Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Merry Weekly Wrap Up

We spent our short, cold week working on addition, the letter f, and Christmas! With the temperatures so cold, Friday afternoon was the first time we made it outside all week.

We took our math test for addition yesterday, and I was very pleased! You can see the scores on the Parent Portal. We are going to do some review activities this week, and then we will start subtraction after Christmas. Your child needs to be fluent in addition and subtraction facts up to 5. This is a great way for you to work at home with them. Because it is within 5, they will be able to use one hand! The facts they should know are 0+0, 0+1, 0+2, 0+3, 0+4, 0+5, 1+1, 1+2, 1+3, 1+4, 2+1, 2+2, 2+3, 3+2, and 4+1.

We worked on writing some simple words in shaving cream on Wednesday. This is a fun way to work on such an important skill. You could do this at home and use words with just three sounds, like run, sit, pat, top, and dig. You can also practice painting the words or making them with playdoh.

We are learning about Christmas traditions around the world. We talked about our traditions here in America. We labeled Santa, one of our favorite part about Christmas!

We learned about the legend of the poinsettia from Mexico and made a poinsettia in our scrapbooks. We also talked about Las Posadas, another Mexican celebration.

We learned about the legend of La Befana from Italy as well. She brings gifts to the children in Italy on Three Kings Day. We looked at landmarks from Italy and drew a picture of La Befana in their scrapbooks. This one has a broom and a basket in La Befana's hand, like we saw in the story we read.

Next week, we will learn about Germany and Sweden. We also will do a short study on reindeer. Our letter next week is o, and our sight words are they, you, and were.

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, December 19 - Public Library Christmas Action Hour 3-4 PM at Upper Sandusky Community Library
  • Winter Break: December 23-January 2, Classes resume January 3
  • We are outside if the windchill is 20. Please send a warm coat, hats, and gloves with your student. They need snow boots if they want to be in the snow. Otherwise they have to stay on the blacktop. 
  • We are going to decorate cookies on Friday. If you want to send in a jar of frosting or sprinkles, please do! 
Hope you are enjoying this snow-filled weekend!
Miss McPheron

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up

Christmas is right around the corner, and we are gearing up with more Christmas fun each day!

This week, we learned about the difference between wants and needs. We made a graphic organizer for wants and another one for needs. We showed examples by writing a word and illustrating.
We sorted different items on  wants and needs stockings.
We read The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems and created examples of needs and wants for a pigeon.

We ended the week by writing letters to Santa about what we want for Christmas. The Daily Chief Union is going to help deliver those letters - and give you all a chance to read them!

As I told you at conferences, we started working on addition this week in math. I have been impressed so far! We are using objects to help us add, so encouraging your kids to practice using by using their fingers is a great strategy!

We took a quiz on Friday to practice writing addition sentences for objects. Scores for that quiz are posted on your Parent Portal. We will keep working this week with adding up to 10, and Friday we will take a test.

Next week, we will start our Christmas Around the World Unit. Monday, we will share some of our own Christmas traditions before we start learning about Christmas in Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. If you have not sent a Christmas photo of your child in yet, please put one in their folder for Monday. You can also email it to me and I can print it.

Our sight words are the same next week - your, as, see, and look. We will be focusing on the letter F.

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Book orders due
  • Wednesday, December 11 - Early Release, 1:30
  • December 23-January 2 - Winter Break, No School
  • Friday, January 3 - Classes Resume
As temperatures get colder, please remember that we go outside when the windchill is above 20. We are outside about 45 minutes a day for recess, so your child needs a warm coat, hats, and gloves. If there is snow on the ground, they may bring snow boots to change into for recess. Without snow boots, they have to stay on the blacktop. Thanks!

:) Miss McPheron