What a fun day! Thank you to those who helped. Reminder that today was the end of quarter one and there is no school on Monday! Happy Halloween.
Even though we had a short week, it was a busy one! We celebrated Easton's birthday on Monday. Tuesday Mrs. N. was out of the classroom all day and today was our trip to the fire hall, along with our first half day. Whew!
Next week we will wrap up the introduction of our alphabet. We have practiced saying the letters, forming them properly and the sounds that each letter makes. We also learned our next quick word "like."
In math we are moving into number recognition. We focused on numbers 0-5. Next week we will continue to 10. This includes saying the number, writing it properly and showing that many objects of something.
Just a reminder that next Friday is grandparents day. The kiddos have been working very hard in music to get ready for their program. Please extend invites to those special grandma's, grandpa's or special friends. Remember that due to space we ask parents to please sit this one out, unless your child doesn't have anyone else to attend.
Have a great long weekend!
This week we focused more on writing letters and words. It was fun to watch the kiddos as they discovered words are all around us and that they have a pretty important job! We wrote words around the room and even around the school. I even let them venture into the front office to see how many words they could find in there. Check out the pictures to see this activity in action.
During letter time we practiced properly forming the capital/lowercase letters p, r, m, n, e, f and s. We also sang about each letter and practiced the sound it makes. This week marked the introduction of our first quick words. Throughout the course of the year we will practice 55 "quick words." We call them quick words because these are the words we want the kiddos to be able to read without sounding out. They are also the most common words used in our English language. The words this week were: I, see and a.
We wrapped up our patterning unit this week. The kids have done an awesome job with creating, extending and naming patterns. We have used a variety of medias to help us practice our patterning. Check in with your child and see what kind of pattern they can create for you!
The entire school learned about bullying this week as it was Bully Prevention Week. We learned about ways to deal with bullies, what a bully truly is, what to do if you see someone being bullied and how to help someone who is being bullied. Don't be surprised if you child feels he or she is being bullied at school this week. Usually right when we talk about his issue everyone feels like they have been bullied. Remember to ask your child if this is something that has happened several times? Does the child feel unsafe? Did the child tell anyone at school about the incident when it happened? Bullying is a very serious issue, but sometimes it can be difficult for our youngest learners to understand the difference between an argument and a bully.
To end Bully Prevention Week all of the kids decorated a wood chip from the playground. The wood chips were then thrown onto the playground in hopes they would help someone who is having a difficult day to feel better. The playground was also decorated by the entire school with positive sayings or drawings in chalk.
Just a reminder that next week is a short week. We will be walking to the fire hall on Wednesday morning at 8:45 and then school is done at 12:25. Also no school Thursday or Friday. Have a great weekend.
It is hard to believe that we are already done with the first month of school. We have all been working really hard and it's fun to see the progress the kids have already made.
We have continued to work each day to build our stamina during read to self. The kids were beyond excited that we made it 15 minutes one day! In addition to read to self, I introduced listen to reading and word work . During listen to reading, students use their iPads and headphones to listen to a story. The iPad also tracks the text and highlights it as it is read. This time of the day allows students to hear good fluent reading, track text and choose books of their interest. Word work was new this week as well. During this time students are in groups of 4-5 students. Each day they move to a new word work station. During this time they are manipulating words and working on multiple prereading skills. Once our stamina is built I will be working with small guided reading groups during this time as well.
Math has been all about patterns. We used shapes, colors, objects, iPads and our bodies to make various patterns. Our main pattern types include AB, ABB and ABC patterns. We ended the week by joining Mrs. Pollards class and working with a partner to create patterns.
During unit time we talked a lot about what we can do when we get mad. The book When Sophie Gets Really, Really Angry helped us to talk about warning signs and what we can do when we feel those signs. The class designated a spot behind my desk as our classroom "safe spot." This is a spot students can go if they need to calm down. We also practiced some calming techniques such as closing our eyes and counting to five, taking deep breaths, asking for help, taking a walk and asking for a break.
