April 101 Newsletter 2017
Happy Spring! Thank you for your continuous support! Thank you to all families for a successful field trip. Thanks to families for the nutritious snacks of fruit and vegetables during the last few weeks.. We are learning to try new food, compare, describe. We also continue our math and language skills everyday at snack time.
Students are almost finished making their bakery in the Dramatic Play area. Menus are being finalized and “pretend clay items” are for sale. They are excited to exchange play money to sell and buy their items. As students have experience with making different food in the classroom, we have been working on sequencing events of what happens, first, next, and last and describing what happens in each picture. We have also noticed differences in Menus and stories as we have been creating both in the classroom. Students have also been inspired by the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series by Laura Joffe Numeroff. It helps students sequence events and think about cause and effect.
Through our work with Erikson Math Collaborative, we have been exploring measurement through ordering objects by size, measuring with objects, weighing items with scales, and deciding which containers hold more. As we finish up measurement, we will explore shapes and how to describe different shapes.
Students are also continuing to make stories and books through our work with Story Workshop. Students are given a variety of materials that provoke the students to create stories. Some students tell different stories with different materials, while others are developing the same story in different areas that we can encourage students to turn into a book. Sharing our stories with one another is also an important part of the writing/storytelling process and inspires students.
Lending Library is available for students to check out books. You are welcome check out books more frequently by helping your child in our cozy library area at arrival time. Please return books in order to check out a new book.
April 7- No School- Furlough Day
April 10-14- No School- Spring Break
April 18- We will begin incubating Chick Embryos in our classroom
April 19- NO SCHOOL-Parent Teacher Conferences
April 21- Fundraiser sponsored by Barbara Vick PTT (115 Bourbon St)
Happy April Birthdays to Liam 4/4, Zoey 4/10, Grace Spyker, 4/21, Rosie 4/24,
Students have enjoyed filling in “the missing piece” and constructing their own patterns with blocks, shells, and other materials including snacks. Over the next few weeks, we will explore various forms of measurement (length, height, capacity, weight) in the classroom such as using nonstandard units such as blocks and links to measure each other and items in the classroom. Comparison vocabulary will include longer, taller, shorter, same length, wider, narrower. Last week, we measured items using our hand– to find items shorter, longer, or the same/equal.
We will also solve real world measurement problems as we cook and continue to create our own bakery. You can still send in any food related environmental print for our classroom book.
Story Workshop Days began this month. Students were able to tell stories through painting, clay, blocks, and small toy animals. Some students are working on making books. Students are also practicing writing their names.
Lending library Please return any school library books in order to check out a new book.
Thank you to Shannon, Cole’s mom and Anna, Benjamin’s mom for all of their hard work in assembling and helping out for our classroom canvases for the Fundraiser! The Dragon and Sun Rays look great! We could not have done it without you!! Thank you to families who have helped in all different ways: donating to our basket, selling raffle tickets, donating wishlist items, volunteering for the fundraiser or in the classroom. No work is too small! We truly appreciate it!
February Newsletter Room 101
We are beginning to find out students interests/wonderings in cooking and baking. Students are having discussions about preferences, and we are learning about how different foods are made. We are working on turning our dramatic play area into a bakery. We will ask students what they know about cooking/baking and how we can create it in our classroom. We are encouraging students to create items with recyclables, clay, paint, or drawing/writing. You are welcome to bring any recyclables for students to work together to create items for our “101 Bakery”. We would also love any food magazines, advertisements, or food labels for environmental print.We will create an alphabet book from food labels.
Because of our cooking study, we will be cooking about once a week, and trying more of a variety of food at snack. We continue with adding/subtracting skills during snack, and are now adding patterns, and using comparison language for new vocabulary. Please look at our wish list, or email us if you would like to donate a snack or an ingredient. If you would like to share or just help out on a cooking day, please let us know. Thank you! On March 3rd, we will make pizza.
Math Talk Students are recognizing and creating simple patterns with various objects. We will be asking students to explain their thinking by asking to tell us about their pattern. You can try it out at home by making patterns with any items, music or movement. You can model what makes it a pattern– I repeated the color, shape, etc. “If it’s a pattern, how do you know?” We explain that a pattern is anything that repeats or is predictable, “so you know what will happen next”. We have been showing students that even the same color over and over or growing/decreasing by one can be a pattern along with alternating patterns with sound, movement, color, shape, etc.
Sequencing events in order is also a skill we are working on as we look at recipes to cook, and through stories. What happened first, next, and last?
We are also reviewing different student graphs related to food in order to have math discussions around what food students like the most, least, and “how do you know?”.
Students are retelling familiar books such as the Runaway Rice Cake, Mouse Count, and Dog’s Colorful Day, and Green Eggs and Ham, as well as finding Inspiration for their own stories based on the characters or patterns they notice from the books.
We will be sharing students stories in a format called Story Workshop, where special materials are used throughout the classroom to tell stories. If you would like to volunteer on a Story Workshop Day, let us know. We will keep you posted on the dates.
Thank you again for all the Valentine card materials. Students loved learning about making cards for one another and it truly brought out choosing kind, creativity and fine motor skills.
Thanks for donations to our PTT Fundraiser Basket Superhero Basket. We can still accept items. Thanks for sending snack and wish list help! If you are able to sign up — PTT needs volunteers for the Fundraiser for one hour slots: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevQAUbp1rWPXyE7bO8rBBtY5VoDymJ6TM-us7k7spNhcs3Jg/viewform Thel fundraiser is on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm at 115 Bourbon Street! Even if you can not volunteer, you can support by either buying raffle tickets and/or entry tickets.
Thank you to Gavin’s mom for helping out with our Lending Library, please return any library books, so you child can check out a new book.
Happy Birthday to our March Birthdays- Gavin 3/2, Makayla 3/15, Ella 3/19.
As we have settled back to school after the break, students have been reviewing our classroom agreements such as: using words, sharing, taking turns, and hands to self. Students have begun a growing interest in food such as making/creating cookies, cupcakes for each other with clay and playdough. Students are mixing colors in the art area, building homes for animals in the block area, and discovering how to create shapes with materials on the light projector. We are proud of our students’ growing social emotional skills that are woven in the academic learning at these centers. We also talked about how students can show kindness to each other by hearing about Dr. King’s message after we got “a day off” for his birthday. We continue to learn about other’s similarities and differences as we learn about Chinese culture through stories, dance, and cooking. Other skills we are working on: clapping out and recognizing syllables in words, cutting, comparison words (taller, shorter, small medium, large), adding small groups of numbers within 5, letter/sound identification, and writing names.
We Need Your Help:
If possible, bring an empty paper towel roll on our Parent Child Activity Day, Friday 1/27. (You may also add a page to your child’s ALL ABOUT ME BOOK ) Please make sure you also wearing painting clothes on this day.
