12/9/19

This week we will be learning more about our five senses.  We will make sound makers for the sense of hearing and do a water and oil experiment to use our sense of sight to see what happens and record it.  We are also working on different crafts that we will be sending home next week.  The letter we are studying is letter Ww.  Continue to review the other letters that we have learned this year (S, T, P, O, X, Y).

Home Activities:

*Ww Collage:  write Ww at the top of a large piece of paper.  Help your child find pictures of objects whose names begin with Ww in newspapers, magazines, or catalogs.  Make a collage with the pictures.  You can also draw your own pictures.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week we are talking about the sense of smell.  We will do different activities using our sense of smell like painting with scented paint, making scented play-doh, and smelling different things and telling if we like them or not.   We are also learning the letter Yy.  Remember to review the letters learned with your child. 

          We do go outside each day for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon.  If it is too cold or wet, we do not go outside.   Please remember to send hats, gloves, etc. for your child as well as a heavy jacket for cooler days.  Please make sure to label all of your child’s things.

Home Activities:

*Yy Hunt – look for words that begin with capital and lowercase Yy in magazine and newspaper headlines.  Circle the letters.  Count the number of letters you find.

*Read books about counting – we will be reading a counting book named Swan Harbor this week.  Read other counting books with your child.  Point out the numerals in the books.  Count the items that correspond to each of the numerals.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

We are talking about our sense of touch this week. We sorted classroom items by the way they felt (soft, bumpy, hard, etc.). We will also be measuring different classroom objects.  The new letter this week is Letter Uu.  Please review the letter and letter sound at home with your child.  Remember to review the other letters we have learned as well (S, T, P, O, X).  Your child should be able to recognize the letter and tell the sound of the letters that we have learned so far in class.

At Home Activities:

*Uu umbrella: cut out capital and lowercase Us from newspaper and magazine headlines with your child.  Draw an umbrella on a large piece of paper.  Help your child glue the letters on the umbrella.  Tell him/her that the words umbrella begins with u.

*Continue to read books with your child.  Point out where to begin reading on the page, the words, numbers, sentences, any rhyming words, etc.  (You don’t have to do this with every book you read. Sometimes just read a book for fun!)

Dates to Remember:

November 27 – early dismissal (Thanksgiving)

                   November 28-29 – Thanksgiving holiday

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week, we are learning a new letter, Letter Xx.  We will be working on learning the sound that Xx makes and looking at words that end with Xx (since there are not many words beginning with Xx).  We will also be talking about our five senses and tasting foods to see what we like.  You can help your child by reviewing the letters that we have studied so far (S, T, P, and O).  We are also working on number recognition and patterns in class.

Conference Day

Conference Day is this Friday.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please let me know. I have some times still available if you would like to come in.  We can also have a phone conference if that works better. 

At Home Activities:

*Decorate Xx – write a large capital X and a small lowercase x on drawing paper.  Spread glue on the letters and help your child decorate them with glitter, tissue paper, or other art materials.  (This would be great to do with other letters as well.)

*Play a letter matching game with your child.  Write letters on index cards (make two cards for each letter).  Turn them over and play a game of concentration.  Have your child say the letter and the letter sound of the letter he/she chooses.

Dates to Remember:

November 15 – conference day – no school

November 27– early dismissal (Thanksgiving)

November 28-29 – Thanksgiving holiday

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week, we will talk about being a community helper by keeping our community clean.  We will also be making patterns with our bodies (clap, nod your head, wiggle your hips, etc.) and make pattern bracelets.  We are learning the letter O the letter O this week as well.  Please review the letters that we have already learned:  S, P, T and the sounds that they make.

            Please have your child practice putting on his or her coat and zipping it up.  We are practicing here at school as well.  This makes everyone more independent and more ready for kindergarten.  Also, continue to practice buttoning and zipping pants as well as buckling belts.

Home Activities:

*Collect letters Oo:  Look at magazines or newspaper headlines.  Help you child find and cut out Os.  Put the letters in an envelope or small box.  Have your child count how many letter Os they have in their collection.  You can also sort the capital Os and the lower case os into two piles.  You can also find pictures of things that begin with O to add to the envelope or box.

Dates to Remember:

November 5- No school – teacher work day

November 11 – Veteran’s Day – no school

November 14- Picture make up day

November 15- no school – conferences

November 27 – early dismissal (Thanksgiving)

November 28-29 – Thanksgiving holiday

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week we will talk about shadows.  We will read a book about shadows and go on the blacktop to trace our shadows.  We will also be reviewing the basic shapes. Our new letter this week is the letter Tt.  We will be reviewing the other letters learned so far (Ss and Pp).  We will also be working on simple patterns.

