Week at a Glance November 18-22

What is PK3 Learning this week?

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We are continuing our practices for our Nativity play that will take place Friday, December 13th at 9:30am. If your child is unable to attend or you are not able to provide a costume please let me know. 

Religion: This week we will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we are thankful to God for many of his gifts to us such as food, water, land, family. 

Everyday Math: This week we will be focusing on using 5 frames and 10 frames in order to use one to one correspondence when counting. We will learn how to play a game Cover All where students will work with a partner to roll a dice, count out the number of dots and place counters on the 10 frame according to that number the first student to fill their 10 frame wins.

Jolly Phonics: This week our letter of the week is Gg. We will be able to identify letter Gg, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letter Gg. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for letter Gg:

The water gurgles,

Down the drain.

The water gurgles, 

Down the drain.

The water gurgles, 

Down the drain

With a /g/ /g/ /g/ /g/ /g/.

The motion for Gg is sprial hand down, as if water going down the drain, and say g g g. 

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Second Step: We are continuing our Unit on feelings and identifying feelings based on facial expression and body language. We are also discussing how to use our words to share with others how we are feelings.

Service Learning Project: This week we will continue to learn about Doctors. We will discuss their role in the community and what they do to help people in the community. We will create doctor hats as well.

Week at a Glance November 11-15

What is PK3 learning this week?

We have started practicing for our Nativity Play. We practice 3 times a week along with the other 2 PK classrooms. A form went home informing parents of your child’s role for the play. Please let me know if you have questions regarding costumes or the performance.

Religion: This week we will begin Unit 3: God Made the Earth. We will learn about how God made land. We are grateful and appreciative to God for the gift of land. We will review types of lands: mountains, fields, plains, and forests. We will talk about ways to take care of the Earth such as by recycling, not littering, plant flowers and not writing on walls.

Everyday Math: This week we will continue Unit 3: Operations. We will use songs and manipulatives to help us count backwards from 5 and 10.

Jolly Phonics: This week our letter of the week is Dd. We will be able to identify letter Dd, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letter Dd. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for letter Dd:

See me play on my drum.

Playing drums is lots of fun,

with a /d/ /d/ /d/ /d/.

See me play upon my drum!

The motion for Dd is pretend to hold drums sticks and beat up and down on the drum. 

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Second Step/Mindfulness: This week we will be reviewing feeling happy. We will also review feeling surprised. We will talk about our facial expressions when we feel surprised, and we will share when we have felt surprised.

Reader’s Workshop: This week we are learning about Story Elements. We will talk about how authors and illustrators brainstorm story elements before they create a story. We will discuss two story elements, characters and setting. Characters and Setting go together like a puzzle piece, they fit together perfectly. We will read Wemberly Worried and will focus on characters, setting and identifying the star of the story: the main character. At home, when you read students will be able to share that the main character is the character that is seen on every page in the story and the story is mainly them.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be connecting SecondStep and writing. Our learning target is to draw with details that show we are surprised. Ms. Galan will share a time she felt surprised and then she will model how to draw someone who is surprised. Students will share their writing with class.

Service Learning Project: This week we will be focusing on a new community helper: Doctors. We will discuss what doctors do and our experiences. We will also create our own personal doctor bags.

Leader in Me: We will continue reviewing Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. We will talk about goals we have for ourselves that may take steps to accomplish such as learning to ride a bike, learning to roller skate.

Week at a Glance Oct. 14-18

What is PK3 learning this week?

Religion: This week we will continue Unit 2: God Made Holy Things. We will be learning that God Made Music. We will discuss how music is used to praise God. We can connect and speak to God through music. In church and during mass music is used to praise God. We will continue learning our song Jesus loves me.

Everyday Math: This week we will focus on number use. We will learn that numbers are used as addresses and how they are important in our school and outside. Our classroom has an address and it is 203 for our school. This help others like parents find our classroom easily. We will create our very own mailbox addresses. We will decorate them and then a friend will deliver a drawing to a given mailbox address, which will give students a hands on experience of looking for an address. 

Jolly Phonics: This week our letter of the week is Ee. We will be able to identify letter Tt, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letter Ee. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for letter Ee:

Eggs in the pan /e/ /e/ /e/,

Eggs in the pan /e/ /e/ /e/, 

Eggs in the pan /e/ /e/ /e/,

Crack the egg like this /e/.

