Mrs. McLeod’s Class

Here are a few reminders for our last 2 weeks of school. 🙂

*Field Day is this Friday. Early Start is wearing white t- shirts on Friday. Please send in a water bottle with your child and apply sunscreen at home if needed.

*Camp Learn A Lot is this Thursday night from 6:30-7:45. There will be different stations for the students and parents to go to for different reading and math activities.

*Our program is next Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00. We have been working hard all through May practicing and are excited for you to come! We are serving cake immediately following the program. If you could send in water bottles or juice boxes, that would be appreciated.

*June 11-13 are Early Dismissal Days for all students.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

We will be reading some fun books and doing art projects to go with the books this week. We will also be doing some end of the year testing. Please continue to review all we have learned this year to be ready for kindergarten in September.

Kindergarten Sight Words:
Your child will be learning sight words in kindergarten next year. These are words that students should know by sight. Our school divides them up into different words for each month. The words for September are: A, I, it, in, is, he, me, we, she, see. You can make flash cards for these words and begin to have your child learn these words over the summer.

Early Start Celebration
We are working hard on our songs for our Early Start Celebration on June 14th at 10:00. Children can dress in their “Sunday Best” for the program. Girls can wear dresses and boys a collared shirt. (If your daughter is wearing a dress, please have her wear shorts under it.) After the program, we will remain in the gym for refreshments. If you are able to send in juice boxes or bottled water to go along with the cake that we ordered, please let me know.

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

We are working on our last week of our unit called “Ready for Kindergarten.” We will be meeting our last Alpha-friend, Keely Kangaroo and letter Kk. We have now learned all the letters and letter sounds. Please make sure to review these at home daily with your child.

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.

Early Start Celebration
We are working hard on our songs for our Early Start Celebration on June 11th at 10:00. Children can dress in their “Sunday Best” for the program. Girls can wear dresses and boys a collared shirt.

Field Trip
Our Field Trip to Kids Fest is this Wednesday!! Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and shoes. If you signed up to bring a lunch from home, please remember to pack it on Wednesday. (You can send lunches in a lunchbox if you would like.) We are looking forward to a fun day!!!

Mrs. McLeod’s Class

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.

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.

Upcoming Dates:
May 15: Field Trip to Kids Fest
May 27: Memorial Day – No school
June 11 – End of the year celebration at 10 am – Please plan to attend
Students will present a musical show and earn their Early Start certificate of completion. Students should wear their “Sunday best”.

Mes. McLeod’s Class

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 8th 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
We are going on a field trip on Wednesday, May 15. We will be going to Kids Fest at the park behind Kroger on Main Street. We will be sending home a permission slip tomorrow for you to fill out.

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.

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.