Weekly Letters From Brown Door

Brown Door Weekly Letter October 20, 2017

Dear Parents of Brown Door,

What a fun filled week we’ve had exploring the ins and outs of pumpkins!
Things we’ve learned:
This week Our students have learned about the letter Pp and Pumpkins. We also continued learning our birthdays.

Art- The students traced and colored the letter of the week, they practiced writing Uppercase P and lower case p.

The students made a mosaic pumpkin, it was very colorful and beautiful.

They also made their very own Jack-O-Lantern to decorate the classroom using paper plates that they’ve painted orange and used construction paper that they’ve cut for the eyes nose and mouth.

Computer- Two days a week for 20 minutes the students uses the ABC Mouse app on the tablets to reinforce the letter and topic of the week. For this week students played educational games, painting, songs, stories, puzzles, and tracing all related to the letter P and Pumpkins.

Journal- For journals the students drew the life of a pumpkin and labeled each step.

Academic Enrichment- The students each received an envelope with their names written on it and filled with square papers that contain the letters of their name, each student used the letters to unscramble their name.

Science- The whole class participated in multiple activities involving our class pumpkin. First we predicted how many seeds will be inside the pumpkin (predictions on Life Cubby), then we cut open the pumpkin and counted the seeds, there were 325 seeds! Next we took some of the seeds and planted them in our Kids For Kids garden. We cleaned, oiled, and salted the rest of the seed and toasted them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Yummy, they were so delicious. Lastly, Mrs. Ana carved the pumpkins face and the students helped to push out the pieces, our classroom Jack-O-Lantern looks great!

Mighty Minutes- Every afternoon we take a few minutes to do an activity or play a game that will encourage learning. This week the students played a game called “I’m thinking of…”

We played a game of Simon says.

Field Trip- Our trip to the Pumpkin Patch was so much fun! The students saw pumpkins that were different sizes and shades. They had such a great time.

Soccer- The students took turns running an obstacle course as they relayed the bean bag to the next runner. They also practiced passing and scoring goals with the soccer ball on Monday and Wednesday with Coach Daniel.

Stories we’ve read- “My P Book”, “Perfect Pumpkins”, “The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin”, “Dora’s Perfect Pumpkin”, and “Pumpkin Patch”

Reminders and notes:

As the weather is slowly declining we are kindly asking if sweaters and jackets are being sent to school that they have names on them to avoid any mixups. -Thank you.

*10/27 Non instructional day

* 10/31 Halloween Happening 9-11am

-PARENTS INVITED Please bring a bag of non candy items for our parade. Send your child in costume and with a change of clothing.

Parents may bring a bag of candy to donate to homeless children.

*11/10- SCHOOL CLOSED for Veterans Day

* For the student of the week, please have your child bring in a poster filled with family photos for your child to share.

Student of the week for:

10/23- Lucas Fernandez

10/30- Nikolas Gousse

11/6- Mila Gutierrez

11/13- Thiago Llerena

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.” ~Ann Drake

Have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Ana, Mrs. Melisa, and Ms. Sammy

 

Brown Door Weekly Letter October 13, 2017

Dear Parents of Brown Door,

Each morning our class writes their names on the daily sign in sheet. They have been progressing so well as they continue to practice their letters. They are also doing an awesome job at memorizing their birthdays.

Things we’ve learned:
This week Our students have learned about the letter Oo and Owls. Our class has been learning vocabulary words about owls, such as, wingspan, talons, owlet, camouflage, prey, down, nocturnal, hatch, and nest.
We have also took the opportunity to stick with the letter O theme and we discussed Opposites. They all have done so well grasping the concept of what opposites are, and excitedly raised hands to answer questions.

Art- the students traced and colored the letter of the week, they practiced writing Uppercase O and lower case o.

They’ve traced and cut out the letter O and decorated it to look like an owl.

To decorate the class for Halloween each student cut out an oval, a circle, and a long tail using black construction paper.

Computer- Two days a week for 20 minutes the students use the ABC mouse app on the tablets to reinforce the letter and topic of the week. For this week students played educational games, painting, songs, stories, puzzles, and tracing all related to the letter O and Owls.

