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.

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)