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Language/Literacy

We are working on identifying the letters in our names both upper and lowercase. We are also learning about the parts of a story beginning, middle and end. We have begun learning about we have ended of Unit of farms and are beginning our Unit on The Jungle and the Desert
Books:
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
Where the Wild Things Are!
Desert Quails Hit Jungle Trails


Expedition 
(Science/Social Studies)
We are beginning our Ocean Unit.  Our essential question that we will be answering through out this unit are:
What is an Ocean?
This week we learned about the different zones of the ocean:
Sunlight Zone
Twilight Zone
Midnight Zone
What animals live in the New England Ocean?
What do animals in the Ocean need to survive?

We will also be comparing what we learn about Oceans to what we are learning in Literacy time about the Jungle and the Desert. 




Kid Friendly Bread in a Bag Mini Loaves
Recipe type: Bread
Author: Joyful Homemaking
Prep time: 50 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups unbleached white flour
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons rapid rise yeast or one ¼ ounce package
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup of warm (but not hot) water
Instructions
  1. In your gallon size or larger ziploc bag add: 1 cup of the flour, sugar, yeast and warm water. Then seal up the bag, and while doing it, let out as much air (out of the bag) as possible. Then you or your child can scrunch and squeeze the ingredients around in the bag, till they are mixed well together.
  2. Let the bag set on the counter for 10 minutes, so the yeast can begin to work.
  3. Then open the bag again, and add another cup of the flour, the oil and the salt. Close the bag and repeat scrunching and mixing. Finally open the bag again and add the final cup of the flour, and mix one last time.
  4. Lay out a sheet of wax paper lightly dusted with flour, and pour the mixture onto it.
  5. For around 5 minutes (or less), knead and work the dough till it’s all nice and smooth. Divide the dough into two portions, and place each into mini loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. (Mini loaf pan size is 5-1/2″ x 3″ x 2-1/2″ ).
  6. Set your dough loaves in a non drafty warm spot, and cover them with a clean kitchen towel. Let them raise for 30 minutes to an hour, till they’ve almost doubled in size. If they don’t get a whole lot bigger, don’t worry, they will raise some in the oven too. Bake for around 25 minutes, in a preheated 375 degree oven, or until bread sounds hollow when you tap it on the top, and the top is a pretty lightly browned color.
  7. Let them cool in the pan for just a couple of minutes, and then turn them out onto a cooling rack or clean towel.

Homemade Butter
  1. Fill your jar half-way with cream.
  2. Pop the lid on, and start shaking.
  3. When the sloshing sounds stop, remove the lid, and check for whipped cream!
  4. Pop the lid back on, and continue to shake until the mixture separates into buttermilk and butter.
  5. Remove lump of butter (save the buttermilk for baking)
Math
We have been talking about patterns, we have been making patterns with our bodies dancing. We are learning the days of the week and doing lots of counting. We have also been working on position words below, beside, under, over. 

We are working on counting 1-15 counting one object for each number. We are working on identifying numerals 1-10.  We are also working on sorting objects. We have been working on comparing things in many ways (size, color, and shape).
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Social Emotional

We are working on peer problem solving. The students are learning how to use their words with their friends. We are also working on sharing and how to use kind words with our friends. We are also working on our school rules. 
We have 3 rules:
BE SAFE
    Use Walking Feet
    Keep our hands and Feet to ourselves
    Use Listening Ears
BE KIND
    Use Nice words
    Help each other
    Share
TAKE CARE OF OUR THINGS
    Help clean up

 We have also been working on using our words with our friends when we are upset. We worked on different ways to solve problems such as ignoring it, walking away, taking turns, playing with someone.

We have also started talking about our choices. We have a stop light that represents our choices:
Green-Safe Choices
Yellow- Warning Need to Make Better Choices
Red- Unsafe/Dangerous Choices

Physical/Health

We are learning about the importance of using tissues and washing our hands. I  would like to have family member come in and share a healthy snack once a month with the students. Something that we could make together. If you are interested please let me know so we could set up a day for you to come in and share. 

Spring is upon us and we are excited that we no longer have so many outdoor clothes to put on. We have been looking for signs of Spring on the playground as well as doing lots of running. Making sure you student has a change of clothes during this time of year is important as the playground can be wet.  


EVENTS

4/9-4/13 Week of the Young Child 
    4/9 Music Monday (We made maracas).
    4/10 Tasty Tuesday (Tortilla's with nutella and strawberries or banana).
    4/11 Work Together Wednesday (Built a fort and we made our strawberry jam for friday )
    4/12 Artsy Thursday (Watched a puppet show and made homemade bread for our families).
    4/13 Family Friday (Share our bread and jam with a family member. We attempted to do a dump paint canvas).

4/16-4/20 Spring Break

5/1  NO PRESCHOOL :Preschool Registration for 2018-2019 school year

Reminders


Please send your child with an extra set of clothes.

The weather is changing please make sure that your child has jackets and clothes for the weather. 

Mondays is Physical Education please send sneakers or have your child wear sneakers.

Please feel free to contact me via email mbixby@monroeschool77.com or a phone call with any questions or concerns.