Friday, October 21, 2016

DO YOU KNOW THAT MY FAMILY IS SPECIAL?


These past two weeks, we carried on talking about different types of families and what makes our respective families so special. We reviewed all the things we did since the beginning of the year and I also assessed them this week.
When we asked students: Tell us one thing that is SPECIAL about your family! These are some of your children responses we had:
'My family is special because they are all so brave!'
   'My family is special because we do lots of activities together.'
'My family is special because I can cycle with them.'
''My Family is special because they dress differently.'
Miss Irene and I enjoyed these comments and we witnessed how much your children love you parents!
We talked about what we look like and also anticipated next month theme: Caring!
So we talked about pets. Do you have a pet? If not, what would you like to have?
'I would like a dog'
'I would like a slug and a turtle'
As the holidays are just right here at the corner, students were very hyper and could wait to reach Friday October 7thWe mentioned about Halloween that we will celebrate in class on the first day back from vacation, so please feel free to dress your child accordingly.
International Mindedness:
We learned and discussed about the Festival of Light: Diwali, a Hindi celebration. Aarna’s mother has kindly brought homemade cakes, sweets and has lit our classroom with candles and talk further about the subject.

Another story: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/my-favourite-day-diwali 


Classroom pictures. we invited PreK 2 and 3 classes to celebrate with us!



Skills for the week:
Matches a number to a set 0-5
Claps sound segments, names and words ( Syllables)
Points to numerals 0-20
Names and identifies characters in a story
Sort objects according to color
Speaks in complete sentences
Points to Body parts
Names colours

Tell parents names
Names numeral 0-10 /20
Sorts objects according to shape
Identifies events in Fall
Names and identifies characters in a story
Matches a number to a set 0-5
Reteach:
Recites new song/chant/rhyme
Points to and names letters
Listens to and retell a story
Points to colour
Traces and writes name
Counts to 10/20
Identifies same and different
Sorts objects according to size and colour
Identifies author and illustrator

Extension:
Uses words accurately in weather reports
Identifies the title of a book
Names numeral 0-20
Sorts objects according to shape
Tells how many syllables are in a name/ word
Name body parts

Tells sorting rules
Copies full name
Names all family members’ names
States letter sounds
Understand that sentences are made up of words
 OCT 10 – OCT 21
‘MY FAMILY’
Alphabet knowledge
Sight Words
Nursery Rhyme
Unit/Theme
Colour/Shape/Number
Math
Review

Mm
Oo
Bb
Ee
Tt
Aa
Ss
Ii

END OF QUARTER 1 ASSESSMENT
LIKE
SEE




SAID
CAN
Jack and Jill




Baa Baa Black Sheep
Family
Green. Rectangle, 2


Count
1-20 /30

classify and sort objects

Make 4
Find Missing Parts of 4


LITERACY





Visual discrimination
Recognising letter in my name and last name
My Friends’name
Matching Upper and Lower case Letters
Phonological awareness
Syllables,
Reviewing letters and sounds M,O, B,E,T,A,S,I
Syllables
Beginning sounds
Concepts of Print: Title, Author, Illustrator

Show and Tell:
Adji retelling about her  last weekend with Snow.


Emilie and her writing book

 
Bastian's keys has to real story! They were found in the plane but belonged to no one!

Aarna and B


Snow is going on vacation with Bastian! See you on Oct 31st!

SIGHT WORDS:
You will find today, inside your child's backpack their sight words ring book. The expectation is to have children read them every night before sleeping. Some kids are able to read them others not yet. Parents are also invited to read the words to their child.
However, the sight words book should be returned to class every Monday so that Miss Irene and I could add the new letters of the week. 
Gross Motor/ PE:  Walking, jumping, running.


MATH

Review: Rectangle and green. What are the characteristics of rectangle? Is a square a rectangle?

One to one correspondence:  Up to 3 /5
Subitising

Concept:
Classification – Big and Small

Positional words: Up / Down

Vocabulary:
Big, small, large, bigger, biggest, smaller, smallest, larger, largest, up, down


Enjoy your holidays and see you soon -  fresh and all well rested!

