Current Unit: Places in Our World (January 2 – February 1)
Our current unit is called Places in Our World and focuses on where we live. Students will understand that they live in a home that is found in a city, which is part of the world. They will learn about what their home and city look like. We will also learn about winter during this unit.
By the end of the unit, we hope that students will be able to answer the following question(s):
- Where do I live?
- What does it look like?
- How can I describe the changes in seasons?
- How do I find out how many?
Focus Skills – During this unit, we are working on the following skills:
- Literacy – In addition to reviewing letter recognition, beginning sounds, and rhyming words, we are also working on some more advanced Literacy skills. Students have learned parts of a book, where to begin reading, and to always read from left to right. Our shared reading lessons have focused on using pictures to better understand the story, and we are now working on learning to identify spaces between words.
- Writing – Our Writers Workshop lessons are focusing on developing both our words and pictures. All students are able to write at least a few letters, and we are working on helping them learn to sound out words to add details to their writing. We have also discussed adding details to our pictures to make them look realistic.
- Math – Our main focus during this unit is on counting. We work each day on counting to 20 without skipping any numbers. We are also practicing counting the number of items in a group, with an emphasis on touching each object when counting. We also want the children to learn that the last number tells ‘how many’. We will be introducing positional words soon (over, under, etc).
- Content – During this unit, we are learning about our homes and neighborhoods. Students are working on describing their home in both words and pictures. We are also working on describing things that are in a neighborhood. We are continuing to practice using positional words correctly to describe where things are located.
Here are some suggestions to work on these and other basic skills at home:
- Provide your child with opportunities to practice writing at home. Practice makes perfect! As they work, please encourage them to write letters to represent their 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 home. Discuss what rooms are in your home, what kind of home it is (apartment, townhouse, etc). Ask them to draw a picture of your home, and encourage them to add realistic details (correct color, number of windows, etc).
- As you drive around your neighborhood, discuss what you see. Talk about the businesses found in your neighborhood. If possible, introduce your child to your neighbors.
- 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!