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Peek at the Week

Happy Sunday!

I hope you all had another great week at school and a wonderful weekend together with your families!

This last week was another busy one! We have lots going on over the next few weeks especially, so our days have been jam packed. We are continuing to work on sorting in math by using one attribute and some even try to challenge themselves by using two attributes!

We are also continuing to learn more “Frog Jump Letters”; this week focusing on R and N. The kids had a good time learning what a Narwhal is and what a funny looking creature they are with their long unicorn-style horn…. which we learned is actually a long tooth! So far they have learned how to properly print both upper and lower case letters for Ff Ee Dd Pp Bb Rr Nn. Don’t forget to always start your letters at the top! 

This week we talked more about what the word “unique” means and how being unique is something special to each of us. We read the story “Chrysanthemum” about a little girl who had a unique name, but was something that made her very special. The kids brought home a sheet to fill out with their parents about what their name is and where it came from. Each of our parents chose our names special for us and it’s always interesting where the names came from! Please send the Name Homework tomorrow in your child’s mailbag if you haven’t done so already. The kids will start sharing about their names over the next couple days.

The class started learning about Daily 5 in December and we have continued to practice the first part this week. The kids learned about what a Good Choice book is, what is expected of us when we Read to Self, and then actually practiced choosing books, finding a spot around the class and reading on our own. So far as a whole class, we’re sitting at around 2.5 minutes where EVERYONE is on task the whole time, and we’re going to continue working on building stamina to read even longer! We’ll continue practicing Read to Self, choose books for their own book bins, and soon will open a new Listen to Reading centre! I am going to need a couple class librarians to help make sure the class library stays tidy and organized, so I’m going to be looking for kids who regularly treat books respectfully, are responsible, make good choices, and are willing to help!

Coming Up…

– Name Homework due Tomorrow!
– Book Orders due Thursday, January 24th
– Word Day on January 28th – Students will dress like something that starts with the same letter as their name
– Monday: Reading Buddies with 3Peterson
– Tuesday: Library and Music

Challenge: tell your parents what a Good Choice book is and what are some Good Choice books for you! 

A few back-from-break updates

~ Thursday, March 2nd is Plaid Shirt Day!!

~ Home Reading:
1. New Home Reading duotangs went home with each student today. The very first page outlines what the Home Reading program looks like… it’s not very intense, so please don’t stress! We just really want the kids to practice and make a routine of regular reading with someone as it is a great “habit” to start! The kids are encouraged to challenge themselves by finding familiar words (as we begin some sight words in class…which I will post later once we start for your information), but also to learn to follow along with the words while someone reads TO THEM. If they are comfortable with trying to read the story themselves, that is a great challenge for them! But it is not expected at kindergarten level to be reading (just an fyi for parents to be aware of!). On that first page, there are also a number of various activities to do during home reading.
2. The pink page is the log to keep track of the books they have brought home and read.
3. Please make sure that the Home Reading Books are kept in the plastic page protector pouch to avoid damage to the books.
4. Home Reading duotangs/books are to be returned the same days as your child’s library books are due.
Morning Class: Monday
Afternoon Class: Thursday

Please make sure that they are returned weekly.

Today’s challenge: the kids noticed that there were only 28 days in February when there are usually 30 or 31. My challenge to you (parents and kids) is to find out WHY there are only 28 days and report back to us tomorrow to share what you learned! Feel free to leave a comment below on this post too!