11/16/2012

Dear Families,

What a lovely week! Parent observations began this week. Thanks to the parents for coming to watch your children at work, and I look forward to other families coming into the classroom this week.

On Thursday, November 22nd, we will be holding our annual D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)! The plan is to have all students and staff come to school in their pyjamas with their favourite books in hand and to spend the entire morning involved in reading activities. We are looking forward to a fun and enjoyable experience! I will be signing up parents on Monday, wishing to visit the class and read aloud on D.E.A.R. Day. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to literacy acquisition. As well, reading aloud helps children develop positive associations with books and reading.

This week, the children enjoyed lessons with the North American puzzle map and flags. Penny cleaning was a new activity introduced into our Practical Life area. The children enjoyed using vinegar and salt as a solution to clean pennies with a toothbrush. We will use the clean pennies for counting work.

Many of the children continued to show an interest in Bird Watching and the Bird Nomenclature cards after we hung out two bird feeders last week. We talked about the Characteristics of Birds versus the Characteristics of Mammals.

As the weather gets colder, please send extra outside clothing with your child (hat, mittens, snow pants or warm splash pants). Many thanks!

Enjoy the weekend,

Tina

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