February 25, 2019



Welcome back, Friends!  We are heading into the last third of the school year already – Wow!  It’s gone so fast!  We have lots more fun to pack into the coming Spring!  This will also be the beginning of a transitional, decision-making time for most of you, and I want you to know that I am completely aware of just how difficult this time can be.  Rest assured that I will work with you to determine the best outcome for your child as he/she transitions into the world of “real school,” and I will be nothing but transparent as we partner to make this process a positive milestone focusing on new beginnings!

Wrapping It Up

In the week before break, we enjoyed the silly story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose.  We focused on activities and discussions about “love” as it relates to our feelings about people and things in our lives.  We learned about many different ways we can express our love, and how we express love differently between things we love and people we love.  The children enjoyed exchanging Valentines with each other, as we emphasized the giving  (not just the getting) part of showing our love.  We introduced and practiced the letter “Vv,” and continued with the color pink and the heart shape.  Thank you to all who sent flowers, sweets and cards for us!  I am positive that we have the most generous group of parents in this school!

Coming Next

         

This next two weeks, we will continue a study of our feelings as they relate specifically to friendship.  Both stories,   Hooray For Hat by Brian Won and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses  by Kimberly and James Dean, feature a main character with lots of very moody friends.  In the first story, Elephant is upset until he receives a package containing several hats.  He stacks all the hats on his head, and goes out to show his friends.  As he meets each of his grumpy friends, Elephant shares one of his hats to cheer them up.  When they all try to figure out a way to make their friend Giraffe feel better, they come through with the perfect gift – the entire stack of hats!   One of our favorite characters, Pete the Cat, begins the next story feeling…you guessed it – grumpy!  Frog rides by on his motorcycle and gives Pete his cool sunglasses, and Pete begins to see things in a better light!  “The birds are singing, the sky is bright, the sun is shining, I’m feeling alright!” Pete sings as he begins to visit his friends.  Just as with Elephant, Pete shares his gift with each of his friends to help them feel better.  When Pete’s sunglasses break, it is the grumpy, old owl who changes things with his wise words, “Pete, you don’t need magic sunglasses to see things in a new way.  Just remember to look for the good in every day.”  Both of these stories feature a repetitive, rhyming text for lots of practice with our phonemic awareness skills, and they both contain lots of rich, descriptive vocabulary and predictable sequencing.

We will introduce and practice the letter “Ll,” and we will then review letters “Nn,” “Dd,” “Mm,” and “Vv.”  We will continue to practice the color pink and the heart shape through the remainder of this unit.

Dates to Remember

  • February 25th-March 1st – Read Across America Week, Promoting reading in all communities:
     25th-
    Wear Hats
    26th-
    Wear Green
    27th-
    Wear Animal Print
    28th-
    Wear Crazy Socks

    1st- 
    Dress as Book Character/Kindergarten Book Parade
  • March 7 – 6:00-7:30 pm – STEM Family Night – There will be lots of great activities for our little guys!  I hope to see you here!

 

February 11, 2019

I would be remiss if I didn’t stop to thank you all for the gestures of appreciation you have showered us with in the past three weeks!  Thank you all so much for the office supplies, gift cards, personal notes, and sweet treats!  We (teachers, paras, therapists) know how fortunate we are to be partnering with you all to nurture and guide your children in this Frey Elementary School Family.  Your support is paramount to us being able to bring success into what we do for our little guys!

Wrapping It Up

Our community helpers unit was a big success, as we explored so many different possibilities for our futures!  We have climbed ladders, sprayed hoses and balanced on fiery beams to rescue lowercase letters and babies.  We saved the runaway bus as we matched our shapes, studied our own fingerprints under magnification and directed traffic as police officers.  We have flossed and brushed giant teeth as we pretended to be dentists, and we made delectable desserts as chefs.  We took care of boo-boos with LOTS of bandaids, listened to our heartbeats, and took our blood pressures as doctors and nurses.  We also rode our mail trucks as we delivered letters to mailboxes as postal workers.  All this, and we still had to go to “school” and do Ms. Kelly’s job a few times!  We introduced and practiced letters “Nn,” “Dd” and “Mm,” and last week, as February began, we introduced the color pink and the shape of heart.

Coming Next

This week, we will celebrate LOVE within the context of the good feelings we have about our families and friends, with the seasonal story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Collandro.  Just like all of the other “Old Lady” stories, the quirky main character swallows an ever-increasing list of seasonal objects.  It provides a rhyming text with funny illustrations, but this time the hungry old lady swallows a rose, lace, glitter, jewels, candy and a card!  While reinforcing lots of fun vocabulary, this story provides opportunities for sequencing, prediction and re-enactment, and provides a rich means of supporting seasonal concepts.

We will continue practicing the color pink and the heart shape, and we will introduce and practice the letter “Vv.”

On Thursday, February 14th, we will do a simple Valentine exchange and a special snack.  We will design and make our own Valentine bag or box during the week, while we practice what it means to love something or someone, and how it makes us feel.  Please send in one Valentine for each friend in our class by Wednesday.  The list is as follows:

Lake, Joseph, Logan, Gabriel, Walker, Aaron, Arire, Grant, Maddox, Jayoni

Dates To Remember

  • February 14th, 2019 – Class Valentine exchange
  • February 18th-22nd, 2019 – Winter Break, School closed

Needed Items

  • bottles of white school glue