Welcome to the Weekly Update section, where you can find updates on what our students have been up to during the week at Maryel!
This week we have been working on our daily routines and habits in order to get used to our new schedule. We have been working every morning on many concepts during circle time through songs. We worked with number recognition in our calendar, days of the week, and months of the year.
In Mathematics this week we introduced math bits by counting (0-30). The children also attempted to complete counting worksheets and matching the item to its color with germ theme images.
In Reading and writing, we introduced the Spanish alphabet through song and visual recognized the flashcards on the wall. The children also learned Ludigestos (physical gestures) associated with the 5 vowels. The children also attempted to trace a variety of lines with Germ theme images.
In Social Studies they learned all about Gérmenes (Germs). The children decorated germs using watercolors, cut a germ following the dotted lines then arranged it in order from 1-5, and cleaned the baby dolls that got dirty with wipes.
Our second week of school was great! This week we continue to work on our daily routines and habits. They are big kids sitting in circle time and mostly following directions to complete fun activities.
In Mathematics this week we continue: quantifying and recognizing numbers by circling the number of school school items. They also practiced tracing shapes with crayolas (crayons) in them.
In Reading and writing, they continue practicing their pre-writing strokes: helping the gusano (worm) get to the mazana (apple), tracing the outline of crayons and a lapiz (pencil).
In Social Studies the theme was school and germs. They cut their favorite school supplies and glued them on a backpack. Furthermore they placed green, yellow or red stickers in the outline of an manzana (apple). They also placed an assortment of circular stickers in an image of a backpack,. In addition they used colored pencils to color different school supplies like: acuarela (water color), sacapunta (pencil sharpener), marcadores/ rotuladores (markers), tijeras (scissors), lapiz (pencil), regla (ruler), pinceles (paint brushes). Lastly, they reviewed germs by placing stickers over the Gg de Germenes (Germs).
In Mathematics the children quantifying and recognized the numbers 1-4 with school items. The children also placed pompoms on circles inside a large number 1. Another concept they worked on was más alto (taller). The children identified who was the tallest friend in each group and then circled the tallest building in each set.
In Reading and writing, the children practiced writing their names on plastic folders and practiced different writing strokes (vertical, horizonal, wave, inclined and combination) with fall themes.
In Social Studies the theme was all about me and school. The children completed a sheet all about themselves with their handprint, their age, their features like hair color and their names. They also identified if they were boys or girls and placed their picture on a chart. Lastly they used crayons or markers to color a pencil sharpener, crayons and scissors.
It has been a wonderful transition week!! was a pleasure to meet some of you, as our class continues to grow within the next three months.
During our first week we have seen a lot of excitement, tears, happiness, and love.
These different emotions are totally normal *during the adaptation process* and we will continue to make them feel comfortable and reassured.
This upcoming week we will be starting our first theme of the year: TODO SOBRE MÍ (”ALL ABOUT ME”) We will be talking about our characteristic, our feelings, and family. Please use this time to gather a collage of all the things about them, some ways to prepare are family photos, favorite toy, what they like to do for fun.
We will be hanging it up around the classroom so they can see it and be more comfortable and feel secure.
Drop off has continued to become smoother. Upon arrival, the kids usually run to the library, play with lego’s or the toy cars. As you all know, this week’s theme is “ALL ABOUT ME”. We made handprints in various colors and added our names with print stamps. Lastly, we made “ALL ABOUT ME” clouds and included our favorite color, food and number of siblings, if any. They really enjoyed this activity!
As “ALL ABOUT ME “ continues, please send in the collages. The kids are having so much fun sharing them with their classmates.
This Week Vocabulary Words:
This week’s theme was “All About Emerging Interest: Movement, Emotions, and Communication”. First, we used our imagination to create a “Kitchen Band” by using pots and other utensils. We compared different sounds to loud, soft, slow and fast.(Ruidoso, bajo, lento, rapido). We also learned about emotions by using pictures and books to talk about feelings such as sad, happy, and confused (triste, contento, confundido). This helps develop emotional literacy. Lastly, we are expanding our vocabulary by singing “Uno,Dos,Abrocha Mis Zapatos” (“One, Two, Buckle my Shoes”) which helps us engage more with finger play and rhyming words. Moving forward, we will continue discussing the different emotions to express ourselves.
