Current Unit: My Five Senses (October 8 – November 5)
Our current unit is called My Five Senses and focuses on helping students identify and use each of their five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Students will participate in various activities to practice using each of these senses, including hands-on inquiry and discovery activities.
By the end of the unit, we hope that students will be able to answer the following question(s):
~ How do I use my senses to explore my world?
~ What did I find out? How does this help me?
~ What do I notice?
~ How do I describe the shapes I see around me?
Focus Skills – During this unit, we are working on the following skills:
~ Literacy – We have worked hard on learning to say the alphabet and learning the different parts of a book (front cover, back cover, and title page). We have also discussed that the author writes the words and the illustrator draws the pictures. Other skills covered include recognizing where to begin reading (starting on the left and at the top). We will continue to build on these skills as the year progresses.
~ Writing – Children are being exposed to what good writers do. We are helping children learn to use materials correctly, write letters, and draw pictures. Students are learning that pictures are made by putting different shapes together. We are also focusing on helping children learn to write their first names correctly.
~ Math – Our main focus at this point in the year is on basic skills such as counting, colors, and shapes. We are learning how to use math materials correctly to practice various skills. So far, we have discussed sorting by color and shape. Our current math lessons are working on recognizing numbers and counting. We are starting with counting 1-5, and will count higher as students are ready.
~ Content – Our main focus right now is learning about the five senses. We are discussing the different body parts used for each sense, and also how our senses help us find out about the world.
Here are some suggestions to work on these and other basic skills at home:
~ Say the alphabet with your child. At this point in the year, we are saying it slowly and NOT singing it to be sure that students are saying each letter.
~ While reading each night, talk about the different parts of the book. At this point in the year, we are learning to find the front cover, back cover, and title page. There will be more things to discuss as the year progresses!
~ Also, ask your child to show you where to begin reading. Students should recognize that we start on the left side and at the top of the page.
~ Provide your child with opportunities to practice writing at home. Practice makes perfect! Encourage your child to hold his/her pencil correctly when writing.
~ Help your child practice spelling and writing his/her first name.
~ Have your child count various objects around the house or while out.
~ Ask your child to identify shapes and/or colors that are found in the environment. You can ask him/her to name shapes/colors of random objects, or you can challenge him/her to find a certain shape/color.
~ Ask your child to tell you about school and classroom routines. Reviewing this information at home will help them remember what to do at school.
~ Help your child learn important personal information such as first and last names, birthday, and parents’ names.
You can find more suggestions of activities to do at home with your child on the Home-School Connection page!