February 12 – 14

Handwriting Without Tears

This week we focused on the letter ‘Q’ and created a list of eight different words starting with the ‘Q’ sound.

Happy Birthday

On Tuesday, we celebrated a birthday by listening to Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, and ate chocolate cake. Happy Birthday!

Happy New Year

This week the students spent time working on cards wishing a Happy New Year for the Ayi’s and security guards that help us out so much during our time at school. On Wednesday we took time to wish them well in the new year and give them the cards we made.

Buddy Class

On Wednesday we spent time with Ms. Miller and our grade one buddy class. We ate snack together, had an impromptu dance party, and played in the classroom for a while.

 

Chinese New Year Performance

Students have been working hard over the last few months in preparation for this years Chinese New Year performance. It is not always easy to get up and perform in front of so many people but they did a wonderful job! Thank you to those that were able to join us, enjoy the photos below.

Pre-K Olympics

On Wednesday during our recess time the Pre-K joined together for a few relay races in honor of the Winter Olympics in Korea. Throughout the week we talked about how countries come together to have fun and compete in different sports. We read books about skiing and watched a few video clips about the different sports done in the Winter Olympics.

 

February 5-9

Announcements

  • The Pre-K Chinese New Year Performance will be on February 13 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. Students should dress in RED or wear traditional Chinese clothing. Feel free to pack their outfits in a bag if you would like them to change before the show.
  • The Chinese New Year holiday begins on Thursday February 15 and school resumes on February 26th, please let me know if you will be extending your holiday. Happy New Year!
  • The PreK is planning a short field trip to Yili Park (Yili Lu & Hongqiao Lu) on March 2, 2018. Permission slips were sent home on Friday and an email will be sent out next week with further information.

***If you helped chaperone at the market please email any photos you took***

Weekly Update

Handwriting

This week we worked on the letter ‘O.’ We spent time talking about the two different sounds ‘O’ makes short ‘O’ (octopus) and long ‘O’ (over). Students came up with 25 different words starting with the two different ‘O’ sounds. Using the handwriting sticks students could see the letter ‘O’ was formed by two big curves, or two C’s combined. We also found it was easy to make this letter with our bodies too.

Field Trip and Cooking

This week we took a field trip to a local market, where we were able to explore using our senses. Students were asked to make observations using their different senses. Many of them saw new foods in a variety of colors, touched different textures, smelled a variety of scents, and heard lots of people interacting. While at the market we also bought ingredients to make apple juice, and noodles with vegetables, as previously voted on by the students last week. With any leftover money students were encouraged to purchase something inspired by one of their senses, inspired by sight, smell, sound, touch, or curious about taste. When we returned to the school we had a chance to use our final sense, taste, and sample a few different foods bought on our trip.

At the market!

Students ended up getting a number of oranges at the market too, so we peeled and made orange juice.

Our main meal consisted of apple juice, noodles, and vegetables. Students had the chance to taste all of the ingredients raw and uncooked, separately and mixed together.

THANK YOU to those that were able to join us at the market!!!!!

Bear Feels Sick

During our story time, a student chose for the class to read to Bear Feels Sick, by Karma Wilson. In the book Bear helps a number of his friends that are not feeling well. After the story a few of our classmates reflected on times they were sick recently and things we can do when we are not feeling well to try and recover. Below is a list of things our students thought to do if they or someone else is not well

Xiao Yan: You can go to bed.

Cody: If your finger hurts, you put your hand in the water and clean it then the nurse give you a cream and then a bandaid.

Anna: If someone is sick, you can be far, stay away (for germs).

Nicholas: A card.

Riya: You can have hot water.

Carina: If someone is sick you ask if they are ok.

Domi: Wash your hands.

Bella: If you feel sick you could go to sleep and wake up and just drink water.

Lyles: You could go to the doctor

Mairah: You can rest.

Throughout the week we had a few students that were sick. We referred back to our list and really emphasized washing our hands with soap (scrubbing and making lots of bubbles with soap) to limit the spread of germs. We hope those that were not feeling well are able to rest and recover this weekend!

Sharing Chinese New Year Customs

On Friday, a number of families answered the call to share some of their favorite Chinese New Year customs with the class. All students had the opportunity to learn how to make dumplings. We rolled out small balls of dough into thin circles, added ingredients to the inside (vegetable, pork, or shrimp), folded and closed the dumpling. It was the first time making dumplings for some, while others were experienced, but ALL really enjoyed this activity! While our dumplings were cooking we listened to a story about Chinese New Year traditions and customs. Thank you so much to all of the families that were involved in making this activity possible, the students truly had a great time learning how to make a food that will be enjoyed by so many for the upcoming holiday! We were so lucky to be able to learn from such experts. Enjoy the pictures below, special thanks to the Bao’s for documenting and sharing their photos with us.

Earlier in the week students spent time at the art area creating a number of different decorations for the classroom in preparation for the Chinese New Year holiday.