The motion for Ee is pretending to crack an egg open with both hands while saying Ee sound. 

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Second Step/Mindfulness: This week we will be focusing on Identifying feelings. We will look into identifying when someone is happy. What does their facial expression look like when someone is happy. We will sing If You’re Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands. We will complete a writing activity to share when we’ve felt happy. 

Reader’s Workshop: This week we are learning about using schema and our knowledge of making connections to make text to self connections. We are connecting text to our own experiences, how we’ve felt, places we have been etc. 

Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be connecting Reader’s Workshop, we will read text and make a text to self connection. We will share our text to self connections with our classmates as well.

Service Learning Project: We were unable to get to our lesson last week due to meeting with our 3rd grade Faith buddies to complete our Halloween themed puppets together. This week we will be identifying community helpers and discussing what some of them do in our communities. This will give a scope on who they are and we are able to identify them when we see them in our communities or if we have seen them we know that they are an important part of our community.

Leader in Me: We will be focusing on Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. We will be reading Goob and the Bug Collecting Kit. We will talk about setting goals and how you have to take steps to reach your goals.

Week at a Glance Oct 7-11

What are we learning this week?

Religion: This week we will continue Unit 2: God Made Holy Things. This week we will be focusing on God made the Bible. We will learn that the Bible is a holy book and God sent us messages through the Bible. The main message we read in the Bible is that God loves us.

Everyday Math: This week we will be learning rules for sorting just like those that are used to create patterns. The rules we are focusing on are color, size, and shape. We will go on a nature walk to collect leaves and sort them by 1 rule. We will also read a book about books and sort pumpkins by color green and orange.

Jolly Phonics: This week our letter of the week is Nn. We will be able to identify letter Nn, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letters Nn. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for our letter of the week:

Hear the airplane,

/n/ /n/ /n/,

Hear the airplane,

/n/ /n/ /n/.

hear the airplane,

/n/ /n/ /n/,

making lots of noise.

The motion for Nn is stretching both arms to the side like an airplane and saying /n/ /n/ /n/,

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Reader’s Workshop: This week we will be using schema to making connections when reading. We use schema and make connections by saying that reminds me of, I have schema for, I’m remembering, I can relate. When we read books we can relate to characters feelings, things that are happening or place or things we’ve seen or done.

Writer’s Workshop: We will continue making connections. We will read Bear Snores On and we will talk about when we have felt as tired as Bear in the story. We will connect Bear’s experience to our own. We have all had times when we’ve felt super tired most of the time after fun filled days.

Leader In Me: We will begin continue learning about Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. We will discuss what we want to be when we grow up. Students will draw what they would like to be when they grow up and they will share with the class.

Service Learning Project: Last week we created our community maps, we discussed what we see when we walk outside in our communities such as roads, buildings, cars, trees, railroads, signs etc. This week we will talk about the people who are helpful in our community. We will identify specific community helpers and talk a bit about what they do.

Week at a Glance September 30- October 4

What are we learning this week?

Religion: This week we will begin Unit 2: God Made Holy Things. Chapter 1: God Made Churches. We will talk about how we can distinguish a church building from others and how we are to behave in church. We will discuss prayer and how people go to church to talk to God and this is called prayer.

Everyday Math: This week we will continue working on patterns. This week we will use beads to create patterned jewelry and we will use pattern blocks to create patterned snakes using shapes.

Jolly Phonics: This week our letters of the week Cc and Kk. We will be able to identify letter Cc and Kk, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letters Cc and Kk. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for our letter of the week:

We are clicking castanets,

/k/ /k/ /k/,

We are clicking castanets,

/k/ /k/ /k/

Clicking castanets, clicking castanets, clicking castanets,

/k/ /k/ /k/.

The motion for Cc and Kk is raising hands and snapping fingers together as if playing castanets and saying /k/ /k/ /k/.

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Reader’s Workshop: This week we are learning about schema. Schema is what we already know or the information we already have in our brains such as places you’ve been to, things you’ve done, facts you already know and books you’ve read. When we read, we activate our schema and our schema is always changing the more we read. We will use pumpkin books to use our schema and build it as well.

