Weekly Letters From Purple Door

Purple Door Weekly Letter October 20, 2017

Dear Parents of Purple Door Students;

We hope that you had a wonderful week.

This week at Purple Door we learned all about pumpkins and the letter Pp. We traced and colored the letter Pp, wrote words that begin with the letter Pp and drew pictures to go with each word. We also practiced writing the letter Pp and some practiced writing by tracing with markers and then with do a dots.

Thanks to all the parents who donated pumpkins to our classroom. As a result we learned everything about pumpkins. We learned that pumpkins have a shell, stem, pulp and seeds. They also learned the pumpkin life cycle and discussed about the human’s life cycle. Along with this they learned new vocabulary words like; sprout, vine, and seeds. They drew the life cycle in their journals and numbered each part in the order that they take place.

On Wednesday, we carved the pumpkins, compared sizes from large to small and smallest. Everyone had the opportunity of looking, smelling and touching the pulp inside the pumpkin. Afterwards they separated the pulp from the seeds by working in pairs and then counted how many seeds they had. Some counted 20 others 50 and even 100. It was a great hands on activity and they had a lot of fun. On Thursday, we went to the garden to plant the pumpkin seeds. They filled pots with soil and then planted 3 seeds each. They watered them and we will visit the garden once a week to water them and watch them grow. We also toasted the seeds and some tasted them.
Let me not forget our pumpkin that is decorating our classroom; Officer Jack,(the pumpkin carved by Mrs. Teeara and named the children).
On Friday we went to the pumpkin patch and had a great time! Thanks to all the parents that went on the field trip, your help was really appreciated.

On Monday I will be sending home with one of the students our class mascot. There will be a journal and a book. This is to encourage reading with the parents. If you have any questions on what to do, feel free to call me.
Next week’s student is Ryan. Please bring poster with pictures to share with the class.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs.Wanda, and Mrs.Teeara

 

Purple Door Weekly Letter October 13, 2017

Dear Parents of Purple Door Students;

We hope that you had a wonderful week.

This week our children learned about another nocturnal animal; the Owl and the letter Oo.
For this theme the children made an owl by using shapes. We used circles, ovals and triangles which we traced, cut out, glued and decorated with feathers. These are decorating our classroom.

We also traced and colored the letter Oo. Some traced the letter with mosaic squares and drew pictures of objects that begin with the same letter. To practice more writing we wrote words that begin with the letter O and drew pictures to go with each word.
Since we learned everything about owls, we also learned new words. They learned; prey,camouflage and owlets. We reviewed the word nocturnal since we learned about it last weeks when learning about Bats.

Next week we will be learning about Pumpkins. If anyone wants to donate pumpkins for the classroom, they will be appreciated. They can be any size. We want to measure them, open one, find out what’s inside, count seeds and plant the seeds. If we get different ones, it will be great since we can compare sizes.

Remember next week on Friday we will be going on our first field trip. It will be to a pumpkin patch where the children will be looking at different pumpkins, listening to a story and learning more about pumpkins. It will be a great experience. Parents are welcome to come and enjoy this experience with your child.

Next week’s student is Jacob Urrutia. Please bring poster with pictures about him to share with the class.
In a week I will begin a new class activity where I send a stuffed animal(class mascot) home with a book and a journal. The purpose of this activity is to promote home learning. You will be reading the book to your child, discussing it, spending a week with the class mascot and then recording how you spend the time with it. This can include pictures and drawings. If you have any questions, please feel free to come to me. It is a great activity and the children get to share with the class.

We hope that you have a great weekend!
Mrs.Wanda

 

Purple Door Weekly Letter October 6, 2017

Dear Parents of Purple Door Students;

We hope that you had a wonderful week.

This week we began a series of themes in lieu of the celebration during he month of October. We will be learning about Bats, Pumpkins, Owls, and Halloween and we will be decorating our classroom for the Halloween Happening and also learning about numbers, measuring and a lot of science. It is going to be a fun, learning month.

To begin with we learned everything about Bats and the letter Bb. The children learned words like; nocturnal and echolocation which refers to how bats behave. We also learned the sound of the letter Bb by learning words that begin with this letter. The children practiced writing the letter, writing words and drawing pictures to go with each word. We wrote; bug, ball, banana and bat. They also learned that the word bat has two meanings and it was so interesting to see how they separated them when we were drawing the pictures. Some were not able to draw the bat(animal) and told me that they were going to draw the bat that is used to hit the ball in baseball.

We also had music with Mr.Brandon where the children were learning how to sing low and how to sing loud. They sounded like a choir following Mr.Brandon’s hand signals of low and loud.

During soccer, the children ran an obstacle race and they have improved in following it.

This week we welcomed Ryan, Khalissi and Marcelo to our class. The group is growing and we are happy.
The student of the week is Sora. Please bring a poster with family pictures to share with friends.

