January 23, 2015
Dear Parparim Families,
The children have eagerly been learning about penguins! This week we identified the parts of a penguin, what they eat, where they live, that there are 17 different types of penguins and about their nests and their babies. We have been reading both fiction and non-fiction and many of the children are reading in groups or independently and writing what they have learned. Next week we will begin writing our own penguin adventure stories and conducting a few science activities to see how these funny creatures survive in the cold.
We’ve added a few new sight words to our popcorn word wall as well as new letter sounds. Next week we will work with the short vowel “o” and some will be working with long vowel patterns. Our older students will receive their spelling list on Tuesday to practice at home. Each Friday they will have a spelling test.
Please remember to check the class website periodically to see updates and pictures from classroom happenings! We are so please with the number of students who are returning their weekly reading logs and who are practicing from their “I Can” binder at home.
A few of the children have asked to put on a short penguin play for the class. They are just beginning to learn their lines and rehearse together during free center/choice time. We are reading poems and learning songs as well. We are planning a “black and White” penguin day for the week leading up to President’s Week vacation!
In math the class continues to work with numbers; looking for patterns, counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and some are learning about fact families for addition and subtraction. We are also learning about coins and their value and are using them to build numbers on the calendar. For example, today was the 23rd day of January; we used 23 pennies, 2 dimes and 3 pennies, 4 nickels and 3 pennies and then a dime, 2 nickels and 3 pennies to build 23!
On Monday, Mrs. Rivers and I are looking forward to a visit to a nearby school as part of our Professional Development Day. We are looking forward to observing, collaborating and bringing back some fresh ideas to HACD. Enjoy the extra day with your child!