Writer’s Workshop: We will begin learning how to use our schema to make a connection. We will discuss what a connection is and we will make text to self connections. This is when we can relate to something that is happening in the book with something that we have experienced in our own lives.

Leader In Me: We will begin learning about Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. We will read the Stephen Covey book When I Grow Up. When you use Habit 2 it means we have a plan. We set goals and plan ahead such as with our Wildly Important Goals.

Week at a Glance Sept 23-27

What is PK3 learning this week?

Religion: This week we will continue Unit 1: God Made People. We will be focusing on Chapter 4: God Made My Church Family. We will learn that God’s family are the members of the Church. We will talk about the different members of the church and how we all love Jesus. We will also talk about Jesus’ mother Mary and how she is like our mothers. We will share what our mothers do for us each day.

Everyday Math: This week we are working on patterns. We will explore manipulatives such as teddy bears, pattern blocks and unfix cubes. We will also create various patterns by size, color or shape. We will work on continuing and completing patterns as well.

Jolly Phonics: This week our letter of the week is Pp. We will be able to identify letter Pp, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letter Pp. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for letter Ii:

Blow out the candles on the pink pig cake,

/p/ /p/ /p/ /p/ /p/ /p/,

Blow out the candles on the pink pig cake

/p/ /p/ /p/.

The motion for Pp is pretending your index finger is a candle and blowing it out with the /p/ sound.

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Reader’s Workshop: This week we are learning about where readers read? We will discuss the characteristics of places where we like to read such as quiet, comfortable, peaceful. We will practice building our reading stamina by reading in our reading spots. We will also explore our school library and read books there as well. Our goal is to reach 5 minutes of reading one book on our own. We are learning strategies that allow us to keep the same book for a given time such as looking at the tiny details, using your finger to scan the page, creating your own story, and looking at the book more than once in case you missed something.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be focusing on who an illustrator is and their role in writing books. We will become illustrators by creating our drawings and describing what we drew. We will be reading the book Why are you so special? and we will draw and talk about why we are each special.

Leader In Me: We will continue to discuss our Habit of the Month, Habit 1: Be Proactive. We talked about being in charge of ourselves and how we control our own actions so we choose to have good or bad days. Now we will talk about ways that we can be and have been proactive at home or at school. We are proactive everyday by helping others, being a leader, making good choices and taking initiative.

Week at a Glance Sept. 16-20

What is PK3 learning this week?

Religion: This week we will continue Unit 1: God Made People. We will be focusing on Chapter 3: God Made My Helpers. We will be learning about all kinds of helpers that help us around our community, at school and at church. We are thankful for our helpers because they are kind and help us each day.

Everyday Math: This week we are working on counting up to 10. We will use the story Ten Black Dots to create our own representational drawings using dots such as lady bugs, people, cars, and trains. We will also read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and create our own caterpillars by counting out up to 10 circles.

Jolly Phonics: This week our letter of the week is Ii. We will be able to identify letter Ii, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letter Ii. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for letter Ii:

Inky the mouse is my pet,

he spilled the ink and got wet, 

/i/ /i/ /i/, 

Inky’s wet.

The motion for Ii is pretending to be a mouse and wriggling fingers by cheeks like whiskers while saying Ii sound. 

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Second Step/Mindfulness: This week we will be focusing on Following Directions. We will talk about how following directions help you learn. When we all listen and follow directions we get the most out of learning. We will practice and reinforce staying on task and following directions.

Reader’s Workshop: This week we are learning about why reader’s read? We read because it makes us happy, we want to learn something new or more about something we already know, we read to spend time with special people etc. We will share why we like to read with our friends.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be focusing on who an author is and their role in creating books. We will be reading books by the author Eric Carle and we will become author just like him by adding our own pages to his books Panda Bear, Panda Bear what do you see? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear what do you Hear?

Week at a Glance Sept. 9-13

Week at a Glance September 9-13

What is PK3 learning this week:

Religion: This week we will continue Unit 1: God Made People. We will be focusing on Chapter 3: God Made My Friends. We will discuss why God made friends, how friends help one another and how to be a good friend. 

Everyday Math: This week we will focus on using songs as a way of recognizing numbers, using one to one correspondence with numbers and remembering to stop at the number we are counting up to and not continuing. 

