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Young 5's
Newsletter -  February 10
On Monday we read The Day it Rained Hearts.  As an extension we decorated our Valentine's Day bags with colorful umbrellas and raining hearts.
We read the Bible story about Joseph and his many colored coat.  For Math we did a greater than/less than/equal to/ activity on the whiteboard.
At the end of the day we went outside to play.

On Tuesday we read 100 Snowmen.  In preparation for 100 Day they each made a 100 Day hat!  For Math today we continued our workbook pages on 1-1 correspondence.  For Science the nurses came in and talked about the 'organ wise guys' again and how eating healthy food keeps them strong.  For Religion, we read about David entering Jericho and destroying the wall.  At the end of the day we had quiet reading.

On Wednesday we read Valentine's Bears.  For Math they sorted hearts and made patterns.  They completed their 'Things I Love' book with markers and glitter.  We watched a short clip of Curious George learning to count to 100 in sets of 10's.  They also watched a short episode of Curious George building an igloo, a good science lesson.  At the end of the day we went outside to play.

On Thursday we re-read the Bible story about Joseph.   As 'Prayer Person' each day it is their choice what story they want me to read.  They like Old Testament stories!   After Spanish they used red, purple, pink and white paint with eye droppers to create some cool symmetrical designs on hearts.  We reviewed our sight words.  At the end of the day they had Music with Mrs. Davis- dancing to the twist! 

Friday was our 100 Day Celebration.  They wore their 100 Day Hats.  (See picture below).  We read I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words and My First Book of 100 Words.  We counted to 100 by ones and tens.  They wrote the number 100 on their "I Can Write to 100" page.  We shared 100 snacks! They did a pre-writing activity, 'I Wish I Had 100...' And 'I Would Not Like 100...' Then they drew pictures.  These will be saved for their end of the year Portfolio.  We shared our 100 Day Collections!  There were Legos, marshmallows, rubber bands, dinosaurs, marigold seeds and more!  It was a fun-filled busy day.  We even squeezed Library into our day.  We didn't have time to go outside!

Next week:  Letter 'F'
Letter 'F' Snack:  Mrs. DeVito

Tuesday is Valentine's Party!
No School February 20-21.

Apple Juice:  if you have sent your 2 bottles of juice Thank you!

January 3-6, 2017

On Tuesday we had a fun and busy day!  We brainstormed letter "A" words, shared our favorite Christmas gift, and read a funny book, Aliens Love Underpants. To continue the story they decorated a pair of  "bloomers" for the aliens with neon colored crayons.  Then they water-colored over their crayon designs and enjoyed seeing the crayon resist the paint.
They started to learn 'The Pledge of Allegiance',  began our new 2017 calendar and tracing the days of the week.   We started a Math unit on patterns.  They sat as teams and created simple AB patterns as an extension to the lesson.  At the end of the day they had Music with Mrs. Davis.
On Wednesday we continued to talk about the silly book Aliens Love Underpants.   They did a pre-writing activity - "if an alien came to visit, what would you do?"  They came up with cute answers.   We read another silly book, The Anteater Who Didn't Like Ants.  We reviewed all of our sight words and brainstormed more letter 'a' words.  For Math, we continue to create patterns.  For a challenge, they worked in groups to find objects in the classroom to create a pattern.  One group designed an AB pattern- 'super hero, block, super hero, block'.  They all used great mathematical skills to discover patterns. At the end of the day we danced to 'Animal Action' and sang our favorite song, 'Light of the World.'
On Thursday they had time to finish their aliens by adding legs, antennae and facial features.  These are on display in our room. They are fantastic!  We read about Joshua in the Bible.  They finished the Math unit on patterns and then went to Spanish. We started the 'Me Bag' again!  At the end of the day we went to Mrs. Tallman's room and played the game  'Where is Snowman' and danced to the silly song 'Tooty Ta.'
On Friday we watched the author read There's an Alligator Under My Bed on the whiteboard!  They loved it.  After Library, we played a really fun game- "DONT EAT PETE" with M&M's.  We sent someone out of the room and then they had to guess where Pete was on the board.  They could eat M&M's until they found Pete.   It was fun.  At the end of the day we had Good News and Prizes.

Next week:  Letter W-Willie Weasel
Letter "W" Snack:  Matthew Haines 
*Star Student:  Andrew Thomasma
Wednesday will be "Wacky Wednesday"!  Wear mixed-up clothes, color hair, different socks, shoes etc.!  It is going to be so Fun!  I told them they could even wear Halloween costumes, because that is definitely WACKY!  Any thing they choose is fine! (Some of the girls want to wear fancy dresses or P.J's)
No school Monday, January 16.
On Thursday night January 26 we are having an Open House for new families for 3's, 4's, and Young 5's for the Fall of 2017.  If you know of any new families, please refer them to us!  We want to keep our school growing! Open House is from 6:00pm-7:00pm.