School Library Organization – We love using Big Books at story time. If any parents would like to help organize the big books or small books in the Library, please let us know. Lending library volunteers also needed.
Do you like to cook or bake, or would just like to help out with snack time/cooking? Or know anyone who works in the restaurant business? We would love for them to visit our classroom! Please let us know, so we can set up a time. You do not need to be an expert to share a simple recipe or activity. Students learn how to share, take turns, use language to describe new tastes, fine motor, and math skills during cooking.
January 27 Parent Child Activity- School for one hour with an parent/caregiver- choose your time. Sign-up through email or in the hallway
February 3 NO SCHOOL
February 10- Teaching Strategies Conference Forms/IEP Report Cards Distributed
Happy birthday to Vincent (1/3), Sean (1/4), Harrison (1/8), and Madeline (1/23)
Thank you to Jack’s mom for helping us bake cookies and Gavin’s mom for sharing her instruments and musical expertise in December. Thanks to Gavin and Madeline’s family for taking care of our classroom pets over Winter Break!
Dear 101 Parents,
We will be having an outdoor “Tree Trimming” on Friday, December 23rd, 2016. This is a parent and child activity. For our morning students, parents please arrive at 10:45am and afternoon parents, please arrive at 2:00pm. After the tree trimming, the children will be released to you.
Please let us know that you plan to attend by signing your and your child’s name on our sign-in sheet located on our window.
Please read our current newsletter to find out what is happening in our classroom.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on December 23rd!
101 November Newsletter 2016
We have been continuing to explore our classroom in order to respect each other and the materials. Student have also sorted leaves, sticks, seeds, pine cones in different ways after we sorted students by different characteristics. Thanks again for bringing in natural item for sorting! Students loved getting to sort by talking about,”What’s my rule?” We also enjoyed exploring different properties and possibilities with different sized pumpkins and gourds, by observing, describing and drawing. After opening up the pumpkins, we counted, washed, and baked the seeds. Students graphed and analyzed data to see how many students liked the pumpkin seeds. A few books of the students enjoyed hearing and retelling were Mouse Paint, Mouse Count, and Mouse Shape by Ellen Stoll Walsh, The Little Little Old Lady who wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, and Popcorn by Frank Asch.
This month, students will be counting and looking at ways we can make different numbers by playing dice games, board games, and using dot cards. Students will also continue to draw/describe themselves as well as begin to look more closely at the letters in their name.
SNACK- Math and Language Skills
We have been using math skills such as understanding concept of number, parts and whole, and more and less, and decomposing 5 into smaller numbers. Students are also comparing and contrasting different snacks when describing their tastes. Look for a November/December Snack Sign-up soon. Thank you again for all the great snacks!
Thanksgiving- We will cook together on Tuesday, November 22nd. Families are invited! More information will come.
Please refer to the School Newsletter and School Calendar for important dates as there are many irregular days in November.
Friday 11/4- NO SCHOOL- School Improvement Day
11/9- NO SCHOOL Parent/Teacher Conferences 11a-6p
11/11 – NO SCHOOL- Veteran’s Day
11/23-25 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom, please let us know. We will need help soon with our classroom “Lending Library” and cooking activities. You can also sign up to be a guest reader or guest chef. Currently, you can help your child return and check out new books anytime at entry. This is also a good time to browse or read books to your child to see which book they may want to check out. Please have your child return a book before checking out a new book.
We go outside every day. Please check the weather so they are prepared. You are welcome to have your child wear rainboots. Please label jackets, hats, mittens, etc. Continue to reinforce self-help skills, as we are working on this at school.
Happy Birthday to our November Birthdays!
AM- Adam Edburg (11/12), Sam Zavala (11/18)
PM- Ben Seifert (11/22), Danielle Stoeck (11/27)
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!
Thank you for supporting your child through the first weeks of school.We appreciate your help in assisting with them in this transition. These first weeks, we have been learning about each other and how to treat others and our materials in the classroom. We are working our classroom agreements so we know strategies to use for problem solving. We are also noticing similarities and differences to sort same and different with a variety of materials, as we notice whats same and different about each other in the classroom.
A few reminders:
- Please have your child try the bathroom before coming to class. There is a children’s bathroom with 3 stalls and 2 sinks in the hallway for washing hands. Students may also wash hands in the classroom.
- Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their cubby labeled with the name in a clear ziplock bag. As the seasons change, please check their basket to change out appropriate clothing. If wet clothes come home, please send a replacement.
- Please check the weather each day for jackets/cold/wet weather gear– as we go out even if there are puddles or slight drizzle. Your child is welcome to wear/bring rain boots. Please label all belongings.
- If you have not sent a family photo, please send one to school with your child. You may also email us the photo, and we can print it out.
- Attendance Please call/email to let us know if you child will be absent. For the absence to be excused by CPS, there are 3 options: 1)a note with the date, reason, and signature,1) an absence form, or 3) email with first and last name of the parent and child with the same info.
Students are offered snack during our Choice/Explore Time.This will provide opportunities for descriptive language, following directions, and science and math concepts. We would like to have each family send a snack about once a month for the class. Please sign up in the hallway or you can also let us know by email. We will have 4/5 snacks a week, enough for 20 kids each session. Please follow class guidelines, and if you are unsure please ask. Please avoid nuts and dairy. Many of you have already signed up and donated. Thank you so much already for your donations!
Your child may bring a water bottle to keep in their cubby for snack and after outdoor time. Please label with their name.
September 29- Room 101- Picture Day- Please turn in order and money ASAP
Oct 3-7 Book Fair (let us know if you can volunteer!)
Oct 5- Family Reading Night- 6:00- 6:45
OCT 10- No school- Columbus Day
OCT 21- Parent Child Activity Day- Your child will come to school for one hour on this day with a parent/caregiver to create or add to your child’s ALL ABOUT ME BOOK. More information to come.
We share photos through our Shutterfly site: https://barbaravick101.shutterfly.com/ I will add to invite 101 Parents, if you need another email added, please go to the site to be requested.
We love birthdays! Families may donate a book, plant, music, or activity on this day. You do not have to donate a book. You may choose to bring a book from home that parents are welcome to read that day (or teachers). We have 12 birthday lanterns in our room representing each month.Children will add birthday drawings to our lanterns on their special day, and use them see whose birthday is in the different months.
We will also sing our special Happy Birthday song. Thank you to Amelia and her family for donating tropical fish to our classroom!
Happy birthday to our September and October birthdays! Cassidy-9/5, Amelia-9/10, Andrew-10/3, Jackson-, 10/9, Lexi-10/16.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Have a great week!
May Newsletter 2016
Thank you to families for taking time to meet with us during April for Conferences!
We also hope you had an enjoyable Spring Break! Thank you to families for donating snacks and flowers! We are excited to see how the flowers soak up the color!
