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.