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Popcorn Words

Please read these weekly Popcorn Words with your K-Kid each night!

*I *it *run *help *away
*a *in *jump *down
*is *we *one
*am *big *two
*to *for *make
*the *this *get
*go *red *play
*me *like *find
*see *my *funny
*and *come *look
*can *up *blue
*you *not *yellow
Saturday, February 25, 2017

America the Beautiful!

We had an excellent week finishing up our American symbols unit. We explored with great detail the Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, American Flag, and Bald Eagle.  I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that your kids soaked up many facts about these great symbols. They were particularly enamored with the Statue of Liberty, and we ended up researching it more than I anticipated!  

Language Arts:
While we worked to complete different literacy workstations, this week our phonics focus shifted mainly on ways to make the long a and long e sound. Ask your kiddos about these ideas and concepts. They are quite the experts, especially on those magic a words with ay, ai, and 'a' with a magic e at the end. They were very interested in tricky "y", who "steals" the long e sound in 2 syllable words. We discovered that some of our friends have a tricky y at the end of their names, much to their delight! We played a number of fun games to help us solidify these concepts! We also worked on many art projects this week, and created amazing Statue of Liberty drawings, majestic bald eagles created by tracing our hands and feet, and American flags with fingerprint stars!

Math:
We are also continuing to strengthen our skills with money. Still dealing only with coins, we are working to add together multiple coins and looking for patterns. During small group guided math, I gave each student a handful of coins to sort and count, which is helping to solidify both coin identification, as well as skip counting. Then they went shopping at my store! The only problem with my store is that I only accept exact change. Some brilliant students attempted to overpay me with several of each coin and told me to just keep the change, but since it's my store, I was able to insist on exact change only! :) The kids had a lot of fun buying ice cream, candy, cats, and toys from the store, and we enjoyed comparing the different combinations of coins that everyone used to make their purchases. It is a fun game to play at home as well. Break open a piggy bank, and make your kids buy their own toys!

Social Studies:
As I stated above, this week we continued to introduce the kids to new facts about many American symbols. We took a trip 'back in time' to see what the American Flag looked like in the past and learned that before the Bald Eagle was our nation's bird, Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our symbol instead! We learned why the Liberty Bell is cracked and why the Statue of Liberty is green! Social Studies was alive and well in our classroom! We ended the week by introducing the kids to one of my favorite childhood memories- School House Rock! The kids loved watching the song Elbow Room, and noting all the changes that America went through as it expanded westward, as well as catching glimpses of our American symbols!

Writer's Workshop:
This week we finished our fifth writing unit of the year! It was so interesting to see the kiddo's Informational Writing from the first day of this unit to now. We are becoming quite the experts on writing to teach our reader a new thing! 

Coming Up Next:
Next week we will enjoy spending some time with some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, in honor of the great author's birthday (March 2, also the birthday of Bon Jovi, another national treasure.) (I'm from New Jersey.)  

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