This week we had 3 English days and 2 Spanish Days. For Spanish and English days, we continue to review English and Spanish letter sounds.
In English we worked on writing uppercase and lowercase ‘Pp’. In Spanish we focused on writing lowercase ‘p’(cursive).
This week we continued to review these sight words.
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As a class and independently we used the smart board, white boards, and workbooks to work on writing numbers in word form, reading numbers in word form and identifying the number form.
In Science we learned how the sun affects the Earth.
In International Studies we explored South Africa and Egypt. Next week we will continue to learn about Egypt and students will build their own pyramids.
In History/Geography, students learned to describe different places in a community. Next week they will learn about different jobs in a community and tell explain why they are important.
Next week the Letter of the Week will be the letter ‘Mm’. In math we will continue to work on writing numbers in word form and simple addition problems, They will also be introduced to number bonds.
First Grade Class
Welcome to Week 4. I am so proud of our first graders for successfully completing their first month of school. They have done a marvelous job. Let’s take a look at Week 4.
In Geography/History, students continued working on their New York pamphlets focusing on either the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty.
In EMAT this week, students were introduced to pictographs.
In International Studies, students created collages of Mexican landmarks such as “El Ángel de la Independencia”, The Great Pyramid Tenochtitlan and the Chapultepec Castle.
In Math, students learned about bar graphs and were able to make their own bar graphs which highlighted data gathered from the class and each student’s favorite color.
In Science, students finished their study on the Sun. Students worked on correctly labeling the eight planets that revolve around the Sun based on its proximity to the Sun.
In Ludiletras, students worked on their cursive and Spanish writing while creating writing pieces about a member of their family and an event they remembered as having been a fun experience for them. They accompanied each written piece with a drawing.
In Visual Art, students were introduced to the artist Henri Matisse. Henry Matisse was mostly known for his painting, printmaking, sculptures, drawings and collages. Choosing one paper as a canvas, and three others as supporting papers, students began cutting out different shapes each of different color to begin creating a replica of a Matisse artwork.
I hope you all had a great week. This week we said “Hola!” to Octubre and “Adios” to Septiembre. With the new month came new seating arrangements.
In Mathematics this week we continue to count from 0-5 on their fingers. They also traced numbers 1 and 2. In addition, they identified the object that no pertenece (did not belong) in the set of objects (notebook). Furthermore, they children completed patrones (AB patterns) by placing the correct color bird or fish on the page. They also circled the cuadrado (square) items as the estampilla (stamp), regalo (gift) and cartera (purse).
In Reading and writing, the children learned a new dormido stroke this week which is a horizontal line. They helped cars drive down the road. The continue practicing levantado (vertical) strokes by completing the hedgehogs spikes, and helping a fireman slide down the pole. They also did their first teacher directed drawing by combining levantado, dormido and aro (circle) strokes to form trees.
In science they used their 5 senses in different ways. They took turns to complete a five senses chart. In addition, they also had a taste test. They tried to guess using their sense of taste if the piece of fruit was a grape, apple, blueberry or strawberry and choose the image. They also drew lines to match pictures of objects to the body part of the sense used. Lastly, the children identified and counted how much of each ingredient went into the Fall playdough mixture.
Pre – K Class
It has been a good week for your children, we had a lot of fun. We are 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. Now we are focused on the letters B,C,CH, D, F, G, and H phonetically. They still practiced different kinds of strokes that will serve to write letters later, right now we know 11 of them. We are still focused on the letter i, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, also discovering different words that begin with that letter. We are reading different interactive tales. This week we read “The rabbit and the turtle” and “The wise hen”.
In Math: We practiced every day the counting numbers 0 to 10. We also count out loud until number 30. They practiced how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2 and 3. We were doing different activities with different amount of things and shapes. We were recognizing different sizes as tall, and short, we are still practicing big, medium or small, also open and close. They are still learning behind, in front, up, down and cardinal numbers, as first, second and third and we began to identify different kind of objects that belong to the same group.
In Music: We were dancing and singing different Spanish songs “La vaca Lola”, “Soy una taza” and “Donde estan las llaves”.
In Physical Education, students worked on their motor skills, and balance. They were playing different games with balls. The had to walk with the ball between their legs and trying not to lose them. We were trying to catch as many balls as possible and put them in the buckets. They were practicing how to turn while they are running with the cones, and trying to catch more cones as possible with one hand.
In Science, we were studying different kinds of animals that live in a farm, and what products we get from those animals. Also we have started to see aquatic animals.
In Geography/History, students were reviewed the 7 continents. We were reviewing Africa and now we are focused on North America, its different kind of animals and characteristics.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts: this week we made a fan, a snake, a turtle, an eagle and a octopus.
In International studies: we were making a typical Spanish fan, and reviewing how to dance flamenco.
This week has come and gone and with it a lot fun and learning has been done.
During this week, the children began identifying the parts of their faces. Koalas created their own self-portrait by identifying their own features while observing themselves in our mirror. They also put together their own puzzles using pictures that have been taken at school. They used these puzzles to recreate the full image as they distinguished themselves from their classmates. Moreover, Koalas were also introduced to the traces of number 2 and we read the book “Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies” (head, shoulders, knees and toes.” by Child’s play.
Vocabulary of the Week:
Buenos días (good morning)
Otoño (fall/ autumn)
Next week students will be introduced to “the five senses” . They will be reviewing the name of the parts of their face and their corresponding sense. Furthermore Koalas will be introduced to recognizing patterns of colors and shapes.