This week we are talking about the
sense of smell. We will do different
activities using our sense of smell like painting with scented paint, making
scented play-doh, and smelling different things and telling if we like them or
not. We are also learning the letter Yy. Remember to review the letters learned with
do go outside each day for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the
afternoon. If it is too cold or wet, we
do not go outside. Please remember to send hats, gloves, etc. for
your child as well as a heavy jacket for cooler days. Please make sure to label all of your child’s
*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.
talking about our sense of touch this week. We sorted classroom items by the
way they felt (soft, bumpy, hard, etc.). We will also be measuring different
classroom objects. 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.
*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.
*Continue to read books with your
child. Point out where to begin reading
on the page, the words, numbers, sentences, any rhyming words, etc. (You don’t have to do this with every book
you read. Sometimes just read a book for fun!)
This week, we are learning a new
letter, Letter Xx. We will be working on
learning the sound that Xx makes and looking at words that end with Xx (since
there are not many words beginning with Xx).
We will also be talking about our five senses and tasting foods to see
what we like. You can help your child by
reviewing the letters that we have studied so far (S, T, P, and O). We are also working on number recognition and
patterns in class.
Conference Day is this Friday. If you would like to schedule a conference,
please let me know. I have some times still available if you would like to come
in. We can also have a phone conference
if that works better.
*Decorate Xx – write a large capital
X and a small lowercase x on drawing paper.
Spread glue on the letters and help your child decorate them with
glitter, tissue paper, or other art materials.
(This would be great to do with other letters as well.)
*Play a letter matching game with
your child. Write letters on index cards
(make two cards for each letter). Turn
them over and play a game of concentration.
Have your child say the letter and the letter sound of the letter he/she
This week, we will talk about being
a community helper by keeping our community clean. We will also be making patterns with our
bodies (clap, nod your head, wiggle your hips, etc.) and make pattern
bracelets. We are learning the letter O
the letter O this week as well. Please
review the letters that we have already learned: S, P, T and the sounds that they make.
have your child practice putting on his or her coat and zipping it up. We are practicing here at school as
well. This makes everyone more
independent and more ready for kindergarten.
Also, continue to practice buttoning and zipping pants as well as
*Collect letters Oo: Look at
magazines or newspaper headlines. Help
you child find and cut out Os. Put the
letters in an envelope or small box.
Have your child count how many letter Os they have in their
collection. You can also sort the
capital Os and the lower case os into two piles. You can also find pictures of things that
begin with O to add to the envelope or box.
This week we will talk about
shadows. We will read a book about
shadows and go on the blacktop to trace our shadows. We will also be reviewing the basic shapes.
Our new letter this week is the letter Tt.
We will be reviewing the other letters learned so far (Ss and Pp). We will also be working on simple patterns.
go outside two times each day. (Once in
the morning and once in the afternoon after our nap and snack time) Please make
sure to send coats, hats, mittens, scarves, etc. as the weather gets
Teddy Bear Day
– Friday is Teddy Bear Day.
Have your child bring a teddy bear to school.
Poster – Go on a Tt hunt around your house. Find objects whose names begin with Tt. Write and place labels on these objects or
make a list that you can read later.
Game – Play a shape guessing game.
Ask what shape has 4 sides that have all the same length? Then have your child find something that is a
square. Play with other shapes.
Dates to Remember:
November 5 –
Election Day – no school
– Veteran’s Day – no school
Parent/Teacher conferences –no school
– early dismissal @ 1:15 (Thanksgiving)
This week we will be gathering
leaves and measuring them with cubes. We
will see if the leaves are longer, shorter, or the same length as the stack of
cubes. We will also be painting with leaves. We are learning the letter P this
week. We will practice naming the
letter, saying the letter sound, and make a list of things that begin with the
Our school is having a Book Fair from
October 24- Nov. 1. We will go to the
Book Fair and make a wish list. If you would like to purchase any books, please
send the money in the black pouch in your child’s binder. We will take students each day to purchase
books. If you write a check, please make
it out to Nansemond Parkway Elementary.