Have a safe and fun weekend!

Mrs.Wanda =

 

Purple Door Weekly Letter September 29, 2017

Dear Parents of Purple Door Students;

We hope that you had a wonderful week.

This week at Purple Door the children had lots of fun learning about the letter Ee and the senses.
They had the opportunity to explore each of the senses during Circle Time and do different activities to go with the theme.
To explore the sense of sight the children painted what they saw in the classroom. They painted flowers, toys, the calendar and the cars outside our windows by using lots of colors just like how our classroom is; colorful. The sense of hearing was exploreD by listening to different sounds in our classroom like the water in our fish tank, the children that were singing next door and sound out the door like the cars. We also had different textured materials to explore the sense of touch and the children used vocabulary like; smooth, rough, soft and hard. For the sense of smell they explored by smelling different aromas such as; chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut and banana. Friday was the time to explore the sense of taste. We tasted banana, broccoli, pretzels and lemon to introduce different tastes of sour, salty, sweet and spicy. It was a great experience learning and exploring our senses.

The children were also introduced to patterns and sorting this week. We made two color patterns with cubes and then counted how many of each color we had. On Wednesday we sorted different color bears, counted how many of each and learned about more, less and the least.
We also had music where the children continued learning about how to read music and had fun at the end dancing to the “Gummy Bear Song.” During soccer the children played traffic lights and practiced numbers when the coach asked them to group themselves by numbers like 2,3,4 and more.
Our children have been very busy this week learning while having fun!
Please continue to read to your child, review letters and numbers. Also have your child play with play doh, enjoy coloring, gluing and cutting. It is important that their fine motor improves at this age since they are beginning to write or do letter formations and fine motor has to do a lot with this.
We already began the student of the week. This week’s student is Ayden.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Wanda and Mrs.Luz =

 

Purple Door Weekly Letter September 22, 2017

Dear Parents of Purple Door Students,

We hope that you had a great week.

This week at Purple Door the children learned about the human body and the letter Mm. We went over the sound of the letter Mm and words that begin with the same such as; monkey, mitten, mouse, meteor, money and mom. We traced the letter, practiced writing it on lined paper and drew pictures of objects that begin with this letter. The children continue practicing how to write their name and they already know how to clap to count syllables in their name.

Along with the topic of “The Human Body”, I took the opportunity to introduce measuring numbers when they measured each other with blocks and counted to find out how many blocks tall they were. We also measured the distance from the shoulder to the finger tip with cubes and counted by touching each block to find out who’s arm was longer and who’s was shorter. With these activities words like; tall, taller, tallest, small, smaller, smallest, long and short were introduced. These are words for comparing which are very important for them to know.
Since it is very important for them to learn the alphabet by recognizing the letters and sounds; we played a game where they made letterS by using Popsicle sticks. This was a great activity because it helped them review the letters that they already know and learn new ones while playing not drilling them.

We also read stories this week about the topic. We read; Your Heart, Skin and Bones, and the Human Body. Even though some of the facts are difficult for them to understand at their age, we went over the fact that we have bones under our skin. Also that we have to take care of our skin, take showers every day, eat healthy and exercise to keep our human body healthy.

As you can see we have been very busy learning and I hope that everyone is enjoying the pictures and videos posted in Life Cubby about all these activities as they are better explained with pictures.

I am beginning student of the week. Every week a student will be chosen and that student needs to bring a poster with pictures about him/her self to share with the class. Include pictures like; their favorite vacation, their family, pets(if any), their favorite toy, favorite pastime, favorite food and a picture of choice. The student of the week will be Madison Pierre. Please bring poster with the picture to share with the class on Monday.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Mrs.Wanda

 

Purple Door Weekly Letter September 1, 2017

Dear Parents of Purple Door Students,

I hope you had a wonderful week.

This week at Purple Door the children discussed about their family and learned the letter Ff. It was really nice to receive some family pictures which the children shared with their friends. We discussed about the different types of families and counted how many people were in each of their families. This gave us the opportunity to begin learning numbers by recognizing them and writing them.

We also learned about shapes. The children made a house collage using shapes. We used squares, rectangles, circles and triangles to make this collage. We also practiced numbers with this activity since we counted how many sides each shape had. On Thursday we practiced writing the letter Ff on paper and drawing a picture of something that begins with the same letter. The children did really great writing on lined paper.

We also had soccer where the children enjoyed an obstacle race and during music with Mr.Brandon, the children continued learning how to read music and dancing.

We have been very busy learning. There have been more activities and you can see pictures I Life Cubby.

Please don’t forget the open house. I am really looking forward to meet every one and share everything your child has worked on up to now.
Continue reading to your child focusing on letter recognition, sounds and most of all, reading comprehension.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Wanda