Archive for December 2012

The students created wonderful colorful winter scenes today. They used watercolors, tissue paper, white crayons, and construction paper.

 

A few reminders:

  • Students may wear their pajamas to school tomorrow
  • Thank you to all the families who are donating supplies to our celebration tomorrow, please have your child bring the supplies to school in the morning
  • Thanks to our volunteers, I will see you tomorrow at 12:30 pm in the classroom
  • Happy Holidays and have a great winter break

The students of Room 104 have been doing a great job with their writing so far this year. Yesterday, they wrote about what their gingerbread house would be made of and some even wrote who would live in it. They did a fantastic job!

I have been having trouble lately uploading pictures to the blog, once that is resolved I will upload more.

Our librarian, Mrs. Travis, is asking that students with any library books at home to please send them back to school before winter break.

Thanks

Students may wear their pajamas to school on Friday, December 21st. We will watching part of The Polar Express in the afternoon.

I am still in need of 2-3 volunteers to help out with our celebration on Friday, December 21st from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Email me if you can help out. We are also still looking for some pom poms, sequins, or beads to glue on to some of the crafts we will be making. Thanks!

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: was, if, would
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and, look, at, my, you, are, for, am, in, on, no, it, this, said, run, do, want, play, yes
We are going to use and write these words in sentences.
We have been learning songs for all our sight words, ask your student to share the songs with you!
Letter of the Week: Cc – It makes two sounds and we will practice both
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm

Theme: Our theme this week is Christmas Symbols.

  • Make a gingerbread house out of paper then describe it in writing
  • Make trees out of paper and decorate the scene with watercolors
  • Have an end of 2012 celebration! Students will make popsicle stick picture frames, decorative food snacks, and many more.
  • Just like last week, please let me know if you would not like you child to participate in our study of holiday symbols. Other arrangements can be made.

Journals:

  • Student will finish work in their December Journals. We will be sharing our journals with Pre-K. We will read to them and they will read their journals to us.
  • More writing lines have been added for December as well as a place for students to practice writing the date. We are also doing more book responses.
  • Students will practice writing the letter /c/.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one or two sentences to describe their picture. We are also now labeling all parts of our pictures.
  • Students are now encouraged to independently chop out and write the words. We do phonemic awareness mini lessons everyday before journaling to help and inspire the students to chop out words on their own.


Math:

  • Math Centers this week will be: Glueing marshmallows on a ten frame which is on a picture of a hot chocolate mug, find different ways to make 10, make light patterns, pull a number and put that many counters on a Christmas tree – just like ornaments.
  • Play a domino concentration game.
  • Guess the number.
  • Measure objects with unifix cubes.
  • Use a picture of a hot chocolate mug and marshmallows to make addition number stories.


Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and letter /c/ phonics activities.
  • Art Center: Find our sight words in a magazine, then paste and write them on paper.
  • Math Center: Geoboards and tangram pictures.
  • Read Around the Room: Find words beginning with /c/.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to The Gingerbread Pirates then draw a picture from the end of the story.
  • ABC Center: Sequence three events, draw them, then write a word to describe each.
  • The students will create a class book completing the following sentence: If Santa was stuck in my chimney I would ______________________.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Mouse Shapes.  Our goals this week are story structure and summarizing.


Social Studies:

  • We will continue our study of the United States and learn about voting.


Computer Lab:

  • We will be going to the computer lab on Tuesday to do activities with holiday symbols.


Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Our Holiday and End of 2012 Celebration is on Friday, December 21st from 12:45-1:30. Thanks to all the families donating their time and supplies to our celebration, please have your child bring the supplies on the 21st.
  • As the weather turns colder, please make sure that your child is mostly independent in putting on all their outside gear; zipping included. It takes away both instruction and outside play time when myself and the “helper students” each have to get numerous students dressed.
  • Winter Break starts on Monday, December 24th and school will resume on Thursday, January 3rd.


Ms. Maltz

Thank you everybody for being so generous and volunteering to donate supplies to our holiday and end of 2012 celebration. All the food items are already assigned to people. I have sent out email confirmations. All that is left are craft supplies like sequins, beads, and pom poms and 3-4 volunteers from 12:30-1:30 to help out at each station on the 21st.

Thanks!

Room 104 Families,

Happy Holidays! The kindergarten classes are planning a holiday and end of 2012 celebration on Friday, December 21st from 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm. We will have different crafts and make your own decorative snack stations for the children to go to. We are asking parents and families who wish to donate the following items:

24 bananas
7 apples
1 bag of pretzel sticks
2 bags of seedless grapes
1 pack of Nutter Butters
1 bag of twisty pretzels
Any small crafty items to glue onto ornaments or popsicle sticks
ex. beads
sequins
pom poms

Each class is also looking for 3-4 volunteers to help out from 12:30-1:30 on the 21st. Email me at rmaltz@cps.edu if you can help.

