Mmmmmmm, Marvelous Munching, Making, Matching and Measuring

If you haven’t already guessed from the title of this post, the focus letter over the last two days has been the letter Mm.

On Thursday morning Miss Hunichen and Mrs McConville created a display on our sound table. It contained objects that started with Mm and books that had Mm words in the title.

Can you look at the photo below and explain to mum and dad why each item belongs on the table? 

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After we had discussed these items we read, “There’s a MONSTER at the end of this book!” You can revisit this wonderful story by clicking play on the Youtube video below.

Next we created our own colourful, dotty monsters by sticking dots onto a letter Mm and a small monster. If we finished we practised our fine motor skills and persistence by threading macaroni onto coloured string. Have a look at our slideshow below.

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After recess we visited the library where we read stories that had Mm words in the title while we ate marshmallows and m&m’s. Durimg borrowing time we were asked to try and borrow books that had a letter Mm somewhere in the title. We did a great job of finding so many books with an Mm on the cover somewhere.

What letter Mm books did you borrow?

Have you got any books at home that have an Mm in the title?

When we came back from library it was time for Maths. Miss Hunichen and Mrs McConville introduced us to a new game called ‘Monster Dice Match.’ Have a look at the videos below.

We even did some measuring in Maths. We used our macaroni strings that we threaded in the morning. We worked in pairs to see whose macaroni string was the longest and whose was the shorter of the two. Then the children who had the longest repaired again and again and again until we were left with one person who had the longest. The winner was ARCHER!!

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In the afternoon we worked with our buddies to measure our heights with paper tape. Once we had measured ourselves and our buddies we used informal units like counters, crayons, icy pole sticks and unifix to see how tall we were. We recorded these on our paper strips before sealing our strips in an envelope. We are going to keep these until the end of the year and then redo the activity to see how much we’ve grown!

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Can you remember how many icy pole sticks, crayons, unifix or counters tall you were?

By the end of the day we were all mmmmmmm’d out! But it wasn’t going to end there. The following day we read ‘There’s another MONSTER at the end of this book.’ You can have another look at the story by clicking play on the video below.

After listening to the story we cut out lower case m’s that had been photocopied onto coloured paper. We glued these onto black paper and then used craft materials to make them look like monsters. Have a look below.

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What was your favourite letter Mm activity?

Parent Information Night

Hi everyone,

Here is the PowerPoint we referred to the other night at the Parent Information night, as well as a document containing some of the language students will be using in Indonesian during their first year of school.

2015 Foundation Curriculum Information Session

Language covered within the first year of Indonesian

Just in case you missed it here are two valuable reading resources;

1. The Powerpoint on Reading strategies – Reading Strategy Posters

2. A blog article that offers practical tips and advice about reading levels – http://creatingalearningenvironment.com/?p=213

I will link this post to the news and notes page so that you can always access it easily 🙂

Our Classroom Reading Program explained….

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There has been a few questions regarding our classroom reading program and the swapping of take home readers so I thought it would be worthwhile to explain the program in detail on our blog for all to access 🙂

 

Each student in Prep D has now had at least one session with a classroom reading helper. Now that we have our classroom reading program up and running the selection of pink dot books has changed.

 

Each morning when students arrive they are expected to complete their morning routine, which includes placing their pink independent reading book box on their tables. Once students have placed their book box on their table they are expected to swap their take home reader in their book bag for a pink dot book that is housed in their book box. Students and parents are no longer required to exchange the pink dot books that are taken home with those located in the classroom library.

 

The reason for this is that on your child’s allocated reading day they will work with the classroom reading helper to change the 5-6 pink dot books in their book box.

 

During this session, students make a prediction and practise walking through the books independently to tune themselves in to the vocabulary that may be used in the story. Following their walk through, students then practise reading these pink dot books with one of our helpers.

 

The books are then used in independent reading and as take home readers for a week to help students gain familiarity with the high frequency words that are used in these books. In conjunction to this, it also enables students to practise the reading strategies we have been learning in class such as pointing 1 to 1 to the words and using eagle eye, lips the fish and listening lion with confidence. You can view the posters for these strategies in the slideshow below and I will also link this post to our news and notes page so that you can always find it.

 

Reading Strategy Posters

 

When it comes to home reading the following blog article also provides some useful tips and advice. Have a read here: http://creatingalearningenvironment.com/?p=213

 

Below is the parent helpers roster and the day that you child will change their books.

 

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If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.