January 29 – February 2

Announcements

Field Trip: Our Field Trip has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, February 6th. The timing will be the same as before, leaving school at 10:00 and returning by 10:45. You do not need to sign a new permission slip. Please notify me if you are interested in volunteering or if you do not want your child to attend.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Tuesday, February 13th from 12:20 – 1:00 the students will be performing a concert in celebration of the New Year! Parents and family are welcome to join us in the Gym (3rd floor Building-A) for our performance.  If your child will NOT be in school on the 13th please let me know as soon as possible.

Chinese New Year Holiday: Wednesday, February 14th is the last day of school. No school 2/15/18 -2/25/18. Please email me and the transportation department ( hq-ece-transportation@scis-china.org ) If your family will be leaving before or returning after these dates so bus arrangements can be made.

Weekly Update

Snow Day!

During our morning meeting on Monday, students were eager to share all of the activities they did last Friday during the rare snow day! Please see our conversation below…

Nicholas: I made a snowball and threw with my dad and mom and my sister do too. My dad threw a snowball to me too.

Anna: I go park, I build one small snowman. Grandma and grandpa go with me.

Xiao Yan: I go to the around, around, around (moving hand in a circle). He can light, and he can have the color too. It’s I don’t know how to say the name.

Nicholas: A rollercoaster?

Xiao Yan: No, like this, around.

Teacher: Oh, I think it’s a Ferris Wheel?

Xiao Yan: Oh yeah, and it goes around, and around, and around, it’s outside and very cold. I go with Daddy and Johnson.

Carina: I make a snowman, I make two snowman! I make with my Mom and my Ayi, and my mom have pictures too.

Riya: I build a snowman, I go to another park with my Mom, not my Dad. She just take pictures of the park.

Poyraz: I threw a snowball at Daddy.

Riya: And I throw a snowball at my mommy too, I throw a lot of snow. One even goes in her back

Cody: Friday with Daisy play in the park. It have so many. Daisy and my Mom come with me too. Just inside there are so many people

Balsa: Yeah I do ice-skating with my Brother, and Mom, and Dad. It was inside ice-skating.

Domi: My Mommy play and my Daddy play. I play with Daddy snowball and then I play snowman with Mommy.

Mairah: I made a snowman, with my brother.

Hewie: I, my Dad, made a snowman…both of us.

Jason: I made a small snowman, this small. I do the snowball throw to my Mom, at night I do the throw snowball with my Dad.

Bella: I played the snowman with my Dad, and my Sister, and my Brother. We made one snowman (shows with hands).

Lyles: I make a happy family snowman. Three! Mom and Dad, Lyles, yeah. It was so beautiful.

Katie: I played a snowman with Ayi. One snowman.

Poyraz: I made a spiderweb in the snow too.

Anna: In the snow-time I slid in the snow, like this.

Sound Continued

We continued our inquiry into sound this week with a few hands-on activities. In class we have been talking about how all sounds are actually vibrations that send a message to our ears. To give a better visual of what a vibration looks like we attached rubber bands to the top of a few empty toilet paper roles, and across a few boxes to see and hear how a rubber band would vibrate when it was moved. Students could see and hear the rubber bands moving at different speeds. We also used egg shakers to experiment with different sounds. Students were encouraged to find different objects in the classroom to put inside of the egg shakers to see how the sound would change. Students discovered that if an item felt softer ‘like a pillow’ then it would make a quieter noise and if it was harder it would make a louder noise.

New Jobs

This week the students thought of two jobs to add to our classroom job chart, Bell Ringer, and Morning Greeting. Throughout the day we use different signals such as clapping or ringing a bell to let us all know when it is time to cleanup. Recently, after the teacher gives a 5-minutes until cleanup warning, some students have been setting the classrooms 5-minute timer and then ringing the cleanup bell. A number of students were wondering when they would get a turn to do this, leading to a classroom decision to make it a new job. The Morning Greeting, is something we do everyday to say hello, it can range from a song, dance, name game, or passing a high-five around the classroom to say hello and welcome everyone to school. It is a great way to build community and acknowledge all of the classmates that are at school and the ones that are missing. A class favorite is a game where the students roll a ball to a classmate as they say good morning.

For the past few weeks the teacher has been asking different students how they wanted to do the morning greeting and after our discussion about the Bell Ringer job this was another thing the students really wanted to make sure we took turns doing. A picture symbolizes each job that we have and the students helped to think of what we should use as a symbol for each of our new jobs. The class had three ideas for our picture; write hello or ni hao, third a picture of a sun for morning. The class thought it would be nice to combine all three ideas and two students helped to draw the card and write both hello and ni hao.

As the school year progresses many “jobs” that were once the responsibility of the teacher have been slowly released, or adopted by the students. Releasing responsibility to the students is a way for the children to take responsibility, or ownership of the classroom and their learning. With an increased role in the decision-making process students’ tend to feel and show more involvement in the classroom community.

Field Trip Preparations

This week we looked at pictures from the market we will be visiting for our field trip to get a better idea of some of the things we will experience. Students also brainstormed a list of possible things we would like to cook with supplies from the market. We narrowed down the ideas and students voted on one drink and one food they wanted to make.

