What’s Happening This Week 9/2 – 9/6

We finished up our All About Me week and can’t wait to start our new learning theme! This week we will begin talking about our families. We will learn new songs and read books all about families.

Here is what we are up to for the week.

Everyday Math: We are going on a bear hunt! We will hunt bears hidden around our classroom and each student collect 5 bears each. This activity reinforces the concept of associating one number to one object as well as counting out to a specific number.

Religion: We are learning that God gave us our families and that to show love we can help one another.

Leader in Me: We will be discussing what a habit is. We will then read a story about the first habit – Be Proactive. Together, we will then create a list of ways we can be proactive in and out of school.

Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics:  We are reviewing what strokes we will be using while writing.  (Ask us about Big and Little Lines and Big and Little Curves). We will also be practicing our letter recognition by pointing to each letter of the alphabet as we sing our ABCs.

Reader’s Workshop: We are learning about the different parts of a book: front cover, back cover, title, pages, binding.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be creating a book cover of our own, remembering to include what we learned during Readers Workshop.

Second Step:  We are continuing to use our whole body listening skills we practiced last week. This week we will learn to use our eyes, ears, and brains to focus our attention.

This week’s books are: Me and My Family, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?, Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate, Clifford’s Family, The Listening Walk

Our songs for this week are:

“Families are Nice” (Jingle Bells)

Families, families

Are the best you see

Our families take care of us

I’m sure that you’ll agree

Families care for us

In the nicest way

Our families all love us

Each and every single day

“All Kinds of Families” (Do Your Ears Hang Low)

There are families

Everywhere that you may go

From the sunny south 

To the north in ice and snow

And no matter where our families might be

They love you and they love me!

Don’t forget that Grandparents’ Day is this Sunday, September 8. Come worship with us at a special Family Mass in honor of all the wonderful grandparents!

Chrysanthemum

During our All About Me unit we discussed things that make us special, including our names.  We read Chrysanthemum and talked about special names and how we can be kind to one another.  We then created our own chrysanthemums!

 

 

What’s Happening This Week 8/26 – 8/30

Our school year is off to a great start!  Last week we learned about our classroom – rules and routines.  This week we are diving into learning!  Our theme is All About Me and most of our activities will be centered around this topic.

Here is what we are up to for the week.

Everyday Math: We are working on numbers this week.  We are going on a number hunt to find the “addresses” (classroom numbers) in the school.  We are also beginning to work on one to one correspondence by matching movements to numbers (one foot stomp for each number).

Religion: We are learning that everyone is special because God made us.

Leader in Me: We completed our classroom mission statement and will begin to come up with our own individual mission statements.

Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics:  We are beginning to learn about the strokes we will be using while writing.  (Ask us about Big and Little Lines and Big and Little Curves).

Reader’s Workshop: We are learning how to choose a book and a quiet reading spot. We are building our reading stamina by reading quietly for at least 5 minutes.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we will work on our first self portraits of the year.  We will be making self portraits every month, adding new details to each drawing.

Second Step:  Last week we learned how to welcome a new student.  This week we will be learning about whole body listening and using these skills to be great learners.