November 28, 2016

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Wrapping Up

The children loved Feast For 10  by Cathryn Falwell!  It is rhythmic story that depicts a family grocery shopping and preparing a meal to enjoy together. We worked on comparing, classifying, sequencing and noting similarities and differences in different food items, identifying and counting numbers 1-10, etc.   We introduced the letter “W” and reviewed letters “y,” ”h,” “g” and “v.”  We have spent the month of November learning the color brown and the shape rectangle.

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Our next theme, holidays, is based on the three stories: Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, and Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas is a delightful bear book which ties in perfectly to our theme demonstrating friendship and giving. Bear is so sleepy and wants to take a nap but does not want to sleep through Christmas…again.  Bear’s friends help bear stay awake.  Bear and his friends are in for a special surprise at the end.

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies brings us some familiar characters as the mischievous little mouse has his boy running in circles to get him what he wants.  When he goes to the movies, he wants popcorn.  When he gets popcorn he wants to string it.  When he strings popcorn, he wants a Christmas tree. When he gets a Christmas tree, he wants to make ornaments, etc. Eventually, they wind up at the movies for more popcorn.  Seasonal vocabulary and numerous action words are emphasized in this nicely sequential story that allows the children to predict and “read” what comes next.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is a cute parody of “The Night Before Christmas” with delightful illustrations. Pete the Cat reminds us that although the task may be difficult, the spirit of “giving your all” is what Christmas is about.

These stories are a fun way to introduce students to seasonal vocabulary and holiday traditions. This month we will focus on the color green, the shape starstarand the letters “D,” “M,” and “C.”

Dates To Remember

  • Class Party – December 20th at 11:00! Parent volunteers are needed.  If you wish to help with the holiday party, please let us know.  Thank you!
  • Winter Break – Dec. 22 – Jan 2, 2017
  • Student Holiday – Jan. 3-4, 2017
  • Students return – Jan. 5, 2017
Items Needed
Lysol wipes

November 7, 2016


Wow!  It seems like our year is flying by!  We hope you are all as excited as we are to see the progress your children are making!  They are becoming more independent and capable of new things all the time, AND we always have so much fun!

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Today we continue our unit on healthy foods and Thanksgiving with a wonderfully rich, counting book about a family’s preparation for a large dinner, Feast For 10, by Cathryn Falwell.  The story begins as five children help their mother shop for the many foods they will need for their family feast, and as they add items to the cart, they count the items from one to ten.  Upon arriving home, they all pitch in to help prepare the meal, set the table, and sit down to share the meal, while counting helping hands, plates on the table, bags of groceries, etc. from one to ten.  The rhyming text introduces a rich vocabulary of several foods, but also the actions and describing words that are a part of the familiar routine of meal preparation.  

Next week, we will finish our seasonal unit with Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr.  As the title suggests, this story is about the big bird trying to escape his Thanksgiving Day fate.  The repetitive text and fun sound play describe the turkey attempting to hide in various locations on the farm, but to no avail.  The farmer is always right behind him!  The story lends itself to prediction and sequencing activities, as well as some fun, “nonsensical” sound phrases for the children to practice.  Without giving away the ending, the farmer and his family enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinner of potatoes, dressing, gravy, and salad with…grilled cheese sandwiches!

While many of the activities we will engage in these next two weeks will focus on a variety of healthy food choices and the food groups, we will also emphasize the feeling of thanks and those things we are grateful for and saying “thank you.” We will also touch on the use of good manners at the table and in general.  We will continue to practice the color brown and the rectangle rectangle, and we will review all of the consonants we have learned so far.  And, please join your children for a Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00am!  The lunchroom staff always fixes a yummy feast for the whole school and their families, and it is very special when you join your children for a meal at school.  Please either charge your child’s lunch account or send in your meal payments, for every guest that will join us, by Tuesday, November 15th to reduce the amount of time in line.  A guest meal is $3.50 and a student meal is $2.25.  We hope to see you there!

Items Needed

  • Antibacterial surface wipes

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – Thanksgiving Feast
  • November 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break – No school