Friday, November 18, 2011

**Please remember that Wednesday is an early dismissal day. We will be dismissing at 11:30. ***Have a wonderful holiday. !!
Books This Week:Bunny Cakes
Yoko's Paper Cranes

Concept For This Week:
-Cultural Foods and Traditions
-Traveling (International Travel and Local Trave)
-Mail (mailing a letter, email)
*Special Activity*
On Wednesday, we will be making peach cobbler(like in our theme book Full, Full, Full of Love). Then we will be watching the video of Max and Ruby Bunny Cakes. It will be a fun day and a fun way to start our Thanksgiving break.

Small Groups This Week:
1. Max and Ruby Geometric Houses- After reading Bunny Cakes, we will create a house for Max and Ruby. Each house will consist of various shapes(square, circle, oval, rectangle, triangle) We will color, cut and glue. It can be tricky to cut different shapes so this is good practice.
2. Journal Writing- We will be discussing in large group about the places we have gone. In small groups we will draw a journal page to show a place each child has gone. Then we will put all of the pages together to make a book. It will be sent home when we have completed.
3. Uppercase Letter Pumpkin Matching- We will be playing a matching pumpkin game. We will use pumpkins with uppercase letters on them to match to the same upppercase letter. Then we will try to match lowercase letters to the uppercase matches
**The above groups are done in groups of three. On Monday we will finish our cycle.
1. Max Cover Puzzle- We will cut and then assemble a 9 piece puzzle. It will be the cover of our Bunny Cakes book.

Art Table:completing our turkey frames
Block Area:blocks
Sensory Table:leaves
Book Area: books about families
Easel:Max and Ruby birthday cakes
Writing Table: lists for the grocery store
Dramatic Play: setting the table with placemats and dishes. Max and Ruby pilgrim hats as well.
Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads

We will be starting a program called Handwriting Without Tears. We will be starting an extra time in our schedule for this program. It's focus is on letter formation and letter awareness. For example, we will be stressing that letters and numbers start at the top; letters are formed with big and little lines as well as big curves and little curves. We will be playing with these shapes to form letters.

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