September 11, 2017

Wrapping It Up

Since we will be out of school for another day, we wanted to get this post out to give you our revised plan for the next two weeks.  This has been a very emotional day as we have paused in silence to remember the events, 16 years ago on this date, that changed our world as we knew it, and we continue to watch another major weather event leave its mark of destruction.  There are no words, but our thoughts and prayers remain with all of those affected.  And, our efforts remain positive and focused on success and growth for the future!

We have gotten through half of our Fall unit with the books Ten Red Apples and Fall Leaves, Fall.   So far, we have had a great time learning about these Fall concepts (although it will be a few weeks before we experience them.) We have counted, matched, graphed, examined, and  tasted all different kinds and colors of apples.  We have learned about the many other things that grow on trees.  We have taken a walk on our beautiful nature trail and discussed many descriptive characteristics of trees.  We have shaken trees, collected leaves of all sizes, shapes and colors, and started some fun science projects with the leaves we found.  We introduced the color blue and the square shape, and the letter “u,” and we spent last week reviewing letters “e,” “s,” “c,” and “u.”  We have many more activities planned to highlight this fun time of year!

What’s Next?

                 

***I will post the concept maps for these two units when I return to school Wednesday.  They are saved on my hard drive at school that I did not bring home on Friday!***

We will continue our Fall/Leaves unit with the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro.  We will begin this story on Wednesday when we return, and continue it through Monday the 18th.This book should be available at the library in the children’s fiction section.  The story follows the same format as the other “Old Lady Swallowed” stories, whereby the old lady swallows a series of items to go with those previously swallowed items.  As with all of the these stories, the text builds upon itself as the items are swallowed, until at the end, there is some sort of surprise made of those things.  This book reinforces seasonal vocabulary in the song-like text, and focuses on part/whole concepts, descriptors, and prediction. 

We will start the final book in this unit on Tuesday the 19th, and go through Friday the 22nd.  Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell highlights a young girl who visits a farm to pick apples and select her Fall pumpkin.  Many rich verbs are used to describe the wonderful experiences she has on the farm, like climbing trees, picking apples, choosingcutting and carrying pumpkins.  We will introduce letters “l” and “n,” and again, we will follow the revised story schedule when introducing these new letters, so we can spend 4 days on each.

Blue” will continue to be our color of focus while the “square”  will find it’s way into many more of our activities for the next two weeks.  It is always helpful if you can reinforce all of these concepts with your children within the natural contexts of your day.

Coming Events and Dates to Remember

  • September 25-29, 2017 – Fall Break – School closed