Current Unit: Comparisons (April 30-May 25)
Our current unit is called Comparisons and focuses on the ways that all people around the world are similar and different. Students will recognize ways in which people are alike and different by participating in activities and traditions associated with different cultural heritages.
By the end of the unit, we hope that students will be able to answer the following question(s):
- How are people alike?
- How are people different?
- How are places around the world different from where I live?
Focus Skills – During this unit, we are working on the following skills:
- Literacy – We are continually reviewing previously learned skills such as directionality, punctuation, finding the first letter of words, etc. We are also starting to work on pointing to each word while reading familiar text, focusing on the beginning sounds of words.
- Writing – Our Writers Workshop lessons are focusing on staying on topic throughout a book. We are also working on adding details to our pictures. This includes making people look different from each other, adding more things to our pictures, etc.
- Math – We are continuing to work on counting to 20. We have also started using math games to practice various skills, and will work on playing some simple path games to practice counting on.
- Content – During this unit, we are learning about people and countries around the world. We will look at different world flags, explore how people live in other countries, and even expose children to some different languages!
Here are some suggestions to work on these and other basic skills at home:
- Continue to work on letter recognition and writing first names!
- Provide your child with opportunities to practice writing at home. Practice makes perfect! As they work, please encourage them to write letters/words and add details to their pictures. Talking to them about their pictures will help them do their best!
- While reading each night, encourage your child to tell you what letters and/or words they recognize in the book. If it is a familiar story, you can also have them read along with you. After all books, ask them a few questions to improve their listening skills.
- Have your child practice counting whenever possible, such as when driving in the car. They can also do things such as counting toys while they put them away. Whenever counting things, please encourage children to touch each object.
- Talk to your child about your family traditions and customs. For example, what holidays do you celebrate? Do you have connections to another country or culture? Can you speak any other languages?
- Model correct vocabulary describing where things are (over, under, etc). The more the children hear the words, the faster they will use them!
You can find more suggestions of activities to do at home with your child on the Home-School Connection page!