Greetings from TK - Miss Kristine

February 16, 2024

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Dear Families,

This week, we continued working on the sound for /R/.  This is a challenging sound for many of our children to say.  When it is a hard sound to say, it can also be hard to hear and isolate.  Our children, however,  did a great job.  We reviewed our /R/ cards and played a fun guessing/ rhyming game to challenge the group.  They did an amazing job.   We also did our word match.

For group discussion, we talked about what we love to do outside at recess.  We have so many options for outside play, so our ideas were very diverse.  The most popular answers were: 

riding the red bike (I'm sure many of you have heard of this popular item), building an obstacle course,  playing in the sandbox, looking for treasures, and playing on the monkey bars.  Recess is such an important time for socializing, creativity, dramatic play, and overall wellness.  It is nice to hear their excitement when they talk about all the fun things they get to do.  

For literature, we read Rescue Bunnies by Doreen Cronin.  This is a cute and funny story about a rescue trainee that, when given a challenge, chooses to do the right thing, even when it isn't popular.  This book quickly became a favorite in the classroom.  For our story connection, we made our own helicopter and rescue bunny connected to a safety rope.  Hopefully the children can retell the story at home. 

As we continue to work with word families (3 letter words), we are focusing a lot on rhyming.  We did a picture match where the children identified and matched items that rhyme.  They did a great job and felt proud of their success.  

For President's Day, we talked about what it means to be a good leader and make good choices that help everyone.  We read some fun books like George Washington and the General's Dog by Frank Murphy.  This is a really cute and true story about when two opposing sides called a truce during a very difficult battle to return a dog to his rightful owner.  Children always connect with this story because it shows how even during a bad time, people can be pretty awesome.  For our project, we talked about why President Lincoln is one of our most important Presidents and why he is so loved. We made Lincoln's log cabin with wooden sticks, various geometric shapes, and a real penny portrait in the window.  They finished by drawing a background and adding their special artistic touch.  They had so much fun and they were very proud to take them home. 

We went to the computer lab again this week and we plan on continuing to go weekly.  The children loved their time in the lab and they did an amazing job.  They are learning to use the mouse control right now, but we will soon be introduced to the keyboard.  I look forward to reporting how that goes very soon. 

I hope you all have a wonderful 3-day weekend in honor of President's Day, 

Ms Kristine,  [email protected]