Writing Focused Read Aloud

This week we took time to look at stories where the authors used letters to convey meaning. We read books such as R is for Robot by Adam Watkins and Max the Brave by Ed Vere. The students noticed that authors used the letter ‘Z’ to show that characters were sleeping, and other letters were used to label items throughout the stories, ‘M’ for Max. We also looked at some of the work our authors have done recently to see examples of different ways some of our classmates have already started to use letters in their writing. Some students have started to write the names or first letter of the name of the people in their stories. These are all examples of great pre-writing strategies for our young authors. Others are beginning to try to sound out words like ‘monster’ and putting the letters to the sounds they hear. We call this inventive spelling. While the real word is spelled M-O-N-S-T-E-R using inventive spelling a child might write the sounds they hear in the word M-N-S-T-R. We are praising and encouraging this type of work as it gets the students to apply the sounds they hear to the sounds they know.

Handwriting

The letter ‘C’ was our focus throughout the week! Within our handwriting program all letters are composed of big and little lines, as well as big and little curves. Up to this point all of our letters have only involved vertical and perpendicular lines, this was our first week with a letter containing a curve. Additionally, students were interested in learning the sound the letter ‘C’ makes and thought of 42 different words with the same starting sound made by the letter ‘C.’ Some students found words like ‘chair’ and ‘chart’ in the classroom and noticed ‘C’ doesn’t always make the same sound.

National Read Aloud Day

We celebrated National Read Aloud Day this week with a guest speaker, Megan, a friend of mine visiting from the USA. She read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. After the story, we enjoyed a cookie, and of course some milk with our afternoon snack!

January 22-25

Announcements:

Did you play outside over the long weekend? Email some photos and we can share them with the class!

Chinese New Year Celebration: Tuesday, February 13th from 12:20 – 1:00 the students will be performing a concert in celebration of the New Year! Parents and family are welcome to join us in the Gym (3rd floor Building-A) for our performance.  If your child will NOT be in school on the 13th please let me know as soon as possible.

Are you interested in sharing one of your Chinese New Year traditions with the classroom? We would love to welcome any families to join the classroom before the CNY to share how you like to celebrate the holiday (cooking, games, stories, artifacts, song / dance, art project, etc). Please let me know if you have any availability or interest in joining us the week of February 5 – 9!

Field Trip: January 31 we will be taking a short field trip to a local Wet Market as part of our senses unit. Permission slips will come home today. We are asking for a small 10 RMB donation so we can buy some fruits and vegetables to cook with the next day. Thank you!!!

Love and Logic: The School Counselor and Early Years Coordinator are planning another session of the powerful, research based Love and Logic program for all parents interested. Our first session will begin March 7th, we are offering both a 10am and 5pm workshop time. Please RSVP (see flyer) by January 26th so that we can plan for resources. Please note, if you have EVER taken Love and Logic with us before, you are able to join at no cost. This is really a great opportunity to discuss some valuable skills with professionals and other parents.

Developmental Literacy Workshop for all parents: Join ECE VicePrincipal, Heather Knight, in exploring reading development in children from 2-7 years old, literacy instruction at the ECE and how you can support developing readers of any age at home. Please RSVP by Jan. 30. Confirmations will be sent on Jan. 31. Sessions can accommodate 36 participants with a minimum of 8.

10:00 am Session

5:00 pm Session

School Photos: Please visit www.intlphotography.com and follow the directions below to order a print before February 10th!

Weekly Update:

Happy Birthday!

This week we celebrated a birthday by reading Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. We sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed cake. Happy Birthday!

Handwriting Without Tears

This week we focused on the letter ‘U’ we learned about the short (up or under) and long (unicorn or unicycle) ‘U’ sounds. We came up with 15 different words that started with the ‘U’ sounds. Next week we will work on the letter ‘C’

Sound Exploration

This week we spent time exploring the sense of sound. We read book to get a background on the job of the ears.  Throughout the week we spent time experimenting with different instruments and classroom materials to experience low and high sounds. Through play we worked to discover the properties of what makes a high and low sound, or what makes short and long sounds.

Please see a list the students brainstormed of loud and quiet sounds

Loud sounds…

Poyraz: A racing car could be loud.

Riya: A motor bike.

Carina: A drum.

Eva: A rock and roll sound.

Xiao Yan: An airplane.

Anna: When you pop a balloon.

Nicholas: If you hit your hands.

Balsa: A thunderstorm.

Katie: A splash…splash.

Lyles: A base drum.

Hewie: Rocket ship!

Bella: An elephant sound.

Quiet sounds…

Xiao Yan: When you connect a Magna-Tile.

Eva: A maraca could be quiet if you do it soft.

Riya: A castanet, the instrument

Nicholas: A crab.

Hewie: When you build the big Lego.

Anna: Maybe a ‘shhhhh’ is quiet.

Carina: A playdough is quiet when you cut it.

Poyraz: Sand is quiet when you drop it.

Lyles: A turtle is a quiet animal.

Balsa: Fish are quiet.

Poyraz: A giraffe is quiet, I don’t think they make a noise.

Outdoor Fun

Thursday was a fun day for many of us to get out and play in the snow! We went to the Discovery Lab and students had the choice to play outside or inside in the sand.

