Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Peter's Chair

Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats is truly a classic. A new baby girl is now a part of Peter's family and his parents have painted his cradle and crib pink.  He wants to keep his baby chair for himself, but discovers it is too small for him.  Peter offers it to his dad so it can be painted pink.

The children created their own "How I've Grown"  illustrations and sentences about themselves as a baby and something they could do now. Listen to their  stories.

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Counting money and telling time  were covered this week in Math.  There was much laughter and priceless smiles when they were engaged in activities such as Cup of Coins (counting money) and Our Human Clock. Please continue to connect these math concepts when you are with your keiki because Math is used in everyday life.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jennie's Hat

Jennie's Hat  by Ezra Jack Keats is about  a little girl named Jennie, whose favorite aunt was sending her a hat. Jennie was sure it would be beautiful with big colorful flowers.When the box arrives, the hat is very plain. However, she receives a surprise from some special  bird friends who decorate it for her.
After listening to the fanciful story, the children had the opportunity to decorate a dream hat of their own. Everyone was so excited to show off their hats!!

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The children continued to listen to other books written by Ezra Jack Keats including: Whistle for Willie, Apt. 3, Hi Cat, and Peter's Chair.   They could compare themselves to the main characters and their problems as they face these challenges in their everyday life too.

Math topics covered this week through games include Addition and Subtraction, Place Value to 100, and Greater and Less Than. Reinforcing these Math concepts in real life situations can be entertaining and amusing.....so please continue the good job you've all been doing with  your keiki!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

We All "Bee-long"

Aloha from our  K-1 Happy Talk blog. Over the course of the summer school session,  we hope to open a virtual door to our classroom so you can  stay informed on  our learning experiences.

This week has been exciting as the keiki  listened to  different picture books by Ezra Jack Keats. They discussed the problem the main character faced and his/her solution. Then  they  compared the problems and solutions from the different stories. Some activities after the read alouds included writing and illustrating a place a newcomer  to their community could visit, writing about a problem they had, and coloring a pair of goggles .

Math is mostly about hands-on games, such as: Link Patterns, Roll It, Tic Tac Toe, and Scrambled Eggs. The  3..2..1.. Triangle Flash cards were taken home this weekend. Please encourage them to  practice their Math facts.....which takes time to memorize.....just like Rome wasn't built in a day.

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