Ms.L

Upcoming events:
Oct 31st: Classes resume
                Halloween celebration in class.
Nov 4: Parent/teacher conferences
Nov 12: PTO Halloween Fete
Nov 7 - Nov 11: Spirit Week
    • Monday, Nov. 7: Pajama Day
    • Tuesday, Nov 8: Superhero Day
    • Wednesday, Nov 9: Nerd Day
    • Thursday, Nov 10: Twin/Triplet Day
    • Friday, Nov 11: Formal Day





Friday, October 7, 2016

FAMILIES, FAMILIES


While we were finishing off the ‘New Friends’theme. We started a new topic ‘My Family’. What is a family? What are the characteristics of a family? These questions are at the core of our activities.
Children were very enthusiastic talking about their respective families and who they consider being part of their family!
We read this beautiful poem Families, Families by Dorothy and Michael Strickland which helped us to talk about family members.



And we read the book ‘We are all alike … We are all different’



It was very interesting to see how students relate to each other and the differences they also noticed in both their physical appearances, looks and tempers...


‘We all have bodies (alike) but some are big and some are small (different)… We all have a heart but we do not feel the same.’ etc
One student has wisely said that: ‘ a family is people we spend lots of time with’.  So we concluded that people in PreK 4 class are also forming a family!
PRE K 4 FAMILY

Today, we added a new member to our Pre-K 4 family and his name is Snow. 
(please see Show and Tell for more details).
We will work on this topic until end of October and I am positive that there will be loads to share with you about our social studies unit!
 
SEPT 26– OCT 7
‘MY FAMILY’
Alphabet knowledge
Sight Words
Nursery Rhyme
Unit/Theme
Colour/Shape/Number
Math
M m
O o
HAVE
I


AND
GREEN
Jack and Jill


Little Miss Muffet
New Friends
Green. Rectangle, 2
Count
1-20 /30

classify and sort objects

Recognise Spatial Patterns.

Skills for the week:


Point to numerals 0-10 /20
Points to Body Parts
Speaks in complete sentences
Traces name Sorts objects according to colour and size
Claps to segments, names and words (syllables)
Names colours
Counts to 10
Points and names letters
Names and identifies characters in a story
Listens and retells a story
Reteach:
Recites new song/chant/rhyme
States first and last name
Identifies uppercase and lowercase letter characteristics
Identifies same/alike and different
Sorts objects according to colour
Points to name in print
Identifies author and illustrator
States age
Points to and names letters 

Extension:
Name body parts
Matches a number to a set 0-5
Tells how many syllables are in a word
Names numeral 0-20

LITERACY

Greeting song:

Visual discrimination: Recognising letter in my name 
Nursery rhyme songs

Alphabet / Phonological awareness : Syllables, Letters M and O
 

 


Phonics songs:

The letter M

The letter O

 



 
Concepts of Print: Title, Author, Illustrator
Show and Tell:
Emilie brought an umbrella and told about how she uses it both for protecting herself from the Sun and the Rain.
The umbrella reminded me of Mary Poppins, the magic famous nanny and we read a story about her.




Adji brought a bead necklace (and Hello Kitty) that she has had for years. Actually since she was a baby. That necklace has a story! In Senegal, mothers ties this white bead necklace around the baby's neck in order to sooth the pains when the baby is teething... Just like amber beads would do!
NEWS ABOUT SHOW AND TELL:
As mentioned earlier, we have a new member in our PreK 4 family and his name is Snow.  
My name is Snow. Nice to meet you parents!

We had to vote one name out of : Fluffy, Snow, White and Cloud!
Snow is our classroom teddy bear and one child will host him every weekend ti his home. He must return to school on Mondays so that the kids could tell us about what they did during the weekend with Snow ( yes! it will be our Show and Tell). 
Please parents, do take some pictures and email them to me on Sunday evenings or Monday mornings. 
By doing so, we are trying to make kids become more responsible and caring when taking Snow home! So please make sure your child remembers to take care of him and bring him to school on Mondays.
For sure, they will be excited talking about their weekend with Snow! 
Miss Irene and I just cannot wait to hear about the stories!
Look at that beautiful smile! Valentin is thrilled to be the first one taking Snow home!


French + Art:
Song:  Frère Jacques!
Book: Petit bleu et petit jaune
What happens when we mix bleu with yellow?




Gross Motor/ PE:  Standing
Warming-ups counting numbers from 1 to 100. 


The Chair Game! 
And The winner is Adji!


Practising LEFT and RIGHT





And lying down and standing!



MATH

One to one correspondence: Introduction

Concept:
Classification – sorting by color

Positional words: Up / above

Vocabulary:
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, white, sort, group, different, alike, same, colour

Focus: Rectangle and green. 
What are the characteristics of rectangle? Is a square a rectangle?

Shape songs



Green colour song

 and more pictures:
 













Have a nice weekend!


Ms.L