This is our Veterans Day wreath. Mr. Mudrick brought it to the Veterans Home yesterday.
Miss Kim spoke to us about her job as a Marine, and we read about a military family in our Scholastic News magazine.
Thank you to all of our Veterans.
This week, we will be reading about buildings and the materials that they are made of. We will read some different versions of the Three LIttle Pigs. We are learning about characters and settings. As you read with your child, ask your child to identify the important characters and one or two settings that seem important to the story.
Winter is on its way and we are preparing for the transition to winter coats, boots, hats, mittens. Here are some things that you can do to make this transition a successful one for your child.
1. Label everything...including boots!
2. Practice shoe tying with your child. Your child will be changing from boots to shoes 3-4 times per day.
3. Practice zipping, putting on mittens, hats, etc.
4. At school, we put our hats and mittens into our coat sleeve when our outdoor gear is not in use.
5. Teach your child to be flexible...many children have special ways that they like their mittens and boots...tucked in sleeves, etc. Your child will need to do a large majority of getting ready on his/her own, and might not be able to get it "just right" each time. Teach your child that this is a-ok!
We have been learning about taking challenges, and that sometimes things are hard, but that we can work through challenges. Winter gear is a big challenge for young children!
At school this week, we discussed challenges that were difficult for us in September that now seem easy. It was heartening to hear them talk about how things are comfortable now that were hard then! They are growing!
The children love to bring in things from home that relate to our learning. We love seeing things in our science center such as leaves, acorns, homemade books, and books. This shows how much they are processing and connecting, and I do encourage this. These items can be put out to be displayed and should relate to our learning.
I have noticed an increase in toys coming to school. This can be problematic, and I'd like to ask that toys not come into the classroom. We have toys here at school that I use in the classroom for specific learning outcomes. For example, we have blocks for building, problem solving, and for learning to work together and to share. We have pattern blocks, games, an art center, and other toys for dramatic play. When toys from home are brought in worries begin that mainly revolve around sharing and toys becoming broken or lost out at recess. Thank you for helping by keeping toys at home.
Conference time is here! You can sign up for a conference
Families, your children continue to be thoughtful and invested first graders. The Curious Caterpillars are growing and learning daily!