Favorite Snow Activity

On Thursday the students were very excited that it was snowing when they arrived! As they entered the classroom they had the opportunity to graph their favorite winter activity. See our results below…

January 15 -19

Announcements

Chinese New Year Celebration: Tuesday, February 13th from 12:20 – 1:00 the students will be performing a concert in celebration of the New Year! Parents and family are welcome to join us in the Gym (3rd floor Building-A) for our performance.  If your child will NOT be in school on the 13th please let me know as soon as possible.

Family Music Night will be on Tuesday, January 23rd please see attached flyer for more details.

Scholastic Book order forms are due back to school on Wednesday, January 24. Please note books typically take 5-6 weeks to be delivered.

Are you interested in sharing any of your favorite Chinese New Year traditions with the classroom? We would love to welcome any families to join the classroom before the CNY to share how you like to celebrate the holiday (cooking, games, stories, artifacts, song / dance, art project, etc). Please let me know if you have any availability or interest in joining us the week of February 5 – 9!

Upcoming Field Trip! We will be taking a trip to a local Wet Market on January 31st as part of our Senses Unit. A permission slip will be sent home on Monday in your child’s blue communication folder.

Love and Logic: We are planning for another session of the powerful, research based Love and Logic program for all parents interested. Our first session will begin March 7th, we are offering both a 10am and 5pm workshop time. Please RSVP (see flyer) by January 26th so that we can plan for resources.

Developmental Literacy Workshop for all parents: Join ECE Vice Principal, Heather Knight, in exploring reading development in children from 2-7 years old, literacy instruction at the ECE and how you can support developing readers of any age at home. Please RSVP by Jan. 30. Confirmations will be sent on Jan. 31. Sessions can accommodate 36 participants with a minimum of 8.

10:00 am Session

5:00 pm Session

Weekly Update

Sharing Our Break…

We continued to share our holiday experiences this week as some students returned and others sent photos in to share with their classmates. Our “Winter Break Book” remained a popular attraction this week and we spent time sharing photos on the large projector board again too.

Picnic

On Monday, we took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and went outside to have a picnic and eat our snack.

Taste

We continued learning about the senses and focused on taste this week.  We made a list of our favorite foods and drinks. As we began writing our list we noticed that some items were better served warm versus cold and started identifying how we liked our food or drink prepared.

We learned of the five tastes (salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter) and had an opportunity to try these tastes on Friday during a taste test. Students were encouraged to try each of the foods we had to offer and then shared a vote of like or dislike for each taste. At the end they also voted on their favorite taste of the five. Salty was the overall class favorite with 7 votes, and sweet was a close second with 6. Our least favorite was spicy.

During our snack and lunch students put their tasting skills to work and were excited to identify the different tastes of their food.

 

Letter of the Week

‘I’ was the letter of the week. We were able to come up with 21 different words with the same starting sound as ‘I’. Students identified and learned more about the different sounds ‘I’ can make both the short (igloo) and long sound (idea). So far ‘I’ has proved to be one of the more difficult sounds for us to generate words for.

Writing Focused Read Aloud

Our focus this week was on showing, not telling, of details. Authors and illustrators can show emotions through facial features and body actions, instead of having to write or say them. Students were asked to focus on the facial features while making stories this week.

Bug!

On Wednesday a student brought in a special bug they got over the holiday break. Students were really excited to see how BIG it was and enjoyed observing it throughout the day.

Reading With Our Buddy Class

On Friday we were invited to join our 1st grade buddy class, to help them celebrate the end of their non-fiction unit. Students in Ms. Miller’s class

January 9-12

Announcements

Picture Day: Monday, January 15th. This day will be for any students that have not taken an individual photo yet, if you would like your child to retake their photo, and to take a classroom picture too. Please make sure your child is wearing their school uniform on the 15th!

Vacation Pictures: It is not too late to email photos from you vacation for your child to share with their classmates! Students enjoyed sharing photos with each other throughout the week.

Chinese New Year: Students are beginning to prepare for a Chinese New Year celebration in their Mandarin classes. The concert will be February 13th from 12:20 – 1:00. Parents and families are invited to join for the show! If your child will NOT be at school on the 13th please let me know as soon as possible. Please email with any questions.

Outdoor Play: The weather has gotten a little colder, but students will be going outside to play if the temperature is above 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit). You can send your child with hats, gloves, boots, scarves etc, if you would like, students can leave winter boots, gloves and hats at school if you would like. Please make sure all clothing is labeled with their name!!

Music Night: Join us on Tuesday, January 23rd

Weekly Update

Welcome Back!!

It has been so great welcoming everyone back to school this week! The students and teachers were very excited to see each other Tuesday morning and throughout the week. There were lots of excited greetings, hugs, and stories shared throughout the week. It sounds like everyone had a very fun three weeks, but were eager to get back to school. We’re looking forward to a great second semester!

Birthday

On Tuesday we celebrated a birthday by reading Put Me In The Zoo by Dr. Seuss. We sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed cupcakes too. Happy Birthday!!

Ice!

