Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Hi families! First off, just wanted to wish everyone's families a warm, happy and healthy holidays and new year! I hope you take this time to enjoy time with your families! Thank you to all the family members that came on Thursday to watch the children's play. I say it a lot, but they really did work so hard on practicing their lines and making all the sets and costumes. They did a wonderful job! If anyone has a video of it, please share so I can possibly share it with the families that couldn't make it! Special thanks to L.O's mom and S.K's mom for coming in early to help set up!
Following the play, we had a family craft-decorating gingerbread people and penguins! It was wonderful to see adults enjoy it as much as the children! It went incredibly smoothly...is this something that families would like again in the future? If so, I can try to play a craft event for Valentine's Day and/or Mother's/Father's Day.
Earlier in the day, Music for Many came for a holiday concert!
Watch some clips here--

On Friday, we worked on creating holiday trees and holiday cards!

I sent each child home with their extra pattern books! They also went  home with 3 take home books (if they returned their take home books!), and I gifted each child with a book and a snowman stationary set!

At the end of day when I cleaned the classroom, I saw this at the dramatic play center and thought it was really adorable--

Here are some photos of the students creating the setting for our play--
Again, have a wonderful winter break and see everyone in 2014! For important dates in January, click here.

Below is a list of places you can take your child during the winter break. With your cool culture pass, these events are free!

MON, TUES, THURS, & FRI, DEC 23-24 & 26-27, 1PM-4PM
Discover the comics of Art Spiegelman and design your own comic. Ages 3 & up.
Free with Pass

SUN, DEC 29, 2PM-4PM
HANDS ON KWANZAA CELEBRATION at The Studio Museum of Harlem
Celebrate Kwanzaa with an interactive performance and creative art-making! All ages.

SUN, JAN 5, 11AM-1PM
OPEN STUDIO: CREATURES at The Noguchi Museum
Drop-in for this monthly family art-making day! January's theme is creatures! All ages.
Free with Pass

MON, JAN 6, 11AM-12:30PM
Come experience the live camels, colorful puppets, and special performances at this annual parade!
 Check out the flyer for more details. Don't forget to bundle up! All ages.

Monday, December 16, 2013

December Update

Hi all! Sorry for such a delay in blog posts, with the holidays-its been quite hectic both in and out of school!

We are finishing up our pattern books unit this week! We learned a lot of strategies this unit especially using the picture and initial letter to figure out new words, pointing 1:1 match with our words and our finger, what to do when we get stuck, and ways we can help a partner during partner reading. A lot of the books on razkids.com are actually pattern books! Check for your child's log in on the front of their blue folder!
The hand has sequence words on them to help students retell stories
We are also finishing up writing pattern books. Students have learned different kinds of pattern books-1 line pattern, 2 line pattern, see-saw pattern and a pattern book with a twist!

We started a measurement investigation last week! It all started with a problem! I told the students about my friend, whose dog ate her shoes! We made a multi-flow map to think about the causes and effects.
I told them that when my friend went to the shoe store to get new shoes, the shoe salesman had no way to take her shoe size! OH NO! But my friend did have unifix cubes! I asked the students to think of how she could use the unifix cubes to figure out her size. The first day, we investigated using our own shoes and the second day, we used our partner's shoes
S.L puts unifix cubes around N.R's shoes
S.K took off her shoe and put a stick of unifix cubes on the side
S.C and B.W measuring each other's shoes
N.R measures around the boot and the height of the boot
Measuring around the shoe
S.K puts the unifix cubes next to her shoe
J.Z puts the unifix cubes on the bottom/heel of her shoe
Q.Z puts the unifix cubes next to his sneaker
F.L takes off her shoe and traces it first
E.W also traces her shoe first
J.C also traces her shoe
Q.Z's sketch of what he did
B.W's sketch

After our two day investigation, we went over the different strategies we used to measure. Here are some of them
-tracing the shoe, then taking the unifix cubes to count out how long
-putting the unifix cubes around the shoe
-putting the unifix cubes on the side of the shoe
We talked about which method would be the best way to have the shoe salesman find new shoes. We decided that putting them on the side is a great idea and on the third day, we all tried out this method.
B.W measures his shoe 
K.L measures his shoe
Q.Z measures his shoe
J.C measures her tracing
M.P measures his shoe 
We then took what we learned and measured different things in the room.

The students recorded their discoveries in all different ways--
We shared our results on the rug with our turn and talk partners.
Today, using clipboards and unifix cubes, the students walked around the room and measured items around the classroom.
S.L measured her water bottle
E.W measures the closet label
S.K and S.C measure the jack o lantern together
B.W measures a pen
K.Z measures the tissue box
Q.Z measures the lantern
M.P measures one of the center schedules
Here are some of the children's results
We also shared our results with our turn and talk partners.

We took advantage of one of the snowy days and made a circle map about things we could do in the snow! Even though it may be cold and wet out, try to go outside with your child so they can have a different outdoor experience!
K.L's circle map for things to do on a snowy day
L.C's circle map included napping, watching TV, making a snowman, making snowballs
Reminder, this Thursday, our class is putting on a play in our classroom, The Three Billy Goats Gruff at 11:45am. Please try to come and see! The children have been putting a lot of hard work into the play. We even made costumes! Afterwards, we have a small craft for families to help with! Hope to see you there! :)