We had a fun time at our holiday party in December. Special thanks to the parents who helped out! We did a craft, played games and had a delicious snack. Best of all, we were treated to some holiday music by Teacher Amy and her husband, Dan!
Language Arts – We are continuing to work on our letters! By the end of March, we will have covered the letters Aa to Uu and their corresponding sounds. We are even watching the Leapfrog “Letter Factory” video to help us with the sounds. Ask your child how many of the sounds they know (and remember that some letters have two sounds!). We love our classroom story books and having Teacher Mimi B read to us on Fridays.
Fine Motor Skills - The children have improved tremendously with their daily cutting exercises, sign-in books, and coloring opportunities. Tuesday they create a puppet that corresponds to our letters and sounds of study. We work on “Handwriting Without Tears” and number writing every Monday. We will be adding a number writing booklet to the name booklet to get more practice.
Gross Motor Skills – We have daily opportunities for indoor exercise or outdoor recess. The children are encouraged to cross the midline of their bodies in many of our exercises. We do “get up and move” activities at least once a week and will be doing more active learning during the colder months.
Social/Emotional – We have been growing as communicators in room G. Problem solving and using our words is a huge focal point. We do group activities such as large puzzles and games, and practice listening to others during “Student of the Week”. The children negotiate play during Center Time as they choose where to go. We will do some role playing in small groups to help us with “being a friend”.
Math- We are continuing to make repeating patterns and modeling them with our bodies (e.g. sit, sit, stand around the circle). We are working on recognizing our numbers up to 20. We are also becoming very good mathematicians. Before exercise time, the “exercise helper” rolls two or three large dice and counts the corresponding dots. From this we arrange the correct numbers and symbols into a math equation. The children are learning strategies for doing addition and subtraction problems.
Specials- We are learning to count and are learning our letters in Spanish. Tr. Francesca uses songs and active teaching to help the students learn things like greetings, weather, and colors. We all enjoy music with Teacher Chris, who always has some fun movement and singing planned for us. The children are responding well to weekly Meeting for Worship and are learning strategies for settling themselves.
Student of the Week- The students have really been enjoying the chance to share their family and extended family with their classmates. The other children in the class like to ask questions and make statements about what they have learned. We are learning so much about each other!
We look forward to some winter fun!
In Friendship,Tr. Karen, Tr. Patty and Tr. Amy Phone: 610-696-8869 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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