That’s a funny title, isn’t it? Tomorrow I am getting A LOT of hair cut off! I grow my hair out and as soon as it’s long enough, I cut it and donate it to Children With Hair Loss. I believe this will be my fourth time doing so. I usually wouldn’t even mention it but with the combination of a big hair change and wearing a mask, I didn’t want to startle any of the kids Friday.
On Monday, we learned about the letter P and how it pops out of your mouth when you make the sound. Today we learned that the letter Q has a best friend (U). I also included a picture of the color posters we’ve been working on as well as a picture where we learned about how black makes colors darker and white makes colors lighter. So far, your children have heard the words primary, secondary, neutral, and shade in the context of colors. It’s ok if they don’t remember all these words. Everyone will pick up something new at the right time for them.
Can you believe we’ve made it halfway through the alphabet already? Yesterday we learned about the letter N (Nyle Noodle). If you can practice letter sounds at home, that would be wonderful. Just showing your child what your mouth looks like as you say different letters is helpful, especially as you are able to do this without a mask on. I know a couple kids were having trouble hearing the subtle difference between M and N when I said them with my mask on. Any practice will help! I also wanted to share two other things we did today. The first is a picture of three students using teamwork to put together our alphabet train puzzle. Each child in the class came over to the puzzle in groups of two or three and completed the puzzle with me. We worked on letter recognition, sounds, and beginning letter sound. The last picture shows what we did in circle time. We talked about how green is a secondary color and you create it by mixing yellow and blue. I then drew a venn diagram (ignore my horrible circles, it’s tough drawing them in an elongated rectangle), gave each child a colored letter and had them come up to the board one at a time to decide where their letter should go. They did a great job with this and with counting how many letters were in each color area and which color had the most/least. Whew!! We learned a lot yesterday!
On Monday we talked about the letter M. We’ve also been working on sounding out short words, like “mud”. Some of the children are picking up on this but it’s ok if your child isn’t ready for this yet. It’s good for them just to hear it.
This is just a reminder that Picture Day is Monday morning at 9:35. Mrs. Lackey and I will take the children down to get their pictures taken regardless of if you are buying a package. I also wanted to remind you to bring in three new books for Daily 5 on Monday. Remember to let your child help you pick out familiar books. We talked about doing this in class on Friday and the kids were really excited to pick out their books.
Next week we begin our color unit, starting with our primary colors. If you remember about a month ago, I told you the children would have color homework. We would like the children to look for pictures in magazines, ads, and newspapers that represent the color of the day. So for Monday, each child should bring in a picture for each of the following colors: yellow, red, and blue. After that, your child should bring in a picture or two of each of the colors of the day. Please make sure to let your child find and cut out the pictures. Put the pictures into a ziplock back labeled with your child’s name. We will send home the bag in the folder everyday so that you can put the next day’s color in the bag. Here is the list of colors for the following days:
April 28: Green
April 30: Orange
May 3: Purple
May 5: Black and White
May 7: Pink
May 10: Brown
If you have any questions, please reach out to me. Thank you so much.
On Monday, April 26, we would like you to bring in three new books from home for our Daily 5 bags. Please label the books with your child’s name. Have your child pick out the books as they will be more likely to pick something familiar and something that interests them. Remember the books have to fit in the bag which is about 9 by 12 inches. We will send home the old books when the new ones come in. Thank you!
Here are several Alphafriends that we’ve recently learned about. I try to post them daily but many days, I take off my teacher hat and jump right back into being a mom as soon as I get home. I know many of you can relate. It’s not easy working and being a stay at home parent at the same time! I do want to say though, you all seem to excel at it. Mrs. Lackey and I have seen so much growth in all our students. We have sat one on one with almost all the students and assessed their uppercase letter knowledge. We are trying to teach as much as we can about letters, numbers, shapes and colors before mid May. After Ramadan, we will be sitting one on one with each child to assess their overall academic readiness. The goal will be for Mrs. Lackey and I to assess one child each a day then have a very brief conference with you at pick up so you are able see the assessment and address any questions or concerns with us at that time. If you aren’t at pick up, we will meet with you at the next drop off or we can arrange a time to talk.
K was today. See if your child remembers the secret K word (the word is “knee” and it’s a secret K because it doesn’t make a sound). If they don’t remember, it’s ok. It’s more important that they remember the letter of the day.
On Monday, we learned about letter G and today letter H. We are also reading poems about the shape of the day. I’m including Ricky Rectangle which we learned about today.
I hope you have all had a good two weeks. We look forward to getting back in the classroom with your children starting tomorrow. We will begin with two weeks of shapes. Remember that each child is being asked to bring in one shape to share over the course of the unit. The last blog states which day and shape your child is in charge of. Monday, April 12 will be square and we are asking Lucy and Youssef to bring one in to share. See you all tomorrow!