You may have heard we are hatching chicks! Students are excited to share their observations, predictions, theories, and questions they have about the chicks.
This project is important to teach observation skills, critical thinking skills as students estimate how long the chicks will take to hatch, and think about what the chick embryos need to hatch and grow. Students learn research skills as we use non-fiction books and ipads to find answers to some of their questions. It also teaches patience, cooperation, and collaboration as students come together as a community to come up with agreements about how to take care of the incubator and chicks. They are also working on early literacy skills by creating signs and drawings for their chicks as well as counting each day that the chicks have been inside the incubator.
In math, we will have students describe different kinds of 2D and 3D shapes through games and building, work on beginning measuring skills as we grow chicks and plants, and some simple addition and subtraction skills through finger plays and games.
Students are still creating stories using a variety of materials. Small letter and numbers are joining pretend play and stories after reading Audrey Wood’s, Alphabet Rescue.Thanks to Colton’s Mom for lending us the book! We are busy reading a few more Audrey Wood Alphabet stories as well as books such as This Little Chick, The Little Red Hen, Dora’s Eggs. They are inspiring us to write and draw!
We need your help!
May 9-20 is Room 101’s turn to set up and clean up for the outdoors. If you are interested in helping set up the outdoor classroom for invitations to play in the AM or helping us clean up in the PM, please let us know! Even one day (10 minutes or so) would help us out! We appreciate it!
Don’t Forget- Lending Library books due by Wednesday every week!
May 11- Wear Gray- Go Gray May 13- Wear BLUE for Autism Awareness!
MAY 14- Kohl Children’s Museum Family Trip 4:45 at Vick to take the bus! We are scheduled at the Museum at 6-8PM- Pizza and Veggie Dinner will be provided. There is still space to come!
MAY 16-18 CHICKS HATCH
MAY 20 – Parent-Child Activity/Field Day/Trike-a-thon at Kennedy Park- Students will come for one hour at your selected time with an adult parent or caregiver. More info to come!
MAY 30- NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
(Go gray-Autism Blue)
HAPPY MAY Birthdays to Madelyn (5/14) and Mackenzie (5/22) ! We love you!
AM Class, say your goodbyes and Congratulations to Ms. Camiah as she leaves us to graduate this month! We will send her off well on May 13!
April 101 Newsletter 2016
Happy Spring! Thank you for your continuous support! Thanks to families
for the nutritious snacks of fruit and vegetables. We are learning to try new
food, compare, describe. We also continue our math and language skills
everyday at snack time.
We have been very busy creating, learning, and discovering. Thank you very much for coming
to make “Process Art”! Your children loved it, and it was so fun to watch the families make
beautiful art together.
Through our work with Erikson Math Collaborative, we have recently been exploring maps
and spatial relationships. We first read the book, Rosie’s Walk, and then took the class on
their own walk so students can use spatial relationship vocabulary words. We also mapped
out and sequenced our own walks. We will continue this work as students are beginning to
make their own maps to represent their play and begin to can map out familiar places and
use spatial vocabulary in the classroom.
Students are also working on making stories and books through our work with Story
Workshop. Students are given a variety of materials that provoke the students to create
stories. Some students tell different stories with different materials, while others are
developing the same story in different areas that we can encourage students to turn into a
book. Sharing our stories with one another is also an important part of the writing and
storytelling process and inspires students.
We are also starting an Author Study of Audrey Wood based on how much students enjoyed
our pattern work on The Napping House. Books we are reading: Full Moon at the Napping
House, The Deep Blue Sea, Ten Little Fish, Silly Sally, The Red Racer, Little Penguin’s Tale, and Blue Sky.
Lending Library is available for students to check out books. We try to have students check
out books every Wednesday. Thank you to Ryan’s Mom, Angela, who helps students in the AM check out book each Wednesday. If any PM parent could help in the PM class, we would love to have you any day! You are welcome check out books more frequently by helping your
child in our cozy library area.
April 8- No school- Teacher Institute Day
April 13- No school- Parent Teacher Conference Day
April 18-22- No school- Spring Break
April 26- We will begin incubating Chick Embryos in our classroom
May 14- Saturday Trip- Music Project Celebration to Kohl Children’s Museum
Happy April Birthdays to 4/3- Colton, 4/15- Cici, 4/21- Grace Spyker, 4/11-Emma , 4/24- Rosie, 4/26
March Newsletter 2016
It’s hard to believe it’s March already! We are so thankful of all your support!
We have been working hard to create songs, books, and videos to show what we have learned about making music as we wrap up our study. We are excited to share our learning with you!
SAVE THE DATE- PROJECT CELEBRATION, Saturday, May 14th at Kohl Children’s Museum. There will be food and our project work on display. Children can also play in the museum from 6:00- 8:00. One adult may join your child. Please let us know by 3/18 if you can come. When we know a count of how many are coming, we can allow more family members to join. You can let us know by email or sign up to come in the hallway. There will also be a bus option to and from the Museum that is paid by the Museum grant.
Since February our classroom has begun a partnership with Erikson Institute to incorporate foundational mathematical activities throughout the school day.
Last month, students sorted objects and have been thinking about how objects are similar and different. We have also continued our discussions of growing patterns in reading, The Napping House and The Mitten. Students also retold the story through drawing and acting out, and even retelling on 107’s Smartboard. We also talked about how the stories are the same, and how they are different. Students are also in the beginning stages of a building study which will help students with problem solving, collaborative planning, and spatial relationships.
Lending library will start next week! A new book can be checked out every Wednesday. If your child would like to check out more often, please help them at the beginning of the day.
Happy Birthday our March Birthdays! We love you!
March 2- Gavin, March 13- Josie, March 22-Nora
Thank you to our Room Parents, Cole’s mom and Benjamin’s mom for all of their hard work in assembling and helping out for our Classroom Terra Cotta Paint Project for the Fundraiser! The Wind Chimes and Minion Planters look great! We could not have done it without you!! Thank you to families who have helped in all different ways: donating to our basket, selling raffle tickets, donating snack or wish list items, volunteering for the fundraiser or in the classroom. No work is too small! We truly appreciate it!
- 1. Coins traditionally symbolize prosperity, wealth, and happiness.
- 2. The handmade knot doesn’t show beginning and end. It symbolizes that happiness, good luck, prosperity, and longevity are continuous without end.
3. The ball on the lucky charm symbolizes all family members get together. And everything goes smoothly.
We have read some books related to Chinese culture. Children are very interested in lion dance and dragon dance. There will be a parade this Sunday (1:00-2:30) in Chinatown. See the following for more information.
Hosting more than 30,000 attendees annually, the parade will be in the heart of Chinatown, celebrating the Year of the Monkey featuring marching bands, colorful floats, traditional dragon and lion dance performances, a 100-ft paper dragon and more.
- 1 – 2:30 p.m.
