Happy New Year! It is a new year and with it are some new changes in our classroom. We will move from five story-based centers to eight academically based learning centers, which will be introduced during the first two weeks of this month. The centers and the skills that will be focused on in each center are:
Listening Center- listening comprehension, adding to the story and oral language
Stories Center- listening comprehension strategies, dramatizing and adding on to the story and practicing new vocabulary.
Sound Center- phonemic awareness, sound-to-letter correspondence and oral language
Penmanship Center-proper letter and number formation
Make-a-Book- retelling stories, writing skills, comprehension skills
Word Puzzles- phonemic awareness, sight words, sound to letter correspondence decoding and oral language
Literacy Games- phonemic awareness, sight words, decoding and oral language
Investigations- scientific vocabulary, oral language, exploring visual differences, using the five senses
The students will go to two centers each day from Monday through Thursday. On Friday they will complete any unfinished work from the centers and will then have free play and art projects.
We will be reading the Magic Tree House book Polar Bears Past Bedtime as we learn about the arctic and polar bears. We will read fiction and non-fiction books about them.
We will read Blizzard of the Blue Moon next, which is about New York City and the Great Depression.
We will be learning many word families and sight words. Please continue to practice reading the list of sight words.