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.

Mrs. McLeod’s News

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 read stories about patterns found in animals and objects. We are still reviewing the five senses as well. 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
Conference Day is this Friday. If you would like to schedule a conference, please let me know. I have some times still available between 11:15 and 12:30. I also have a few open times in the afternoon as well. We can also have a phone conference if that works better.

At Home Activities:
*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.)
*We will be reading the book How the Zebra Got Its Stripes. Read other stories at home about animals. Talk about how the animals in the stories are alike and different.
*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 chooses.

Dates to Remember:
November 16 – conference day – no school
November 21– early dismissal (Thanksgiving)
November 22-23 – Thanksgiving holiday

Mrs. McLeod’s Newsletter 11/5/18

This week, we will continue to discuss the five senses. We will be talking about the colors we see all around us. We will also learn the letter O. Please review the letters that we have already learned: S, P, T and the sounds that they make.

Please have your child practice putting on his or her coat and zipping it up. We are practicing here at school as well. This makes them more independent and more ready for kindergarten. Also, continue to practice buttoning and zipping pants as well as buckling belts.

Home Activities:
*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.
*Reading Together: We will read a book called Red Is a Dragon this week. Read other books about colors with your child. Encourage him/her to talk about the illustrations and make predictions. Also, ask your child questions about the story.

Dates to Remember:
November 6- No school – teacher work day
November 12 – Veteran’s Day – no school
November 16- no school – conferences
November 21 – early dismissal (Thanksgiving)
November 22-23 – Thanksgiving holiday

October 29

This week we will learn about the five senses (hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell). Using the topic “Using My Senses,” we will read stories about how people use their senses. 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.

Teddy Bear Day – Friday is Teddy Bear Day. Have your child bring a teddy bear to school.

Home Activities:
*Tt 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.
*Guessing Game – Play a senses guessing game with your child. For example, say “I hear a loud ringing sound.” Encourage your child to guess what you are describing. Take turns saying clues that begin I hear ____, I see ____, I taste ____, I feel ______, and I smell _______.

October 22

This week, we will learn about community helpers such as firefighters, police officers, teachers, doctors and nurses. We will read stories about how people in a community help each other. We are also learning the letter P. We will practice naming the letter, saying the letter sound, and make a list of things that begin with the letter P.

Pajama Day:
We will have a pajama day this Thursday to celebrate the letter P. Everyone can wear pajamas. Please no slippers or nightgowns. We are looking forward to this fun day!

Book Fair
Our school is having a Book Fair this week. We went to the Book Fair on Friday and made a wish list. If you would like to purchase any books, please send the money in a bag or envelope. We will take students each day to purchase books. If you write a check, please make it out to Nansemond Parkway Elementary.

Home Activities:
1. 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.
2. Practice cutting – have your child practice cutting out simple shapes or pictures. Practice is the key to learning how to cut.

October 15

This week we will learn about neighbors and neighborhoods. We will read stories about what it means to be a good neighbor. We will begin learning a letter of the alphabet each week. This week’s letter is Ss. We will be making spider hats and scarecrows. Your child will also make an S book that you can read with your child at home. Please continue to have your child practice the letters in his or her name. We are also practicing counting to 20 in class.

Home Activities:
1. Ss Hunt – Page through newspaper or magazine headlines with your child looking for capital S and lowercase s. Circle the letters that you find. Look at the materials again and ask you child to point to each circled letter and say its name. Look for pictures or objects that begin with S.
2. Sort objects – Have your child sort objects in your home by size, shape, or color. Then have her/him count how many objects are in each set.
3. When reading books to your child, have him/her predict what might happen next, tell what happened first, next and last, and answer simple questions about the book.
4. Practice writing the letter S.

Suffolk Reader Bags:
We will be sending home the blue “Suffolk Reader” bags this week. This bag will be filled with 5 books for you to read with your child at home. It is a good idea to keep all of the books right in the bag so they don’t get lost. Please keep the books at home until next Tuesday so they don’t make your child’s book bag too heavy.

October 8

This week we will begin a new unit called, “My Family, My Community”. We will learn about families and all the members of a family. We will read about what families do together. We are going to draw our families and tell about them. We are working on recognizing the letters in our name as well as other letters of the alphabet. Please help your child practice cutting at home. This is a difficult skill to master and takes lots of practice. We will practice at school as well.

We put a nametag on each book bag today. We kept the other nametags at school. Please check the information on the tag. If any changes need to be made, please let me know.

Home Activities:
1. Letter Hunt: Look at book titles and newspaper or magazine headlines with your child to find letters of the alphabet. Start with the letter A and continue with the rest of the letters in ABC order. Encourage your child to name each letter as he/she finds it.
2. Morning Routines: Children will listen to a story about what each person in a family does in the morning. Ask you child to tell you about the things he/she does each morning. Prompt him/her to use the words first, next, and last.
3. Read at least one book each day. I would also encourage you to take your child to the library.

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