May
15
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 15-05-2017

This week, we will continue with the theme, “Ready for Kindergarten”. We will read counting books and talk about how numbers are used. We will make our own number book by counting stickers for each page. The new letter of the week is letter N. Please continue to review all letters and letter sounds at home.

 

Field Trip Reminders – Wednesday, May 17

-Students should arrive to school on time. We will leave a t 9:45

-If you chose to send a bagged lunch, please do so.

-Dress in comfortable play clothes with tennis shoes & apply sunscreen before school, if needed.

-Please send a bottle of water to keep in our cooler at the park.

 

At Home Activities

*Play fun letter games. You can use flashcards, games or computer activities to help reinforce letters and letter sounds

*Go to the library.

*If you are looking for a good video to practice letters and letter sounds, The Letter Factory by Leapfrog is good.

*Have your child practice writing his/her name (first and last) with a variety of materials. (chalk, paint it with water, in the sand/dirt, etc.)

*Count and sort objects in your home.

*This is a good website for letter review: http://pbskids.org/superwhy/#game/alphabricks

May
08
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 08-05-2017

This week, we will begin a new theme called, “Ready for Kindergarten!” We will celebrate what we know about letters and words. Using the topic “Now I Know My ABCs,” we will read alphabet books. The new letter of the week is Letter L, “Larry Lion”. We only have two more letters to learn so please continue to review all letters and letter sounds at home.

 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is May 10th from 8:00-5:00 at your child’s home school. You have to register your child for kindergarten. He/she is not automatically registered because he/she is in the Early Start program.

 

Field Trip

Our Field Trip to Kids Fest at the park behind Farm Fresh on Main Street is next Wednesday, May 17. Please sign the permission slip that is in your child’s folder and return it by Friday.

 

Home Activities

*Ll Hunt – look around your home for objects whose names begin with Ll. Write the names of the objects on index cards. Post the labels near each object.

*Go on a word hunt around your home. Ask your child to name the letters in the word. You can also ask your child to make the sound of the first letter of the word that you find.

*Look for patterns around your house and name them with your child. For example, say, “The wallpaper is green, white, green, white.” Look for more patterns in photographs and illustrations in book you read together.

May
01
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Anna Mcleod on 01-05-2017

This is the last week for our theme, “Growing and Changing.” This week we will talk about the butterfly lifecycle and use pasta to make a butterfly lifecycle.  The new letter this week is the letter Dd.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is May 10th from 8:00-5:00 at your child’s home school. You have to register your child for kindergarten. He/she is not automatically registered because he/she is in the Early Start program.

Field Day

Field Day is Friday, May 5. Each grade level will be wearing a different color shirt. Early Start’s shirt color is white. If you have not turned in the Field Day lunch form, please send it tomorrow.

Raising a Reader

This is our last rotation of Raising a Reader bags. Please send all bags back to school this week. We hope you have enjoyed reading the books to your child.

Home Activities:

*Looking for Dd – look for Dds on food packaging such as cereal boxes and on label cans. You can also look for Dds on signs around your neighborhood. Encourage you child to tell you whether the letter they found is a capital D or a lowercase d.

*Continue to review all letters and letter sounds.

*Practice all personal information

*Practice counting to at least 20.

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.

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