What an exciting week of JK we had. We built and labeled
our brains, played many math games, and wrote stories in our journals.
The Junior Kindergarteners had fun learning about and
identifying characters in Folktales, as well as coming up with their
own characters to draw and write about. We also added an eye to our body
models as we learned about the eye. Students enjoyed playing vision
challenge games and learned how important our vision is to us in
our daily life. This week, we have a busy extracurricular week! We will
be rehearsing for the music performance, performing, and going to see The Velveteen Rabbit on Thursday.
In addition we will be learning about the senses, reviewing math
concepts, and identifying the setting in books and using their knowledge
of setting to write in their journals. It is going to be a fun and busy
week in Junior Kindergarten.
In Science we will continue to explore the five senses through
experimentation with our bodies, as well as researching other animals'
dependence on those same capabilities. After learning how their eyes
work to send a picture of what we see to the brain, students spent last
week sharpening their sense of sight while playing games of
memorization, description and mimicking. This week students will be
challenged to similarly isolate their senses of touch and hearing as we
discover the workings of our skin and ears.
In Math we will be reviewing the concepts of quantity,
sequence/greater and less than especially focusing on teen numbers. We
will be doing this by playing games like number BINGO, and dice games
where students will build the number they roll. The JK will
be revisiting estimation this week with our "UP" science project, where
we will be using helium balloons to try and lift up Prickles. Students
will estimated how many balloons it will take to lift him up.
This week in Literacy,
students will continue to explore the wonderful story-telling of
Folktales and practice identifying their story elements, structure, and
moral message. We will be reading Jan Brett's adaptation of "The
Mitten," a Ukranian folktale, and "The Blind Men and the Elephant," of
Indian folklore. Students will also learn a new group of sight words:
“it," “his," “her," “with," “see," and “we.” Finally, we will continue
to practice handwriting and letter/sound correspondence skills while
learning about our last four letters of the alphabet, “A," "I," “T," and
In Case You Were Wondering
we move into the holiday season, the Junior Kindergarten class will be
reading stories, creating projects, and sharing discussions about the
holidays of many cultures and communities. It is incredibly important to
us that all our students feel proud and celebrated. Please let us know
if you have any special traditions, books, or ideas that you would like
us to share in the classroom. We would also be happy to host special
visits from parents or other family members who wish to teach the class
about your family's holiday traditions.
Mark Your Calendars
Tuesday, December 10th @ 4PM: Winter Festival
Thursday December 12th: JK/K Field Trip to the ODC performance of the Velveteen Rabbit
Monday December 23-Tuesday January 7th: Winter Break
we learned a new way to count and organize quantity into
numbers. Tonight you will find a bag with two sets of objects (ex beads
and rocks). Use the sheet provided to help you count and show how many
of each you have. Then, determine "Which is More?" If you need a
reminder, you will find an example on the back of your organizer.
Tuesday: No Homework, celebrate your singing performance in the Winter Concert!
Wednesday: Each Wednesday the
JK class visits the school library and checks out two books to take
home. Tonight, share your books with your family and read at least one
with an adult. Then draw a picture of the setting of the story.
Thursday: Tonight look for an item that has a unique sound and bring it to school in the bag provided. Shh…don't tell anyone what's inside; we will use our sense of hearing to try and guess what you brought tomorrow at school.
Miss Sophie and Miss Hayley