Pre – K Class
These weeks have been good weeks for your children. I’m going to show you what we did during these weeks.
In Language Arts Writing/Reading: Students keep reviewing the alphabet every morning. We are focused on all the letters phonetically and practicing different symbols that will help them remember the letters. They are still practicing different kind of strokes that will serve to write letters later. These weeks we were focused on all the vowels, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, we were remembering different words that begin with them and also reviewing how to write them upper case and lower case. We were doing activities with different images where they have to write the vowel that begins each word, also practicing syllable separation. We were practicing how to write their names in lower case and finding words with cards from the sound box.
These weeks we read some interactive tales “La sirenita”, “La oveja que no podía dormir”, “Los Aristogatos”, “El ratón que se comió la luna”, “El recorrido de una gota de agua” and “El vampiro Eldelmiro”..
In Math: We practiced every day to put the numbers of the month in the correct order on the wall. We also count out loud until number 60. We were counting backwards from 10 to 0. They are still practicing how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. We were reviewing activities in which they have to write the number with a quantity of objects and paint them according to the given number. We were doing simple additions, and different color patterns with geometric shapes.
In Music: We were singing “La flauta de Bartolo”, “La Bamba”, ” Abuelito dime tu”, “El abecedario”, “El baile del sapito” and “A dormir”.
In Physical Education, we were practicing basketball, trying to bounce the ball from one side to the other until it reaches the basket. We were moving in different ways around a row of cones. We played games in circle, also played the “Pañuelo” game, and “conejos y lobos”, one is the lobo and have to catch the conejos, there are 5 circles on the floor, if someone is there is safe, when someone is going to the circle the other one has to get out and try not to get capture by the lobo, until gets to another circle and so on.
In Science, we are still learning different kinds of dinosaurs.
In Geography/History, we began to learn about the 5 boroughs of New York City.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts: hearts to decorate the class, a photocall, heart cards for Valentine’s, a carnival mask and we were painting dinosaurs with watercolors.
In International Studies: we were learning how different countries celebrate carnival.
In Mathematics, this week we reviewed the numbers 1-5. They traced, identified and quantified numbers in multiple ways. They also identified the tabla de surfear (surf board) más largo (longest) and placed stickers on it. Lastly, the children traced shapes, drew a line to match the same shape and placed a sticker in the corresponding shape.
In Reading and writing, the children practiced the different strokes previously learned from houses, hearts, valentine letters, and more. They continue reviewing the vowel Uu by identifing it within the words autobús, astronauta and unicornio). Lastly, the children attempted to complete the teacher directed drawings of a pollito (chick) and bote (boat).
In Social Studies, our themes were La Casa (Homes)/ Día de San Valentine (Valentine’s). The children made Valentine pizza’s, heart puppets, made cards for each other, decorated the class mailbox, decorated the C for corazón (heart) and more.
First Grade Class
Welcome to Week 19. In this week of love & friendship, our first graders worked extra hard to share, be kind, and create art to show love for themselves, their peers and their families. Alongside this, students learned a lot of new things that I am excited to talk to you about. Let’s dive in
This week, students began their 3D model of the digestive system. Focusing first on the mouth and the esophagus, students used clay to begin their model . Students are very excited to continue learning more in depth about the digestive system and all that it consists of.
Continuing their practice on double digits, students worked on subtracting double digits using unifix cubes. In pairs, students shared with each other how to separate the tens place, leave the ones place the same, and find the many differences (subtractions) they were working on.
For History, students learned about Rosa Parks. Our first graders focused on her being a brave individual fighting for equality. This then inspired our first graders to think of a time they were brave and write about it. It was great to see each child be able to self-reflect and call themselves brave.
In Geography, students continued their study of the Southeastern region of the United States. In pairs, they worked on finding fun facts of Kentucky and completing a word search on Kentucky
In Visual Art, students continue working on their Monet painting replica adding the bridge to their painting. Students also recreated a second Monet painting where they were able to use cupcake liners to add ‘lilies’ to their ‘pond’.
Koalas had another week filled of learning and fun activities. Last week koalas were learning about winter and created a variety of activities while they also review winter related vocabulary. During this week Koalas were excited working on their Valentine’s projects and talked how to be good friends in the classroom.
Vocabulary of the week:
hombre de nieve (snowman)
This week we had 3 English days and 2 Spanish days. We practiced writing lowercase and uppercase ‘Zz’. We continue to stretch words with short vowels to hear the sounds and write real and nonsense words. Students have begun to write their first page of their How to Books in English and Spanish. Sight words they have learned this week are below.
English: first, second, last, finallly, eat, draw, then, how
Spanish: primero, segundo, luego, despues, finalmente, consigue,
In Math we continue to focus on using the Make a Ten Strategy to add. They have also been learning about symmetry (simetria). Next week we will learn how to subtract a one digit number from a two digit number,
In Science, we have begun to learn about the Solar System (Sistema Solar). We have learned about three planets: Mercury, Venus, and Earth.
In History and Geography, students learned about the role of the president. They learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
In International Studies, they continue to practice dancing Salsa and creating their guacharaca. They also learned that today some people celebrate Chinese New Year.