            We go outside two times each day.  (Once in the morning and once in the afternoon after our nap and snack time) Please make sure to send coats, hats, mittens, scarves, etc. as the weather gets colder. 

  Teddy Bear DayFriday is Teddy Bear Day.  Have your child bring a teddy bear to school. 

Home Activities:

*Tt Poster – Go on a Tt hunt around your house.  Find objects whose names begin with Tt.  Write and place labels on these objects or make a list that you can read later.

*Guessing Game – Play a shape guessing game.  Ask what shape has 4 sides that have all the same length?  Then have your child find something that is a square.  Play with other shapes.

Dates to Remember:

November 5 – Election Day – no school

November 11 – Veteran’s Day – no school

November 15- Parent/Teacher conferences –no school

November 27 – early dismissal @ 1:15 (Thanksgiving)

November 28-29 – Thanksgiving holiday

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week we will be gathering leaves and measuring them with cubes.  We will see if the leaves are longer, shorter, or the same length as the stack of cubes. We will also be painting with leaves. We are learning the letter P this week.  We will practice naming the letter, saying the letter sound, and make a list of things that begin with the letter P.

Book Fair

Our school is having a Book Fair from October 24- Nov. 1.  We will go to the Book Fair and make a wish list. If you would like to purchase any books, please send the money in the black pouch in your child’s binder.  We will take students each day to purchase books.  If you write a check, please make it out to Nansemond Parkway Elementary. 

Home Activities:

  1.  Pp card – fold a piece of drawing paper in half.  Write Pp on the front of the card.  Name the letters and have you child repeat their names.  Look for picture of things that start with Pp in magazines or newspapers.  Cut out the pictures and help your child to glue them to the inside of the card. 
  2.  Practice cutting – have your child practice cutting out simple shapes or pictures. Practice is the key to learning how to cut.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week we are still practicing basic shapes.  Today we described shapes based on their characteristics and then traced them. We are also talking about animals and their babies.  We will also be creating our own class art where we will work together to make a piece of art.  We will be making more Fall crafts as well.  Thank you for all of your support this year!

Home Activities:

Name the Letters

Write the alphabet on a long strip of paper.  Chant or sing the alphabet song as you point to each letter.  Write the letters in your child’s first name on index cards.  Help your child identify each letter and match it to the appropriate letter on the alphabet strip.

Shape Hunt

Cut a rectangle, a circle, a square, and a triangle out of construction paper.  Have your child trace and name each shape.  Take a walk around your neighborhood and look for these shapes on signs, houses, trees, or flowers. 

Mrs.McLeod’s Class

Last week we worked on name writing and learning basic shapes.  This week we will be talking about our families and measuring.  We will be measuring each other with yarn and measuring things in nature.  Since it is the beginning of Fall we will also be doing a Fall craft.  We are also continuing to discuss being a Super Friend in class!

Different Way Home

If your child will be going home a different way, please write a note in his/her binder so that we can him/her to the correct place. Thanks J

Fundraising Packets

Charleston Wrap Fundraising packets went home yesterday. All of the money raised will be used for our school and for our students.  Please note the deadlines which are included in the packet.  If you have any questions, please let me know

Notes:

  • If there is anything you need for me to know, feel free to write a note in your child’s binder or you can send me an email at annamcleod@spsk12.net.   I check my email first thing in the morning, during nap time (around 1:45) and at the end of the day (after dismissal).
  • Please check your child’s binder daily.  Any papers in their binders can be kept at home. 
  • Please have your child wear a nametag each day.  We will be putting a nametag on each book bag soon.  This is to keep everyone safe.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

Our First Full Week of School

We have finished our first full week of school! Students are adjusting wonderfully. They have embraced routines and have made Mrs. Adkins and me very proud. Parents, we do appreciate your support so far and we are looking forward to partnering with you in pursuit of a great year.

Regulating Our Emotions

Regulate  is  all  about  children’s  abilities  to  manage  or  control  their  emotions, behaviors, and  attention. This includes understanding, describing, and managing what they are feeling. We have been discussing and practicing techniques on how to handle our behaviors when we have “strong emotions.” We have also been working on teacher-student connections. Our goal has been to also establish very positive and loving connections with our students. We have reassured them that we have partnered with you to ensure their success in Early Start. Please also find attached a description of techniques we are using in the classroom with regard to “Regulate” along with techniques that can be used at home. (Streamin3 Curriculum)

Picking Up Students Early

If at all possible, please let the office know before 3:30 if you will be picking your child up early from school. The office has asked that we help them with this. We appreciate your support.

Thank You!

Thank you for making sure that students wear name tags and Communication Binders are sent to school every day. And as always if you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us.