I can’t believe it is already 2022! The first few months of the school year went by so fast. During November and December our classroom was lucky to have consistent associate teachers – Ms. Majida was with us for most of November. Ms. Randa has been with us since right after Thanksgiving break and she will continue the rest of the school year with us! 🙂 We are very lucky to have her and the students have really bonded with her as well.
During the last two months the students have been working hard on learning about letters – recognition, letter sounds, and how to write them. We’ve done this by having small group lessons like these: ABC stamps, sensory writing, name puzzles, gingerbread alphabet matching games, and working on writing during writing time each day. They have also had a lot of practice during work time while they are playing in the art area, book area, or toy area and using toys and games that focus on their alphabetic knowledge. They also focused a lot on literacy and retelling familiar stories.
Students have also had a lot of practice with their math skills. During small group in the last several weeks we’ve had lessons such as placing pom-poms on apple trees and counting and adding the items up, shape bingo games, creating patterns while making a candy cane, using dice and bingo dabbers to see how many dots they could get, going on a gingerbread man number hunt around the school, finding and cutting out only numerals in newspapers, sorting elephant toys by size and/or color and graphing the results, and graphing our gingerbread man cookie eating. We also count and point out numbers all throughout the school day.
When your child comes home from school they might just tell you they played or say they can’t remember what they did. To help your child talk about what they did during the day – ask them more specific questions: What did you do during Small Group today? What did you do during Large Group today? Who did you work with during Work Time? What did you talk about during lunch time? What did you do while you were outside? When you mention the different parts of our school day by name it can help them focus and recall what they did that day and help you get more information out of them as well 🙂 Please remember to check the photo album each week – I try to update it with pictures at the end of the week. These pictures are normally from small group, work time, writing, or outside time. Look at the pictures with your child and I’m sure they will have lots of stories for you! The link is at the top menu of the blog. I’ll also link it here again: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ifo7XKdXV8oYvNKu6 If you sign up for it, you will get updates when I add pictures as well.
This week a student teacher from U of M – Dearborn will start joining our classroom a few days a week. Her name is Ms. Storck and she will be with us until the end of April. She will be creating a blog post/letter to introduce herself in the coming weeks. Please remind your child that she will be in our room for the first time tomorrow as well 🙂