Jolly Phonics: This week our letter of the week is Tt. We will be able to identify letter Tt, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letter Tt. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for letter Tt:

When I watch the tennis game, 

/t/ /t/ /t/, 

/t/ /t/ /t/,

When I watch the tennis game, 

My head goes back and forth.

The motion for Tt is turning your head side to side while saying Tt sound. 

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is, its sound and motion. Ask your child to share the chant with you as well.

Second Step/Mindfulness: This week we will be focusing on the skill of self talk. We will review the Listening Rules which include eyes watching, ears listening, voices off, bodies calm. We will practice using our attentoscope to help us focus as well. We use self talk as a way to help us pay attention or focus better. Self talk is when we tell ourselves over and over quietly or in our heads what it is we want to do so we won’t get off task. 

Reader’s Workshop: This week we are learning about what reader’s read. Reading can be done using books, stories, poems, magazines, comics, but we also read environmental print as well. Students recognize signs on the street or restaurant names because they are memorized or they are familiar with them, but they are reading them as well. 

Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be connecting Religion with Writing Workshop. Students will hear a story about being a good friend, we will discuss the traits of a good friend and we will draw how are good friends to others. 

Science/Service Learning Project: We will be reading about animals and discussing which we may see at our field trip to the zoo. We will differentiate farm animals and wild animals as well.

 Leader in Me: We will be focusing on Habit 1: Be Proactive this week. What does it mean to be proactive and how can we be proactive at school and at home? We are in control of ourselves and we are in charge. We should always have a “can do” attitude. We will watch a Franklin Covey animated video about being proactive as well.

Everyday Math Fun

Everyday Math Fun

PK3 explored Math topics we will be learning throughout the year and we got the chance to  use some fun math tools.

We discussed different ways of creating patterns such as by size, shape, or color.

Here students are using unifix cubes to create color patterns.

We also discussed how shapes create different forms. We read the book The Shape of Me by Dr. Seuss to see how many things form different shapes.

 

Here students are using pattern blocks to create things like animals, insects and flowers.

PK3 enjoyed using Math tools and did a great job focusing on their tasks.

Week at a Glance August 26-30

Welcome to our first PK3 class blog. Each week you will be able to see our Week at a Glance which will share what we are learning for the week. There will also be a special blog that shares something we learning, special events, or some fun in our classroom from the previous week.

What is PK3 learning this week:

Religion: This week we will begin Unit 1: God Made People. We will be focusing on Chapter 1: God Made Me. We will discuss why God made people and how we are all different and special. How are we different? What are things we can do that make us special? We will know that God loves us and he made us all special.

Everyday Math: This week we will focus on our verbal counting skills. We will use movements and games to help us practice counting out loud.

Jolly Phonics: Each week we will focus on one letter. This week our letter of the week is Ss. We will be able to identify letter Ss, learn the sound and motion, and a chant to help us remember the sound for letter Ss. We will also complete various activities that will help us with letter recognition, and letter formation.

This is the chant for letter Ss:

The snake is in the grass,

the snake is in the grass,

/s/ /s/ /s/

the snake is in the grass.

At home ask your child what the letter of the week is and its sound. Ask your child to share the chant with you and the motion.

Second Step/Mindfulness: SecondStep/Mindfulness is used in the classroom to help your child develop social emotionally. This week we will be focusing on the skill of Listening. We will review the Listening Rules which include eyes watching, ears listening, voices off, bodies calm. We will practice this skill most when we are on the carpet during lessons and sharing time.

Reader’s Workshop: This week we are learning about how to be a leader in the library by treating our books with care, turning pages slowly, and taking our time to read. We place our books back on the shelf slowly and gently.

Writer’s Workshop: We will be focusing on our drawing skills. We will practice drawing ourselves with details such as making sure we include a head, a body, legs and arms. Then we will add eyes, ears, nose, hair etc. We will create our first self portrait.

Science/Service Learning Project: We will be learning about our 5 senses and what part of our body we use for each sense, and what each sense helps us do.

Leader in Me: This week we will be discussing what a habit is? There are good habits and bad habits. What are good habits to have at school that will help us be the best leaders at school? We will work together to create a class mission statement and each child will create their individual mission statement as well.