We are beginning to guide our students to find ways of expressing their musical instrument knowledge to share what they have learned. We’ve noticed student’s attention to detail and descriptive words increase through the study. Ways we are exploring to represent our ideas are: video, collage, paint, journaling, writing, drawing, books, dramatic play, performing, block building. We are planning to add clay because of the techniques learned in the studio. Students can also create more representations through recyclables. You are still welcome to bring any recyclables for students to work together and create instruments to stay in our classroom.
Math Talk- Sorting and Patterns
We are currently working on sorting by one or more attribute such as color or shape. We are sorting objects, students, and instruments. Students will also work on recognizing and creating simple patterns with various objects including music. For sorting and patterns, we are asking students to explain their thinking by asking why they sorted that way or to tell us about their pattern. You can try it out at home by sorting same and different, making patterns, and asking “What’s your rule?”/ “What’s my rule?” What’s the same, What’s different. “If it’s a pattern, how do you know?” We explain that a pattern is anything that repeats or is predictable, “so you know what will happen”. We have been showing students that even the same color over and over or growing/decreasing by one can be a pattern.
We are also reviewing our “Favorite instrument Graph” to have math discussions around what instrument students like the most, least, and “how do you know?”.
Literacy and Social- Emotional Learning
Students are retelling familiar books such as Froggy Plays in the Band, Abiyoyo, and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! and finding inspiration for their own stories based on the characters from the books. We also read Violet’s Music, and Jazz Baby to notice the patterns in the story.
In January, we also read about Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for all people to treat each other with kindness no matter what our differences may be. We have been talking daily about ways we can choose kind. As we talk about choosing kind and how to show love to one another, students may bring stickers as they will have invitations to make cards for each other. Please do not send valentines or treats.
February 5- No Class- Professional Development for Teachers
February 11- Progress Reports/Family Conference Forms Sent Home
February 15- NO CLASSES- President’s Day
February 19- All PTT Fundraiser Raffle Tickets Due in Yellow PTT bag (paid and/or unpaid)
Happy birthday to Jacob (2/19 ) and Dominic (2/25)
Thank you to all who could attend our Parent- Child Activity last month! We were so impressed with your creativity by partnering with your child to make an instrument. So much quality language and thinking going on!
Thank you to Emma’s Dad for teaching us about different types of guitars and performing for our PM class. Thank to Iris’ Mom for coordinating her brother, Mr. Andy- a professional drummer, to perform and teach our students about the drums for both AM and PM classes!
Thanks for donations to our PTT Fundraiser Basket Sports Basket and our Music Classroom Basket. We can still accept items. Thanks for sending snack and wish list help! We appreciate you!
We are continuing our music study by looking closer at different instruments such as guitars, drums, a ukulele, and a flute. Students are noticing the shapes, and describing the details they notice. We will also sort different instruments by color, shape, material, and how they make noise. We will graph our favorite instruments, and talk about why we listen to music and how it makes us feel. We are beginning to notice and talk about new vocabulary such as rhythm and tempo. Other skills we are working on: clapping out and recognizing syllables in words, cutting, describing shapes, and writing names.
We Need Your Help:
Please make sure to bring a recyclable (coffee can, cookie tin, or water bottle etc.) to make an instrument on our Parent Child Activity Day, Friday 1/22. We will provide ways to decorate it. (You may also add anything to your child’s ALL ABOUT ME BOOK.)
Volunteers for Kohl Children’s Museum In School Workshop , Wednesday 1/13. (We need at least 2-3 volunteers per session) 11:00-11:45 (AM), 12:30-1:15 (PM)
School Library Organization – We love using Big Books at story time. If any parents would like to help organize the big books in the Library, please let us know.
Musicians or Music Experts! Do you or someone you know play an instrument or have a special interest in music? We would love for them to visit our classroom! Ages 6 and up are Welcome! Please let us know, so we can set up a time. Thanks to Gavin’s Mom for sharing her music, instruments, and answering questions about teaching music with our AM Class!
January 13 Kohl Museum In -School Workshop
January 18 NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 22 Parent Child Activity- School for one hour with an parent/caregiver- choose your time. Sign-up next week through email or in the hallway
Happy birthday to Mitchell (1/2), Kennedy (1/5), and Simon (1/20)
Thanks to Mitchell for sharing the cash register gift, and Kennedy for sharing her favorite book. Thanks to Benjamin for sharing a book with us for his birthday in November. Thanks to Tyler and his parents for sharing a favorite book and having a “paper snowball fight” in December! Thank you to Ryan’s mom and Lucy’s mom for helping us bake cookies. Thanks to Lucy and Tyler’s family for taking care of our classroom pets over Winter Break! Thanks to all of our families for the love and support you give!
Happy New Year to all. We hope you had an enjoyable holiday.
It’s hard to believe the holidays are around the corner! Thank you for supporting our classroom tradition of sharing a Fruit Salad Feast last month.
If you have not seen our Classroom Agreements, they are on our front door. I will also post photos on Shutterfly. We will revisit and add to them as needed throughout the year.
As the holiday season is in full gear, we are teaching students about giving to others in need. Just as we collected canned goods in November, students brought in money to donate as a classroom for 2 children in need. We talked about sharing with those who have less to be thankful for, and how even sharing a little bit of money can add up when we work together. We also enjoyed some math learning along the way. We counted, estimated, and sorted the money to look at all we have collected to give. Thank you so much for your generosity as we work together to teach our students about the joy of giving.
We will talk about different holidays students are celebrating at home as this is such an exciting time of year. We always welcome families to share any craft, song, cooking or special tradition that have from home. We will also send home a 5X7 page for students to share a drawing, or photo about how they celebrate the holidays at home. This can be added to their ALL ABOUT ME BOOK.
In November, we started a music study. Student have been interested in playing and learning about a variety of percussion instruments. We have been learning about their sounds, and taking turns playing different instruments to explore their sound. We began to make observational drawings for students to notice the shape, what material they are made of, and what sound it makes. Some student are also beginning to label their drawings. We will take the lead from our students’ interest. We are asking questions such as, “What instrument would you like to learn more about? What do you know about instruments? How do we make music? How can we create our own instruments?”
Please read over the Making Music Parent Letter attached. If there is a way you would like to help out with sending materials or you know an expert, please let us know. If you are musically inclined, we would love for you to share your talent with our students.
We have been reading books about family or music including: Feast for 10, Five Creatures, Big Wolf, Little Wolf, Froggy Plays in the Band, My Family Plays Music.
Some objectives we are working on are: sorting, retelling stories, thinking symbolically, counting, solving problems, and expressing emotions appropriately. We practice phonemic awareness daily.
December 10 Holiday Sing-a-long at Ag School, 6:30 PM
December 16 Guest Alumni Musician Performance
December 18 Pajama Day for Room 101
December 21- January 1- No School Winter Break- Happy Holidays!
