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.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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,A,W,Z,M). 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 – Last week we listened 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 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.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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 on Thursday, February 14. Please send in a card for each child in the class. I will send home a list of students tomorrow.

Mrs. McLeod’s Early Start

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).

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.

Dates to Remember:
January 24-29 early dismissal (1:15)

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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.

Dates to Remember:
Monday, January 21 – No school Martin Luther King Holiday
January 24-29 early dismissal (1:15)

January 7

This week, we will be learning more about animals. We will read more about the many different animals in our world. The letter of the week is Aa. 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.

Dates to Remember:
Monday, January 18 – No school Martin Luther King Holiday
January 24-29 early dismissal (1:15)

Happy New Year!

What we are learning:
This week we will start our fifth theme called “Animals Everywhere”. We will learn about pets. We will read stories about pets and the experiences that pet owners have had with them. We will be making animal masks and matching pictures of mother and baby animals. Letter Ff is our new letter this week. Please continue to review all letters learned so far (S,T ,P, O, X, Y,U,W).

Home Activities:
*Ff animal poster: draw a picture of a fish on a large piece of drawing paper. Tell you child that the word fish begins with the letter Ff. Children can decorate the poster by adding pictures of animals whose names begin with Ff. such as a frog or a fox.
*Read books about pets: we will listen to the story of “The Greedy Cat” this week. Ask you child to talk about how he/she feels about the cat that always wanted more. Read other books about pets with your hold. Discuss what the pets in the stories are like.

Dates to Remember:
Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King Holiday – no school
January 24-29 Early Dismissal

Mrs. McLeod’s News

This is the last week for our unit, “The Four Seasons”. This week, we will be reading about how the weather changes throughout the year. 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).
We will be sending home the blue reader bags this week but will not be sending them home next week because of the Christmas break.
We made many crafts in the last couple of weeks that we will be sending home next week. We hope that you enjoy them!

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.
*Seasonal Books: Read other books about the seasons with your child. Talk about how the weather changes in each season.

Mrs. McLeod’s News

This week we are continuing to discuss the four seasons. We will read stories about living things – animals and plants. We will review personal information like birthdays and addresses. Please continue to review this information with your child. We are also learning the letter Yy. Remember to review the letters learned with your child.

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 Newsletter

We started a new unit, The Four Seasons, today. We will be reading books about the weather and talking about the seasons. 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.
*Share books about the weather with your child. Ask about things that you could do in different kinds of weather (snowy: build a snowman, sunny: go to the beach, etc.) Discuss the weather for each day and the appropriate clothing that should be worn in each kind of weather.