O What a Wonderful Week

Dear Parents,

Our class has been hard at work again this week and we’re excited to tell you all about our accomplishments!

We successfully completed Chapter 1 in math and have started Chapter 2, Geometry! On Thursday and Friday we talked about different shapes such as cones, cylinders, and spheres. Afterward, the kids were able to have a scavenger hunt inside our classroom to try and find as many of these shapes as possible. To add a bit of a challenge to the game, I had them help each other for two minutes using their voices, and then they could only use hand motions for the other two. It was awesome to see everyone working together pointing or clapping when they found a new object.

Speaking of spheres, we had our second social studies lesson about the seven continents and the Earth’s oceans. I used a flashlight and our globe to explain how when it’s daytime in Marietta, it’s nighttime in Tokyo, Japan. As I rotated the Earth with the flashlight starting where we live, I walked the children through a 24 hour day! They absolutely loved it!

Our class is almost finished learning about Oswald and his odd animals too. We played a matching riddle game called, Oswalderee! Once everyone had matched the correct letter to the sound and animal, we all shouted out “OSWALDEREE!” I think that will be a game we play frequently, as we all had so much fun! The kiddos have also been hard at work this week with their handwriting skills! We worked very hard to complete our handwriting sheet of the letter O. We also had our very first dictation on beginning sounds. I called out a word either beginning with C or O like Cass or on, and the children had to write the letter they thought it sounded like. I’m happy to report that everyone in our class aced it, but they sure thought it was tough!

In music this week, Mr. G had the kiddos jamming to the chicken dance! They sure got their sillies out during that! They also sang some songs and did some freeze dance!

Our technology class with Mrs. Butcher is going really well too. This week we have worked on our muscle skills using the mouse. She has the kids play various games that teach them how to point and click, point and drag items and even how to move those little muscles fast in matching games.

Fabulous Fun Friday was, as always, fabulous and fun! We surprised the kids with bright play-doh and asked them to design their own odd animals, just like Oswald. We had snakes with one eye and tails, turtles with only arms, and fat worms with spikes! They were all so great and it was so wonderful seeing those imaginations hard at work!

This week was our first official library visit where we checked out our first book of the year, hooray! Our library days will be every Tuesday. Please make sure your child brings their library book back on Tuesdays so they will have the opportunity to check out another book!

Monday marked our 3rd birthday celebration of the year with Ethan’s 5th! Happiest of birthdays to you Ethan!

We hope that you all have a very relaxing Labor Day weekend and we can’t wait to see your smiling faces on Tuesday morning!

And before I forget, the Word of the Week is PACIFIC OCEAN.

With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Kathie