January 13 – Kohl Children’s Museum Workshop in Room 101- “Vibration Explorations”
(Jan 13, we hope to have a few parent volunteers for this workshop- 11:00-11:45 for AM class and 12:30-1:15 for PM class)
Happy belated Birthday to our new student Danielle in the PM Class (11/27)
Happy Birthday to all of our December Birthdays!!
AM: Tyler (12/8), Cole(12/13), Grace Sepulveda(12/20), Shawn (12/22)
PM: Mary Cate (12/8),Gabriel (12/13), Matthew (12/29), Lucy (12/31)
As the holidays are approaching, we are talking about helping others and giving those who have less.
We have been continuing to explore our classroom in order to respect each other and the materials. We also enjoyed exploring different properties and possibilities with different sized pumpkins and gourds. Students measured, weighed, discovered which they thought would sink or float. After opening up the pumpkins, we counted, washed, and baked the seeds. Thank you to our parents for helping with cutting and cooking the pumpkins. Students graphed and analyzed data to see how many students liked the pumpkin seeds.
This month, students will describe their families as well as what they enjoy most including where they like to go, and activities they enjoy together.
We are also in the beginning stages of exploring a music and sound study by experimenting with different instruments.
Thanksgiving- We will cook together on Tuesday, November 24th. Families are invited! More information will come.
SNACK- Math and Stories
We have been using math skills such as understanding concept of number, parts and whole, and more and less. Students are also noticing details in their food, and are beginning to tell stories. Students are excited to share their detailed stories with descriptive language with their classmates. Students are also comparing and contrasting different snacks when describing their tastes.
Please refer to the School Newsletter and School Calendar for important dates as there are many irregular days in November. http://cps.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/SY15_16Calendar_English.pdf
Food Drive, November 12th- We will collect canned goods on this day at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. from our assigned block. Parents are invited to help.
Parent Teacher Conferences, Wednesday, November 18th, 11am-6pm (break 3:00-3:45)
A sign-up sheet will go outside in the hallway. You can also communicate your preferred time through email. There are no classes on this day.
If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom, please let us know. We will need help soon with our classroom “Lending Library” and cooking activities. You can also sign up to be a guest reader.
We go outside every day. Please check the weather so they are prepared. You are welcome to have your child wear rainboots. Please label jackets, hats, etc.
Our classroom currently goes outdoors first, please have your child keep their jacket on during entry.
Happy Birthday to our November Birthdays!
AM- Evan Kosyla (11/4), Sam Zavala (11/18)
PM- Ben Seifert and Heaven Steele (11/22)
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!
Dear 101 Families,
As the fall wind is blowing and leaves are rolling, students in Room 101 have been exploring pumpkins, apples, and other fall items. In the following weeks, our children will conduct the following activities: observational drawing, graphing, measuring, comparing, sequencing, reading stories, creating stories, asking questions, cooking, planting pumpkin and apple seeds, etc.
This week, we’ll stir fry pumpkins with butter, green onions and salt. We’ll also bake pumpkin seeds. If your child is allergic to any of the ingredients, or if you don’t want him/her to taste the pumpkins or the seeds for whatever reasons, please let us know.
Our classroom door is always open to our families. You are always welcome to share your culture,talents (cooking, arts/crafts etc.), and time with our students.
101 October Newsletter
We have been working hard to follow directions and routines in our classroom. We have been reading books to help us come up with our classroom agreements. These agreements will help students solve social problems, and learn to show kindness and respect others.We take time to develop agreements with the children so that they can take ownership in how we act in the classroom. Some books that are helping us are Hands are Not for Hitting, Words are not for Hurting, Feet are Not For Kicking, and Germs are Not for Sharing. Other books we are reading are Llama, Llama Time to Share, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, and How do Dinosaurs say I’m Mad, How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?, The Feelings Book, Sometimes, I’m a Bombaloo.
Identity-Can you express who you are and how you feel?
Room 101 are also busy exploring who they are by talking about themselves and noticing details by looking at their photos on our Document Camera and looking in the mirror. Small group time has been filled with exploring the concept of ourselves and express those details through drawing, play-dough, collage, and use of natural materials. We are working on recognizing our own feelings and the feelings of others. Students are also working on expressing their emotions with descriptive words.
Some important concepts we are working on during our day:
Shape, Line, Color, and Number Sense
As we have been exploring the concept of ourselves and our feelings. We are exploring the different lines, shapes, and colors that exist in ourselves and the world around us. In our exploration of shape and common objects, students are also beginning to gain solid understandings of small numbers. Students are learning that numbers can look different and still hold the same value. Items we are using to explore this concept of number are: dice, dot cards, rocks, craft sticks, small shapes, shells, and other manipulatives. When students begin to automatically understand smaller and larger numbers, it help students for adding, subtracting and more complex mathematical thinking.
You may have noticed the board students put their photo on everyday. It is based on a mathematical tool called a Rekenrek. We are slowly allowing students to think and notice different ways they can see different combinations of numbers. The 10 frame organization helps students to eventually know without counting “2+1” or “5+1” and other beginning math problems. Mouse Count is one of the books that is also helping students develop math skills.
Block play is an important part of the early childhood classroom. It provides potent opportunities for creativity and problem solving and foundational mathematical understandings. It is something that actually has developmental sequence to it like writing or drawing.
Students are working on collaborating together, and solving problems to find the right shape and weight to make their structures stable. They are also using language skills to describe their structures/stories.
Wordplay – Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Activities
During this part of our schedule, we recite the alphabet daily. Each week, we read a nursery rhyme that we use to play with rhyming words, break words down into smaller parts, and hear beginning and ending sounds. You can easily support this at home by playing word games together and reciting nursery rhymes. If you search Heather Lubansky Garrett on youtube, playlist will come up. You can use ABC songs or Nursery Rhymes to practice hearing rhyme or letter sounds at home.
We are also building our alphabet identification, number identification,and listening skills through games at small group and choice time.
Noticing and Observing- Beginnings to a Study, Story Workshop
As we observe students in these first weeks of school, we are helping to set up routines and foster positive relationships in all areas of the classroom. We are also working slowly at all of the interest areas, to think about intentional ways to play and tell stories. We have started part of Story Workshop in our introduction of new materials and showing who students are finding stories
We will do more with Story Workshop soon, which helps students find their stories in many different areas of the classroom such as paint, blocks, drawing, collage, loose parts (collections of materials), light table, and even snack time.
We have noticed students interested in things that move such as seeds, trains, cars, and how objects move in the wind. We will be documenting students progress to know the next steps for the classroom.
September and October Birthdays
Children have been excited to start decorating our 12 birthday lanterns. Happy belated birthday to our September birthdays Samantha Lettiere and Charlie Mulcrone!!
Happy birthday to our October birthdays!! Lexi Reardon and Charlie Perek.