Journal- for journals the students drew a picture from the story “Owl Babies”.

Academic Enrichment- the students wrote and drew pictures with the letter O.

They wrote their vocabulary words that were included in the stories we’ve read about owls and drew pictures to match the meaning.

They made patterns using do-a-dot

They’ve made their own owlets sitting on a branch using construction paper and cotton balls.

Science- the students had a blast creating their very own rain using shaving cream (represents clouds), and food coloring (represents rain).

Mighty Minutes- every afternoon we take a few minutes to do an activity or play a game that will encourage learning. This week the students played a remember and connect experiences game, played walk around shapes (sort of like musical chairs), paper towel rap, and people patterns.

Cooking- Our students made fruity owl bagels topped with cream cheese and yummy fruits like, kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and grapes! So delicious! We’ve posted pics of the process on life cubby so the whole family can give it a try at home.

Music- Mr. Brandon taught the students about the scale from 1-5. They were able to sing tones from 1,2,3,4,5, and back down to 4,3,2,1. They also learned the cut off signal to know when to stop singing.

Soccer- the students gained exercise by running an obstacle course as well as practicing dribbling and passing the soccer ball on Monday with Coach Daniel, and they also got a chance to play “Traffic Lights” outside on Wednesday with Coah Eric.

Stories we’ve read- “My O Book”, “Incredible Owls”, “Owls” (National Geographic), “Egg to Owl”, “Owl Babies”, and “The Sleepy Owl”

Reminders and notes:

* We are kindly asking if two parents can donate a pumpkins for next weeks activity. We will be exploring the pumpkin inside and out. Thank you in advance!

* 10/19 Family Story Time, come in your Jammie’s

* 10/20 Field trip to the Pumpkin pPatch

* 10/31 Halloween Happening 9-11am

-PARENTS INVITED Please bring a bag of non candy items for our parade. Send your child in costume and with a change of clothing.
Parents may bring a bag of candy to donate to homeless children.

* For the student of the week, please have your child bring in a poster filled with family photos for your child to share.

Student of the week for:

10/16- Alonzo Clark Espinosa

10/23- Lucas Fernandez

10/30- Nikolas Gousse

11/6- Mila Gutierrez

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Have an OWLSOME weekend!

Mrs. Ana, Mrs. Melisa, and Miss. Sammy

 

Brown Door Weekly Letter October 6, 2017

Dear Parents of Brown door,

Things we’ve learned:
This week our students have learned about the letter Bb and Bats. Our class has been learning vocabulary words about bats, such as, cave, echo-location, endangered species, hibernation, mammals, migration, nectar, webbed, and wingspan. Some more vocabulary from the story “Cave Homes” includes, Bobcats, salamander, colony, panda, shelter, crevices, blind, crayfish, kerosene bear, and pitch black.

Art- the students traced and colored the letter of the week, they practiced writing Uppercase B and lower case b.

They’ve colored and cut paper plates to make their very own flying bats.

Our class made batty sponge art with a variety of colors in the background.

The students made their very own book titled, “My B book” to add to the class library.

Computer- for computers the students practiced the writing and pronouncing the letter B, they read a story, listened to a song, played a game, painted and colored, the letter B and played a game about bats.

Journal- the students showed what they know about bats by drawing their very own bat and labeling the parts of the bat such as, the head, the wings, and the body.

Academic Enrichment- the students wrote four words that begin with the letter ‘B’.

They have completed a scholastic worksheet about bats.

They have walked, skipped, hopped, and slid, the shape of the letter Bb on the carpet.

Brown door has done a great job with sorting shapes, as well as identifying which is bigger than, smaller than, and equal to.

They have also guessed words using B vocabulary words.

Cooking- to continue expanding knowledge around our letter of the week, our class made black bean dip for the letter B. Yummy!

Music- Mr. Brandon showed our students how to sing long and short sounds, the syllables of letters A, O, and U, and how to sing high and low.

