• Laura Sechler and Nicole Freyer

The Penguins in January


  • The Penguins learned how to write the letters D, P, B, R, K and A by using various Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) methods:

  • Rolling the letters out with playdoh,

  • Practicing writing the letters on HWT chalkboards,

  • Using the HWT wooden lines and curves to make letters,

  • Using a sand tray to practice writing each letter with our fingers, and

  • Using the HWT magnetic board to practice writing each letter,

  • We also practiced how to make diagonal lines for writing R and K.

  • Reading and singing about the Letterland Characters continues to be a highlight in our class.

  • Practicing each letter sound and coming up with words that begin with that sound is a fun challenge. We also like to see who has the letter of the week in their name.

Winter Clothes

  • We read the book The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, by Shirley Neitzel. This fun repetitive, rhyming book allowed the Penguins to interact with their teacher to read as a class.

  • Each Penguin has practiced very hard this month to master putting on their jackets, hats, mittens, and scarves.

  • We discussed what type of clothes you wear in different weather/seasons.

Winter Animal Habitats, and Food

  • The Penguins enjoyed discussing how different animals hibernate and some migrate in the winter. Do they hibernate in a cave, burrow, nest or mud? Some animals need to migrate to a different area to find food to eat. We shared a funny rhyme:

If the weather is rude;

and you can’t find food;

then you migrate.

  • We discovered that our feathered friends need extra help finding food in the winter. We made our very own Cheerio bird feeders. Hopefully those Sneaky Snacky Squirrels didn’t eat our Cheerios!

Penguins and Polar Bears

  • We discussed many amazing penguin, polar bear and arctic fox facts in circle.

  • At our discovery table, we played with penguins in water. Also at discovery, we played with icebergs (made from water frozen in plastic bags) to demonstrate how polar bears use icebergs as a way of getting around the arctic to find food.

  • As our science experiment, we covered plastic gloves in shortening to see how arctic animals stay warm in the cold. We each took turns dipping one hand in ice water and one hand covered with the “bear paw” to see if “blubber” could actually keep your hand warm. Who knew blubber could be a good thing!

Literacy and Math

  • We continuously review all letters we have worked on thus far this year.

  • This month we introduced rhyming words. As we read during circle, we like to keep an ear out to see if we hear any words that rhyme. We will continue working with this concept through the end of the year.

  • The Penguins are making great progress recognizing numbers 1 – 20.

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