New Studio Location and Teacher
Please welcome our new Studio teacher, Ms. Jill to Barbara Vick. She joined our classroom for one day, and also has taken small groups of students to the studio. Students were so excited for another space to explore and create!
Child Parent Activity Day
Our first child/parent activity is Friday, October 16th. We will be making or adding to All About Me Books. We will provide the binders, the pockets, markers, crayons, glue, and scissors. You need to bring your choice of the following photos: baby pictures of your child, birthday celebrations, holidays, special events, pets, and/or favorite foods, and stickers if you would like to decorate the pages. The book will be kept at school. During the school year we will be adding pages with your child. At the end of your child’s time at Barbara Vick, your child will take the book home.
Why is making an “All About Me” book important? It is important because:
- It helps your child develop his communication skills when he shares his book with the teachers and their friends.
- Collecting the items to put in their books gives your child a reason to feel proud.
- By choosing the items that are going to be put into the books, the children create a sense of security and identity – a connection between home and school.
We are hoping that each child’s book is unique, just like them! Look for the sign-up sheet outside the classroom door or email us with your preference. This is a day for you and your child, no siblings please. If you are unable to attend, please ask a grandparent, aunt or uncle to accompany your child. Remember this is an attendance day for your child. If your child does not come he/she will be marked absent.
All About Me Book ideas
Photographs of: The front of your home (to remember address)
Family Extended Family Favorite toy/activity Favorite body part
Child as a baby Pets Favorite food Favorite Place in Nature
Birthdays/holidays Vacations New siblings Friends/School
You can also bring print outs of favorites from the Internet and make drawings for the book.
- 101 goes outside first, please have your child try the bathroom before coming to class. There is a children’s bathroom with 3 stalls and 2 sinks in the hallway.Please have your child keep their jacket on if needed for outside.
- Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their cubby labeled with the name in a clear ziplock bag. As the seasons change, please check their cubby to change out appropriate clothing. If wet clothes come home, please send a replacement.
- If you have not sent a family photo, please send one to school with your child. You may also email us the photo, and we can print it out.
- Attendance Please call/email to let us know if you child will be absent. For the absence to be excused by CPS, we need either a note with the date, reason, and signature, an absence form, or email with first and last name of the parent and child.
Welcome Room 101 Parents,
Last day for students is June 19th!
We’ll celebrate the end of the school year by making smoothies on the last day of school. In order to make sure that we have a variety of fruits, please sign up on the sheet posted in the hall way. You can also email us your choice. Families are welcome to join 11:00 AM for morning class, 2:20 for PM class.
It has been a great pleasure to work with your child and family. Through reviewing reports, documentations, work samples, and pictures/photos, we realized how much the children in our class have grown physically, academically, socially, and emotionally. They have all made friends and developed effective strategies to solve various problems. Tears come to our eyes as we think about saying goodbye to those who have been here for 1-3 years and move on to kindergarten. Good luck to your child and family. They are always welcome to come back to visit us as many of our former students do. At the same time, we are looking forward to the next school year which will be filled with love, caring, fun, kindness, and growth.
Thank you all for your support, understanding, appreciation and kind words throughout the year!
Have a fun summer!
As part of our pet study, we will be taking a field trip to PetSmart to expand our learning on the topic. Here we will explore a variety of pets, the needs of all pets, and how to care for pets. This will offer an opportunity for the class to expand their knowledge through real life experience outside of the classroom. The professionals of PetSmart will provide a hands-on experience through exploration of store.
Where: 4975 Cal Sag Rd Crestwood, IL.
When: Friday , March 6, 2015.
This is a regular school day. Drop off and dismissal will be at normal time, please be on time this day.
Buses will leave school at the following time:
Morning Session : 9:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session : 12:45 p.m.
Chaperones: Everyone is welcomed to join our trip, please limit only one chaperon per child to allow opportunity for all available and willing chaperones.
FYI: Our trip is free. The field trip permission form will be sent home today . Please complete and return to classroom AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Thank you for your support!
Room 101 February Newsletter
This month the students began learning about pets, sorting objects by different attributes, story retelling, story dictation, and story dramatization. We will also talk about Chinese New Years, and celebrating friends and family. The students have continued to work on how to play collaboratively and how to solve social conflict. We have explored role play, social stories and discussions to practice and develop these skills within the classroom.
The students studied how to show we care for our family members and friends. We are also discussing ways to celebrate with our families and friends. We looked at how pets fit into our families as well. On February 5th, the classroom participated in Friendship Day with other the classrooms.
Chinese New Year
The classroom will celebrate the Chinese New Year in February. The students will have the opportunity to cook pot stickers, stir fry noodles, and play some games.
Our pet study has focused on information we know and would like to know about pets, types of pets, how to take care of pets, and pets’ needs. As we continue our pet study, we need your help to gather pet-related materials for the children to explore. Objects:
|Pet-food containersPlastic or stuffed animals (domesticated)
Pet CarriersPet Enclosures (E.g. cages/aquariums)
Cardboard shoe boxes
Samples of dry pet food (In airtight plastic containers)
Pet-food dishes & water bottles
Pet toysGrooming materialsPet bedsPet-care booksBooks about pet breeds
Pictures or videos of: -Children with pets
-Pets in everyday activities
*Please label objects with your name that you would like back so we can return them at the end of our study.
As we continue this study on pets, we will learn concepts and skills in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts. The students will also develop thinking skills as observe, investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predications and test our ideas.
We are also talking about how we can show love to each other and our families. Students are working on writing cards for another and their families. On Friday, Students can bring valentines for each other. There are 20 students per session. No candy or treats please.
Thank you so much for coming to our Parent-Child Activity. Students enjoyed sharing the beginning of our Pet Study with you.
Friday, January 30th is a normal school day.
Please remember that we try to go outside everyday that the windchill is above 20 degrees. Please label all boots, hats,coats, gloves, and snow pants.
If possible, please change spare clothes to winter clothes if you have not already done so.
Have a great week!
Friday, January 23 will be our Child- Parent Activity. Students will come with a parent or special adult for one hour on this day.
We will start off our Pet Study right by painting our Classroom Rain Barrel for the March Fundraiser with pets. We will also have other pet related activities to explore. Please wear clothes for painting!
If possible, please bring one option of the following on January 23:
1. a picture of your child’s pet or
2. a print out from online/cut from magazine/draw a picture of their “Dream Pet” – a pet they would love to have one day in real life or in their imagination.
You can decorate it and add it with your child to their ALL ABOUT ME book.
The times you can choose from are:
A sign up sheet with times for the Child-Parent Activity will be outside the classroom. You can also sign up through email.
Let us know if have any questions!
What do you celebrate and how? Please let us know if you would like to talk about or share a special story, cooking activity, or any other tradition with our class.
We would like all students to create a page for their All About Me Book. We will send home a 5 x 7 paper and plastic sleeve. You can talk to your child about what holidays you celebrate and how you celebrate.
