Early Start, Room 71

Archive for February, 2017


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!

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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!

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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 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.


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