January 17, 2020 Newsletter
How about that awesome Counting Book your child brought home this week?!! I know you will agree with me that this project is a keeper because it is one your child can read by himself/herself over and over again. Be proud of the work your little one did to complete this book.
This week the class began learning the alphabet. The alphabet will be introduced through the Investigator Club with Dilly Gator putting on an alphabet show. All her friends will take part with costumes and props. The children, in small groups, will recognize the uppercase letters and learn a little about letter sounds. They will trace letters and write them in various materials like shaving cream, rice, sand, just to mention a few, and pay close attention to the letters in their name. Since the boys and girls loved “The Number Jar” so much, we will continue with “The Alphabet Jar.” The snack kid will bring one item that begins with the letter we are focusing on in the jar. The class, in turn, will ask the snack child questions about his item. This activity is not only fun but reinforces letter sounds and verbal development.
We started with letter A and heard the story and song, “The Ants Go Marching”. We stamped ants on letter A which was really an anthill. We tasted sweet, red apples and green, tart apples and then made a graph. The red, sweet apples won by a landslide from observing the photo. In the future, we will make more graphs.
For letter B, we had a blast blowing bubbles outside and we blew air through a straw to make colorful bubbles in soapy paint. We laid paper over the bubbles and presto made bubble painting!! We also interacted with puppets while I read, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”
Be sure to save the letter crafts your child brings home and display them in his/her bedroom or playroom. A good way to display all 26 letters is to hang them on a “clothes line” so they can look at them daily. It makes for a great teaching tool and they can feel proud of their work!
In honor of Dr. M.L. King, the boys and girls made a special project about kindness.
Don’t forget, Monday is a school holiday!!
Happy Birthday to Mira (Jan.5), Beau (Jan. 11), and Caleb (Jan. 15) who turned 4 this month!!
I was so impressed by the boys and girls cutting skills!! Did they practice over the Winter Break? If you look carefully at the bulletin board Mrs. Alger made, you can see the beautiful snowflakes the children cut out. Now granted Mrs. Alger helped some, but I was Wowed by how intricate the snowflakes were!
Mrs. Roussarie and Mrs. Alger