Mar
27
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 27-03-2017

This is our last week in the theme, “Let’s Move!” This week, we will read stories about following directions and solving problems. We will read a book called Do like Duck Does in class. The letter of the week is letter Ii.  Please continue to work on all the letters and letter sounds with your child.

Home Activities:

*Ii Poster – Look for Ii in newspaper and magazine headlines with your child. Cut out the letters and glue them to a large piece of paper.  Encourage you child to circle capital I with a red crayon and lowercase I with a green crayon.

*Keep practicing personal information (address, phone #, birthday, etc.)

*Practice rote counting and counting objects.

*Practice sorting things into categories. (In class, we sort by size, shape, and color)

*Have your child practice writing his/her name. (First and last name with a capital at the beginning and lowercase letters in the rest of the name)

Egg Hunt

We will be having a Spring Egg Hunt on Friday, April 7 at 11:00. We need each child to bring in 12 plastic eggs, a bag of individually wrapped candy, and a 12 slotted egg carton. Please send in eggs, candy and egg cartons by Wednesday, April 5.

Mar
20
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 20-03-2017

This week we will learn more about movement. We will read stories about playing games that involve movement like We’re Going on a Lion Hunt.  We are also learning Letter H this week. Please continue to review all of the letters and letter sounds that we have learned this year.

 

Egg Hunt

We will be having an egg hunt on Friday, April, 7. Please send in 12 plastic eggs, a bag of pre-wrapped candy (nothing containing nuts, please), and a 12 slotted egg carton to hold the eggs that they will find.  Please see the paper in your child’s folder for more details.

 

Home Activities:

*Hh Hunt – look at magazine and newspaper headlines with your child. Search for words that begin with capital H and lowercase h.  Circle the letters. Count the number of letters you find.  Look for pictures that begin with the letter H.

*Have your child practice writing his/her name. If he/she has already mastered his/her first name, work on your last name. Make sure to have a capital letter for the first letter and lowercase letters for the rest of the name.

*Work on recognizing numbers 0-10 with your child. Practice writing numbers once your child can recognize them.

*Practice your child’s personal information.

Mar
13
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 13-03-2017

This week we will begin a new theme called “Let’s Move!” We will learn about movement. We will read stories about the different ways we move, such as running, skipping, sliding, and jumping. We will also practice moving in many ways.   The new letter this week is Jj. Please continue to review all of the letters and letter sounds we have learned so far. They are expected to know all of their letters (uppercase and lowercase) and most letter sounds by the time they go to kindergarten in the fall. Constant review of the letters will help your child to learn and memorize them. Please continue to practice having your child write his/her name since this is expected when they enter kindergarten. (You can have them practice writing their last name if they have mastered their first name.)

 

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.

*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.

Feb
27
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 27-02-2017

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. Please review the letters and letter sounds that we have learned this year with your child.

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.

*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 abut the city with your child. Discuss what your child sees in the illustrations.

*We will begin to learn about money this week (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters). 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. (Keep it very simple – use pennies only)

Wednesday, March 8– Kindergarten Registration at your home school – Please make every effort to register your child on this day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Feb
20
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 20-02-2017

We will begin a new theme this week called “In the City, In the Country”. This week we will learn about the country.  Using the topic “Country Life,” we will read stories about rural areas and farms, and what it is like to live there.  The letter of the week is letter Cc.   Keep reviewing all of the letters learned.  Knowing all letters and letter sounds will give your child a good start in kindergarten next year.

 

Home Activities:

 

*Country Poster – collect Cc from newspaper and magazine headlines with your child. Write Country on drawing paper.  Find pictures of farm animals whose names begin with v, such as cows.  Help your child glue the animals pictures and letters Cc on the drawing paper to make a poster.

*Country Books – your child will listen to a story titled “The Billy Goat in the Garden” on Wednesday. Ask him/her to tell about the naughty billy goat. Read other books about farm animals with your child.