Soccer- the students gained exercise by running an obstacle course indoors during our rainy Monday with Coach Daniel, and they also got a chance to play “Sharks and Minnows” outside on Wednesday with Coah Eric.

Stories we’ve read- “My B book”, “Bats”, “Fantastic Bats”, “There was an old lady who swallowed a bat”, “Cave Homes”, “The Berenstains’ B book”, and “Champ Care Bear at Bat!”

Reminders and notes:

* for the student of the week, please have your child bring in a poster filled with family photos for your child to share.

Student of the week for:

10/9- Robert Ralph Calana

10/16- Alonzo Clark Espinosa

10/23- Lucas Fernandez

10/30- Nikolas Gousse

* Brown door students will be able to bring home bags with different topics such as, math, reading , science, etc. We will begin sending a bag home to the last four students on our attendance list and go up from there. The activities in the bag are not homework, it is intended to be a fun and learning experience for the whole family. The bags will be sent home on Monday and will be returned on Friday so that your child can discuss all of the fun activities they’ve done during the week.

* 10/19 family story time, come in your Jammie’s

* 10/20 Field trip to the pumpkin patch

* 10/31 Halloween Happening 9-11am

-PARENTS INVITED Please bring a bag of non candy items for our parade. Send your child in costume and with a change of clothing.

Parents may bring a bag of candy to donate to homeless children.

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Ana, Mrs. Melisa, and Miss. Sammy

 

Brown Door Weekly Letter September 29, 2017

Dear Parents of Brown Door,

What an awesome week we’ve had! Our Brown door students have done so well showing what they’ve learned.

Things we’ve learned:
This week our students have learned about the letter Ee and our Senses. We have discussed each sense for everyday of the week. They also learned what a compound word is, they each took turns giving examples of compound words.

Art- the students traced and colored the letter of the week, they practiced writing Uppercase E and lower case e.

They’ve decorated paper plates that we’ve filled and inclosed to make shakers to listen to.

They have also made a five senses poster.

Computer- for computers the students practiced the writing and pronouncing the letter E, they read a story, listened to a song, played a game, painted and colored, the letter E.

Journal- the students showed what they have learned about their five senses by drawing the parts of the body and labeling it with sense they use the body part for. For example, next to the picture they drew of the eye they labeled it seeing.

Academic Enrichment- the students wrote four words that begin with the letter ‘E’.

They made a pattern with shapes and colors.

They have practiced writing the numbers 1-10.

We used the graphing chart to see which students prefer sour, sweet, or salty tastes.

Cooking- they each tasted different types of foods such as yogurt, milk, fruit, and pretzels, identifying what is sweet, sour, and salty.

Music- Mr. Brandon showed our students how to tap on the bongos a right and left hand drum, using patterns.

Soccer- the students gained exercise by running an obstacle course. They also played “Sharks and Minnows”, and “Traffic Lights” with Coah Eric.

Stories we’ve read- “My E Book”, “Look Here”, “My Five Senses”, A Lion’s Tale”, “seeing”, “Hear This”, “Hearing”, “Touch That”, “touching”, and “tastes good”.

Reminders and notes:

* Student of the week will begin next week. We will start in alphabetical order. Please have your child bring in a poster filled with family photos for your child to share.

Student of the week for:

10/2- Alexander Blanco

10/9- Robert Ralph Calana

10/16- Alonzo Clark Espinosa

10/23-Lucas Fernandez

* Also beginning next week Brown Door students will be able to bring home bags with different topics such as, math, reading , science, etc. We will begin sending a bag home to the last four students on our attendance list and go up from there. The activities in the bag are not homework, it is intended to be a fun and learning experience for the whole family. The bags will be sent home on Monday and will be returned on Friday so that your child can discuss all of the fun activities they’ve done during the week.

* 9/28 Family Story Time 7:00pm come in your Jammie’s

* 10/20 Field trip to the pumpkin patch

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” -Edwin Powell Hubble

Have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Ana, Mrs. Melisa, and Miss Sammy

 

Brown Door Weekly Letter September 22, 2017

Dear Parents of Brown Door,

Welcome Back! It was so awesome seeing our Brown Door students back to school this week and ready to learn!