Next week we will begin learning about fire safety, continue saying and writing our letters and wrap up patterning. I hope everyone has a great weekend. As always please call or email if you have any questions.
This week we were busy continuing to learn routines, especially Read to Self. We are working hard to build our stamina. Currently, we are up to 8 minutes of reading with everyone staying on task and reading the whole time! Our goal is to be able to read for 15 minutes. In writing we focused on listening to a story and generating ideas to write about. We continue to practice our three ways to write: drawing pictures, writing letters and writing words. Next week we will begin writing about our families.
Math was all about 2D shapes. The eight shapes we focus on are circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, diamond/rhombus, trapezoid and hexagon. We used pattern blocks, modeling clay, pipe cleaners, iPad apps and video clips to help us learn about each shape. Rectangle and hexagon always seem to be the tricky ones to remember!
This week was also all about apples. We read stories about apple orchards and harvesting. Collected ideas and made a chart with all of the ways we could eat an apple. Used our fingers to make torn paper apples and on Thursday, we tasted yellow, green and red apples. Before eating each one we talked about how it looked and what it smelled like. According to our graph, yellow was the class favorite! On Friday, I brought my Apple Master! The kids were fascinated at how it could peel, slice and core the apple. Each one of them got a turn to clean an apple and add it to the crockpot for our applesauce. By the end of the day our room smelled amazing! Everyone at tried the applesauce and most gobbled it up. They also decided since we had an extra cup that we should take a walk to Mr. Cawcutt's office and share with him. That was an interesting and exciting trip at 2:45 on a Friday, but we made it and Mr. C was very thankful that we thought of him!
Next week we will begin FAST testing, which means we will have a sub in our room one morning and one afternoon so that I can meet with students 1:1. The results from these early assessments will be shared with you sometime in October. Have a great weekend. Make sure the kiddos get lots of rest. They were all pretty tired by Friday afternoon, but then again so was I.
Good Afternoon Parents,
It is my intent to provide you with a weekly update each week. I apologize if this doesn't happen because things can get crazy busy quickly. Check back often for pictures of your kiddo in action or check us out on Facebook!
Wow, I haven't updated the blog for awhile! We have been really busy learning new things everyday here in kindergarten. We finished our letters books and the kids were really excited to make it through the entire alphabet! Now that we have formally practiced how to make each letter it will be important to try and carry that over into our everyday writing. Remembering to always start at the TOP.
Speaking of writing we have started making lists and trying really hard to hear the first sound in a word. Today's list was titled, Things That are Red. Most things listed related to fire. Maybe that's because of fire safety week last week?!?
Word work has us focusing on clapping, catching and counting syllables in words, along with focusing on our kindergarten quick words. So far we have learned: I, see, a, like, can, you. I will be attaching a list of these words to our newsletter this week.
Partner games has been a fun way to learn our numbers 0-10, along with fun poems that remind us how to form our numbers. We have also been looking at all the different ways we can represent a number (numeral, word, fingers, tally mark, objects, domino, dice, number sentence and ten frames).
Whew, finally during unit time we have been exploring the life cycle of a pumpkin. I promised the kids we would also paint a pumpkin and trust me they have reminded me everyday that we haven't painted one yet! Hopefully tomorrow we will get to that. Next week I look forward to exploring the insides of a pumpkin with them and doing some investigation work.
Hope that brings everyone up to speed about what has been going on in our classroom. Reminder that Friday is an early release. Students leave the school at 12:25 that day! Have a great evening :)
What a fun day we had today! The kiddos did wonderful at the program and their huge smiles afterward were priceless. Please see the photos below from the classroom. I apologize if I missed anyone, it can get a little crazy with everyone coming and going.
Next week is a three day week. There was no newsletter sent home today, but look for one next week. Reminder that we will be walking to the fire hall on Wednesday morning. Please dress the kids for the weather. Also, be sure to send warm clothing for recess. Many kids have been coming in with cold hands and ears. Have a great weekend.