Your child can simply draw a picture about it, and you can write their words. You may can include a photo, or small other visual if you want to. The child will share their page with the class and put it into their All About Me Book. Please return the All About Me Book to school if you have not done so. We have begun adding pages of students’ work. New students will receive their book today.
(It can be very simple such as “We decorate the tree or eat a large meal with family, favorite song, etc.)
Please send in your holiday family page sometime next week.
Thank you for coming to take the time to speak with us last week about your child’s progress. We hope it was beneficial to hear about their progress and how you can support them throughout this year. Please complete a survey if you have not already done so, and place is in the Manila Envelope outside our classroom this week. Your feedback is important to us.
Room 101 News
Students are adjusting well to classroom rules and routines. We have been following directions with games and songs.
Every day, we have our “Word Play” time where we teach phonemic awareness through Nursery Rhymes, rhyming words, and isolate beginning and ending sounds using The Haggerty Program. Our first two weeks we played with words from “Old MacDonald” and “Little Miss Muffet”
Children are working on how to use each area of the classroom constructively, how to work independently, and how to collaborate with other classmates. This is part of the Creative Curriculum for the beginning of the year. Children are exploring various materials to understand their properties and using those materials to create and represent an idea. Through small groups, students are working on writing their name and drawing as well as taking turns through playing simple games.
Throughout the coming weeks, we will get to know each other better as we explore each others’ names and families. We have been talking about how to play with others and how to solve conflict if it arises. Encourage your child to seek out a teacher if they are uncomfortable in addition to using words to solve the problem.
The coming weeks, we will also use natural materials to begin to observe and notice details. We will go on nature walks at school to collect items to describe and sort. You can also do this at home and bring in materials to school that you collected together. We will also adopt the tree in front of our classroom to observe and document its changes throughout the year.
Throughout September and October, we will accept any nature items your child would like to share at school including: leaves, sticks, acorns, pinecones, small gourds, small pumpkins, etc.) We will use these for observational drawings to increase language, fine-motor, and writing skills.
PICTURE DAY for Room 101 is Wednesday, September 24th. Please plan accordingly. Order forms with money are due as soon as possible.
Students are using their speaking and listening skills to share about their summer and their families. Please send in a family photo or photo collage( smaller than 8 of some type if you have NOT done so already.
If you would like to update extra clothes with fall or winter clothes, you are welcome to switch them out or send in the new clothes.
https://barbaravick101.shutterfly.com/ is the new classroom site, please visit this site and request to view if you do not receive an invitation.
We would also like to remind our families that all academic skills are integrated in everything that we do!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with one of us by phone, email or in person.
This month we will continue with our Train Study. The first field trip of this year is coming! On Wednesday, March 26th, we will take the Metra from 111th St Station. We will take the train all the way to Joliet. Field trip drop off time is 9:10am and students will arrive back at school by 12:30 PM for pick up. Please pack your child a small snack to eat on the train. A permission slip and more information will come to you soon. We can take 20 chaperones. Please let us know if you would like to come. The trip is free! It has been paid for using the funds from the Oppenheimer grant we received for our train project.
In February, we read about different types of trains to see, and asked students what they were interested in learning. We began making books, and using our “Post Office” in the writing area to send message to each other. We also studied the author Donald Crews, and the way he wrote and illustrated different kinds of transportation. Students learned about Elijah McCoy, who invented to oil cup for the steam engine. Students made observations about toy trains to prepare for creating 3D models of trains.
Some of the guiding questions that we are asking are: 1. What makes it a train? What parts does a train have? 2. Why do people need trains? 3. Why do trains go on tracks?
This month, we will create different sizes of 3D trains using various recyclable materials. If you have any cleaned out milk cartons or any size, Kleenex boxes, juice boxes or anything you or your think we could use for our trains such as container tops, water bottle tops, and toilet paper rolls. We will also take medium and large boxes, as we begin to transform our dramatic play area into a train station.
In Language Arts, students are working on identifying retelling events from a story such as The Mitten, Abiyoyo, The Little Engine that Could, and The Little Red Hen. Students are learning to name events in order from beginning, middle, and the end. Eventually, students will be the ones writing and creating their own stories that have a beginning, middle, and end.
Another big focus this month, is working together. Along with retelling, The Little Red Hen, we are role playing how to respect others in the classroom.
We are excited to move FULL STEAM AHEAD with our Train Project. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns or would like to help out in any way.
Thank you for you constant support! We are so thankful for all you do! Thank you again to all families who helped to raise money for Barbara Vick in February. We appreciate you!
Room 101 News January/February
We had a great start in December beginning our transportation study. We began to talk about different ways to get places and different kinds of vehicles.
The next several weeks we will focus on trains. Some questions include: 1. What do you know about trains? How do you know? 2. What do you want to learn about trains? (We will ask more based on their answers) 3. Where would you go on a train? 4. Where do different trains go? What are they for? What do they carry?
We are also focusing on shapes and building with shapes. Students will identify shapes, and describe them.
Students will be creating objects and stories using different shapes by using small manipulatives, or shapes they cut themselves.
Students will continue to write in all areas of the classroom. We will also be focusing on environmental print we see all the time such as STOP, GO, EXIT, NO PARKING, YES, NO, etc. You can practice this by talking about any signs, or words you see at home or on the go.
Vocabulary included in the study will include: train, railroad, destination, freight, cargo, steam, trestle, coal, engine, caboose, transit, subway, el-train.
We are still collecting envelopes, old stamps, office stamps, or any materials that could be used for our post office/ writing center. For our train study, we will be building larger trains and using our dramatic play as a train station. You can donate any items you think might be useful such as notepads for tickets, small hole punchers. We will keep you posted when the time comes for our large items such boxes.
Friday January 31st is a Parent- Child Activity Day. Please sign up for one of the times. There are no regular classes on this day. Contact one of us if you cannot sign up in person. The times are 9:10-10:10, 10:30-11:30, 12:30-1:30, 2:00-3:00. Students will be decorating the chairs for the annual fundraiser with a garden theme- insects, flowers, etc. We will also have Chinese New Year activities on this day as part of our celebration. Paint used for the chairs is not washable. Please dress appropriately. The Annual fundraiser needs volunteers. Please sign up on the form outside our classroom.
Please remember to check your child’s set of extra clothes to make sure it is appropriate for winter. Students will go outside for outdoor play when the wind chill is 20F or above. Please make sure your child has boots if there is snow on the ground for days that we can go outside.
We will keep you posted with other important activities this month.
Room 101 News
Thank you for sending your children with coins for the Giving Tree! We will continue to count money within the next few days, and then we will sort the money, in order to purchase the items for the family. Through this process we are not only showing the importance of giving to others. We are also learning about counting, estimation, number sense, sorting, sequencing and even comparing weight.
