April 11, 2019: My Family Book

Beginners are coming home with a special My Family book to read with you this evening. They enjoyed exploring and answering questions about the people that live in the house with them. Please take a few minutes to read through the book with your child. Next week we will broaden our exploration by thinking about family members that do not live in our house.

*Don’t forget to send in family address forms for our letter writing project by tomorrow!*

*See you in the morning for Muffins with Mom at 8:00am!*

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did all of the butterflies come out of their chrysalis today? Are you going to let them go in the backyard tomorrow?
  • Was the weather windy like yesterday?
  • Did Mrs. Kimmons give you an independent super challenge with numbers 1-10?
  • Show me how you can count forward to 20! How about backwards from 20?
  • Are you excited for Muffins with Mom tomorrow before school?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Xx)
    • What sound does X make?
      • /x/ x-ray
    • Show me how to write a capital X and lowercase x
  • Tell me how your family is the same or different than your friends.
  • Did you explore in the doll house today?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 10, 2019: The joy of exploration!

[What an amazing day at school! Beginners were thrilled to see the sun shining on our late start day and many of us were wearing our “short pants” ­čÖé in anticipation of warm weather in The Summit Backyard. We could see the wind blowing the trees outside of our window and Mr. Mike warned Mrs. Kimmons to hang on to the Beginners so they didn’t fly away! What a super surprise we had at recess time when we were given kites to fly on this windy day! Beginners squealed with joy as we enjoyed the joy of exploration!

Pictures speak louder than words! ­čÖé

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April 9, 2019: I like to do many things with my family!

I love my family and we do so many things together! Today Beginners explored the question, “What do you like to do with your family?” Each day friends have so many stories to share about fun adventures that they have with their family outside of school. We read a story about Little Critter and how he helps his family around the house and also loves to play with his family. We noticed in our story that Critter is a big helper to his Mommy and Daddy. Beginners shared how they help in their house and were given a special challenge to ask you tonight how they could be even more of a family helper!

**Important Update: Be sure to ask your Beginner about our new butterfly friends!!**









Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about the Little Critter story you read. What are 2 things Little Critter did with his family?
  • What do you like to do with your family?
  • Did you give your grass friend a haircut today?
  • Tell me about the butterfly friends!
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Xx)
    • What sound does X make?
      • /x/ x-ray
    • Show me how to write a capital X and lowercase x
  • Tell me how your family is the same or different than your friends.
  • Did you explore in the doll house today?
  • What did you play outside at recess?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 8, 2019: My Family

This is my family. I love them so much! Today begins our final social studies exploration of the school year, My Family. From now until the end of the school year we will be exploring what it means to be a family, different members of the family, how some families are the same/different, the roles of family members, and what we love to do with our family. Beginners were thrilled to introduce their families to our class using the family pictures from home. We made our own family resources to hang on the wall and our family pictures are now proudly displayed in our explore center. Several friends stepped over to the shelf today to give their special photo a hug. ­čÖé









Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Juwairiah
    • Door Holder: Vedanshi
    • Caboose: Leena
    • Calendar: Eden
    • Attendance: Ava
    • Weather: Gunnar
    • Library: Hudson
    • Teacher Helper: Jenson
    • Vacation: Olivia
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Xx)
    • What sound does X make?
      • /x/ x-ray
    • Show me how to write a capital X and lowercase x
  • Did you show your family picture to the class?
  • Tell me how your family is the same or different than your friends.
  • Did you explore in the doll house today?
  • What did you play outside at recess?
  • Tell me about your airplane that you made with Professor Powers!

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 5, 2019: We’ve gone to the chickens!

Cluck cluck! What a great Friday! We concluded our exploration of animal life cycles with a very special visitor. Today Beginners used books, resources, and clues from Mrs. Kimmons to explore the life cycle of a chicken. We compared and contrasted this cycle to the frog and butterfly we studied earlier in the week. After lunch Mr. Billy brought in a super special guest! Professor McGonagall is a Castillion Black Hen and is one of four chickens that lives in the Kimmons backyard. We were able to see a few eggs from Professor and Mr. Billy told us all about her life cycle and the different parts of her body. Beginners each go a chance to pet Professor and we loved having her as a part of our day!

Have a good weekend! Don’t forget to send in a framed family photo by Monday!┬á

Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about your special visitor! Did you get to meet a real chicken?
  • Tell me the 4 stages of the chicken life cycle.
    • Egg, hatchling, chick, adult chicken
  • Did you have any special teacher helpers today?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Ww)
    • What sound does W make?
      • /w/ whale
    • Show me how to write a capital W and lowercase w
  • What does your grass friend look like today?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 4, 2019: Frog Fun!

