A Case of the Creepy Crawlies

In Language Arts, students learned about the uppercase “H” and lowercase “h”. We also learned the beginning sound of H. For arts and crafts, students placed hippos and hearts on the Letter H. We also listened to the “Letter H Story” by Moncure. Little H placed objects that start with H in his box. Language of Instruction (terms/vocabulary) words we used were habitat, hippopotamus, heart, hungry, horizontal, and happy. We also read several nursery rhymes and did the following fingerplays: the “Scarecrow,” “Five Senses,” and “Squirrel, Squirrel.”

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The mystery reader guest was Camille’s grandfather who read “A Case of the Creepy Crawlies” by Keely Chace. He also brought a box that had a toy cat inside it, which made the experience for the children all the more fun!

In Writing, students continued to practice writing Letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. Students worked on writing the uppercase “H” and the lowercase “h” on white board strips with dry erase markers. They also practiced making horizontal and vertical lines.

In Math, we worked on the Number 5 Book. Students practiced writing Numbers 3, 4, and 5. Students also worked on sorting objects by color.

In Science, students spent time in the Core Knowledge Learning Center to learn about the “Five Senses,” “Naming Parts of the Body,” and “Describing Objects Using Our Senses.” Last Friday, students learned about the habitats of animals. Mrs. Etchison read about “Animal Habitats” from the Core Knowledge series book, “What Your Preschooler Needs to Know” by E.D. Hirsch. On the white board easel, Mrs. Etchison placed 3 folders labeled “Land,” “Sky,” and “Water” and discussed with students under which habitat different animals belonged. Ask your child, “Where is the habitat of the owl?” “Where does the squirrel live?” “Where does the duck live?”

In Social Skills and Autonomy, students played the “Hungry Hippo Game” together as a whole group. They learned how to follow single step oral directions and work cooperatively together as a group.

At home: Please review letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. In Math, work on sorting objects by color together with your child. To build on Early Writing Strokes, talk about the words “horizontal”(say “lines across”) and “vertical” (say “lines down”). Show your child the difference between the two. Help your child use his or her pointer finger to trace pretend lines.

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