-Tell someone a joke
-Do a chore at home
-Thank someone for loving you
-Give someone a compliment
As I briefly said at the performance, thank you all so much for attending our holiday event. Your children worked very hard to learn the songs and it meant the world to them that you spent time with them at school. Thank you for your contributions as well because the event wouldn't have been possible without you! :) It was lovely seeing all of you and I hope you have a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We practiced the letter C this week and learned about its two sounds.
We met our last Peacemaker, the Lion of Balance: "I am healthy, bright, and filled with light like the sun." We practiced this concept by doing Yoga and Breathing with Hudson's mom, Traci! Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to help their young minds. :) We also repeated empowering phrases to ourselves. Now that we met all seven Peacemakers, we will go back through them and learn a new idea! I can already tell that these Peacemakers are helping the students grow, emotionally and socially. It's quite beautiful. :)
-Christmas Lists for Santa (that were put in an envelope and sent in the mail by Mrs. Wulff)
-Generosity lesson by Mrs. O'Brien
-Christmas compound words by Mrs. Hawkins
-Making 6 and 7 different ways (finding the number inside)
-Counting objects in a circle, line, and array
-Keeping track of circle counting by coloring one picture and starting/stopping at it
-Retelling main events
We started our Santa acts of kindness this week and searched the room for our elf, Noel, each day. Here's what we did to spread kindness:
-Smiled at as many people as we could
-Gave a Hershey kiss to bus drivers and family members who pick us up
-Held the door open for someone
-Colored a picture for someone
The students were so excited to come to school and check their stockings! They worked so hard to make them and were REALLY hoping that St. Nick would visit them at school too. Good thing we hung a special key on the door so he could get into our classroom! :D Their shouts of happiness were remarkable.
Gingerbread Loose in School
After reading our book, the gingerbread popped out and sent us on a Wild Gingerbread Chase around our school! We stopped by the library, nurse's office, and principal's office but we couldn't catch him. He was sweet enough to leave some cookies behind for us!
Wishing a happy early half-birthday to Autumn! Thank you for celebrating with us and bringing a delicious treat! :)
We learned all about the letter U! They were up for another vowel challenge (learning the long and short sounds)! We practiced finding U objects, building it, writing it, and finding it among other letters
We met another Peacemaker: The Owl of Intuition- "I trust myself. My body knows what to do." We practiced this by using Super Kids movement cards, self-help skills like zipping up coats and washing ALL PARTS of hands while singing the alphabet, and a collaborative game called The Zipper.
-Gingerbread faces (with gingerbread scented paint)
-Gingerbread Man glyph
-Where is the Gingerbread Man book
-Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
-1, 2 Buckle My Shoe
-Matching 1-1 (Like a cat with a ball) and touching each object to count them
-Drawing tally marks to keep track of objects
-Finding the number pairs inside of 6 (1 and 5, 2 and 4, 3 and 3) and 7 (1 and 6, 2 and 5, 3 and 4)
-Subitizing (seeing a quantity of dots without counting them)
-Retelling main events
Congratulations to our November Readers and November Perfect Attendance Students! :D I'm so proud of all of you!
A personal celebration is that my boyfriend and I were home this weekend when a bathroom sink's coil broke and dumped about 600 gallons of water into our finished basement. We're current;y waiting for the workers to finish sucking it up and then we'll have to assess the damage. At least it wasn't sewage!
We learned about letter I and practiced its sounds, uppercase and lowercase forms, how to write and build it, and objects that start with the letter. We also reviewed letter T because we only had 1.5 days of it last week.
We learned about the dolphin of peace: I calm my body. I breathe deep, gentle breaths and pretend to blow out a candle. We practiced this trait by:
-Doing GoNoodle Yoga
-Using Sensory Toys
-Practicing 10 different calming down body activities
-Letter I craft
-This Little Piggy
-There Was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe
-St. Nick Stockings
-Baa Baa Black Sheep (Mrs. Hawkins)
-Kindness (Mrs. O'Brien)
-Subitizing (noticing a quantity of dots, quickly, without counting)
-3D shapes (cube, cone, sphere, cylinder, rectangular prism, and pyramid) and their properties
-Counting up to 7
I want to extend a BIG thank you to all of the parents who donated food items, assembled the treat bags, or assisted students with creating their gifts! :)
Another HUGE thank you goes out to all of the family members who set time aside to join us at our celebration! The students were elated and it was absolutely lovely meeting everyone and seeing all of the smiles. :D It was a wonderful way to send the students off on Thanksgiving Break and I hope you all enjoyed the holiday!
We only had one day of learning this week and here's what we covered:
-Letter T (sounds, I-Spy objects, writing, uppercase and lowercase letters)
-Projects: scarecrow and T craft
We learned about the letters F and H this week! We practiced objects that start with the letters, forming the uppercase and lowercase letters, building them, and finding them among other letters.
We met a new peacemaker (The Fox of Joy) who taught us that "Happy or sad, we should share our feelings." Here are some activities we did.
-How Do Dragons Stay Friends
-Tell Me When
-Emotion Facial Expressions
-Family House Glyph
-Letter F and H crafts
-Grandparents Day gifts
-Jack and Jill
Here's what we covered this week:
-Sides and corners of a triangle and how to build it with straws and play dough
-Sides and corners of a square and how to build it with straws and play dough
-Sides and corners of a rectangle, how to build it with straws and play dough, and how it is different from a square
-Building a circle with popsicle sticks and counters
-We also had our first fire drill and the 4Kers did EXCELLENT! I was very proud of them. :)
November 8th and 9th:
Wishing the happiest of birthdays to Simon! Thank you for celebrating with us at school and bringing a delicious treat! :) We hope that you had a blast!
Two students from Addison and my co-teacher from Addison will be joining our class for part of the day on Fridays. Meet Lincoln (number two) and Mackenzi! :D Our class did a wonderful job welcoming them into our family and I'm excited for them to return next Friday!
I also bought a new couch, chair, and ottoman for our library area. They are relaxing to the max now! :P