While playing outside this week some students found pieces of ice along the edges of the playground. The kids were really excited to see the ice and play with it. They enjoyed holding it, as long as they could before it got too cold, looking through it, smashing it, and trying to slide on it. When we went inside we had a nice conversation about how our different senses worked and helped us to play with the ice.

Handwriting Without Tears

Our letter of the week was T. We came up with 50 words that started with T this week. Additionally, we practiced writing the letter.

Sharing Our Break

The students were very excited to be back in school this week, and very eager to share all of the wonderful experiences they had while they were away from school too. Thank you to those that shared photos from the long break. We did a number of different activities throughout the week using the pictures. Two picture books were made with all the photos collected and placed in the library, they were very popular books this week.

Students also had the opportunity to share some of their photos with the class on the large projector. The class practiced being an audience, and asking questions too.

Some children spent time writing books about the different things we did over the holiday break too.

Finally, we made two graphs. One graph showed the different types of places people went (Shanghai, warm, cold, mountain). The second graph showed the different types of transportation people could have used. The students thought of these different ideas and helped to make the graph too.

December 11 – 14

Photos to come soon…

Announcements

Winter Break: 12/18 – 1/8. School resumes on Tuesday, January 9th. Please notify transportation ( hq-ece-transportation@scis-china.org ) and me through email if your child will be leaving before 12/15/17 or returning later than the 1/9/18.

Picture Day: Picture day will be on Monday, January 15th. This day will be for any students that have not taken an individual photo yet, if you would like your child to retake their photo, and to take a classroom picture too. Please make sure your child is wearing their school uniform on the 15th!

Concert Link: Interested in watching the students Winter Concert or showing family members far away? Follow the links below to watch the show!

Youtube:https://youtu.be/garl6zODFB4

Youku: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzIyMjE5MjYyMA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SCISChina/videos/1538912919520007/

Weekly Update

Sense Bulletin Board

This week we finished adding to our ‘Senses Board.’ Students chose a picture of an activity we have done in class and helped to staple it to the board. Then, they looked at the picture and identified what sense was being used by the person or people in the photo. After the sense was identified, the student helped to attach a string from the photo to the outline of our person. As we continue to learn more about the senses we will review the board and see if any of our original answers change or students feel need to be adjusted.

 

Sense Wall

Our ‘Sense Wall’ is an ongoing place where we can share information we are learning about our senses, post vocabulary, examples, or questions we have.

 

Introduction to Smell

This week we started our introduction to the sense of smell. We read a few books relating to smell to get a better idea about the sense and had a few activities out throughout the week. One of our favorite activities was our sense jars. The eight jars had a few cotton balls inside that were sprayed with a scent. Students had the chance to match the scent with a picture of the scent.

Throughout the week, students began to notice and identify the different smells they experienced at school. During snack time, many students found wrappers or the skin from their fruit to contribute to our sense table.

Happy Birthday

On Monday, we celebrated a birthday. We listened to a funny story about a mouse family and enjoyed donuts for a snack! Happy Birthday!!

Letter Of The Week

H was our letter of the week. We had fun looking for the letter throughout the classroom and school. We came up with 35 different H words! Additionally we spent time using toys from the classroom in a different way to make the letter H.

Winter Celebration

On Thursday we celebrated the upcoming winter season with our Grade 1 buddy class. They came to our classroom for a winter themed work time. Students played a winter themed bingo game, saw ‘snow’ in the sensory table, and made snow flakes, in addition to some regular classroom choices.

Friday Treat

On Friday the class made pancakes as a little treat to enjoy together before the winter break!

December 4-8

Announcements:

Winter Break: Please note there will be a half day of school on December 15th, the busses will leave school at 11:30.  School resumes on Tuesday, January 9th. Please notify transportation    ( hq-ece-transportation@scis-china.org ) and me through email if your child will be leaving before 12/15/17 or returning later than the 1/9/18.

Sharing Shanghai: Know of any fun KID friendly events, activities, or places to play and explore over the Winter Holiday? Please feel free to email and share them with me and I can post them to our Sharing Shanghai portion of the class website.

Weekly Update

PE

This week our PE class Mr. Sternberg set up a number of different gross and fine motor activities centering around teamwork, sharing, and communicating to help out fellow classmates.

Music

In Thursday’s Music class students had the opportunity to make their own instruments, paper plate shakers. First, they decorated paper plates, then they chose the number of items they wanted to put in their shaker, then they were stapled and ready to use. When they were all completed students had the chance to experiment with the different sounds they made compared to their classmates. We practiced finding a steady beat to different songs and then were able to take our new instruments home.

Book Fair

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had the opportunity to visit the book fair being hosted in the library. Students were able to first look at books they were interested in and make choice on if they would like to write down the book on a “wish list.” Students were asked to look for the price of the book so we could write it down on a separate sheet of paper to show their grownups. It was a fun way to introduce some math and money concepts. When we went back to purchase books on the second day some students noticed new books some outside of their price range and some that were much less than their original book. They had to make budgeting choices based on the money they had. Whether students bought books or not it was a great chance to read and explore some new materials.

