Pre – K Class
Friday, December 18th, the students may come in their holiday pajamas and we will have a little party.
This week has been a good week for your children. I’m going to show you what we did during this week.
In Language Arts Writing/Reading: Students keep reviewing the vowels A, E, I, O ,U, and the alphabet every morning. We are focused on the letters B, C ,CH, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, Ñ, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, X, Y y Z phonetically and practicing different symbols that will help them remember the letters. They are still practicing different kinds of strokes that will serve to write letters later. This week we were focused in letter E, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, we are discovering different words that begin with E, A, I and U, and also reviewing how to write letter I, U and A uppercase and lowercase. We were practicing syllable separation with different words. We were playing memory games.
This week we read some interactive tales “El Cascanueces”, “La historia de la Navidad”, “El príncipe con las orejas de burro”, “Barba azul”, and “Como el Grinch robó la Navidad”.
In Math: We practiced every day the counting numbers 0 to 10. We also count out loud until number 60. They are still practicing how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. We were doing different activities in which they have to match the number with a quantity of objects. We were reviewing right and left, in front, behind, up, down and in the middle. We were looking for differences in two images and practicing simple additions.
In Music: We were dancing and singing different Christmas songs: “Cascabel”, “Rodolfo el Reno”, “Los peces en el rio”, and “Feliz Navidad”.
In Physical Education, we were practicing different activities and dances to improve their motor skills. We have practiced different kind of games with inflatables balls and bats.
In Science, we were remembering the solar system and its planets.
In Geography/History, we were learning about the city where we live, New York City, and its most important places.
In Chess, we were reviewing the board, the pieces and their movements.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts related with Christmas: this week we made a reindeer, an elf and a Santa Claus.
I hope this week has been as fun and enjoyable as it has been for our Koalas. During this week the students worked in a variety of activities in order to celebrate “Hanukkah”. Koalas explored mixing colors (blue and white) to create a “menorah” using their own handprints. The students also worked in their fine motor skills while cutting little pieces of blue paper, painting a dreidel and a star made of popsicle sticks and decorate them with gems. Lastly placing pieces of paper together in a vertical and horizontal form to create a “menorah” and lighting its candles using paint and their own fingerprints.
Vocabulary of the week:
In Mathematics, this week we reviewed the numbers 1-4. They identified, traced, and quantified the numbers. They also identified the last student/animal on line and colored it. Furthermore, the children reviewed shapes and traced: pentagon, trapezoid, diamond and parallelogram. In addition, they observed similarities and differences in umbrellas. They colored the umbrellas that were the same as the colored model. Lastly, they cut and arranged in sequential order images of 3 out of the 4 seasons.
In Reading and writing, the children reviewed and drew dormido (horizontal), levantado (vertical), inclinado (inclined), and cruce (x,t) in various occasions. They practiced writing their names. Lastly, they cut a gusano/lombriz (worm) and glued it in the grass.
In Social Studies, our theme was Celebraciones multiculturales (Holidays). The children reviewed concept on Christmas as well as learned about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. The children decorated: árbol de navidad (the Christmas tree), colored figuras geométricas en un árbol de navidad (shapes in a Christmas tree), dreidel, brazalete/pulsera con cuencas en colores de Kwanzaa (bracelet with Kwanzaa colored beads), started an estrella de David (David’s star) and made a menorah with blue and purple candles.
First Grade Class
Welcome to Week 14. Week 14 was filled with six very enthusiastic and ready to learn first graders. We absolutely had a blast this week. Let’s see what our first graders were up to.
In International Studies, students began their study on Cuba.
In Geography, students began filling a blank USA map with the Northwestern, Western and Midwestern states they have studied.
Students participated in an in depth guided reading discussing “Billy and Blaze”. Students discussed character traits, inferencing and themes.
For EMAT/Math, students practiced series of 2’s counting up by 2’s via a number line and also by skip counting flamencos and frogs that were aiming to jump across a lake; both activities from their workbooks.
In Writing/Ludiletras, students excitedly created their own comics. This is the first part of a bigger writing project coming soon for our first graders.
In Visual Art, students began studying the artist Georges Seurat. They began recreating their own replica of his art style pointillism using rhinestone stickers.
Students use their imagination and team building skills to create their own games during physical education class.
This week we had 3 English days and 2 Spanish days. Students learned how to write the Letter Ff on their whiteboards, smartboard, and workbooks. Students worked on stretching all their letters sounds to write words in English (fat, fit, fix, fan, flop, fop) and in Spanish (flamingo, fuego, familia, flor, foco, foca)
This week students were introduced to new sight words in both languages. In English students wrote sentences using the sight words (you, said, they ) In Spanish they tried their best to write sentences using their new palabras de frecuencia (voy, al, dijo).
In Math students learned about fact families. They worked hard on trying to figure out all of the fact families. In Spanish they continue to review shapes. Next week students will work on fact families and addition problems (sumas en español).
In International Studies, students continue to learn about Ecuador. They learned about animals that live in the Galapagos Islands. They had fun creating their turtles out of yarn and popsicle sticks.
In History/Geography, students learned how to read the compass. They reviewed the 7 continents of the world and learned about the 5 oceans. They also learned the difference between a map and globe.
In Science, students continue to learn about different properties. They will work weight and temperature.
Next week we will not have a Letter of the Week, We will review all letters and sight words that have been taught to them.