October 17, 2017 – We’re going on a leaf hunt!

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It was the perfect autumn day to get outside of our walls and go on a leaf hunt! After reading The Fox and the Falling Leaves we grabbed our bags and ventured across the street to the field. Friends were ready to explore and find leaves of all shapes and sizes. We focused on using describing words to talk about each leaf. When we returned to our classroom we used our leaves as a jumpstart for making playdoh leaves. Your Beginner will be bringing home their bag of leaves today. We hope you can take a few minutes to talk about our leaf adventure. Encourage your Beginner to use details in telling you about this activity.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery below to see our adventure!

See you tomorrow for Box Day!! If you are joining us for lunch at 11:00 we will be in the lunchroom just down the hall from our classroom on the 2nd floor. If you are coming at 11:30 for Box Day you will find us upstairs on the 3rd floor in the multipurpose room.

Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about your leaf hunt!
  • Let’s look inside of your bag at each of the different shapes.
  • How many colors do you see?
  • What do you enjoy most about exploring on the field?
  • Did you play tag, hide in seek, or take a look in the pond after the leaf hunt?
  • Who was your walking buddy?
  • Tell me about crossing the street to get to the field. Did you stop and look both ways for cars?
  • Do we have a new letter, shape, and color of the week? (Not this time! We are reviewing all that we have done so far.)
  • What is exciting about our day on Wednesday?! (Parents are coming to join us for Box Day!)

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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October 16, 2017 – Join us on Wednesday!

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Welcome back to a short week of school! Although we only have 3 days of school this week we are going to use each day to its fullest! As you know, Wednesday is our 1st Trimester Celebration and we will be exploring with boxes. Each Beginner will have their own giant box to transform however they wish. Today we took a sneak peek at the story we plan to read with you on Wednesday about how a box is not just simply a box! Mrs. Kimmons will be touching base with each of you today in carline so that we have a good count of who will being joining us on Wednesday. If you would like to join us for lunch 11:00-11:30 that will be just fine! At 11:30 we will head up to our room of boxes and get started! If you have any box cutters or tools that you think might be helpful for box transformation feel free to being them! Remember…Beginner box creations will be traveling home with you Wednesday afternoon!

Keep an eye out for your Big Red Beginner coming home today!

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Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Felicity
    • Door Holder: Tucker
    • Caboose: Madelyn
    • Attendance: Emerson
    • Calendar: Carley
    • Weather Person: Allison
    • Lights: Teddy
    • Library: Coraline
    • Clean Up: Ryker
    • Teacher Helper: Noah
    • Vacation: Elise
  • Do we have a new letter, shape, and color of the week? (Not this time! We are reviewing all that we have done so far.)
  • What is exciting about our day on Wednesday?! (Parents are coming to join us for Box Day!)
  • Were you helpful like Clifford today at the water tub? (Yes, we cleaned our star connectors in the soapy water.)
  • How could you be a helper at home?
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October 13, 2017 – Fun Friday!

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It was a fun Friday! Sometimes the end of the week is the perfect time to slow down, think about all the new exploring we did during the week, and enjoy our friends and free choice. Beginners enjoy taking ownership of the centers and choosing their favorite learning activities. We hope you had some Friday fun of your own. I look forward to seeing you tonight at the Summit Gala! Yeehaw to a great weekend!

Topics To Chat About:

  • How are you feeling today? Can you show me with your face?
  • Are your parents coming to the gala tonight? Do you have fun plans yourself?
  • Tell me about the weather today. What describing words can you use to tell me what you see in the sky?
  • Tell me about our Clifford story today. Did Clifford have the hiccups?
  • What did you choose for Friday Free Choice?
  • How were you BIG like Clifford today?
    • Did you share, be kind, be truthful, have respect, play fair, be a good friend, be responsible, believe in yourself, help others, or work together
  • What is the letter of the week? (Ff)
  • What is the color of the week? (Purple)
  • What is the shape of the week? (Diamond)
    • What is another fancy word for diamond? (Rhombus)

Friday FYI’s:

  • Friday, Oct. 13th – Summit Lucky 13 Gala
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18th – 1st Trimester Celebration – Box Day! – 11:30am
    • Feel free to join us for lunch if you’d like! (11:00-11:30)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19th – Monday, Oct 23rd – Fall Break
  • Monday, Oct. 23rd – No School – Teacher Work Day
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31st – $2 Uniform Buyout Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1st – 50th Day of School!

