October 7th, 2013

Hi!

This is our last week learning about apples. While reading the story Apple Farmer Annie, the children became very interested in the Farmer’s Market. Because of this excitement, we will be creating our own classroom Farmer’s Market. Thus far it is equipped with a cash register, pretend money, plastic pastries, fruits/vegetables, baskets and bags. We are looking for donations to make our Farmer’s Market special. We could use a scale, empty apple cider/juice containers, any plastic food (muffins, apples, pie etc), and a tablecloth. If you send it in, please be sure to write your name on the bottom of the item.

This week we will be reading the book Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell. We will be diagramming the parts of an apple and completing our KWL (what do we KNOW, WANT to know and what have we LEARNED) chart. The next time you are in our room, check out our “word wall”. Each week we target 4 words that are related to the theme. We pair the word with a visual and students practice these words. Many students can “read” these words (when paired with a visual). We put new and fun things that they can use when tracking the words with their finger. Currently, we have a creepy witch finger and a pointer they can use when tracking. This has become a new favorite activity in both classes. Our hope is to expose the students to some commonly used words to create phonemic connections and to give them a good starting point for reading sight words in kindergarten.

On Monday, I will begin the district mandated testing. I will be pulling children one and at a time to a quiet area to obtain the beginning of the year test scores for the REACH performance tasks, ESI-R and Teaching Strategies Gold. Please be sure your child gets a good night sleep and good breakfast each day this week so he or she is able to concentrate comfortably. Due to this testing, we will not be accepting volunteers until the testing is completed. There will be a volunteer sign up on the shelf outside the door. If you are interested in volunteering please write which days and times work for you. I will create a volunteer schedule for each month.

We will be studying the color pink and the diamond shape this week. Please send in a representation of something that is pink and something that is shaped like a diamond no later than Wednesday. Please be sure to put your child’s name on the back of these items.

Lastly, we are getting short on some classroom materials. If you are able to donate colored craft feathers, shaving cream, paper towels, brown paper bags and/or Clorox wipes we would greatly appreciate it! Thank-you to everyone that sent in glue sticks last week!

Have a wonderful week!
Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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