Happy Groundhog’s Day

Dear Parents,

We have officially finished meeting all of our Superkids! To celebrate, we had a Superkids party for the class and everyone came dressed as their favorite character! Sal’s and Lily’s were the favorite of the day but we had a Golly, Hot Rod, Cass, Ettabetta, and Frits! Now that we have introduced all of the Superkids, we will start the Superkids Club. This is where the class will focus on blending letters to form new sounds that will help teach us reading skills, as well as segmenting sounds with spelling. We’ll also focus on comprehension with reading and will also work on more detailed writing assignments. There will be a new packet of words and information coming home with each club book, so be sure to check your child’s folder!

January had us working on our addition skills in math and I’m just so proud of these young minds! With each new lesson, we’ve met together as a group to go over each concept and within minutes it is clear that everyone is grasping it. We started out learning horizontal addition then introduced vertical addition and no one skipped a beat! We will move to subtraction soon as well in the upcoming weeks.

In science, we concluded our unit on hibernation! This unit had us learning about all types of animals from penguins, to bears, to ducks. On Wednesday we did an experiment where we had a bag of ice and a bag of blubber (homemade, don’t worry). Each child had an opportunity to put one hand in ice and at the same time, keep their hand in the blubber, while both bags floated in cold water. It was a unanimous vote that blubber definitely keeps our animal friends warm in frigid temperatures! Once the experiment was over, the kiddos wanted to compete against their classmates. They wanted to see who could keep their hand in the ice cold water the longest! Ask them who won 😉

This week in Social Studies, we began our lesson on Mount Rushmore and the Presidents that are displayed on the mountainside. I have to say that social studies seems to be the favorite out of all subjects- the class is so full of questions and stories. They were all in complete amazement when they found out that the noses on the mountain are bigger than a person! They also could not believe it took 14 years to finish the mountain! They were very excited when they found out the white house contains a bowling alley and a movie theater! I think it’s safe to say these kiddos wouldn’t mind taking a trip to view it lol 😉

Our weekly specials have also been keeping us on our toes. In art, the kids finished their cardinals (which you may have seen up around the classroom) and are in the process of working on another masterpiece. Technology class has been keeping our fingers typing and the kids are getting pretty fast. Before you know it, they’ll be typing up their own letters to the editor! Mrs. Goodson is teaching basic tumbling practices in P.E. and this is also teaching the kids patience since they can only go one at a time. We’re still going outside for recess too and the past few weeks both classes have been enjoying playing soccer against one another on the field. It’s so great to see them get out and play, even if it’s a chilly winter’s day!

Fabulous Fun Friday was amazing since we were able to come to school in our pajamas! I mean, who doesn’t love that?! We celebrated Groundhog’s Day and surveyed the class to see who wants more winter! It was an 8 to 1 vote that these kiddos want the warm weather to come fast!

Look out for information about what to bring for Valentine’s Day. 

Please make sure you send your child to school with an old shoe box wrapped in white paper before February 7th as we will be decorating them as a class. 

Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up the week of February 17th as well and I look forward to chatting with you all face to face! Please be sure to sign up on our sign up genius account.

The word of the week is: hibernation

With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Kathie