We had a hippity-hoppity awesome day in Beginners! Friends began the day making predictions about what animal might live in the habitat picture we used for morning work. A cat? A lamb? How about a frog?! We hopped right over to BrainPop, Jr. to see how the life cycle of a frog is different than a butterfly. Ask your Beginner to show you the hand signs we made for each stage…egg, tadpole, froglet, frog. We had mini pond stations set up on our tables and you’ll see a friendly frog puppet coming home with your child. Our Raven Buddy time was extra special with origami frogs and frog races. It was amazing!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Can you tell me the 4 stages of the frog life cycle?
    • egg, tadpole, froglet, frog
  • Did you play in the pond water during exploration?
  • Show me your frog puppet! What does your frog puppet like to eat?
  • Did you make origami frogs with your Raven Buddy? How high did your jump?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Ww)
    • What sound does W make?
      • /w/ whale
    • Show me how to write a capital W and lowercase w
  • What does your grass friend look like today?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 3, 2019: Migration

We have been adding so many super science and math words to our exploration this week! Today we migrated all over our school and discovered how monarch butterflies travel a very long distance during the winter season. We watched a short video showing us how these amazing creatures fly thousands of miles to Mexico. It was amazing to see them cover trees and branches all together. Just like the butterflies we too enjoyed the warm sunshine and time outside all together. It was a beautiful spring day!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about the little caterpillar in Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
    • Where did the caterpillar need to go? (Mexico)
    • What is the super fancy word for when the butterflies travel to a warmer place? (migration)
  • Can you tell me the 4 stages of the butterfly life cycle?
    • Egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis (pupa), butterfly
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Ww)
    • What sound does W make?
      • /w/ whale
    • How many Ww’s did you find in the morning message?
    • Show me how to write a capital W and lowercase w
  • What does your grass friend look like today?
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April 2, 2019: Symmetry

butterfly

We continue to be experts of the butterfly life cycle and today made a connection to a new fancy math word, symmetry! Beginners noticed in our exploration about butterflies that the wings look very similar. What happens if we fold a picture of a butterfly in half? Do the colors and patterns match? What if we fold a book in half? What if we put our hands on top of one another? While symmetry can be a complex math topic it is important for young learners to begin exploring the concept and this builds a foundation for when they come across this concept and other similar concepts later on.

Be sure to check out our symmetrical butterflies hanging on the wall by the stairs when you come for drop off tomorrow!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me what is special about the wings of butterflies. Are they the same or different?
  • How did you make your butterfly wings look the same with the dot paints?
  • Can you tell me the 4 stages of the butterfly life cycle?
    • Egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis (pupa), butterfly
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Ww)
    • What sound does W make?
      • /w/ whale
    • Show me how to write a capital W and lowercase w
  • What does your grass friend look like today?
  • Did you get a special piece of money from Se├▒orita Jolley? What country have you been studying where the peso is used as money? (Chile)
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April 1, 2019: Animal Life Cycles

This week we will venture into a more detailed exploration of animal life cycles! We noticed this morning that a lot had changed over the weekend in our explore center. Our grass seeds have grown roots and sprouted! Also, our caterpillars are all tucked inside of their chrysalis. In anticipation for the next step in the butterfly life cycle we moved the chrysalises to our class butterfly house. We can’t wait for our winged friends to emerge! If you’d like to see a sneak peek of what we are learning please enjoy the video clip below about the stages of the butterfly life cycle.

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Leena
    • Door Holder: Ava
    • Caboose: Vedanshi
    • Attendance: Eden
    • Calendar: Gunnar
    • Weather: Hudson
    • Library: Jenson
    • Teacher Helper: Olivia
    • Vacation: Juwairiah
  • Tell me about super science time with Professor Powers! Did he challenge you to use super focus and build tall cup towers? Do we have any cups at home we could build towers with?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Ww)
    • Can you show me a W in sign language?
    • What sound does Ww make?
    • Can you think of two words that begin with the Ww sound?
  • Tell me about your caterpillars! Did you observe as they were moved to the butterfly house? Was there one caterpillar that did not make it into the chrysalis?
  • What did you observe in your grass friend cup?
  • Did Mrs. Kimmons use your finger as a paintbrush on the classroom window? ­čÖé
  • Tell how you made beautiful wings for your clothespin butterfly.

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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Service Drives Ends Tomorrow!

SPO Service Drive: Wish I May – Friday is Last Day for Collections

 

Tomorrow, Friday 3/29, is the last day of the SPO Service Drive, benefiting Wish I May. The class that collects the most items (based on a point system as described in this handout) will win SPOÔÇÖs Traveling Service Trophy. The trophy currently resides in the Beginners classroom with Mrs. Kimmons.┬á Which class will be the winner this year?

 

There are donation boxes in The Summit lobby, labeled with each class. Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far! We can tell there are going to be many happy children in the Ozarks with all of the gift items that have been donated!

 

It looks like we are in need of:

  • Packages of birthday themed plates

  • Packages of birthday themed napkins

  • Chocolate cake mixes

  • Cans of frosting

  • Packages of tissue paper

 

Wish I May is an organization that works with 30 different local charities to determine children with upcoming birthdays, whose parents cannot afford to provide them with presents or celebrations on their special day.  Wish I May gives the parent(s) a birthday bag for the child, complete with cake mix, frosting, candles, party supplies, and an age appropriate present.

 

Point Values for Donation Items:

  • 1 point: package of birthday themed plates, package of birthday themed napkins, chocolate cake mix, can of frosting, package of tissue paper

  • 2 points: coloring books, package of crayons, new or gently used books

  • 7 points: all toys

  • Cost valued points: 1 point per dollar value of gift cards

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