Handwriting Without Tears

E was our letter of the week. We searched our classroom and school for words starting with E and created a list of 35 different words starting with the E sounds. We have found E to different from our previous letters because it can produce more than one sound, long and short E. With the long E, the letter says it’s name for example Eva, each, and ear. Versus with the short E in words like elephant and egg.The short E is tricky because it sounds very similar to sounds made by I and A, but at this point we are focusing on similar starting sounds and not on the actual letter. This is an advanced concept for Pre-K students but the students have been really interested and curious in this direction, so we are exploring it. We are starting to get used to the idea that some letters can make more than one sound. Next week we will focus on the letter H.

Mystery Reader

Students were really excited to have a mystery reader this week! On Thursday Olivija came in to the class and read Have You Filled a Bucket today? By Carol McCloud and The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek. Thank you to Olivija for joining us as a mystery reader this week!

Are you interested in being a mystery reader? If so please contact me to set a time for you to come surprise the class with a book or two.

Cards for a Friend

One of our classmates missed four days of school this week while recovering from a cold. Each morning we take attendance and notice who is in school and who is missing. Every morning students asked when their classmate would be back. After the third day, we brainstormed what we could do as a classroom community to try and help our friend feel better. One student suggested we make cards. The class helped to think of different words or phrases we could write on our cards and we came up with the following…

I wish you were here!

Can you play with me?

Are you ok?

I love you

Sticker (students thought a sticker might be the trick to feeling better)

We dedicated a section of the classroom to card making and many students made cards throughout the day to place in their friend’s cubby. The students were really excited to give the cards to their friend, and the friend was equally as excited to receive them! A small example of the many ways our classroom has really come together as a community, students are really starting to notice the feelings and concern for the well-being of others.

Senses

We continued to build our senses bulletin board as a class this week. Students took photographs of the different body parts used with the senses, printed them, cut them out, and posted them on our board.

This week we continued to focused on the sense of sight for the majority of the week talking about all of the information our sense of sight provides us with. Next week we will transition to talking about our sense of smell.

November 27 – December 1

Announcements

Book Fair!

Dear parents,

On December 5-6 we will be having a book fair in the library, sponsored by Blue Fountain Books.  The book fair will go from 8:30am-4:00 PM both days, and your child’s teacher will bring their class to visit. Please send money with your child should you wish to have them buy books.  This is optional.  Parents are welcome to stop by as well to purchase books.

Sincerely,

Josh Balli, ECE Librarian

Winter Break: Please note there will be a half day of school on December 15th, the busses will leave school at 11:30.  School resumes on Tuesday, January 9th. Please notify transportation and myself if your child will be leaving before 12/15/17 or returning later than the 1/9/18.

Weekly Update

Preparing for the Concert

This week we had our Winter Concert, it was our first big performance of the year! The students have been working really hard preparing for this event for almost two months. This week alone they had four combined rehearsals in the gym. In addition to learning all the songs they decorated the programs, ginger gingerbread men and snowflakes you saw on Thursday. As many of us know it is not easy to get up in front of a large audience, after reflecting with the students on Friday morning we thought we did a pretty good job for our first concert. Thank you to all that were able to attend on Thursday!

Grade One Buddy Class

On Tuesday, we met with Ms. Miller’s first grade class, our buddy class, and played in the Ball Room. It was fun to see how the relationships have started to form between our two classes after only a few meet-ups. Students from both classes are remembering each other and we are feeling much more comfortable around them.

Clip Chain

Each morning when the students arrive at school there are a few purposefully placed toys, or items out to play with or provoke thought and inquiry. On Thursday as students arrived at school there was a lot of excitement around the “clips.” It started with one student building a chain on our blue carpet, then another student asked to join in, by the time the last student got off the bus and joined in the chain extended all the way to the hallway! The students initial goal was to have the chain go from our carpet to the cubby area, as they approached the cubbies they extended their goal to the door, then again to Ms. Aurora’s class across the hall. They wanted to connect from our “meeting” area to her “meeting” area. As the chain approached Ms. Aurora’s door they encountered a big problem, they ran out of clips! By this time they had drawn the attention of the students in the other class and worked together to find another toy similar to our clips to help extend the chain and reach their carpet. Mission accomplished!

It was great to see how an activity that started out with just one student turned into such a large project involving two classrooms. During the twenty-minuets of this project all students were involved at some point, not only were students cooperating and using teamwork to work towards their goal, but collaborating to solve to solve problems as they arose.

A picture was taken of each section of the chain, printed, “connected” and then posted in the hall for students from both classes to see their work.

The Senses

We continued our study of the senses this week. As a way to review some of the conversations we had last week, students were given photos of different activities we have done throughout the year and asked to categorize the photo by the sense being used. They enjoyed this activity so much it led to the development of our new bulletin board. We traced a person and will begin to add photos of things we like to do at school and draw lines to connect them to the senses we use. During a discussion the class decided the outline of the person needed to include the senses and two suggestions were made 1. Students draw the features 2. Students take photos of the features and paste them on the outline. After a vote the class decided (9-4) to take photos of the body parts we use for all five senses, we will begin the collaborative process of our new bulletin board on Monday.

