Sharing: The Tiggers will share their Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes this week.
Spell Check: Congratulations to Room K for 100% participation in this year's Spell Check! We did a great job raising money to support our school and most importantly, 11 of our Room K students scored 100% on their Spell Check. I got many comments during the day about the great work we do in Room K! Thank you for your support.
Here is an image of the playhouse.
As many of you know, we have completed our Letter People books. Many of the children are emerging as readers now and some are fluent readers. We will continue to differentiate language arts in order to meet each child's needs. Some children dictate their words and sentences to us, we use highlighter for some children so that they can write their own words, some write with a little spelling assistance and others write on their own with some "invented" spelling. The most important thing is that all children feel like writers and feel that they are making progress. The "perfect printing" practice has made the children more aware of the necessity of legible printing and all of the children are happy when their stories are read aloud to the class.
We will continue with our rhyming books for a few more weeks and we will continue journal writing. We have added easy reader books, moved up a level on our Starfall program and are adding story writing to our illustrations.
This week we will add easel painting on Thursdays. Thanks to Koren and Vikki, our Thursday volunteers, we will transition from Letter People to outdoor easel painting. Each group will rotate through the outdoor art station and have an opportunity to paint. We will begin to prepare the paints and other materials on Monday, the 17th and Tuesday the 18th. We will have paint cups, our paint aprons, large paper, brushes and of course the easels. This will be a complete center and we can add additional days for painting once we get it going.
We still have a couple more Art Trek lessons with our wonderful Art moms, Laura, Maribel and Pearl. Beginning in late April early May we will be studying ocean habitats to prepare for our field trip to the Santa Monica Aquarium and our study of our impact on our environment. We will be transforming our classroom into an underwater scene and tidepool environment while we learn about different ocean animals and fish.
Guest Readers and Morning Fun:
It has been so fun in Room K in the morning between 8:00-8:15 (or so). It feels like a party with our Room K family congregating to support the children as they transition from home to school, from play to "work" (their school day). Many of you have had the opportunity to observe your children interact in the school environment, to chat with each other and me in a casual atmosphere and to look around the classroom at the work we are doing in class. This is one of my favorite things about Room K! We have also had many "guest readers." A "guest reader" is a parent who reads a story to the class first thing in the morning. It can be a story from our class library or your child can select a favorite story and you can read it to the class. The children love hearing different voices read and they love hearing the variety of stories. This is a quick and simple way to be involved in our class!
Thank you all for your support, involvement and commitment to your children!