We are back to work in class with a lot of focus on blending and written work. We started out writing the number 1 just before the holidays and are writing 2 now. Next week, we are moving on to 3 and beginning writing letters, starting with i. We have finished all of the sounds we focus on in Junior Infants. (We look at all the alphabet sounds and "ch" and "sh." More letter combinations will follow next year.) Now, we have moved on and are using cvc (consonant/vowel/consonant) cubes to help us spell/sound words out. We are stretching the word out when we say it to help us. We are also focussing on word families - we started off with words that rhyme with 'at.' We drew pictures of things in the at family and some people even wrote words. We love the Jack Hartmann video on YouTube. It is great fun trying to read the words before he says them.
We have been learning all about polar bears, Arctic foxes, hares, seals, beluga whales and Inuit people. Our small world area has had lots of use over the last few weeks. The children played with pretend snow, Arctic animals, ice floes and icebergs, as well as some odd bits. Polar bears went hunting for seals on ice floes. Bear caves were created and snow storms took place. Unsurprisingly, a lot of sweeping up snow happened also!