Sight

As we read a book about the sense of sight this week students noticed a picture of a telescope and shared that a telescope makes things bigger. This sparked a conversation of other objects that help make things bigger. Our list included magnifying glass, binoculars, a projector, water, science viewer, and glasses. While talking about making things bigger a student mentioned that if you hold your finger close to your eye it looks really big, but if you move it back it gets smaller. Many other students had experienced this same idea of things getting bigger and smaller and we put a name to it, perspective. A few students were under the impression their fingers were growing and shrinking, so we found an object we knew could not grow, a water bottle. The bottle was placed on one side of the room and students watched in amazement as the bottle got bigger as it moved closer to our circle. We will continue to build on these ideas next week.

Cooking

This week we made noodles with scrambled eggs and tomato. Earlier in the week students were pretending to make noodles in the dramatic play area. They talked about seeing their grandmas making noodles before so we decided to try it in class. Students that were interested helped to knead dough, flatten with a rolling pin, and then cut out noodles. Other students helped to crack and whisk eggs. During snack many students tried and enjoyed the snack we all made together, it was a great way to work together to prepare something for the whole class.

Handwriting Without Tears

This week we worked on the letter F. As a group, we practiced making the letter with our wooden handwriting sticks, drawing in the air, on the carpet, and then in our handwriting books. We learned the letter F starts with a big line down, and has two little lines across. Throughout the week we thought of different words starting with the F sound. We said over forty-five different numbers (the white board was erased before a picture could be taken). Our next letter is E.

November 20 -23

Announcements

Winter Music Concert: Thursday, November 30th 6:00 ECE GYM! Please arrive at 5:45 and Please drop off kids on the 2nd floor of building A, there will be signs directing you to specific classrooms.

***Please note our class will be on the right side of the gymnasium as you look at the stage***

Dress Code 

Girls: Dresses, skirts or nice pants Boys: Nice pants and a collared shirt or sweater, suite tie. All: Please no blue jeans or t-shirts. More information about what to wear and links to songs for practicing at home on Ms. Babb’s website: https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ece/music/

Book Fair!

Dear parents,

On December 5-6 we will be having a book fair in the library, sponsored by Blue Fountain Books.  The book fair will go from 8:30am-4:00 PM both days, and your child’s teacher will bring their class to visit. Please send money with your child should you wish to have them buy books.  This is optional.  Parents are welcome to stop by as well to purchase books.

Sincerely,

Josh Balli, ECE Librarian

Winter Break: Please note there will be a half day of school on December 15th, school resumes on Tuesday, January 9th.

Weekly Update

Thank You Cards

On Monday the students spent time creating thank you cards for our chaperones on last weeks field trip to Joypolis.

Field Trip Reflections

On Monday morning students were still really excited about the field trip we had to Joypolis last Friday! Students arrived at school to a slideshow of photos from the trip. During our morning meeting, they had an opportunity to share about the highlights of their time at Joypolis.

Jason: That’s us on the field trip.

Nicholas: I liked playing on the field trip, I did the dinosaur slide.

Xiao Yan: I see dinosaur slide, three dinosaur slide. I was scared, then tried them then didn’t get scared.

Nicholas: I tried so many times too so I don’t get scared.

Anthony: I played on the purple dinosaur slide.

Eva: Did you know the purple dinosaur slide is so fast and I tried it so many times and was like ahhhhhh!

Anna: You know dinosaur slide was faster with the purple dinosaur slide, I think pink dinosaur slide is faster than purple dinosaur slide.

Poyraz: I think the dinosaurs are…uh I just go with Balsa down the slide.

Jason: I bounced in the ummm I bounced in the placed that was like have lines I don’t know.

Teacher: A cargo net.

Jason: Yes cargo net, I climbed and bounced on the cargo net.

Eva: Do you know the cargo net is very bouncing, you could even go inside those tiny boxes. I go’ed in and climbed up and climbed up and my mom didn’t even find me in there.

Nicholas: I think the dinosaur slide is too fast, and spinning.

Cody: Just I looked and I found the purple slide and go through the box, cargo net.

Katie: Me and Mairah slide with her dad.

Poyraz: I went in the spider path.

Domi: I play with Anna. We play the slide.

Anthony: I like the slide too.

Anna: I is in the purple slide and I is a little bit scared.

Carina: I play Hewie, on the drawing board.

Hewie: I play with Carina on the dinosaur and slide.

Mairah: I did music.

Anthony: I did draw the animals.

Jason: I slide the dinosaur slide, I don’t scared.

Bella: I played the dinosaur slide with Katie.

Poyraz: I played on the trampoline.

Domi: I played on the trampoline too.

Emotions

This week students noticed emotion posters were placed throughout the classroom. During meeting the class wanted to talk about what they noticed on the posters so we spent time looking at the different things we saw.

Eva: It shows if you’re a little tired, thinking about things, or feeling sick.

Poyraz: It looks like if you’re sick or not well.

Anna: That’s sad.

Eva: Because it’s the color blue.

All: Happy!

Anthony: Excited.

