What’s Happening This Week 9/16 – 9/20

We have a fun week ahead of us!  Our theme for this week is Hispanic Heritage.  Hispanic Heritage Month began 9/15 and we are focusing this week on it but will continue to read stories, hear songs, and do projects related to Hispanic Heritage throughout the month!  Our field trip to Lincoln Park Zoo is Thursday and we have no school Friday.

Here is what we are up to for the week.

Everyday Math: We are learning positional words such as on, beside, behind, over, under.  We will be using our teddy bear manipulative and singing a fun song (to the tune of Farmer in the Dell) “My teddy’s on my chair, my teddy’s on my chair, Oh dear, silly bear, my teddy’s on my chair”  We will then swap out on for different positional words.  We will move the bears according to the directions in the song.  We will also begin learning about ordinal numbers.  We will play a game lining up objects 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

Religion: We are learning that the Church is God’s Family and that we too are a part of God’s Family.  We will be familiarizing ourselves with words like altar, vestment, etc.

Leader in Me: We will be watching the video version of the story we read last week Just the Way I Am from the Leader in Me website.

Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics:  We are practicing writing our names this week and working on our proper hand grip.  We are also looking for the first letters in our name!

Reader’s Workshop: We are learning about authors and illustrators.  We will know that authors think of the story and the words for their story and that illustrators read those words and turn them into pictures.

Writer’s Workshop: We are creating our September self portraits, focusing on including various colors in our drawings.

Second Step:  Following directions is the theme this week.  We will play Brain Builders to help us strengthen our listening muscles as well as read a book that teaches us sign language.

This week’s books are: Simple Signs, Green is a Chile Pepper, What Can You Do With a Paleta?, Frida, Tito Puente: Mambo King, Biblioburro, Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale, Book Fiesta, Zoo Looking.

What Happened Last Week 9/9 – 9/13

(Sorry, this blog post slipped my mind last week!)

Last week we learned all about Community Helpers. We were able to come up with over 20 different community helpers but we know there are so many more!!

Here is what we did last week:

Everyday Math: We were bakers and used chocolate chip cookie cutouts to help us count a collection of objects (chocolate chips) and identify the corresponding numeral (written on a plate).

Religion: We are learned that God gave us Friends and Helpers because He loves us. Jesus is our friend and he was a great helper to those around him.

Leader in Me: We read Just the Way I Am and learned that we are in charge of our mood. The main character was being teased at school about how he looks but learned to appreciate the special things about himself. He then chose to not let the teasing student bring him down.

Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics: We reviewed uppercase and lower case letters.

Reader’s Workshop: During Reader’s and Writer’s workshop, we learned about poems and how they are different than stories. We spent time choosing the rhyming words we heard in different poems and then came up with our own rhyming words!

Second Step: We continued to work on focusing our attention. This week we learned how to use Self-Talk to keep our focus on what we are supposed to do. We read The Little Engine That Could to see using Self-Talk in action.

This week’s books are: Career Day, Just the Way I Am, and The Little Engine That Could

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!


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!