Playing Outside

Playing Outside

October 28, 2011

October 31, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet

Happy Halloween!  Please do your child (and me) a favor by restricting the amount of candy they eat this week, and try to keep bed time as close to the normal time as possible.  Otherwise, our little super heroes and princesses are not going to feel very “super” or “princess-y” by the end of the week!

Parent-Teacher Conferences begin November 10th.  If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please call the office at 228-2228 after 9:00am to schedule a meeting.  Conferences are very important, and we’d like to see every parent take the time to discuss your child’s progress with us.

Wednesday is an early release day. Be sure to let your child know what their plans are for that afternoon, especially if their afternoon transportation plans will change.

We are going to walk to the North Oldham Fire Department to learn about fire safety on Friday.  Again, we will have a police escort to walk across the road.  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, wears their class t-shit, and brings a sack lunch. 

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We will learn what Schema is, and how it helps us understand what we read.  Schema is our background knowledge and personal experiences that we use to make connections with new learning. We will visit the school library on Monday.

Writing Workshop
This week we will “Fancy Up” our writing.  We will pick one story to rewrite, using our best handwriting, spelling and punctuation.  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:  O, o, U, and u.

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Oo and Uu. 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: be, go, have. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We will begin a new unit on comparing numbers.  We will make macaroni necklaces to compare numbers and patterns,
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.

Social Studies
Native American studies: we will learn about tribes in the Pacific Rim (food, clothing, and homes) and compare them to the lifestyle of tribes in the Eastern Woodland.
We will begin practicing our Thanksgiving play in the gym daily. 

Important Dates
* Wednesday, November 2nd: Early Release Day
* Friday, November 4th: North Oldham Fire Department Field Trip 
* Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day- No School
* November 10th & 15th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
* November 22nd: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play (Parents invited)
* November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Break- No School

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Always dress appropriately for outdoor recess. 
* 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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