started our week back from the holidays making our New Year's
hats. This was our silly
picture to wish everyone a very "Happy New Year" from everyone
in Room 1.
VIP of the Week
Meet Mr. L
He shared his very nice T shirt
with our class
of things that he likes to do with his family. We were
happy to hear about his trip to Colorado. His
favorite color is blue, and he likes pizza! We also
learned that he would like to trade places with his little
brother. He also likes to play the game, "Open Seasons."
We started our week with reading books about winter, weather
and the seasons of the year.
If you have any materials that you would like to share on
penguins, polar bears, animals in winter, hibernation, winter, weather
or the water cycle, please let us know.
had fun making our snowman with a poem. Everyone loved
the bunny who said: "Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!
We made snow!
We made a
pattern using lots of different winter fun
We made a list to find out how many children have ever made a
This web site was recommended
to Mrs. Critchell by a fellow teacher for some very
interesting science discovery things.
We set goals for what we want to learn in 2008!
Thanks to all who remembered to
return their RAH (Read at
Home) paper this month. The goal is for each child to read a
total of 400 minutes or about 20 minutes for 5 nights a week. Everyone who
reached this goal and returned their record sheet will receive a
RAH badge and a chance to win a free book in the drawing from PTA. Please continue to
record the number of minutes your child reads each day.
We love going to the library every Wednesday.
work on some type of writing each day in the class.
We appreciate your help in stressing the
importance of forming
letters correctly, starting at the top, and making circles
counterclockwise. This will be a big help now and later
as your child progresses into cursive writing in third grade.
We have been busy writing in
our Journals at least two or three times a week. We will be saving
these for you to see the wonderful progress that they are
making in printing and writing. Each child is
responsible for writing one sentence that we write together. Then we encourage
each student to write as much as he/she is able to do on their
own using inventive spelling. It is amazing to see how
well they are applying the skills learned with Alpha Friends
that we have been working on since September. If you
child isn't able to hear all of the sounds in the word he/she
is trying to spell, then ask if he/she know the beginning
and/or the ending sound. This is a great start and we
started our study of Dr. Martin Luther King this week. We read
the book, The Crayon Box that Talked. This is an
excellent story with a wonderful message for children to learn
about how we need all colors to make our world complete. Ask
your child about the beginning, middle and the end of the
story. Each of the children will be drawing a self portrait
to add to our crayon box. With all of the colors, our picture
is a wonderful website that was recently recommended to me by
TumbleBooks is a site presented
by the Orange County Library and has a new online collection
of animated, talking picture books. The storybook library
offers lively and interactive reading adventures for young
children and their families. There are all kinds of fun
things for the kids to have fun learning. And, they can
log RAH reading time, too! Click on the Valentine above
for the link.
made a fun booklet about Five Little Snowmen
have recently become very popular and are great puzzles for
developing logic skills. These puzzles usually use
numbers, but they can also be played with pictures.
Click on the graphic to find out how to play. There are
many more sites for kids to learn to play Sudoku. If you
find other great sites, please share with us!
VIP of the Week!
We learned lots of
great things about Mr. O. He likes to play baseball.
He has two brothers and one sister. He likes Scooby Doo
and he would like to trade places with the President of the
U.S. His favorite animal is a cat, and he has two cats.
If he could be any animal, he would like to be a cheetah.
Thanks for sharing so many things with us!
Learning to track
We use our phonics
to help us write.
We wrote stories
about things that we LOVE.
January Award Winners
Kindness is our "Manner or the Month!"
Happy Birthday to
wrote fun facts that we have learned about penguins. Ask
your child to share some things he/she has learned about these
is such an exciting time of the year when all of our hard work
on learning the letters and sounds is really paying off!
YEAH! Please continue to read all of the little books
with your child and add them to his/her Treasure Box of books.
played Bingo to help us learn the blends and digraphs.
We are working on: bl, br, cr, cl, dr, fl, fr, gr, gl, pl, pr,
st, str, sn, sm, wh, th, sh, and ch. We would appreciate
your help at home in reinforcing the sounds made when these
letters are put together.
of the skills that we have been working on in math is how to
sort things. A fun way to reinforce sorting is to have
your child put away the knives, forks and spoons. Or,
you can ask him/her to sort different toys when it is time to
We sorted crayons into different groups by color, size and
we sorted people by hair color, color of their eyes, what they
were wearing and boy/girls.
Mr. A is our VIP
Thank your for
sharing all of your pictures of your family. We found
out so many interesting things about Mr. A. We know his
favorite color is red, he likes pizza, he likes to play with
his little brother, and he wants to visit Hawaii again!
We are looking forward to hearing lots more about him
throughout the week.
We made his VIP book.
loved Mr. A's favorite songs. We had fun dancing to the
song from "Cars!"
lets us stamp our paper when we do our best job!
We made a graph to predict if the Groundhog would see his
shadow on Groundhog Day.
We made headbands to celebrate Groundhog Day.
We learned about
groundhogs and other animals that live underground in our
"Let's Find Out" magazine.
We made a pop up groundhog and read a poem about the silly
Happy 6th Birthday and thanks
so much for sharing yummy cookies with us!