Sunday, October 20, 2019

REMINDERS/UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019- Fall Fest at St. Edward School 5-6:30pm.
    • Pictures from the event will be posted in a separate post.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019- Field Trip to Hofacker's Hillside Orchard
    • Dress for the weather!
  • Thursday, October 24th- NO AFTERCARE! St. Ed's has early release at 11:30am, so all Extended Day friends will need to take the 11:30am bus or get picked up.
    • If you ride the bus at the end of the school day (3pm) you will be on the 11:30am bus.
    • If you are pick-up or aftercare you will need to be picked up at 11:30am.
WEATHER!
The weather is getting colder. Please make sure your student wears a winter coat, hats, and gloves/mittens to school every day. If they do not have any of these items they will get cold when we are outside. Once the snow comes students MUST have a winter coat, hat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and snow boots. If they do not have all of these items they will not be able to play. They will have to join the class outside, but will only be allowed to watch.

September 30-October 3; October 7-10; October 14-17

Dear 4K Families,

It has been crazy in 4K with all of the new things we have been learning, hearing that our field trip was rescheduled, and getting ready for our Fall Fest tonight! I will include the last two weeks information in today's post about this week.

SCIENCE
To end our bug unit we did a fun art project where we got to smack bugs with a fly swatter filled with paint. The kids learned so much in this unit and had a blast with it. If they didn't share any of the information with you I would be surprised. We learned that insects have three body parts- head, thorax, and abdomen, antenna, and six legs. Some insects have wings and some do not. Most have lots of colors, but some only have one or two colors. The kids thought it was neat that bugs that are poisonous had bright colors on them to warn other bugs to stay away! We learned that spiders are not insects, they are arachnids, meaning they only have two body parts, eight legs, and no antenna.


"Shoo Fly" bug project

"Shoo Fly" bug project

We started our Seasons Unit with Fall. We have learned about October because it is one month that occurs during Fall and it is the month we are currently in. Today we learned that there are many fun activities we can do in October, such as Halloween, picking pumpkins, and raking and playing in colorful leaves. We have also learned that the temperature gets colder in Fall so we have to start wearing warm coats, hats, and mittens/gloves.

Leaves- we have talked alot about the leaves we see outside and in the stories we have read. The kids have noticed the leaves are no longer green, but are orange, red, yellow, purple, or brown. We discussed the reason for the changing of the colors because it is getting colder out and the trees have to get ready for winter. We have read many books this week about why the leaves change colors, we can chase, rake, and play in the leaves, and that some animals use the leaves, branches, or acorns and other nuts from the trees to sleep in or eat.
Pumpkins- we have read about pumpkins and learned they start out being green and turn into orange. When they are orange they are ready for us to pick and bring home. Many of our friends have said they already have gone to the pumpkin patch to get their pumpkin, and others will be going to the pumpkin patch soon to get theirs.

SOCIAL STUDIES
On September 11 we discussed Patriot Day, the remembrance day for 9/11. On October 1st we discussed Veteran's Day briefly because we had the chance to make Thank You cards with the older kids of St. Edward School. One of our 4th graders and her mom will have the chance to go on the Honor Flight with a relative and asked if the school could make Thank You's for the veterans who may not get mail when they do Roll Call. The 4Kers were so excited they got to make the cards for the veterans and be able to do it with the rest of the kids from school! All of their cards turned out great!

                                            Thank You cards for the Veterans


 

 




ART
In September we made "We Will Never Forget" ribbons for 9/11.

In October we have made:
Pumpkins, Fall leaves for morning work, 

Fall leaf trees

Fall leaves, bugs, and plants for our bulletin board in the hallway.














Our Class Caterpillar


LITERACY

Every Monday the kids have been tracing their names on sheets of paper. For other papers or art work the kids will write their names (no tracing) so we know who the paper or artwork belongs to. Their names are improving alot since the first week of school!

In small groups we have been practicing our upper case letters to help learn what the symbol is called and what sound the letter makes. (i.e. the symbol A is "A" and it makes the short and long /a/ sound.). The students who know 24-26 upper case letters worked on the lower case letters one day in small groups. They did very well with this. The lower case letters for b, d, p, q were a little tricky, but after awhile they were able to get most of them. We also discovered that when using lower case letter manipulatives if we turn them different ways the same letter can be all all four of the lower case letters listed above (b, d, p, q).

We read many books as a class. We have learned the different parts of a book and what an author and illustrator are. Before we are reading, as we are reading, and after we are reading I will ask the kids questions about the book and they have to answer them. Many of the kids are getting really good at remembering what they books are about by asking the key questions. (Ex. 1.Why does the cover have colorful leaves on it?-The book was about fall leaves. Ex. 2. Why did the tree at the end of the book not have leaves?-It is winter.)

The students also have many opportunities to read and look at books themselves. After morning work or snack, sometimes for a student led center, or one of the centers during free play time they have a book look. They get to look at the classroom books, books Miss Peters brings from the public library, and from the books Mrs. Brincks lets us use from the school library.

Every other Tuesday the students read with their 1st Grade Reading buddies. They are really enjoying it.
 
 


MATH
In small groups students have been working on identifying shapes, colors, and numbers by playing games with manipulatives and Mrs. Sandy. One of the games they enjoy is the Owl game. Students get to practice colors and counting how many owls their are, placing the correct number of owls on the tree or in their group, seeing which group of owls has more, which has less, and what number comes next in the sequence.
Studetns have been learning about patterns and groups by placing Halloween and Fall erasers into matching buckets or putting the same object in a group. (Ex. put all the pumpkins in the pumpkin bucket, all the witches in one pile and all the candies in another pile, or making a pattern with a bat, candy, spider, bat, candy, spider, etc.)

Student book orders were placed on October 13 and arrived today after school. If you ordered books we will have those out to you on Monday. Check your student's backpack for them.

FIRE SAFETY FUN
On Wednesday, October 9 we had our second fire drill. We also had some special visitors-the Town of Center Firefighters. The firefighters came and gave a talk about fire safety. We learned about smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, that we need to have at least two ways to escape our house if there is a fire, and if there is a fire in our house we have to get out as quickly as possible and then call 911 once we are safely out of the house. Everyone got a chance to walk through the fire engine (truck) and use the fire hose. If you would like the picture of your student with one of the fireman and them working the fire hose please let me know so I can email you a copy of them. The kids had a blast!


Students by the fire engine

2019-2020 4K Class by the fire engine

WEATHER!
The weather is getting colder. Please make sure your student wears a winter coat, hats, and gloves/mittens to school every day. If they do not have any of these items they will get cold when we are outside. Once the snow comes students MUST have a winter coat, hat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and snow boots. If they do not have all of these items they will not be able to play. They will have to join the class outside, but will only be allowed to watch.

REMINDERS/UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019- Fall Fest at St. Edward School 5-6:30pm.
    • Pictures from the event will be posted in a separate post.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019- Field Trip to Hofacker's Hillside Orchard
    • Dress for the weather!
  • October book orders were submitted and have arrived. If you ordered books they will be in your student's backpack Monday night; be sure to check them so you can start reading your new books!
  • November book orders will be sent home next week. There will be some great opportunities to get some awesome gifts for the holidays or upcoming birthdays in these order forms!
Best wishes,

Miss Peters