Playing Outside

Playing Outside

October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a terrific October Break! 

This week is Red Ribbon Week!  Each day of the week students are encouraged to support our “Be a Hero Everyday- Be Healthy” campaign.
          Monday: Red Ribbon Week Kick-Off- Wear Red Today
          Tuesday: How do heroes use their heads? - Wear a Hat Today
          Wednesday: Who is your everyday hero?
          Thursday: What kind of everyday hero do you want to be? 
          Friday: How do heroes face obstacles? - Wear Camouflage Today

Thursday, October 28th is Picture Day.  Students will take their picture for the yearbook.  Picture order forms will come home shortly after wards, if you are interested.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 4th and 9th from 3:00-6:00pm and 7:00am.  Please call the office at 228-2228 after 9:00am to schedule a meeting.  If you are not able to meet on the 4th or 9th please e-mail me and we can schedule an alternative conference time. I look forward to meeting with everyone and discussing your child’s progress.  

Tuesday, November 2nd is Election Day so we will not have school.  Have a great day off!

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We are going to start our unit on schema (background knowledge).  We will learn what schema is and how it helps us understand our stories better.  We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
This week we are beginning our Small Moments (Personal Narratives) Unit.  We will focus on stretching out our small moments and writing about everyday occurrences.  On Friday, we are writing in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  A, a, E, e, I, i

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Aa, Ee, & Ii. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: some, as, out. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We will be comparing weight using pan balances, learning to recognize numbers, and learning how to measure objects in our classroom using nonstandard units of measurement (interlocking cubes, paper clips, etc are examples of nonstandard units of measurement).

Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Units of measurement originated from things familiar to people.  Using objects around the house to measure items is one way to help children understand the concept of nonstandard measurement and to practice measuring techniques.

Measure the length of a shoe using pennies instead of inches.  Then, measure someone else’s shoe using pennies.  Did it take more pennies or fewer pennies?

Now measure another object, such as a pencil or a floor tile, using pennies.

Find something else to measure with- like raisins or a small toy.

This week we are continuing our Native Americans- Past, Present, and Future Unit.  For the next several weeks we will meet the other kindergarten classes in the gym for our Thanksgiving play practice.  

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Our classroom gets very chilly sometimes.  Please send in a light jacket or sweater for your child to keep in their back pack. 
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday         Art
Tuesday        Art
Wednesday    Art
Thursday       Art
Friday           Music

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