Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful vacation. It was so fun to be back together again after our weeks away. A few missing teeth, new haircuts, pierced ears, and everyone just seems a few inches taller!


We started our week in the deep freeze! It was a good time to practice putting on our cold weather gear, taking it off and putting our shoes back on. We learned some new routines about having all of these extra responsibilities. Many of us are quite proficient at these duties and we are ALL motivated by the fluffy white stuff to play in once we are ready! We only went outdoors for a blink on Monday since it was SO cold but since then we have been able to get outside in the sunshine! If you have time, please give your child time to practice zipping coats, putting on mittens, pulling snow pants over boots, etc… when you are home. I always encourage the children to try 3 times on their own before asking for help. If your child has sneakers with laces, help them practice tying them. It can be a tough thing for little fingers, but, every bit of practice helps! Watch this video I found that has a cool trick to tie shoes:




Finally, please make sure your child’s name is on ALL articles of outside gear – even boots if you can. Thank you!!


This week, we worked on story elements in Reader’s Workshop. We talked about characters –  especially The Gingerbread Man! We have read a number of versions of the story and are loving them! We even did a little acting by saying a line “You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” We said it in a proud way, a sassy way, and a brave way. It was fun to become the character! In math, we are practicing counting “5 and some more.” We began working on equations by building the numbers 3, 4, and 5 – feel free to try this at home with higher numbers and practice writing equations with a + and an =. We wrote some plans about how to help the Gingerbread Man across the river (instead of being eaten by the sly fox) in Science. Next week, we will test some of our plans. I found a bunch of science work from the fall that you will find in the Friday Folder. Sorry!!


We are all systems go for our Puppet Project on Monday 1/11. We will begin at 10:30 and return to it after lunch. We would love to have your help. If you plan to join us, please let me know – especially if you are staying for lunch!
Have a good weekend!


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