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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October 12, 2017 – P-u-r-p-l-e

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P-u-r-p-l-e. Purple’s what that spells. Beginners have done so well recognizing our focus color each week and love to spot purple things all around our school. Today we explored with a wonderful purple story as we met Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold is just like Beginners in so many ways as he uses his purple crayon to explore and use his imagination. After reading our story about Harold’s adventure Beginners used their own purple crayon to create. We also painted a delicious purple treat today…grapes! Ask your Beginner how they used bubble wrap to make a purple bunch of grapes!

Click here to sing along with our Purple Song!

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Felicity’s purple crayon took her around the circle and across the bridge.

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Carley’s purple crayon took her to Silver Dollar City with the rides. 

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Tucker’s purple crayon took him to his home. 

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Madeyln’s purple crayon took her to the zoo. 

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Allison’s purple crayon took her to her home.

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Coraline’s purple crayon took her to her bed with her pillow and blankie.

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Teddy and his purple crayon were sleepy.

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Ryker’s purple crayon took him on the road and the railroad track to his home. 

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Emerson’s purple crayon took her to the park but it was locked with so many locks.

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Elise’s purple crayon took her to the beach with sand and water. 

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Noah’s purple crayon took him to the boat on the beach. 

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you practice writing Ff and many other letters and shapes during morning meeting using a whiteboard?
  • Tell me about Harold and his purple crayon. What did he create? What did you create with your purple crayon?
  • How did you paint grapes today?! (We used bubble wrap to stamp paint!)
  • Tell me about Movement today. Did you do amazing yoga stretches with Ms. Kristen?
  • Show me some of your dance moves from Music today.
  • How were you BIG like Clifford today?
    • Did you share, be kind, be truthful, have respect, play fair, be a good friend, be responsible, believe in yourself, help others, or work together
  • What is the letter of the week? (Ff)
    • Show me how to make the soft Ff sound. (Put your teeth on your bottom lip)
  • What is the color of the week? (Purple)
  • What is the shape of the week? (Diamond)
    • What is another fancy word for diamond? (Rhombus)

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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The Summit Gala is this Friday! Bidding is open!

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This is such a fun event every year and I look forward to spending Friday night with you! Be sure to check out all of the teacher experiences that are up for grabs. Beginners Teacher for the Day is always such a fun item. I have had both former students and current students win this auction item in the past. It is always great for the winner and the Beginners class.

Use this link to register and start bidding: https://qtego.net/qlink/summit. Bidding will end at 8:30 pm this Friday, October 13th. Most of our families will be at the event, but if you can’t make it you can still bid online! You do not have to be present to bid and win the silent auction items. Remember, all money raised at the event goes directly to The Summit for this school year! It’s all for your kids, so start bidding!

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October 11, 2017 – Day & Night Sky

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What do you see in the sky today? What do you see in the sky on other days? What do you notice in the sky at night? Today we took our study of seasons and weather a step further by thinking about all of the things we observe in the sky. We made comparisons between what we see during the day and what we see at night. Friends even noticed that we might see some of the same things in both the day and night skies. Sorting is a skill we practice a number of ways but today Beginners sorted several items in their bag to decide if they would observe that item during the day or night. Be sure to talk to your Beginner about their sky project coming home today. We just couldn’t wait until Friday folders to show you! Beginners were given homework tonight to see if they could see the moon in the sky. We talked about how sometimes the moon can be blocked by clouds! Also, keep your eyes peeled for an airplane flying at night. While things like the airplane or birds are easy to see during the day it may not be so easy to spot at night.

**Reminder: With the temperatures cooling off a bit please be sure to send a jacket with your Beginner each day. We will always try to go outside if possible.

Box Day is 1 week away!

Our 1st Trimester Celebration is coming up soon! Three times throughout the year parents are invited into our classroom to take part in the learning. The first celebration of the year will be Box Day! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 18th at 11:30. Please join us in our classroom and be ready to let your imagination soar with your Beginner! 

