Friday, November 16, 2018

Community Week 2 Nov. 19-21

Half Day- Wednesday 10:40 Dismissal

No School Thursday and Friday Nov. 22&23

Community Week 2 
Unit Book
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What do workers in our community do? 
(firefighter, emergency, equipment, protect, community helper, rescue)

Small Groups
-Roll and Paint the Fire- We will roll a cube and subitize the number rolled. We will then find the number on our papers and use Q-tips to paint the fire with red, yellow, and orange paint.

Turkey Subitize- We will subitize amounts of objects on turkey feathers and sort them quickly onto our turkeys.  Subitizing is recognizing a set of objects without counting.  This is an important skill to master before reading.  

-Handwriting Without Tears Books- Letters O  and Q

Centers
Art Table- red, yellow, and orange paint(fire colors)
Block Area- blocks and community people
Sensory Table- red, yellow, orange shredded paper(to look like fire) and cotton(smoke)with firetrucks and firefighters
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Airport/Firestation
Rug- tracks and roads

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Take Away Stories
-Locating things in our neighborhoods
-Safety in our neighborhoods
-Jobs in our community

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Syllable Sound Off, Compound Boogies
-This little light of mine
-Neighbors Chant
-Firetruck Song
-Nursery Rhymes: Hush Little Baby, Hickory Dickory Dock

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Class Reward

On Wednesday, we earned a class reward and was able to eat our snack in the high school cafe.  We had been working on following the "group plan."  Every time a teacher noticed that the whole class was following the same plan we earned a pom-pom in our bucket.  We earned 10 pom poms.  It was a fun reward. 


Friday, November 9, 2018

Community Week 1 (November 13-16)

Community Unit 
Unit Book
The Two Promise Walk
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What is our community?
(bridge, traffic, restaurant, airport, forget, remember

Literacy Small Groups
-Letter Oo- We will learn what the uppercase and lowercase letter Oo looks like.  We will sort magnetic letters to find matches for Oo.  We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.  We used crayons to hunt for them on our papers too.

-Letter Qq- We will learn what the uppercase and lowercase letter Qq. looks like.  We will sort magnetic letters to find matches for Qq.  We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.  We used crayons to hunt for them on our papers too.

-Journal Writing-We will be writing in our journals about our favorite place in our community.

-Positional Word Train-Students will work to use positional terms to move a train around a train station scene based on a teacher’s directions.  We will practice words such as above, over, below, behind, next to, in between, in front of and beside.  Then we will challenge a partner to follow directional terms while using positional words to place the train.  

-Popcorn Letter Game- We will take turns pulling a "popcorn" out of a bucket and labeling the letter on it. Then we will record the letter we pulled out. To add a twist, some popcorns have the word POP on it. When a child pulls out the word POP they say pop and stand up. The group stands up with them and says pop as well. This encourages everyone to attend when their turn is over.

Band-Aids on Bears- We will be cutting and gluing bandaids on letter boo-boos onto the bear to match the letters on the bear. Some matches will be uppercase to uppercase and others will be uppercase to lowercase.

Centers
Art Table- Doctor Kits
Block Area- blocks and community people
Sensory Table- bridges and boats
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Taco Shop
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Puzzles
Rug- tracks and roads with trains

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Take Away Stories
-Locating things in our neighborhoods
-Safety in our neighborhoods
-Jobs in our community

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Syllable Sound Off, Compound Boogies
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Neighbors Chant
-Firetruck Song

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A note from our school nurse

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we approach flu and cold season I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about Burlington Public Schools policy and procedures regarding when and when not to send your child to school. Please review the "Red, Yellow, Green Light" illness guidelines found here. It is imperative that every student and staff member abide by these guidelines to keep our school healthy and safe. At school, we encourage and teach proper handwashing to limit the spread of disease. Please help your child with this at home as well. Please remember that this is important to keep every child safe, especially our students with immunodeficiencies. I kindly ask for your cooperation with this and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely,
Jessica Gearin MEd, BSN, RN
BECC School Nurse

Monday, October 29, 2018

Family Unit Kevin and His Dad week 3

Unit Book
Kevin and His Dad
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How does everyone in a family help?
(chore, clean, inside, outside, tidy, slippery, dust)

Literacy Small Groups
-Sequencing of our supplemental story The Little Old Lady who was not afraid of anything. We will trace numbers and put them in order on our papers then sequence the pictures. We will also trace the letters for the words in the story.
-Family Project: Children will be discussing their family projects.  We will be encouraging them to speak to the class and answer questions their friends ask.  They will sit in the teacher chair too which is always a treat.
-Journals- We will write more about our families.  We will write about something special we do with our family. Like in our unit book we will talk about how we can help them with chores or other jobs. 
-Zones of Regulation- Our friend Kate (social worker) will come in for an activity related to our emotions and how to regulate them appropriately. 

Handwriting/Letter Groups
-Handwriting Without Tears Program- Letters Uu and Cc.
We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  We will sort magnetic letters to find matches.  We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.  We used crayons to hunt for them on our papers too.

