*Children worked with the vowel a and word families last week.
*Locating a in text
*Building words using word families am + at.
*Children traced and cut out leaves then wrote a word for at and am. They then pasted each leaf on the appropriate branch for our word family tree. We will continue filling in our tree when we learn about more short a word families in the future.
*Children made an at word family bat which they were able to slide a strip with a variety of consonants to build several words.
*New BIG book - In a Dark, Dark, Wood - a story that walks through the woods, in and through a house to find a mysterious box.
Children practiced good reading by making predictions - We stopped before we finished the book for children to make a prediction of what was in the box. Ask your child what the surprise was and what they wrote as their prediction.
This week children worked with the letter D.
and sight words SAID and IN.
*Finding the d in text.
*Recognizing the /d/ sound in the beginning and end of words.
*We focused on the difference between d and b - two commonly confused letters. Ask your child to show their bed signal they use to identify the two letters.
*Listed d words that begin with d
*Highlighting d words and sight words in the poem.
*Children did journal writing
*Weekend News Entries
*A Reflection on their portfolios - Children were able to look through their own portfolios and reflect.
*KID PIX - labeled and illustration for the word family at or am and for the letter d.
*Interactive white board
We have been studying the lifecycle of a caterpillar. Children made observations about our caterpillars and sketched the changes. We now have 5 crysalises.
Using illustrations, children ordered the stages of the caterpillar from egg to butterfly. We also watched a time lapsed video of the stages. We will continue working on the stages of caterpillar as children create a book of the process. We are readily awaiting the arrival of some monarch butterflies. We will then release them and perhaps tag a couple.
*Numbers to 9 - counting, labeling, matching
*Discussing and representing one more than, one less than, the same -
*What is one more than _ ?
*What is one less than _ ?
*What is the same?
*What comes before # ?
*What comes after #?
*Completed October Calendar - filled in the days and chose a memory from the month to illustrate
*Ordering by size
*Calendar and counting activities
Mrs. Foley-Marsello visited with her mystery box. Children asked "what about it" questions to get some clues and then take turns guessing what the object is. Mrs. Foley-Marsello visited for the letter a and children had to guess what was in the box that began with the letter a: Antlers! For the letter d, children had to guess Dragon!
Check out the PHOTOS page for snapshots of these activities and other moments. I hope you enjoy!