Pp card – fold a piece of drawing paper
in half. Write Pp on the front of
the card. Name the letters and have
you child repeat their names. Look
for picture of things that start with Pp in magazines or newspapers. Cut out the pictures and help your child
to glue them to the inside of the card.
Practice cutting – have your child practice
cutting out simple shapes or pictures. Practice is the key to learning how
This week we are still practicing
basic shapes. Today we described shapes
based on their characteristics and then traced them. We are also talking about
animals and their babies. We will also
be creating our own class art where we will work together to make a piece of
art. We will be making more Fall crafts
as well. Thank you for all of your
support this year!
Name the Letters
Write the alphabet on a long strip
of paper. Chant or sing the alphabet
song as you point to each letter. Write
the letters in your child’s first name on index cards. Help your child identify each letter and
match it to the appropriate letter on the alphabet strip.
Cut a rectangle, a circle, a square,
and a triangle out of construction paper.
Have your child trace and name each shape. Take a walk around your neighborhood and look
for these shapes on signs, houses, trees, or flowers.
Last week we worked on name writing and learning basic
shapes. This week we will be talking
about our families and measuring. We
will be measuring each other with yarn and measuring things in nature. Since it is the beginning of Fall we will
also be doing a Fall craft. We are also
continuing to discuss being a Super Friend in class!
Different Way Home
If your child will be going home a different way, please write a
note in his/her binder so that we can him/her to the correct place. Thanks J
Charleston Wrap Fundraising packets went home yesterday. All of
the money raised will be used for our school and for our students. Please note the deadlines which are included
in the packet. If you have any
questions, please let me know.
If there is anything you need for me to know, feel free to write a note in your child’s binder or you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my email first thing in the morning, during nap time (around 1:45) and at the end of the day (after dismissal).
Please check your child’s binder daily. Any papers in their binders can be kept at home.
Please have your child wear a nametag each day. We will be putting a nametag on each book bag soon. This is to keep everyone safe.
We have finished our first full week of
school! Students are adjusting wonderfully. They have embraced routines and
have made Mrs. Adkins and me very proud. Parents, we do appreciate your support
so far and we are looking forward to partnering with you in pursuit of a great
Regulating Our Emotions
Regulate is all about children’s
abilities to manage or control
their emotions, behaviors, and attention. This includes understanding, describing, and managing what
feeling. We have been discussing and practicing
techniques on how to handle our behaviors when we have “strong emotions.” We
have also been working on teacher-student connections. Our goal has been to also
establish very positive and loving connections with our students. We have reassured
them that we have partnered with you to ensure their success in Early Start. Please
also find attached a description of techniques we are using in the classroom
with regard to “Regulate” along with techniques that can be used at home.
Picking Up Students Early
If at all possible, please let the office
know before 3:30 if you will be picking your child up early from school. The
office has asked that we help them with this. We appreciate your support.
Thank you for making sure that students wear
name tags and Communication Binders are sent to school every day. And as always
if you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We had a great first week of
school. We made new friends, learned
about our classroom, played outside, read many books, and sang songs. We also talked about being a Super Friend. Super Friends: Use Nice Talking, Have Gentle
hands and feet, Look with their eyes, Listen with their ears, Take turns with
toys, and Go with the flow. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with
Inside the binder, you will find a monthly
calendar. Each day, we will put a
sticker on the day if your child followed the rules at school. We have talked
about our classroom rules and consequences many times throughout the week. We will continue to emphasize the rules of
the classroom so that the children know and understand them. If your child does not earn a sticker, I will
write a short note to let you know what happened. Please feel free to write in the binder if
you need to let me know something about your child.
Please make sure that your child has
his/her name tag each day. If there is
any change in the way that your child will go home, please write a note in their
binder. We will be putting a nametag on your child’s book bag soon.
Change of Clothes
If you have not sent in a change of clothes for your child to keep at school, please send them in this week. Thanks.