This Week at Busy Bee

by Ric on January 15, 2018

It was another fantastic week at school last week as the kids are doing a super job signing in, our portraits for January are finished and on display and we are in the process of creating our name snowman projects. The teachers have also been trying to add some new centers into the rooms as well and play lots of small group games. All this hard work is really paying off… our class rooms are becoming such a fun, happy and explorative place to be. I spend some time in each room last week just observing the children and their interactions. It makes me so happy to see such positive little communities of learners, explorers and growers in the rooms. jan4

Tomorrow will be day 77 at school….. we are quickly approaching our 100 day of school and the big Busy Bee 100 Day of School Treasure Hunt (there will be more info to follow with you February Calendars). The children have been doing many great counting activities and some of the classes are working on their skip counting by 10′s!!!!! jan1

We are really trying to give your children a very rich early literacy experience at school these days. We continue to work on our letter recognition, letter sounds, rhyming and all the fun things that come along with the Dr. Suess ABC book and our growing repertoire of letters and words in American Sign Language. We still focus on who the author and illustrator is of each story, we take time to examine the cover of the book to make predictions on our stories. We have also begun to talk about who the characters are in stories, what the setting is of the book (where is the story taking place) and ask various comprehension and retelling questions at the end of the book. jan3

With your children exposed to so many of these early literacy skills, combined with the attention given to their fine motor, letter formation and creative arts….. it is time for us to create our own stories. We will use one of my favorite children’s book ‘A snowy day’ by Ezra Jack Keats and a new favorite ‘Snow Happy’ by Patricia Hubbell to really work on the skill of retelling. The classes will talk all about the adventures the characters in these book have during their time in the snow and then illustrate and write their own personal narrative’s about winter over the next few weeks.
All in all it is going to be a very fun couple of weeks at school.. We will also be collecting empty cereal boxes for a special project in February. So please save your empty boxes over the next few weeks and send them in.

Mr. Ric

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