Speech & Language: This week we will be practicing the sound of /sh/. The initial blends can be tricky for young children as they often resemble other closely related sounds. Ms. Youmna is so wonderful in her ability to help the children articulate the sounds correctly and enunciate! We will practice lacing "shoes" an our snack of Shortbread will be contributed by Lucia!
Sharing: All of the groups have had an opportunity to share "small things" however if your child did not have the opportunity to share, please have him/her bring their share in this Friday.
Hopefully your children have told you about our STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. We have worked in small learning groups to:
- Build a chair strong enough to hold Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Build a bridge strong enough to support the Three Billy Goats Gruff and high enough to allow the troll to stand underneath
- Build a house for the Three Little Pigs that the Wolf can't blow down
- Construct a working parachute that allowed at least 1 weighted "person" to land safely
We had a great time on our science hike this week and it aligned perfectly with our STEM projects as we used found sticks, bits of clay and grass to construct bridges across a gully that allowed small dinosaurs to cross safely. Please check out our photos on our class Shutterfly site! I try to post as many pictures as possible so that you all are able to see the great things we are doing in Room K. This week Ms. Benor will be teaching the children about insects and what they need to survive.
In the past we have had a parent create a class photo album that parents could order from Shutterfly and of course you are welcome to make your own or order the pictures via Shutterfly. If anyone is interested in creating an album for the class, the children love looking through it, even years later.
A huge thank you to Sarah for working with the children in our class garden raised-bed. She has made sure our children have a wonderful outdoor garden experience and our plants are doing so well, especially with the great rain we've been having the past couple of months. I also want to thank Sarah for attending the Art Trek trainings so we are able to have meaningful art lessons.
I would like to thank our wonderful classroom volunteers: Yuco, Simone H., Stacey, Ana, Sarah, Dina, and Whitney for helping to facilitate small groups, keep our class running smoothly and set up our mini-computer lab for technology learning. Thanks to Lidia, Bahareh and Sonia for preparing work at home, to Lisa for helping out teaching Art Trek, to Sinead for teaching the children Irish dancing, and to Laura for disseminating information to our class. I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful classroom parents who are enthusiastic about helping our class have so many great experiences.
Monday: Big Buddies
Tuesday: Speech & Language, Music (our last class as Ms. Porter will be working with the upper grades now)
Wednesday: Let's Find Out! magazine, Yoga, Council, P.E.
Thursday: Gardening, Art Trek, Library
Friday: Morning Assembly, Sharing (make ups), Science, P.E.