Things we’ve learned:
This week Our students have learned about the letter M and the human body. We have discussed the brain, the heart, as well as other organs, bones, and the appropriate uses for our body parts. They drew pictures and wrote words that begin with the letter M at home and shared it with their classmates during Circle Time.

Art: the students traced and colored the letter of the week, they practiced writing upper case M and lower
case m.

They drew their very own bones using chalk, while identifying their spine, hip bones, skull, etc. They have added a very important organ to their drawings which is their brain!

Computer: for computers the students practiced the writing and pronouncing the letter M. They also listened to an interactive story that highlights each word that is being read. The story also asked questions for the students to answer before they turn each page.

Journal: the students drew a picture of their mom this week and they have learned that mom begins with the letter ‘M’.

Academic Enrichment: the students wrote four words that begin with the letter ‘M’. They measured the distance between the shoulder and fingers with cubes and graphed the results to compare.

The students walked, skipped, hopped, or slid across the letter M on the carpet.

Using Popsicle sticks, the students created as many letters of the alphabet as they could.

Science:the class discussed many facts about the human body, after reading stories the students were able to show the size of their heart using their fist. They used the stethoscope to listen to each other’s hearts. The students used an apron which contains an area to place the human body’s major organs on. We have the apron in the discovery center for the students to play with daily if they would like to.

Music: Mr. Brandon taught the students left and right drum patterns. They played different rhythms by reading the L and R patterns on the board.

Soccer: the students ran an obstacle course and raced. They also played “Stuck In The Mud” and “What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?” using soccer balls.

Stories we’ve read:”My M book”, “Your Skin and Bones”, “Your Heart”, “Your Brain”, “Me And My Amazing Body”

Reminders and notes:

We encourage families to practice the letter of the week at home as well as practicing fine motor skills by cutting paper and magazines.

* 9/28 Family Story Time 7:00pm come in your Jammie’s

“The human body is a machine which winds its own springs”

Have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Ana, Mrs. Melisa, and Miss Sammy

 

Brown Door Weekly Letter September 1, 2017

Dear Parents of Brown Door,

This week our students have learned about the letter F and Families! They drew pictures of things that begin with the letter F at home and shared what they drew with their classmates during Circle Time. Our students loved telling each other all about their families and their home.
Everyday Brown Door students practice writing their names with a daily sign in sheet.

-For our art activity the students traced and colored the letter of the week, they practiced writing Uppercase F and lower case f. They drew pictures of their families, and made their house using pre-cut shapes.

-For our computer activity the students practiced the writing and pronouncing the letter F. They also listened to an interactive story that highlights each word that is being read. The story also asked questions for the students to answer before they turn each page.

-For our journal activity the students expressed their creativity with free art!

Academic Enrichment- Our students had tons of fun clapping, stomping, and jumping to the syllables of their names and words that begin with the letter F. They loved using shaving cream to draw the letter F, draw shapes, and their names. They searched around the classroom looking for 3D shapes, (ie. Our classroom drum is a cylinder shape). They used the graph to show how many people live at home.

During music with Mr. Brandon, our students learned about a smaller West African Hand Drum like the one last week called Djembe (pronounced: Jem- Bay)and afterwards our students sang and danced together, it was so much fun! (Check out videos on Lifecubby)

During soccer the students played, ran an obstacle course and raced with each other. The children had a great time with Coach Darrel and Coach Eric this week while releasing energy and gaining exercise.

Stories we’ve read- “Llama Llama Mad At Mama”, “Llama Llama Misses Mama”, “Naughty Little Monkeys”, “The Bernstein Bears On TheMmoon”.

Reminders and notes:

We encourage families to practice the letter of the week at home as well as practicing fine motor skills by cutting paper and magazines.

School will be closed Labor Day September 4th.

Open house is September 12th at 7 p.m.

Our first Field trip this year will be on September 15th to the Miami Children’s Museum.

“I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.” – Barbara Bush

Have a nice and safe long weekend!

Mrs. Ana, Mrs. Melisa, and Miss Sami