Early Start, Room 71

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).

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are this Friday, Nov. 16 from 10am-6pm.  If you have not already scheduled a conference, please contact me!  No School for Students.

Next Wednesday, Nov. 21 is an early dismissal day at 1:15 in preparation for our Thanksgiving Holiday.  No School Thursday, Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 23.

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 Oo Week!


Letter “Oo” Week

We are continuing our unit called “My Five Senses” where students will learn about our senses of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. We will be talking about the colors we see all around us- please point out and discuss colors at home!

This week is also the letter “Oo” week! Students will meet Ozzie Octopus and we will discuss words that begin with Oo, identify the letter, letter sound & discuss ocean animals.

We will review the letters Ss, Pp and Tt.

No School on Tuesday, 11/6 or next Monday, 11/12.

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place next Friday, 11/16 from 10am-6pm. Sign up sheets will be sent home soon.   Please return them by Tuesday, 11/13.

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. 2 is Teddy Bear Day – please have your child bring in a teddy bear that day!
  • This week is United Way Spirit Week! $4 to participate, money due before Friday. Wednesday- Book/Character day; Thursday- Mismatch/Crazy Hair day; Friday- School Spirit day/dance
    • 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! 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!

  • Thursday is PAJAMA DAY! Students will wear an appropriate pair of pajamas to school, we will pop popcorn and watch a movie.
  • Friday is our school Pink-Out day for Breast Cancer Awareness. Get creative with your Pink!
  • Book Fair will be here through this Friday.  If you wish for your child to purchase something, put money in the zipper pouch and write a note if they want a particular book and we will take them to shop!
  • Trunk or Treat is Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:00 at our school!
  • We are beginning to learn and memorize our home address-please practice this with your child.
  • Please teach and practice how to zip coats!

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 & make our own Ss book to practice tracking & reading. We are still learning and discussing shapes, letters and especially letters in our name.

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!

  • Optional Homework!! You will find a page protector in the front of your binder with a letter tracing sheet on the front (letter S this week but I will change it each week) and your child’s name on the backside.  Please practice these at home using the dry erase marker.  You can write on top of the sheet protector and wipe it away for more practice each day!
  • Family Pictures: We would still love to share family pictures with the class, so if you didn’t, feel free to send one in anytime!
  • Events: This week we will enjoy a dental talk from a local dental hygienist about how to care for our teeth, storytime from our local library representative and Grandparent’s Week!
  • Book Fair will open this Thursday Oct. 18 and close next Friday, Oct. 26.
  • Please work on zipping coats as the cooler weather approaches!

 

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 reviewing shapes, letters and especially letters in our name.  This week, we will discuss and draw the members of our families,  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

  • Picture day is this Friday, Oct. 12. 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.
  • School Fundraisers are due Monday, October 15. Thank you!
  • Next week is Grandparent’s Week!. Our lunch is around 1:00.  The family member will pick up your student from the classroom and there will be a special  area set up for them to eat with their guests!
  • Bloomz App– please connect to our class on the Bloomz app as I post some class happenings there.
  • Book Fair will take place October 19-26 in our school Library.  Our class will visit the book fair to make a wish list.

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Shape/Letters/Friends!


Shapes, Letters, Friends

The past week, we explored apples, reviewed shapes and worked more on the letters in our name. This week, we will practice cutting, continue working on the letters of our name, make a fall tree and talk about the features of fall.  This week is also the introduction of geometric shapes: sphere, cube, cylinder, cone, and rectangular prism! Please keep finding and discussing shapes and letters, practicing name-writing and sharing books with your child.

We continue to reinforce class rules, procedures and expectations. Please emphasize getting a sticker at the end of the day.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us!

Reminders

  • Next  Tuesday, October 9 is PTA Open House at 6:30 pm, please come visit our school and classroom!! There will be Chick Fil A sandwiches for sale at 6pm for $5.  There will also be school spirit shirts for sale that we encourage students to wear on Fridays.
  • The school fundraisers are due OCT. 15! Students who sell 5 items are invited to attend the Big Blast Party. Thank you for helping our school.
  • Please practice with your child how to write his/her first name, start with the first letter of the name.
  • We will be using our jackets on a daily basis before long! Please help your child practice zipping his/her coat!

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