What a great week! Our classmates have returned healthy, we had a beautiful day outside, and had tons of fun while learning!
Our theme this week has been BEARS. We began by discussing the difference between living and non-living things; and then sorting pictures of bears into these two groups. We decided that living things need food and water, and that they move and grow. As we looked through the pictures of bears we noticed the living bears’ fur, claws, faces, and habitats - and that the non-living bears looked like teddy bears with cloths, and no paws or surroundings. We read many books and magazines on the different types of bears. We compared their similarities and differences; ask your child what is the same about all bears (good sense of smell, bad eye sight, good climbers and swimmers) and what is different (where they live, the color of their fur, and what they eat). Throughout the week we looked more specifically about the life cycle of the black or brown bear, what they do during each season. I have included a paper that you and your child can do together, while discussing bears, that mimics and activity we did as a whole class. We also went on a bear hunt! We followed bear tracks around the school until we came to a den with 3 bears in it. The children decided it must be a mother and 2 cubs because one bear was big, two were small, and only the mother stays with the babies. We enjoyed a snack of blueberries and honey on crackers while listening to a couple fiction books that feature bears. Ask your child how a bear gets its food, and why a bear can get honey from a hive without being stung.
We continued working on positional vocabulary this week. We used small bears and blocks to follow directions on where I said to place the bear - such as on, in front of, in back of, beside, over, under, in between… I added a puzzle game to the math area in which they needed to find each animal in the same position and put the pieces together. The students also filled in a book that told them where to glue the baby bear on the page.
We practiced the letter Nn this week. We focused on how the uppercase N has 3 straight lines. Students used wood and wax sticks to make the formation. When writing this letter, many times children want to go up-down-up, remind them to always start at the top and pull down for the first line. The children also used noodles to fill in the letter Nn to remind them of something that begins with that sound.
* I am looking for shoe-box size boxes or medium size paper bags to decorate as Valentine mailboxes - please bring in if you have any, thanks.