Math Small Groups
-Subitize Memory Game- We will use memory cards with pictures of set(ie. 2 fingers up, 3 dots, 1 dot, etc) We will use our skill of subitizing to say how many without counting the sets to play a memory game.

--Inside/Outside- We will use mats and counters to tell math stories with a up to a set of 5. After we tell stories to our group, we will draw a picture of our math story and explain our math story to our group.

-How Many in the House?-We will use house mats and people counters to act out math stories. Partners will take turns telling stories about a number of family members that were in the house and some joining the group. They will show these problems with their counters and tell how many altogether.  Our house will have 2 five frames and stairs to challenge us to use both five frames in our math stories.

Centers
Art Table- Family project
Block Area- House and families 
Sensory Table- washing dishes with bubbles (related to story)
Book Area- Exploring Books about families
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- Draw a picture of your family and things you like to do with them
Dramatic Play-Dress Up Area
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Letters in a room hunt using clipboards
Rug- dollhouse and families

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-House Chores? What are they? How can we help?
- How to take care of pets?
-We all need food. Why?  
-How many are hiding? (5 objects all together, hid your eyes, cover 2 objects and ask how many are hiding)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

STEM Week in the Cub Cadets


STEM Week in Preschool
In an effort to boost students’ interest and raise awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, the Baker-Polito Administration has declared a statewide STEM Week from October 22-26, 2018, and is asking educators at all grade levels to participate by planning lessons, events, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the week.
Students from pre-kindergarten through high school and postsecondary institutions will be encouraged to take part in hands-on learning that aligns topics across STEM subjects and connects to other curricula.

This week our class conducted a variety of STEM activities:


Exploring Gravity
- We looked around our classroom for materials to use in an experiment.  A teacher held the object out and then we observed the speed it fell to the ground.  For example, the block fell quickly and made a loud sound, the feather took longer to fall to the ground.) We talked about why we think the objects fell differently. We notice the heavier the object was the quicker it fell like the block. The lighter objects like the feather and tissue took longer to fall to the ground.


Marble Mazes in the Sensory Table
-We constructed marble mazes in the sensory table this week.  They enjoyed watching the marbles on ramps, marble wheels, and marble drops.  


Ramp Racing
-We talked about ramps in a whole group. We talked about how ramps are simple machines and they help us move objects from one place to another. We then made predictions which ramp would make the car go further. (long, medium, or short ramp) The children raced the cars down the ramps and we marked the spot where the cars stopped. We discovered the longer ramp made the car go the furthest distance and the short ramp made the car go the shortest distance. We then added cars and ramps to the block center.  We explored on our own how to build ramps and how to change the speed of the cars.  When the ramps were diagonal, the cars moved. When the ramps were flat, the cars did not move.

Building Towers
-We used shaving cream to build block towers.  We used shaving cream to help hold the blocks together.  We counted to see how many blocks we could build in our towers before they fell.  We recorded the colors we used on our papers too.

Observing Physical Changes
- We found pieces of ice on the playground.  We took the ice into our school and placed them in two bowls.  We placed one in the freezer and one we left in our classroom. At the end of the day, we compared both pieces of ice and made some conclusions.  (ie The freezer is cold so the ice stayed ice. The ice melted in our classroom because our classroom is warm.)


Friday, October 19, 2018

Family Unit week 2 September 22-26

Unit 2 My Family





Unit Book
Quinito, Day and and Night
Noisy Nora
Read Aloud:A Family is a family
*We will also have a special reading of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything to go along with seasonal happenings

 Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
Who is in my family?
(Family, messy, neat, busy, hush, sticky, loud)

Literacy Small Groups
-Sound Eggs- In our unit story, Nora made a variety of different sounds.  We will be listening to different mystery sounds in eggs and trying to match them to objects we think are inside of them.  We will cut and glue our results. 
-What's in My Bag- We will be listening to parts of words(onset-rime) We will be listening to 2 parts of word and saying the word together. (ie C- AR). We will have an object in the bag and having them guess what is in the bag by presenting it in onset-rime.
-Family Member Syllables- We will draw members of our family and then recording the number of syllables for each member. 
-Journal- We will be "writing" about our families in our new journals.  We will draw a picture about who is in our family and tell a teacher our words.

Handwriting/Letter Groups
-Handwriting Without Tears Program- Letters T and I

Math Small Groups
-Block Towers- We will be creating sets of 5 by building towers of 5 and recording the colors we used for each set.  We reinforced 1:1 correspondence and the concept of "total" (in all).
- Sequencing- We will sequence our story of the scarecrow by writing numbers and discussing the ordinal position of each element


Social Thinking Small Group

-Kate will continue working in our Zones of Regulation Books
Centers
Art Table- Family Portrait Frames
Block Area- House and families 
Sand Table- marble maze
Book Area- Exploring Books about family
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- ABC stamps
Dramatic Play- Apple Pie Bakery
Rug- trains

Science/Social StudiesCircle Concepts
Food Groups/Everyone Has A Home