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Mrs. Martorano

Pre-K | Hightlights January 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

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Letter of the week: Gg
Number of the week: 9
Theme: Days of the week

Hope you are all, as always, enjoying your weekend. We have an array of activities planned for our letter, number and theme this week. The letter of the week is /Gg/ and our number of the week is nine. We will be creating Gingerbread people and houses, after we read The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Eglieski and The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst. I cannot wait to see the childrens’ creations.

One of our stories this week is The Three Billy Goats Gruff by: Paul Goldone. We will start to delve more into recalling details from a story and sequencing. What came first, then next… what is the correct order of the details of the story? We will also create our Giraffe G, compile our class /Gg/ list, do some rhyming with Goose on the loose by Phil Roxbee Cox, learn about Groundhog Day and have fun reenacting with our puppets after reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett.

We will also start to cover more concretely the days of the week. “Knowing the names of the days of the week makes the abstract concept of time more concrete for young children. A week is not merely one long day. Instead, it is comprised of seven separate days, each with a morning, afternoon and evening. Since each day is independent, it is possible to go to school on some days but not others or have an activity on some days but not others.

By learning the names of the days of the week, children can make reasonable predictions about what is going to happen on a particular day and avoid being constantly surprised. An important part of learning about the days of the week is understanding the terms today, tomorrow, and yesterday. These terms allow children to discuss their activities (and understand when other people are discussing activities) by properly referencing what they did the day before or what they plan to do the following day.” (Excerpt from schoolsparks.com) We will be creating individual “My Days of the Week” books so they will have something tangible for an abstract concept.

Literature used this week:
The Gingerbread Boy by: Richard Egielski
The Gingerbread Girl by: Lisa Campbell Ernst
Goodnight, Gorilla by: Peggy Rathmann
Alphatales Gg: Gorilla, Be Good! by: Maria Fleming
Glasses for D.W. by: Marc brown
Goose on the loose by: Roxbee Cox & Stephen Cartwright
G is for Goat by: Patricia Polacco
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by: Paul Goldone
Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Quack by: Doreen Cronin
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by: Jan Brett
Goodnight Moon by: Margaret Wise Brown

Some reminders:
• Please make sure you have an updated bag of seasonally appropriate change of clothes.
• Valentines Dance has been cancelled for February 9th. We reached out to parents (via email and newsletter) to survey the interest in this dance and only four parents in the entire school reached out to us with their interest. Therefore, we needed to cancel this event. Perhaps, we can have a dance latter in the year around Mother’s or Father’s Day; again, it will depend on school wide interest.
• Breakfast with Buddies forms are due back ASAP.
• NO SCHOOL Friday, February 16th & Monday, February 19th

I’m looking forward to another week filled with fun and learning.

Warmly,
Mrs. Martorano
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