Sharing: This week the Winnie-the-Poohs will share about an upcoming family trip or a trip they have recently taken. Remember, this is our last sharing time this year.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped keep the children safe during our Aquarium field trip. Pictures our posted on our Shutterfly site. The children had a great time learning about sea stars and observing other Santa Monica Bay animals. We learned about keeping our beaches clean as part of our We Give Back TK/kindergarten project.
Have you seen our growing sea life mural and our classroom transforming into an "ocean?" This week we will make our sea stars and sea horses to add to our mural. We made fish this past week with our Big Buddies, labeling the different parts of the fish.
Friday we had a special demonstration conducted by the Fire Department. The children got to see how the firefighters would protect our school during a fire and two firetrucks, complete with ladders, drove up to the upper yard to demonstrate. The firefighters wore their protective gear and the children had the chance to help hold a hose as they squirted water. The water-dropping helicopter flew overhead and dropped water on the trees on our nature trail. Thanks to Eva's mom, Juliana, for taking great photos of the children and posting them on our Shutterfly site..
Along with our Second Step lessons, this week we are officially beginning our Kings & Queens of Manners lessons. Each child will be able to earn a crown bedazzled with jewels of different colors. This week we will choose our crowns and the children will begin to earn their jewels. Our official coronation ceremony will be the last day of school during our potluck end-of-the-year party and talent show (more information to come). Help your child practice at home and we will recognize the good manners we see at school.
Red-Friendship and Kindness
Gold-Following the Three B's (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible)
Pink-Listening and Working Quietly
Green-Playing Nicely on the Playground
Purple-Lunch Table Manners (including eating your lunch)
Silver-Using Polite Words (Please, Thank you, You're Welcome, Excuse Me
Blue-Following Carpet Time Manners
You have all received the spelling words to practice for our annual Spellcheck fundraiser. Please help your child to practice for this spelling test, writing the words. The test will be first thing Friday morning and will be corrected by parent volunteers. The words are sight words for both TK and K based on our Benchmark reading series. We have been working on these words during language arts in our workbooks, writing and using Lexia.
We will be completing our Fairy Tale books this week and the children have been doing an amazing job illustrating their books. Many children are reading their own books! We are also hard at work on our sea life research projects. It has been helpful to have extra adult help so the children get one-to-one help as they learn about their chosen sea life animal.
We are observing our caterpillars as they grow and are awaiting the formation of their chrysalis'. We have been learning about butterflies and moths during science. This week in science we will conduct engineering experiments.
Monday: Big Buddies
Tuesday: Speech & Language
Wednesday: Let's Find Out! magazine, Yoga, Council, P.E.
Thursday: Art Trek, Library
Friday: Spellcheck, Homework Review, Sharing, Science, P.E.
Happy Mother's Day!