Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Preschool News Week of Jan. 11-15

What we are learning:

Read it Again:  Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey
Print Knowledge: We continue to learn about upper and lowercase letter names.  

Vocabulary:  We are working on using the adjectives color words to describe things we see in our story and make a list of the different colored items we saw.  

Narrative:  We discussed the settings in our story and other ways the problem of the story could have been solved.

Phonological Awareness:  We are working on identifying when two words share the same beginning sound.  

Topic of Study:  We are studying outer space.  We completed a KWL chart which is a chart that organizes and structures our learning.  K stands for what we know.  W stands for what we want to learn and L stands for what we learned.  Below is a picture of our KWL chart.  Students shared with me what they knew about outer space and this was recorded in the Know section.  We then developed questions about what we want to learn about outer space.  This will help guide our learning and we will research to find the answers to our questions.  We will then record our learning in the Learned section of our chart. 

Morning Class KWL chart
Afternoon Class KWL chart

Books we are reading:   There's No Place Like Space and Planets Around the Sun

Jolly Phonics Letter: Uu 

Journals: This week students wrote in their journals and worked on writing about what they drew.  This writing could be in different forms.  Some students dictated to an adult and we recorded what they said.  Other students wrote letters to represent words.  Some students used their jolly phonics sounds to try to write the sounds they heard in words.  Below are some pictures of a few students who used early invented spelling to write their sentence.  This is a great developmental step for those students who are putting their letter sound knowledge into action.  Please encourage invented spelling because it is a wonderful application of their learning of letter sounds.  It does not interfere with students learning to spell correctly in the future, rather it encourages it as students are actively thinking and applying their knowledge which they will build upon each year.  Super exciting!!!

"My papa was skating."

"Baby's eating a cookie."

Next week:  We are going to be continuing to explore outer space and will play a graphing Math game with a partner.  We will continue learning how to write numbers and the letter Ll.  

Reminder:  NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JANUARY 18 due to Teacher Professional Development.  

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