Let’s start by talking about phonics and next week’s Alphabet Party. The students are so excited that they are nearly done learning all their letter sounds. They’re brimming with anticipation of the event. We finished learning all our sounds up to Y today so that just leaves Z on Tuesday and we’ll be ready to celebrate. This celebration will also be our Exit Point for our IEYC topic, Chattering Children. We will have some alphabet activities and we will also be serving very light refreshments. Hopefully the students can remember what they’ve learned about table manners to help serve you!
The party will be on Thursday, October 24th. at 2:30pm. We’ll gather in the FS 1/2 classroom. All parents are welcome to join.
Speaking of parties, we had a tea party this week and it was made extra special by Y 1/2 joining us for the day. We learned a little about where tea comes from. We learned that the tea we were going to have comes from a bush in Africa. We got the opportunity to smell the tea, then we watched it steep, and finally we drank a little taste. There was optional milk and honey available that most of the children opted into. Please note, this was not actual tea. It was a caffeine-free herbal tea called rooibos. In addition to being caffeine-free, rooibos tea is very low in tannins making it gentle on the stomach. The party was a great success and all the children had fun. The tea, however, received mixed reviews: some loved it and some hated it. To view the whole album of photos on Google, please follow the private link here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/G1tPYExucFCTseo47
We followed up this activity by making a book about it the next day. The students read (some with my help and some without) the simple text I had written about the day. Then we did a sequencing activity putting pictures from the day in order according to the text. Finally, we decorated it with stickers.
Earlier in the week we combined playing with hats and personalities and literacy. First we gathered all the hats in our classroom to the centre of the room. Then, we tried them on and tried different personalities. Finally, we played a game reading and tossing letter and word cards into a hat. Some of the students read their first independent words!
In Math we continued working on one more and one less and switched today to finding out how many in total 2 sets of numbers is. We rolled 2 number cubes and counted up the total number and covered the total on our game boards. The students had fun doing addition without even knowing it.
That’s all for this week. Stay dry this weekend and we’ll see you next week!
Well, we had another week jam-packed with learning despite it being a short week. It really was an exciting time for the students.
In Math, we continued looking at numbers which are one more and one less than a given number. We will continue working on that next week as well.
In phonics, we’ve made it to the letter U. The students are beginning to recognise how close we are to Z and thus, how close our alphabet party is going to be. Just a reminder, our alphabet party is going to be on October 24th. We will have it during the last period of class so from approximately 2:30-3:30. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. As we enter into our planning phase in this upcoming week I will let you know more solid details before the event.
Speaking of parties, IEYC was tremendously exciting this week. On Tuesday we had a full-day event baking bread.
We began the day going “shopping” for all the items necessary to bake bread. This was the students first attempt at money and they had a good time. We’ll be role playing more money scenarios in the future as this is an essential life and math skill.
Then we made the bread dough. All the children got a chance to kneed the dough.
We let the dough rise during lunch and break time so that when the students came back in from their break it was time to bake the bread. The children played quietly while the bread was baking and when it was ready, so were they! We set the table properly with a plate, a folded napkin, and a glass of water. We all sat down together and had a lovely snack of homemade honey bread. The students used their best manners at the table.
For the entire album of bread party photos (50+ photos), please see my Google Album (set to private and only accessible by this link) here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Tcy74PQPZz7FPL3z7
But the bread party was only how we started off the week. We ended by making puppets, trying to be ventriloquists, and trying our hands, or rather our mouths, at some tongue twisters. Can you say “unique New York” three times fast?
I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend. We’ll be back and ready to go on Monday!
Wow, did we ever have an exciting week here in FS 1/2.
We start our day, every day, with a Hello Song, Morning Meeting, Calendar Time, and then some Math. This week in Math we’re working on finding out what is one less than a given number. This is a skill that does not come easily so we will be continuing to work on it as time goes on.
In phonics we’re continuing to work on our letter sounds. We’re up to the letter R. Z will be here soon and then it’s our alphabet party. The children are getting excited.
In IEYC we began the week talking about our favourite toys. We even began doing some writing about them. Some children used their phonics knowledge and wrote some of their first words this week! What exciting growth.
Continuing to talk about toys, we watched a clip of Toy Story featuring Mr. Potato Head. Then we all made our own Mr. Potato Heads out of real potatoes!
We moved on and began talking about bears. We learned that bears eat many things, not just honey; but the students were still excited to try the honey I bought. Some knew they didn’t like it and chose not to try it and some tried it but weren’t all that impressed. The others loved getting a tiny spoon of something sweet.
Continuing on the bear theme, we discussed the difference between real and fictional bears. The students told me about bears they know in stories and how real bears don’t do things like go to the market. Then we learned what real bears like to do. We learned they live in dens and sleep there all winter long and eat lots of food in the autumn so they can make it through the winter. Then we made our own den with chairs and a sheet and the students spent a good chunk of time engaged in some extremely creative imaginative play involving bears, honey, winter, and a kind man who fed them.
We’re going to be segueing from what bears eat to how people eat and baking our own bread next week! The ingredients are: flour, honey, milk, yeast, butter, salt, and vegetable oil. If your child cannot eat these foods please let me know before Tuesday.
That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!