Anna: Angry, argghhhhh.

Katie: Sick.

Eva: It’s face is green and there’s a tongue.

All: Sleep.

Cody: The ZzZzZ

Nicholas: Sleep means the ZzZzZ’s

Carina: This one is thinking, he look like this (puts hand on face).

Cody: Uh just, he have a this (motions for a question mark).

Teacher: Question mark.

Cody: Yeah a question mark.

Anna: This is a good face, have a thumbs up.

All: Hurt.

Jason: Because he have a bandage around his face.

Poyraz: Look scared, and this one is hungry with the knife. He didn’t eat food so he’s hungry, now he’s eating food, pasta.

Nicholas: He also have his tongue out for hungry.

Jason: Because he has a fork and knife.

Katie: S-H-Y what is that?

Teacher: Shy. Does anyone know what shy means?

Cody: This one is “haixiu”

Nicholas: Yes! This why he don’t want to see other people.

Poyraz: Because he need his mommy.

Anna: Like me, in the classroom I need my mom. When I first in your classroom I hug my mom.

Teacher: How does that make you feel to hug your mom?

Carina: Happy!

Katie: Happy too.

Anna: You scared, a little bit scared, so you hug your mom.

Xiao Yan: It makes you feel better.

Poyraz: I have a sticker just like that, I found it on the school bus.

Mairah: Happy, a hug is happy.

Jason: The emotions are like Kelso’s Choices.

Handwriting Without Tears

This week the letter L was introduced to the class. We studied the letter L by making it with using the handwriting wood pieces, and talking about the different shapes we noticed. We practiced writing the letter in the air, on the carpet using our fingers, and finally in our handwriting notebooks. The students were excited to come up with a list of words starting with the L sound. Next week we will study the letter F!

Introduction to Senses

This week we began our second unit of inquiry, a study of the senses. We had a conversation to try and determine some of the things we already know about our senses. Many great ideas were shared and we have a great starting point to begin to learn more about the senses. Over the next seven weeks we will be inquiring further into how living things use the senses to discover the world.

Teacher: What do we know about our senses?

Cody: I know, its in here (pointing to brain) I know it work for all of the things. I think it (pointing to brain) work around and around I think it’s eyes, and mouth, and hands, and feet, it do everything. Your brain helps you with so many.

Teacher: Cody also pointed to his…

Nicholas: Ears!

Poyraz: To listen, listen to music.

Katie: Ears listen music.

Anna: Smell.

Anthony: Nose to smell.

Poyraz: What about our elbow?

Nicholas: I know, mouth.

Xiao Yan: Use the fork and knife for the food.

Lyles: Taste.

Anna: Tasting on the bar of candy. It’s yummy.

Eva: Your neck controls to swallow.

Cody: I know another part, your muscle. Your muscle have some…

Eva: Meat.

Cody: Yeah meat, to help you turn the muscle up, turn your hands up (move).

Teacher: Yes, just like Poyraz mentioned and showed us earlier we use our muscles and joints, like an elbow, to bend.

Nicholas: The bum help my leg go straight, and bend it.

Cody: This is how you bend your leg (points to knee).

Nicholas: This (finger) is just like a knee, look.

Teacher: The last sense is touch. What do we use to touch or feel with?

Jason: Your finger.

Poyraz: Your tummy.

Anna: Anna your forehead.

On Wednesday we matched photos of us playing in the classroom to the different senses we thought were being used. As we were working in the classroom we tried to pay attention to what senses we were using and how the sense helped us to play. At the end of our work time we took one representational toy from each area and placed it next to the picture of the sense that matched.

Last Names

This week we put last names on name cards and started to use the student’s last names as a way to check-in to school instead of their first name. The last names provide a new change for us and variety of letters for students to learn. During a meeting we spent time comparing our first and last names.

Poyraz: Some of my letters are squished together and then spread out.

Eva: I noticed and E and an A in my first and last name.

Anna: I don’t have E but I have A in my name, not last name.

Katie: Here have the same three letters, A, T, I then T, A, I

Nicholas: Um, my last name have H and so does my first name.

Jason: I have S and I have N in here and here.

Xiao Yan: This have N and this has N. This has A and this has A.

Lyles: The L and the L.

Mairah: This is A and here.

Carina: My first name have N, my last name have N too, and A.

Balsa: P-O and P-O in my last name.

I am thankful for…

Nicholas: I am thankful for transformer legos.

Balsa: I am thankful for chocolate.

Anna: I know I am thankful for lollipops

Bella: I am thankful for cake.

Carina: I am thankful mommy!

Hewie: I am thankful for dragons.

Xiao Yan: I am thankful for Magna-Tiles

Eva: I am thankful for the bunnies.

Katie: I am thankful for Mairah.

Domi: I am thankful for books.

Anthony: I am thankful for kittens.

Mairah: I am thankful for Katie.

Jason: I am thankful for transformer toys.

Cody: I am thankful for birds. We gonna eat the bird.

Happy Birthday!

On Thursday, we celebrated a birthday by listening to UFO Diary by Satoshi Kitamura and eating cupcakes. Happy Birthday!!

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