In Language Arts, students listened to the read-aloud “The Letter J Book” by Moncure. After the story, students were taught to recognize the uppercase “J” and lowercase “j”. They also learned the beginning sound of J. The alphabet activities this past week were pasting jesters and jet skis on the Letter J. Language of Instruction (terms/vocabulary) words we used were jester, jet ski, jog, jump and jar. Next week, students will learn about the Letter K.
In Nursery Rhymes and Poems, students learned “Thanksgiving Thank you,” “Using Your Five Senses,” and “Little Bo Peep.”
In addition to the VOM character education story “Try and Stick With It” by Cheri Meiners, we also read a Core Knowledge story from “What Your Preschooler Needs to Know” by E.D. Hirsch entitled “There Was An Old Lady” by Pam Adams.
In Writing, the students continued to practice writing Letters I and J. Students practiced writing the uppercase “J” and the lowercase “j” on white board strips with dry erase markers.
The Core Knowledge Learning Centers for the week focused on three areas: small motor skills and spatial words, reciting repeating rhymes, and describing the five senses.
In Mathematics, we worked on the Number 7 Book. Students practiced writing Numbers 5, 6, and 7. Students also counted 7 shapes on the easel board.
In Social Skills and Autonomy, students played the “Who Has the Pumpkin Game?” All the students sat in a circle. Everyone closed their eyes while the teacher gave one child a small plastic pumpkin to hide behind his or her back. Each child had 3 opportunities to guess who had the pumpkin. Fun!
In Science Discovery, students did a “Mixing Primary Colors Experiment.” The students were shown a color wheel and were asked to name the primary colors. They used a see through color wheel to see what would happen when two primary colors were mixed. They learned, for example, that yellow and red makes orange; blue and yellow makes green; and red and blue makes purple. Students also took turns mixing colored water with “turkey basters” to make a new color.
At home: Review Letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and J. Talk about the virtue of perseverance. Ask your child, “What are some things that are easy for you?” “What are some things that are hard?” “Why is it important to keep on trying?”