April 22, 2019

We’re hoping everyone had a spectacular Sunday, no matter how you spent it!  It was a beautiful day to be with family and/or friends and celebrate so many things this time of year brings!  The weather didn’t keep us from having fun with eggs on Friday, we just had to go to Plan B!  You also probably noticed that we did a really fun egg coloring activity that Ms. Michelle coordinated (Did the colorful hands give it away?), but when she was walking out the door, she realized the eggs never went home!  It’s never too late for eggs, so we left them in the refrigerator and will send them home today!

Coming Next

    

We are beginning our “pond life” unit with a playful, counting book called One Duck Stuck  by Phyllis Root.  This story uses sound play and rhyming to introduce numerous animals volunteering to help the duck get out of the muck!  As each group of animals, increasing in numbers by one, attempts to help her get “unstuck,” they have “no luck.”  Until, at the end, they all work together to get her out of her sticky situation.  Once again, this story has all the right elements for working on our literacy readiness skills.  It uses sequential introduction of characters, rhyming and word play to help us practice our phonemic awareness and sequencing skills, and .  And, of course, it’s a really fun read!

Next, a story by Robert Kalan, Jump, Frog, Jump! , introduces  several new animals  in this scaffolding story (think, “The House That Jack Built”.)  The main character in this book narrowly escapes his demise on each page, by jumping just out of harm’s way!  “This is the turtle that slid into the pond and ate the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog — JUMP, FROG, JUMP!” This cumulative story ends when some children finally catch the frog…and let him go again!

We will introduce and practice the letters “Kk” and “Ff,” and we will continue practicing the color purple and the oval shape.  We will extend our discussion of eggs, with each new animal we meet in our stories that hatch from eggs.

Dates to Remember 

  • Monday, May 6, 2019, 8:00 am – Dads ‘n Donuts – Dads, come share some special time with your child to make a gift for Mom!
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8:00 am – Moms ‘n Muffins – Moms, come share some special time with your child to make a gift for Dad!
  • Friday, May 17, 2019, 1:00 pm – Pre-Kindergartener Graduation – all family members welcome and refreshments to follow!

Needed Items

  • Baby Wipes
  • Anti-bacterial surface wipes (Lysol, Clorox, Store brand wipes)

 

 

April 8, 2019

Welcome back from, what I hope was, a spectacular Spring Break!  The weather cooperated here for my “staycation,” and I had a restful time catching up with old friends and spending time with my family!  I even got a little gardening in.  We are in the final stretch with only 6 more weeks of school.  It goes faster for me every year, but we still have much learning and fun ahead!  Let’s hop to it!

Coming Next

       

We are “traveling” forward in our transportation unit with two more engaging books about vehicles.  This week, we will read My Truck is Stuck  by Kevin Lewis.  In this delightful story, a dump truck with a large load of bones, and driven by some burly dogs, gets stuck in a pothole and can’t move, even “one inch more.”  The all-dog cast of characters, arriving in a series of different vehicles, tries to pull the truck out of peril, as a group of sneaky gophers secretly steals all the bones during the commotion.  Finally, a large tow truck saves the day, and the dump truck drivers can deliver their load???  The children will have multiple opportunities to continue developing their abilities to listen for and produce rhyming words, sequence specific events in the stories, predict and make inferences about situations in the stories, and increase meaningful vocabulary as it relates to their experiences in and outside of the classroom.

We will conclude this unit theme with the timely story Bunnies On The Go by Rick Walton.  This lively and lyrical story about a rabbit family packing for and taking a vacation, and saying “goodbye” and “hello,” is a nice platform for emphasizing even more modes of transportation with engaging pictures and a rhyming text.  We have lots of opportunities to reinforce the verbs and describing words that are so prevalent in the book.  Once again, we will emphasize rhyming words and word patterns, as well as seasonal vocabulary and family traditions.

We will review letters “Ll,” “Dd,” “Qq,” and “Cc” this week and introduce the letter “Rr” next week.  We have many activities planned to tie the letters learned so far into our literature-based themes, as always.  During the month of April, we will focus on the color purple and the  oval.  Please take every opportunity to reinforce these concepts at home.

A Point of Interest

Thanks to Joseph’s mom, Michele, and Walker’s mom, Kalisha, and to Joseph, Rachel and Walker, we now have a class garden to tend this spring!  We planted a variety of fruit and vegetable seedlings that we will be able to observe as they grow, and hopefully we will get to harvest some strawberries, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cucumbers later (maybe in August when we return to school.)

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, April 8, 2019 – Please return Kindergarten Transition Passports
  • Friday, April 19, 2019 @ 11:30 a.m. – Class Easter egg hunt – We are asking each family to please send in a dozen stuffed, plastic eggs by Monday, April 15th