Topics To Chat About:

  • Look up in the sky. What do you see?
  • Tell me 2 things you might see in the day sky? What are 2 things you might see in the night sky?
  • What gives off light during the day and during the night?
  • Tell me about the weather today? How did the air feel on the playground today?
  • Tell me about super science time with Professor Powers! What did Professor’s magnets stick to? What did you do with your small red magnet and the compass? How did you make the compass needle move?
  • What are Clifford’s Be Big ideas?
    • Share
    • Be kind
    • Be truthful
    • Have respect
    • Play fair
    • Be a good friend
    • Be responsible
    • Believe in yourself
    • Help others
    • Work together
  • What is the letter of the week? (Ff)
    • Show me how to make the soft Ff sound. (Put your teeth on your bottom lip)
  • What is the color of the week? (Purple)
  • What is the shape of the week? (Diamond)
    • What is another fancy word for diamond? (Rhombus)

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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October 10, 2017 – We can BE BIG like Clifford!

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It’s a BIG day in Beginners! Today we introduced the Be Big! themes that coincide with our author study of Norman Bridwell and the Clifford book series. We talked about how Clifford is always such a nice friend, shares with others, and is respectful in his stories. Beginners can do that too! During exploration time Beginners helped create and read their own (tiny) Be Big! book with all of the themes we are discussing in class. Your Beginner will bring home their tiny book today and you will see a handout in Friday folders of all 10 themes we are focusing on at school. Feel free to hang up this handout at home so that you can reinforce these skills with us. Using common language at home and at school will encourage Beginner friends to work hard to achieve these character traits each day!

Please check out this link (Clifford Be Big Initiative) and continue to talk about “Being Big!” at home.

Reminder: Late Start Tomorrow – We will meet in the lobby 9:15-9:30.
Fun Zone is available before 9:15.

Topics To Chat About:

  • What are Clifford’s Be Big ideas?
    • Share
    • Be kind
    • Be truthful
    • Have respect
    • Play fair
    • Be a good friend
    • Be responsible
    • Believe in yourself
    • Help others
    • Work together
  • Let’s read your tiny Clifford book together. How can you Be Big at home?
  • Tell me about the bucket of animals and people that you explored during center time. Who did you play with? Did you practice working together, sharing, and being kind?
  • We noticed today is the 10th day of October. Show me how to count and clap to 10. Can you do it backwards from 10 to 0?
  • Today is Tuesday. What was yesterday? (bounce back to Monday) What will tomorrow be? (jump ahead to Wednesday)
  • Tell me about the weather today? How did you dress differently than yesterday?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Ff)
    • Show me how to make the soft Ff sound. (Put your teeth on your bottom lip)
  • What is the color of the week? (Purple)
  • What is the shape of the week? (Diamond)
    • What is another fancy word for diamond? (Rhombus)

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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October 9, 2017 – F-F-Fun All Around!

Friends were ready for a fabulous fall day at school. We took off with a flash and were excited to see our new focus letter, Ff. It is fun to make the Ff sound by putting our teeth on our bottom lip. We noticed that the Ff sound is a soft sound compared to some of the other letter sounds we have explored. During exploration we made new frog friends for Mrs. Kimmons’s frog named Fred. We also made fancy Ff bracelets and even got to use wikki stix to explore our feelings. Ask your Beginner about the weather we noticed during morning meeting. It was very foggy! Our day was full of making connections to our world around us.

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Tucker
    • Door Holder: Madelyn
    • Caboose: Emerson
    • Attendance: Carley
    • Calendar: Noah
    • Lights: Coraline
    • Library: Ryker
    • Clean Up: Allison
    • Teacher Helper: Teddy
    • Weather: Elise
    • Vacation: Felicity
  • What is the letter of the week? (Ff)
    • Show me how to make the soft Ff sound. (Put your teeth on your bottom lip)
  • What is the color of the week? (Purple)
  • What is the shape of the week? (Diamond)
    • What is another fancy word for diamond? (Rhombus)
  • Did you make a frog friend today? Was the body of the frog a letter? (Yes, F!)
  • Show me your fancy Ff bracelet!
  • Tell me how you are feeling today.
    • You can tell a lot about how a person is feeling based on how their face looks. Show me your feelings using your face.
  • What kind of weather did we see out the window this morning? It looked like the clouds were on the ground! (Fog)

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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October 6, 2017 – It’s Friday!

Today our pictures tell the story of our day! Have a great weekend!

