Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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.

Dog Day
This Wednesday, April 24, is Dog Day. Your child can bring a small stuffed dog or a picture of a dog to share with the class. We will be reading books and doing a dog craft that day.

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.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week we will continue with the theme “Growing and Changing.” This week we will learn about spring. We will read stories about how plants and animals grow and change in the spring. The letter for this week is Letter E. If you have not sent in a baby picture of your child, please try to send one this week. The children have really enjoyed seeing each other as babies.

Home Activities:
*Ee Egg – Draw an egg on drawing paper. Write Ee at the top of the paper and Egg at the bottom. Point out that egg begins with e. Look for Ees in the newspaper and magazine headlines with your child. Cut them out and help your child glue them on the egg. Also look for pictures that begin with the letter E or have your child draw the pictures.
*Practice counting to at least 20 and counting up to 20 objects.
*Practice personal information.
*Practice all letters and sounds by using flashcards, games, computer games, etc.
*READ, READ, READ 

Egg Hunt
Our Egg Hunt is scheduled for this Friday. Please send in 12 plastic eggs, a bag of candy and a 12 slotted egg carton by Wednesday. This will give us time to get the eggs ready for Friday.  🙂

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

We are beginning a new theme this week called “Growing and Changing.” Using the topic “I’m Growing Everyday,” we will read stories about growing up. Please send a baby picture of your child this week to put on a bulletin board in our classroom. I think the children will enjoy seeing their classmates as babies. The letter of the week is Gg. Please continue to review all of the letters and letter sounds with your child.

Home Activities:
*Gg poster – cut Ggs from newspaper or magazine headlines with your child. Make a Gg poster. You can decorate the poster by adding pictures or photographs of things whose names start with Gg.
*Change and grow – your child will listen to a book titled Growing Like Me this week. Ask her/him to tell about how frogs, ducks, and oak trees grow and change. Share other books about animals and things that grow and change.
*Continue to work with your child on personal information (full name, age, birthday, address, phone number, and parent name). Your child should know this information before going to kindergarten.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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)

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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.

Field Trip
We are beginning to plan our Spring Field Trip to Kids Zone park (Downtown Suffolk behind the new Kroger) which will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019! The Early Childhood Development Commission hosts a Kids Fest that day with lots of game stations and fun.
If you would like to be a chaperone, please email us back as soon as possible. We are limiting the chaperones to 4 parents per class. Chaperones will be required to ride the bus to and from the park with us, and will be assigned 2 to 4 students to oversee throughout the fieldtrip (your child and a few others.) Chaperones must fill out the Volunteer Connect online this week. The link is: http://spsk12.ss14.sharpschool.com/volunteer_connect

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.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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.
*Practice counting to 20 and recognizing numbers 0-10.

Kindergarten Registration
*Wednesday, March 13 from 8:00 – 5:00 at your child’s home school
*Each Early Start student must register for kindergarten next year.
*Bring: Birth certificate, physical form, immunization record, and proof of residency. (If you need more information, please let me know)

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week we will be reviewing the letters that we have learned so far this year. Career Day is this Friday. We will be listening to speakers, and students can dress up in a costume as something they would like to be when they grow up. There is no school tomorrow for a staff development day.

Kindergarten Registration is next Wednesday, March 13. Every student must register for kindergarten next year. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

This week is our last week in the theme, “In the City, In the Country”. We will learn more about buying and selling things. We will talk about the different things people buy and sell. We will also compare the city and the country. The letter this week is letter Vv. Please continue to review all the letters and letter sounds that we have studied this year.
Please make sure you send back a change of clothes for your child if your child has used his/her clothes. This way, we always have something for them to wear in case they need it.

Kindergarten Registration:
Kindergarten registration is Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 – 5:00. You must register your child for kindergarten even though he/she is in the Early Start program this year. You should go to your child’s home school to register. If you cannot register this Wednesday, there will be another registration day in May. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Home Activities:
*Vv Van – draw the outline of a van on a piece of paper. Help you child find Vv in magazines and newspaper headlines. Circle the letters and cut them out. Help your child paste the letters on the van. You can also find pictures of things beginning with the letter V to glue on the van.
*Reading together – children will listen to a story titled “The Apple Dumpling” on Wednesday. Ask your child to name things the old woman in the story trades to get apples to make the dumpling. Read other stories about buying and selling things with your child.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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 13– 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.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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 Cs from newspaper and magazine headlines with your child. Write Country on drawing paper. Find pictures of farm animals whose names begin with c, 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.

Valentine Exchange
We will be exchanging valentines in class on Thursday, February 14. Please send in a card for each child in the class. If you need a new list, please let me know.