Thursday, November 17, 2011
We learned some computer games for reinforcing our phonics skills using the Smart Board. Children had fun moving images across the board and playing games to fill in the sounds in various words. We have also been playing a lot of rhyming games; sometimes rolling a ball as we say words that rhyme, naming pictures that rhyme such as a chick on a brick and playing lotto games with rhyming words. We continue to do writing projects and have reading groups on a regular basis. We have also been having drama time where we act out short skits written by the children. These are very popular and are familiar to children who went to preschool in Shutesbury.
Despite weather delays we held a parade on Friday, November 4th. A big thank you to the parents who came to school and helped the children get into their costumes. We paraded through the assembly with musical accompaniments. We also baked some pumpkin muffins.
We finished our unit on counting and comparing with many activities such as comparing names. Each child built a tower from the letters of his/her name and compared that to other children's names in the classroom. We also built towers out of handfuls of cubes and arranged these in order. A final activity was to draw four cards and arrange the numbers in order from smallest to largest.
We moved on to a unit on patterns, starting with a story called Ni Macho, I Am Eyes. With our attention focused on making careful observations of our surroundings, we took a walk around our school. Recently we read a story called The Sultan's Snakes, a book with many opportunities to find patterned snakes hidden in the pictures. We have been building patterns with cubes, pattern blocks and tiles. Today we each began our own snake, gluing a pattern onto a cardboard strip. We have also been building patterns on a pocket chart and figuring out what comes next. There are also picures of a game called What's Missing? a game where children have to figure out what has been removed from a tray of nine objects.
We began a leaf project in October when the kindergartners took a walk with their 6th grade buddies. This is a long standing tradition at Shutesbury School, a sign of fall in our town! We will keep you updated as we make pictures with these leaves and then share them at assembly.