the Gym each afternoon.  We are not using the alphabetical system.

**Our school fundraiser should be coming home next week! Stay tuned.

**We collect Box Tops for Education!

Pete the Cat!


This week we will read books from my favorite character, Pete the Cat! I encourage you to look him up on YouTube or check out the books from the public library. I also will be sending home a Scholastic order if you’d like to order books, and he is in there as well. The kids love Pete!
We will work on identifying colors, as well as sorting and matching colors this week. Additionally, we will be discussing the first letter of our own name and everyone should be able to identify/tell what letter they start with this week.
*Please work on colors and the first letter of your child’s name at home this week.
*Back to School night this Thursday.
BIG SHOUT OUT to everyone for sending the name necklaces back and forth daily! Y’all are awesome.

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.

**Our School collect Box Tops for Education!! Please send them in the zipper pouch if you’d like to help us out!.**

**Back to School Night is Thursday, Sept 13. Chick Fil A is Cash-only.

**Nap blankets are sent home every Friday for weekend washing.

Letter Aa Week!


**Today we are finishing up letter Ff due to last week being only 3 days.  Tomorrow begins letter Aa!**

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.

Other Info.
Please send a picture of your pet at home if you have one! (emailed to me is fine)
January 21- No School for Students
January 24, 25, 28, 29- Early Dismissal at 1:15
As the weather is very 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 and above 40 degrees.

Letter Ff Week!


mittens-pinkNew Year, New Responsibilities!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a special time celebrating with family and friends over winter break.

Upon starting the second “half” of the school year, we are teaching the students to be more responsible and independent to get ready for kindergarten next year. Please work with your child on putting on their coat and zipping it.  Also continue to work on personal information (birthday, address, parent’s name, etc.) and name writing (if your child can write her first name, work on her last name.)  We are amazed at how quickly each child learns.

“If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”~ Abigail Van Buren

What we are learning

This week we will start our fifth theme called “Animals Everywhere”. Letter Ff is our new letter this week – please practice identifying the letter Ff on signs, magazines, etc and review the sound Ff makes. We will be discussing pets and how to care for them, along with reading stories about pets and the experiences that pet owners have had with them. We will read about Frosty the Snowman and make a snowman craft. We will also read The Rainbow Fish, and make a rainbow fish craft.Please continue to review all letters learned so far (S,T,P,O X, Y,U,W).

Other Info.

Please send a picture of your pet at home if you have one! (emailed to me is fine)

January 21- No School for Students

January 24, 25, 28, 29- Early Dismissal at 1:15

As the weather is very 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 and above 40 degrees.

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 Thursday, December 20. We will return to school on Wednesday, January 2.
  • Please have your child wear a Christmas sweater, a holiday shirt or red/green colors next Wednesday, Dec. 19. We will be seeing a Holiday assembly here at school. 

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.)   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.

*December 18- Cookies with Santa 6:30

*Wednesdays- Wear red

 

Letter Uu Week!


This week we will be doing crafts for the Christmas holiday, umbrella activities and discussing bears and hibernation.  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.

Last week I sent 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.


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