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Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about your morning treat! Did you enjoy having a special breakfast and a special guest?
  • Did you enjoy another Clifford story today by Norman Bridwell? (Clifford at the Circus)
  • Were you dressed up as a cowboy or cowgirl today? Were any of your friends dressed up too?
  • What did you choose for Friday Free Choice?
  • The letter of the week was Ee. Can you make a prediction for what next week’s letter will be?
  • Do you have any fun fall plans this weekend?
  • Are you still practicing your super focus and listening to directions the first time? That is so helpful!
  • Tell me one great thing you did at school today?
  • Let’s do a Friday dance together!

Note from Señora Raven:

After we sang our “hola clase” song, we jumped right into our fifth shape and color: triángulo (triangle) and azul (blue). I asked Beginner Friends to make a triángulo by connecting their pointer fingers and then their thumbs while we tried to think of things in the classroom that match the three-sided shape. We reviewed the other shapes and colors that we have learned thus far, and as mentioned last week, I’ll ask those wearing a camisa (shirt) with the color I call out to stand up so we can also practice our numbers in Spanish. Since the Beginner class is made up of primarily three and four year olds, the question ¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you?) was pretty easy to answer. I asked them to say the number of how old they are in Spanish by responding with either tres (three) or cuatro (four). Next week, we’ll add another layer to the answer by adding “Tengo ___ años” (I am _____ year old). We will also move from our topic on emotions/feelings to learning about the people in our families.

For Culture Friday, we reviewed several terms that are associated with Mexico, such as la bandera (the flag), la aguila (the eagle), pan dulce (sweet bread) and el sombrero (hat). We also reviewed where Mexico is on the globe and each Beginner Friend located Mexico on their own and saying ¡aquí! (here!) when they found it. We finished out our day with a story titled “Abuela” (grandma) to give us a jump start on our topic of families for next week.

Trimester Celebration – October 18th – 11:30 – Box Day!

Our 1st Trimester Celebration is coming up soon! Three times throughout the year parents are invited into our classroom to take part in the learning. The first celebration of the year will be Box Day! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 18th at 11:30. Please join us in our classroom and be ready to let your imagination soar with your Beginner! 

Friday FYI’s:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11th – Late Start – 9:15-9:30am
  • Friday, Oct. 13th – Summit Lucky 13 Gala
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18th – 1st Trimester Celebration – Box Day! – 11:30am
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 – Monday, Oct 23rd – Fall Break
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October 5, 2017 – New Author Study: Norman Bridwell

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Our second author study of the year is definitely a Beginner (and Mrs. Kimmons) favorite. Friends were happy to see Clifford books lining our shelf and loved that it was time to get our big Clifford and small Clifford stuffed animals down to cuddle. We once again revisited the roles of an author and illustrator. Norman Bridwell was both the author and illustrator of the Clifford books and we enjoyed getting to know Mr. Bridwell and hearing how he came up with the ideas for his stories. Did you know that Mr. Bridwell’s original name for Clifford was going to be Tiny?! Today we explored two of the Clifford stories that revealed how Emily Elizabeth met her beloved puppy and how Clifford came to be so big. Ask you Beginner to explain to you what they noticed about Clifford. As you are reading stories at home each day be sure to take a minute to stop at the title page and talk about the name of the story, who wrote the words (author), and who drew the pictures (illustrator). Book awareness is one of the first steps in becoming comfortable with books and fostering a love of reading!

Enjoy this interview with Norman Bridwell. We love the message that even if things don’t go the way you plan…keep trying! Any idea is a great idea! 

Topics To Chat About:

  • What does an author do? What does an illustrator do?
    • Can the same person be an author and an illustrator?
  • Who is the new author study? (Norman Bridwell)
  • What character does Norman Bridwell use in his story? (Clifford the Big Red Dog)
  • Tell me about Clifford’s friend, Emily. What kinds of things do they do together?
  • Do we have any Norman Bridwell books at our house to enjoy?
  • Did you get to explore with slime during centers today?
  • Did you snuggle up on the class pillows with Clifford and read stories?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Ee)
    • What 2 sounds does Ee make? (/e/ elephant, /e/ eagle)
  • What is the shape of the week? (triangle)
    • Did you make any blue triangles on the giant drawing paper?
  • What is the color of the week? (blue)

Trimester Celebration – October 18th – 11:30 – Box Day!

You should’ve received an email earlier in the day about our 1st Trimester Celebration! Three times throughout the year parents are invited into our classroom to take part in the learning. The first celebration of the year will be Box Day! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 18th at 11:30. Please join us in our classroom and be ready to let your imagination soar with your Beginner! 

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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