I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We had a lovely feast, the children ate well, and played their tom toms for the moms with gusto!
We go to the Santa Shop this morning to purchase gifts for our families. Please send your money envelope with your child this morning as our time is 9:30-10.
It is still Dd week, and the Dd writing homework will be sent today. My Dd Book sentence is: I like the ______. Our new words are "he & on". The rhyme chunks we are learning are -ap and -an.
In math we are completing a special holiday countdown chain. The chain is being made with a red/green pattern of 23 loops, with the yellow on top being Christmas Day. Hang it up at home, and have your child take off one loop a day; no loops for Dec. 1 & 2. Count daily to see how many days are left until Santa comes! We will also be completing 2 listening games with patterns, and playing concentration with playing cards and dominos.
Kyle is our new star student! At our awards assembly on Friday morning these children will be receiving awards: Madilyn, Ian, Marisa for good character; Izzy, Pablo, Katie, and Kyle for having had either lunch or pretzels with Mr. K. Everyone will get a turn to receive an award, and you will receive advanced notice.
Since there are no conferences until February, I want to share some information about our writing journals. During WriteOn! the parents who volunteer know what is expected of our students in terms of seeing them write what they hear. For those of you who don't volunteer, ask your child to write a simple sentence and see what letters they put down in words. Many students can say what a picture card word begins with; yet when they write words they can't make the transfer to use the correct letters; when they do then I know that they really understand letter/sounds. Words need to be stretched, and write every letter you hear; so many children have made wonderful progress with the sentences and spaces between words. Also use the word wall list that was sent home, although we add new words each week, I won't send an update until just before the holidays.
Return the November SSR calendar as you will receive December's today. Many children have power words now, and others will be soon. These are words from the skill sheet that should be kept in your child's folder. I need to reference it when your child reads independently with me, plus I often write notes on it for you.
In social studies Mrs. Dunn will read and discuss Hanukkah stories, and make us potato latkes on Wednesday. We will learn about the dreidel game as well. Also this month we learn about all the December holidays: Christmas and Kwanzaa. We begin our Christmas Pop Up Book, and we are making a holiday surprise for our families.
All elf gifts should be dropped off to the greeter (with my name) by this Friday, Dec. 6; wrapping is optional. I like the items in advance so I can plan my strategies to surprise the children. I have enough gifts, as I don't want a gift everyday as it should be earned for good behavior. Parents who are hosting our holiday party don't need to send an elf gift as you have enough to do with our gingerbread house making project on Friday, Dec. 20.
We already have candy canes, hot chocolate packets for our "Polar Express" day, holiday stencils, snowman notepads, holiday pencils and erasers, holiday stickers with an Elf kiss, and polar bear pop-ups.
In science we are learning about hibernation of some animals.
With the colder weather please dress your children in layers in case they get cold or warm in my room. Also they go outside for recess unless the temps are in the 30's, so please include hats and gloves, and stockings or pants for the girls. Remember they should be able to dress themselves in outer wear, and gloves are put on last. Children are not allowed to bring any kind of chap stick to school; this is school policy unless a doctor's prescription is brought in. I can send them to the nurse for Vaseline to put on their lips; try doing this once they are asleep at night if they are chapped.
The December book order is due on Friday.