This week’s Vocabulario /vocabulary words
It has been a nice week with your children as we get to know each other and trying to develop a classroom routine. We are going to show you what we did during this week.
We were reviewing old contents to remember them. Every day we practice the days of the week, months, the weather, the seasons…to put it in our calendar.
In Language Arts Writing: Students worked on vowels A, E, I, O ,U. They recognized the different sounds of each vowel, they were able to find different words that started with each vowel respectively. We started practicing the sounds of the letter i, and saying the alphabet out loud. Also they were practicing vertical and horizontal lines, and we were practicing their names everyday.
In Math: We practiced every day the counting numbers 0 to 10. They reviewed how to write the numbers 0 and 1. What means 1 and nothing. We were doing different activities with different amount of things, so they counted the number that we said.
In Music: we were dancing and singing different Spanish songs: “Estaba el Señor Don gato”, “Un elefante se balanceada”and “5 pajaritos salieron a volar”.
In Physical Education, students worked on their motor skills, and balance, dancing songs firstly with one leg, then with the other one, to the right, to the left, circling over themselves, jumping… We were doing obstacles, and playing with balls.
In Science, students worked on parts of the body. Through song and dance “Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies”, and another song with the parts of the face. They were able to properly name each body part.
In Geography/History, students were introduced to the 7 continents. We show them through a big map that we have on the wall.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts. We were doing a cat mask and painting a butterfly with water colors.
It has been a nice week with your children we are going to show you what we did during this week.
In Language Arts Writing: Students review the vowels A, E, I, O ,U, and the alphabet every morning. They practiced different kinds of strokes that will serve to write letters later. We are still focused on the letter i, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, also discovering different words that begin with that letter.
We were reading different interactive tales: “En otoño empieza el cole”, “Pinocho”, “El topo que queria saber quien se habia hecho aquello en su cabeza”, “Las vocales revoltosas” and “Los tres cerditos”..
In Math: We practiced every day the counting numbers 0 to 10. We also count out loud until number 20. They reviewed how to write the numbers 0, 1 and 2. We were doing different activities with different amount of things. We were recognizing different sizes as a big, medium or small. They were learning behind, in front, up, down.
In Music: we were dancing and singing different Spanish songs: “Pinocho fue a pescar”, “Hola Don Pepito”, “Un pequeño dedo” and “Las vocales”.
In Physical Education, students were dancing song “Move and freeze”, we were imitating animals, playing “Escondite ingles”, “Snow fight” with foam balls, we were passing the ball to the partner in different ways, and rolling on the floor to arrive to the ther side.
In Science, students remembered parts of the body and the face. They were making a face and glued the different parts.
In Geography/History, students reviewed the 7 continents. We showed them characteristics animals about each continent.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts: we were making a Pinocchio, painting flowers and a clown.
In International studies: They were learning about the typical Spanish dance, “Flamenco”, they were painting, dancing and watching a video about that.
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 and D, phonetically. They practiced different kinds of strokes that will serve to write letters later. We are still focused on the letter i, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, also remembering different words that begin with that letter.
We were reading different interactive tales. This week we read “Red little riding hood” and “The Ant and the hopper”.
In Math: We practiced every day the counting numbers 0 to 10. We also count out loud until number 25. They reviewed 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. They are still learning behind, in front, up, down and cardinal numbers, as first, second and third.
In Music: We were dancing and singing different Spanish songs “Susanita tiene un ratón” and “La cucaracha”.
In Physical Education, they were dancing different songs in circle, and line. We were doing the different types of animal movements, and their sounds. We were playing with a parachute, and playing soccer.
In Science, they recognized different kinds of fruit, and why they are healthy. We were dancing a song with different kinds of fruits “El baile de la fruta”..
In Geography/History, students were reviewing the 7 continents. Now we are focused on Africa, its different kind of animals and characteristics.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts: we were cutting and gluing a small Red riding hood, and a wolf. We were also painting a pineapple with Do-A-Dot markers.
In International studies: They were making a typical Spanish fan.
In Drama: We were using pigs and wolfs masks to act out the tale, “Three little pigs”. The students rotated the characters.