Students had a wonderful month exploring the concept of families, and sharing about their own family in the classroom through stories, writing, pictures, graphs, and words. Our exploration of families has led to our current study of Transportation. Where do we go with our families? How do we get there?
This month, in our study of transportation, students will compare and contrast different types of vehicles, as well as learn about the different purposes for them. Some questions include:
1. How do you get to school? the store? Grandma’s house? the park?
2. Where do you go with your family, and what do you see there or on the way?
3. What is transportation? How does it move?
4. What is your favorite mode of transportation? Why?
We will also make graphs to go along with a few of these to gage student interest as well as to talk about numbers, and use comparison vocabulary- more, less, greater, fewer, most, and least.
We are extremely proud of students and their growth with writing this year. Please continue to foster this growth at home by encouraging students to write at home. If you would like more ideas or resources for this, please see the teachers.
In the classroom, we have writing materials in nearly every area of the classroom. Students will be using writing in the block area to make signs. We are also working on creating a post office, so students can write to each other and “send mail”.
Vocabulary included in the study will include: vehicle, train, automobile, mail carrier, delivery, ambulance, train, railroad, semi-truck, tow-truck, taxi, sending, sender, receive, recipient, passenger, steer.
If you have any clean clear plastic water or soda bottles, please send to school as we are collecting for an art project.
We are also collecting envelopes, old stamps, office stamps, or any materials that could be used for our post office.
Parent Meeting about Vision Program – Thursday December 12th, 9:10 and 12:35
Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long is Thursday, December 19th, 6:30PM-7:00PM, Chicago High School for the Agricultural Science, 3857 W 111th St
We will keep you posted with other important activities this month.
Thank you for you incredible support!
Room 101 News
Students enjoyed exploring apples and pumpkins throughout the month of October. Students worked on the following:
· Apple tasting and graph- counting, language development
· Estimating seeds in apples and pumpkins and comparing the similarities and differences.
· Counting seeds, pumpkins, and other objects in groups of 5-20
· Observing scientific changes, language development, and sequencing. We made apple pie playdough, apple juice, mini apple turnovers, and roasted pumpkin seeds, and planted apple and pumpkin seeds.
This month our study will be focused on the subject of families. We will ask many questions to guide their thinking such as:
· What does family mean to you?
· Who is in your family? How big is your family?
· What do you like to do with your family?
Vocabulary will include words such as brother, sister, sibling, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, mother, father celebration, parent, foster, and adopt.
Skills we will be working on include:
· Descriptions of self and family- writing for All About Me Book
· Writing- name, (mom and dad will also be modeled frequently and worked on in the writing center)
· Letter sounds/ rhyming through daily phonemic exercises
· Counting forward and backward with “Apple Chain” days until Thanksgiving
· ABAB patterns
All parents are welcome to come to our Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday, November 26th. This date is tentative. On this day, each child will bring a piece of fruit to share in the Friendship Salad.
Opportunities to volunteer are posted on calendars by our room. We will keep you posted on any schedule changes.
Important Dates: Monday, November 11- No school
Tuesday, November 12- No Classes- Parent Teacher conferences (11-3, 3:45-6 for Ms. Heather and 10-4 with Ms. Wang for students with full IEPs.)
November 27th -29th No school- Thanksgiving break
Room 101 News
We had a busy first month of school. Students are adjusting well to classroom rules and routines. We practiced following directions with games and songs.
Every day, we have our “Word Play” time where we teach phonemic awareness through Nursery Rhymes, rhyming words, and isolate beginning and ending sounds.
This month we will be studying what happens in Fall. We will begin with talking about harvest and apples. Throughout the next weeks, we will talk about leaves, pumpkins, and their lifecycles. Please have your child bring 2 apples of any kind to school this week. We will make comparisons, do an apple tasting, and make of graph of which apples we like. We will also predict which apples have more seeds and their size. We will keep you posted on our cooking projects with apples.
Throughout the month, we will accept any nature items your child would like to share at school including: leaves, sticks, acorns, pinecones, small gourds, small pumpkins, etc.) We will use these for observational drawings to increase language, fine- motor, and writing skills.
Our Parent Child Activity is on October 11th. There will be 4 sessions like the orientation. A sign up sheet will be posted soon outside our room. We will be creating “All About Me” books. The school will provide the 5” x 7” binder and sleeves for the pages. Please bring family photos, baby photos, vacation/holiday or birthday photos, favorite food pictures, activities, child’s drawings, or any item your child would like to include. Be creative. We will have basic art materials available for this day.
IMPORTANT- School Wide Fantasy Parade on Thursday, October 31st ! Students will not wear costumes. Every child will create a crazy hat with their family at home and wear it to school!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with one of us by phone, email or in person.
Dear Pre-K Families,
We want to extend our warmest welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. During our first week of school, we will be spending time going over classroom procedures and getting to know each other.
The general education teacher is Heather Garrett. This is Heather’s first year at Barbara Vick, and 4th year with CPS. This year will be her 8thyear of teaching. HongBo Wang is the special education teacher for room 101. She has been teaching special education in blended PreK at Barbara Vick since 2000. Dianna Feltman is the instructional assistant. She has been working at Barbara Vick for over 5 years in an instructional classroom. She has been working with CPS for over 10 years. We are so excited to be partnering with you this year!
This year we will be planning lessons based off of the Creative Curriculum. It lends it self well to projects that stem from students’ interest. All lessons are designed to meet the needs of all children enrolled. It is structured with different age appropriate activities and centers being offered simultaneously. Math manipulatives, cognitive games, dramatic play, construction, creative art materials, science, books, puzzles, music and variety of toys are available for hands-on creative expression. All of these are designed to enhance and develop children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Because this is only the beginning of the school year, some of the centers are not fully developed yet. This will happen as the year progresses and the children’s development grows.
The first few weeks of school may be a little tiring as the children adjust to the new routines, new friends, and a different environment. Please feel free to talk to us about any concerns or worries you may have regarding this experience. We will work together in order to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible. It is so important that your child comes to school everyday to ensure a great start to school!
Please note the schedule of our day. It is posted outside the room to give you an idea of what the school day will look like. PM families, please note the slight change in times for arrival and dismissal.
Please make sure you read the Student Family Handbook, and let us know if you have any questions.
All students need to have a change of clothes in the classroom. Please bring clothes in a labeled clear, gallon-sized Ziplock bag.
Occasionally, we will have a wish list to ask families to donate items needed in the classroom. Please check the list and remove the item label that you plan on purchasing.
We are hoping to give our classroom new life. If you are interested in donating time or materials for refinishing classroom cubbies, or sewing a couch cover, please let us know.
Again, thank you so much for all of your help and allowing us to teach your child/children. We are looking forward to a wonderful year together!
Ms. Heather Garrett
Ms. HongBo Wang
Ms. Dianna Feltman