Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year...New Fun...New Learning...

This coming week we are continuing to work with Unit 3 of Reading Street and we will be reading "Little Quack."  We will be working on the letter Rr and the associated sound.  The letter Rr is a short sound; therefore, please do not have your children add the "uh" sound.  In addition, we will continue to work with our sight words: she, me, with.  

We are planning to continue our work with our other sight words and using them to write sentences!   Students have been introduced to the basic elements of writing sentences.  They should be able to show you how they start a sentence with a capital letter, use two finger spaces between words, and end their sentence with a punctuation mark.  Please continue to encourage your child to be writing at home on their days off.  We love to see what your child does on their days off and they can bring their writing into class to share.  

Centers will be changing this week!  We will have five centers this week: library center, math center, art center, writing center, and teacher center.  In the library center, students will be able to browse winter books and complete their book report.  In the math center, children will continue to explore 2-D and 3-D shapes.  They will be comparing and contrasting the shapes, sorting shapes by 2 attributes, and discussing the shape's properties with their peers.   The art center will provide students with the opportunity to create a snowman and label all of the parts.  Finally, in the writing center, we will be working on our sentence writing and sharing our writing with the class!

In math, we will be reviewing 2-D and 3-D shapes.  The children are required to identify five 2-D shapes and four 3-D shapes for the report card.  The children will work with all 2-D and 3-D shapes and explore them in the way they move, look, and other properties.   We will also reviewing the similarities and differences between 2-D and 3-D shapes.

Also, this week, we will also be spending some time reviewing our classroom and school procedures!  We are looking forward to seeing the children on Tuesday/Wednesday and hearing all about their winter breaks!

Happy New Year!

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