Feb
13
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 13-02-2017

This week is our last week in the theme “Construction Zone”. We will learn about how children can plan and build together to get a job done. We will read stories about how building things requires planning and working together. The letter of the week is Rr. 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!

Home Activities:

*Looking for Rr – look for Rrs on food packaging such as cereal boxes and labels on cans. You can also look for Rrs on signs around your neighborhood. Encourage your child to tell you whether the letter is a capital 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.

*Practice your child’s personal information.

*Have your child practice writing his/her first and last name using a capital letter at the beginning and lowercase letters in the rest of his/her name.

*Practice counting objects and recognizing numbers 0 – 10.

*Practice sorting objects by color, size and shape.

*When reading, have your child point to a picture, a letter, a word, and a sentence.

Valentine Exchange

We will be exchanging valentines in class tomorrow. We will have a small snack and juice and open cards. Everyone is very excited! Please have your child wear red for Valentine’s Day and letter R.

Feb
06
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 06-02-2017

This week we will continue with the theme “Construction Zone”. We will learn about solving problems.  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. We are still working on sorting and grouping objects in class.  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.

Home Activities:

*Mm Hunt – Look for Mms in newspaper and magazine headlines. Underline the Mms you find and count them together.  Encourage your child to trace the letters so he/ she can familiarize herself/himself with their shape.  Find pictures of things that begin with the letter Mm, have your child cut them out, and glue them on a paper.

*Compare objects at home. Have your child tell which one is longer, shorter, bigger, etc.   Have him/her sort objects into categories (same color, size, shape).

*Please practice your child’s personal information with him/her. This is important information for your child to learn.

Valentine Exchange

We will be exchanging valentines in class next Tuesday, February 14. Please send in a card for each child in the class.

Jan
30
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 30-01-2017

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.  Please review this letter as well as the letters and letter sounds that we have learned this year (S, T, P, O, Y, W, U, X, F, A, Z).

Books

If you have extra children’s books that you are no longer using, please send them in for our classroom library.

Home Activities:

*Bb Poster – Gather Bbs from newspaper or magazine headlines. Help your child make a Bb poster.  You can decorate the poster by adding pictures, photographs, or drawings of things whose names start with Bb.

*Learning the ABCs – Your child will listen to the alphabet book Alphabet Under Construction this week,  Page through other alphabet books together, paying special attention to the ABC order.  Encourage your child to predict what letter you will read about next in the book.

Jan
23

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 23-01-2017

This week is our last week in the theme Animals Everywhere. We are reading a big book about baby animals. We will read stories about animal families from around the world. The letter of the week is letter Zz. Please continue to review all the letters and letter sounds that we have learned so far this year. Daily review makes a big difference. We are also practicing sorting objects. We sort shapes by size, color, and shape. Have your child practice sorting things at home and tell how he/she sorted the objects.

 

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 we can read it to the class. We’re always looking for good books to share.

Jan
13

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 13-01-2017

Since we have only two days this week, we will add the extra days to learning the letter A and learning more about animals. We will read more about the many different animals in our world. Please review all of the letters and letter sounds that we have learned this year: S, T, P, O, W, X, Y, U, F. It is important to review letters regularly so that your child can master the entire alphabet this year.

Home Activities:

Aa Hunt – Look for words that begin with capital and lowercase Aa with your child in magazine and newspaper headlines. Circle and count the letters you find. Encourage your child to write the letters on a blank of piece of paper.

Counting Books – Your child will listen to the counting book One Moose, Twenty Mice this week. Ask him/her to tell about the animals in the book. Look through other counting books with your child. Encourage him/her to count the objects on each page and to predict what number will come next.

Alphabet Books- use alphabet books to review letters and sounds with your child. You can check one out of the library or make one of your own.

Alphabet Concentration – use letter cards of the letters that we have learned so far (uppercase and lowercase) to play concentration with your child. When you pick a letter, you have to name the letter before you pick another letter.

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