What’s Happening This Week 1/13 – 1/17

Here is what we are up to for the week.

Everyday Math: We are continuing to work on subitizing. Remember that subitizing or intuitive numbers is what we are doing when we see a group of items and immediately perceive what the number is without actually counting each item. We are still subitizing up to 5 this week. We are also including 1:1 correspondence activities to go along with subitizing. To practice at home, there are some great videos on YouTube to reinforce the concept. Jack Hartmann has some fun ones!

Religion: We are learning that God created light. We will read a bit more of the creation story to remind us how awesome and powerful God is! We will also explore the wonder of weather that God blessed Earth with.

Leader in Me: We are finishing up Habit 3: Put First Things First. We will learn the analogy of putting the Big Rocks (priorities/ important tasks) into a container first and then added small rocks (play time, screen time, less important duties) to fill in the empty spaces around the Big Rocks. We will use that analogy to help us build a snowman and talk about how we can put the Big Rocks first.

Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics: We are on to letter Dd and the sound it makes. The chant for letter D is “See me play on my drum, playing drums in lots of fun, with a /d/ /d/ /d/ /d/, /d/ /d/ /d/ /d/ /d/. See me play upon my drum.” We sing this to the tune of “This Old Man”. We practice both upper and lower case versions of this letter as well as create a list of words that begin with the letter /d/ sound.

Reader’s Workshop: Our next reading unit is story elements. We will learning about main characters, setting, key events and theme (plot). This week we are being introduced to story elements and that every story has each of these elements in it. We are also working on our comprehension skills and will be interacting with short reading passages.

Writer’s Workshop: We are finishing up our making connections reading unit by writing/drawing connections we find between The Mitten and other stories we have read recently. We will also have a writing assignment based on our comprehension of the story The Jacket I Wear in the Snow.

Social Studies: We will read a story about Martin Luther King Jr and talk about how he affected the lives of many people. We will then create a Peaceful Heart for the classroom. Students will write down one thing they can do to create a peaceful classroom so everyone can be safe and happy at school.

Second Step: We will learn that we feel feelings in our bodies.  We will focus on physical clues in our bodies to help us to understand how we are feeling.

Workstations: We are setting aside 15 minutes, 2X a week to work on workstations. These are table activities that help us strengthen our skills. We will be working on writing our names, number recognition, one to one correspondence, exploring pattern blocks, and identifying words that begin with certain letter sounds.

DEAR: We are starting to include independent reading time to help build our reading stamina. We are starting off with just 5 minutes. Our goal is to build up our stamina to 15 minutes by the end of the school year. We will be spending time on how to choose a “just right” book as well.

This week’s books are: The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, Something Might Happen, The Mitten, Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr., and The Paper Bag Princess.

What’s Happening This Week 1/6 – 1/10

Welcome back to school!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. We are ready to get back to learning!!!

Back to work!

Here is what we are up to for the week.

Everyday Math: We are learning how to subitize! What is subitizing? Subitizing or intuitive numbers is what we are doing when we see a group of items and immediately perceive what the number is without actually counting each item. We will begin subitizing 0-5 this week. To practice at home, there are some great videos on YouTube to reinforce the concept. Jack Hartmann has some fun ones!

Religion: We are learning how God created land and gave us air. We will be discussing different land types (forest, desert, mountains, etc.) as well as different ways air is important to us. We are grateful that God has blessed us with His many gifts.

Leader in Me: We are watching the video that goes along with Habit 3. Habit 3 is Put First Things First. We saw what happened when Pokey and Jumper did not put first things first and how it affected their lives. Pokey learned to do his work before he played so he could learn new things and Jumper learned to put everything in its place.

Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics:  We are on to letter Mm and the sound it makes. The chant for letter M is “Mom and Dad make many meals, /mmm/ /mmm/, Mom and Dad make many meals, for their hungry children.” We sing this to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”. We practice both upper and lower case versions of this letter as well as create a list of words that begin with the letter /m/ sound.

Reader’s Workshop: We are becoming readers by making connections with what we are reading. We are reviewing text to self connections while reading The Snowy Day. Many of us thought of times we played in the snow. We will also be working on text to text connections by reading The Mitten and thinking about other stories that we have read that The Mitten has reminding us of.

Writer’s Workshop: We working on self portraits this week. We are thinking about all the details that should be included in a picture we create.

Second Step:  We will be practicing being caring and helpful friends by discussing kind words we can use and helpful actions.

Workstations: We are setting aside 15 minutes, 2X a week to work on workstations. These are table activities that help us strengthen our skills. This week we will be working on writing our names, number recognition, one to one correspondence, exploring pattern blocks, and identifying words that begin with certain letter sounds.

DEAR: We are starting to include independent reading time to help build our reading stamina. We are starting off with just 5 minutes. Our goal is to build up our stamina to 15 minutes by the end of the school year. We will be spending time on how to choose a “just right” book as well.

This week’s books are: The Snow Day, The Mitten, and The Very Cold Freezing No Number Day.

This week’s songs are:

Let’s Give a Cheer for the New Year (Row Your Boat)

Ring, ring, ring the bells

Tap, tap, tap the drums

The New Year’s here

Let’s give a cheer

We’ll have a year of fun!

Oh My Mittens (Clementine)

Oh my mittens! Oh my mittens!

So soft and warm and snug!

All the fleece that’s on the inside

Gives my hands a winter hug!

Mitten Music (Where has my Little Dog Gone?)

Oh where oh where did my (new) mittens go?

Oh where oh where can they be?

Oh I have looked high and I have looked low

Oh where oh where can they be?

What Happened in October

I apologize for not updating our blog during the month of October. Instead of going back and a week by week review, I am summing up our activities in this post.

Everyday Math: We learned to sort objects by length (smallest to largest) and we worked on identifying and extending AB patterns using pumpkins and leaves. We also reviewed counting and filling 5 frames.

Religion: We learned how to pray using our whole bodies (kneeling, bowing head) and we looked at the Bible and learned how to treat is with kindness and respect.

Leader in Me: We reviewed Habit 1: Be Proactive. We learned about Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. We thought about how making a plan helps us to achieve our goals. We drew pictures about what we want to be when we grow up.

Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics:  We practiced writing the letters S, A, T, I, and P. We practiced uppercase using our handwriting workbooks and lowercase using our Jolly Phonics worksheets. We can say the sound each letter makes and learned a short rhyme with each letter.

Reader’s Workshop: We are becoming readers by making predictions about stories we are reading. We looked at clues about the stories from the covers and the titles. We ended by taking a picture walk through the story before reading it to make predictions.

Writer’s Workshop: During Writer’s Workshop, we work on drawing pictures that relate to a question, story, or theme. We focus on including details and colors into our pictures.

Second Step:  We learned about feelings in October. We practiced identifying how a person is feeling by looking at their face and paying attention to what is happening. We also learned that it is okay for people to have different feelings about the same thing.

Science: We explored a pumpkin and examined the inside of it as well. We also dabbled a little into mixing colors.

Social Studies: We continued to discuss community helpers and our service learning project. Don’t forget to donate new pajamas for our pajama drive!