If you can donate items, let me know by Tuesday, December 18th with your first and second choices. I will email you back with a confirmation.

Thanks!

 

Dear Room 104 Families,

Our theme next week is Christmas. Just like Hanukkah, we will be discussing the symbols of the Christmas holiday. Some of the symbols we will discuss are reindeer, gingerbread men, Santa, Christmas trees, lights, and presents. We have some exciting projects that revolve around Christmas. If you DO NOT want your child to participate in any of these activities, please let me know. Other arrangements will be made.

Holiday Party
We will be having our holiday party on Friday the 21st. All children are invited to wear their pajamas to school on this day because we will be watching part of the “Polar Express” with the other kindergarten classes. We will also be making a few crafts and I would love some assistance. I need 3-4 parents to assist from  12:30 pm -1:30 pm to help out with our crafts. If you would like to help, please email me at rmaltz@cps.edu.

School starts at 8:45 am. Students who do not arrive at 8:45 am will be marked tardy. Morning Fitness is an important part of the Ray School curriculum and helps the students get off to a great day. Please make sure all students are to school on time.

Since the season of illnesses is upon us students may be out more frequently. The students must bring a note upon returning to school each time they are absent. The note has to include the name of the student, date(s) absent, reason, and parent/guardian signature.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: do, want, play, yes
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and, look, at, my, you, are, for, am, in, on, no, it, this, said, run
We are going to use and write these words in sentences.
We have been learning songs for all our sight words, ask your student to share the songs with you!
Letter of the Week: Mm
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg

Theme: Our themes this week are Fabric and Hanukkah Symbols.

  • The students will make a collage out of the different types of fabric we have learned about – cotton, silk, jute, and wool.
  • Students will learn how to weave fabric.
  • We will listen to a story about the symbols of Hanukkah then color the symbols.
  • We will listen to a story about the symbols of Hanukkah then eat yummy potato latkes.
  • We have been studying symbols recently and for this week we will be studying symbols dealing with Hanukkah.  A letter was send home last week explaining this. If you do not want your child to participate in these specific activities, please let me know through an email to rmaltz@cps.edu and other arrangements will be made.


Journals:

  • Student will continue work in their December Journals.
  • More writing lines have been added for December as well as a place for students to practice writing the date. We are also doing more book responses.
  • Students will practice writing the letter /m/.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one or two sentences to describe their picture. We are also now labeling all parts of our pictures.
  • Students are now encouraged to independently chop out and write the words. We do phonemic awareness mini lessons everyday before journaling to help and inspire the students to chop out words on their own.


Math:

  • Math Centers this week will be: snowflake symmetry, playing the dreidel game, rolling a dice and counting the dots then putting that many candles on a picture of a menorah, pulling a card then putting that many cotton balls on a picture of a latke.
  • Students will start work in their number books.
  • They will make an ABC pattern necklace with fruit loops.
  • Students will roll a dice then graph how many times they got each number.
  • They will be introduced to a pan balance and the words heavy and light.


Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and letter /m/ phonics activities.
  • Art Center: The students will build a monster. They will roll a dice for each part that tells them how to put it together.
  • Math Center: The students will do work with tally marks.
  • Read Around the Room: Find words beginning with /m/.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to The Gingerbread Pirates then draw a picture of the characters.
  • ABC Center: Wipe off word cards.
  • The students will create a class book completing the following sentence: Do you want to play the dreidel game? _________________ (to be filled in with yes or no)
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called What do Wheels do All Day? Our goals this week are text and graphic features and questioning.


Social Studies:

  • We will continue our study of the United States and learn about leaders.


Wish List:

  • Glue Sticks
  • Clear Packing Tape


Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Please visit the Ray University web site: http://friendsofray.cuipblogs.net/
  • As the weather turns colder, please make sure that your child is mostly independent in putting on all their outside gear; zipping included. It takes away both instruction and outside play time when myself and the “helper students” each have to get numerous students dressed.
  • We will be doing a walk through of the science fair projects on Wednesday.
  • Winter Break starts on Monday, December 24th and school will resume on Thursday, January 3rd.


Ms. Maltz

On Tuesday, we will be making a fabric collage with the fabrics we have studied so far – cotton, jute, silk, and wool. If you are able, please donate old pieces (small) of these fabrics for our collage by Tuesday. They will not be returned.