Welcome Back! I hope each family had a wonderful Thanksgiving break - I know my trip back home was both relaxing and fun....it's always great to spend time with family and friends! These next three weeks will be full of excitement and super busy with holiday activities! We will begin this first week of December with a whole-school prayer and blessing/lighting of the Advent wreaths. Here's a peek at our week:
Our new letters this week are W, V, and X and our new words are she, he, has, and look. We will spend time during ABCs this week to review letter sounds and practice all introduced popcorn words. During reading, we will work on a mini author study of one of my favorite children's authors - Tomie DePaola. We will read three of his holiday stories throughout the week (Merry Christmas Strega Nona, The Legend of Old Befona, Strega Nona's Gifts) and on Thursday we will make a real graph to determine which was our most favorite. We will also work on expressing our opinions orally using the word "because" - this introduction activity will prepare us for lots of opinion writing in the spring.
(AT HOME PRACTICE: At home have your child give their opinion on books you read together as a family. After reading, have your child tell you whether or not they liked the book you read then have them tell you why. For example: I liked Strega Nona because Big Anthony was a funny character. He got himself in trouble when he tried to use Strega Nona's magical pasta pot without knowing the full magic spell to make it stop. I'm glad Stega Nona came back in time to make the pot stop before it took over the whole town!)
This week in math we will practice using a number line to identify numbers greater than and fewer than numbers up to 20. We will work on using the number line to order numbers and determine numbers that come before and after a given number. We will also work on writing and counting out teen numbers.
This week in religion we will focus on the Christmas story. We will discuss the meaning of Advent and the events that led to Jesus' birth in the manger. We will take time to practice singing and learning Away in a Manger in sign language. On Friday we will celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas and have school mass at 9:00.
This week in Social Studies we will begin our Christmas Around the World unit. We will begin by looking at a world map and locating the United States where we will begin our journey. We will discuss Christmas traditions in the US and do a writing piece of a tradition you have with your family. Our second country to locate and study will be Mexico which we will begin on Friday.
Notes & Announcements:
- December Homework: On Monday, your child will bring an Advent homework chain home as their December Homework. December is a VERY busy month for many families - hopefully this homework chain will be a quick and easy way to keep skills sharp while enjoying the countdown to Christmas! There will be an explanation note in your child's folder as well. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding December homework.
- Please be on the lookout for information via your child's folder and e-mail regarding the many activities that will be going on during December. There will be lots of volunteer and donation opportunities throughout the month.
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning,