Feeling the Love 2/12/18-2/16/18

Valentine Bags!

It has been a fun week of learning here at school as we get ready for vacation! Lots of smiles for all the different outfits that came in throughout Spirit week! I think the kids especially loved “Fantasy Friday!”

Valentine’s Day is a special day in Kindergarten. I love watching all the children read their valentines and deliver them! Such fun! We also learned about similes in English Language Arts this week. The children wrote sentences that began, “I love you like…” and had to come up with a simile. They were so cute I’m putting them below for you to enjoy!

Based on the book, I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller and Susan Schade.

“I love you like diamonds love rings.” – Presley

“I love you like bats love baseballs.” – David

“I love you like cupcakes like sprinkles.” – Mia

“I love you like cats love yarn.” – Sean

“I love you like guinea pigs love mice.” – Charlotte

“I love you like a soccer ball loves a goal.” – Ryan

“I love you like dogs love bones.” – James

“I love you like a football loves field goals.” – Kaileigh

“I love you like Dads love Moms.” – Broc

“I love you like thunder loves lightning.” – Henry

Have a wonderful and safe February Vacation!

See you on February 26! 

 

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Go Pats! And Partner work! 1/22/18-1/26/18

Children work in a center using RAZ-Kids, an online reading system.

Well the Patriots did it again!I’m not that sporty, but I do follow the Patriots, and what I love most about them is their work ethic and teamwork. (Great teaching points!) This week we are focusing on partner work at center time, especially during math.

For young children, it is important to practice working in pairs, then small groups and then as a whole class. Often, the bigger the group, the more issues can arise, which is why partner work can be a valuable tool. Our math program offers many games that are for an individual or for partners.

We also brought out the board games last week and small groups played Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land and Connect four for something different at choice time.

You know what else is great for partners? Card games! Grab that deck from the cabinet and play a game of war or go fish!

Here’s what we are learning this week:

English/Language Arts

  • Breaking apart 2 and 3 sound words
  • Writing a complete sentence from a prompt
  • Non-fiction on winter animals

Math

  • Skip counting by 10s and 5s to school day number
  • the addition symbol
  • writing numbers to 100

Science

  • nature made vs. man made
  • Marine Science Center visit (1/23)
  • Finish up changes in water unit

Social Thinking

  • empathy/understanding other people’s perspectives
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Frosty Temps call for Authentic Learning! 1/8/18-1/12/18

Those frigid temperatures seem to be leaving us for a bit, which is a good thing! Though when the temps go down, we turn up the learning in Kindergarten! This week we are beginning to take many of our skills we learned from the fall and put them into practice. I am already pleased by the results!

As we begin more formal reading instruction, remember, not every child walks or talks at the same time. This is a developmental process. For some, it comes quickly because of their memory and for others, it can take more direct instruction of concepts. The best help you can be is be a ROLE MODEL reader to your child and reward their successes as they begin their reading journeys.

Here’s what we are learning this week:

English/Language Arts

  • Sounding out (tapping out) CVC words
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Writing in our Journals

Math

  • Teen numbers, teen partners
  • describing shapes

Science

  • Changes in Water

Social Studies

  • Learner skills
  • Thinking with your eyes/empathy
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Happy 2018! Week of 1/1/18-1/5/18

Welcome back! It seems like everyone had a great break and something fun to share at our Morning Meeting this morning. The bitter cold made it a bit harder to get out of bed when the alarm went off this morning, but seeing all the smiles and happy faces coming in made it better!

January is a great time to “hunker down” and get to work on our skill building from all the hard work your children did this fall. This week we will begin to work on making words, reading sight words and continuing our math numeracy skills with larger numbers as we get closer to the 100th Day of School!

STAY WARM!!!! Hopefully this cold, cold weather goes away soon!

Here’s what we are learning this week:

English/Language Arts:

  • Shared Reading text: The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • Fundations Unit 2 week 1
  • Introduction of CVC words (mat, cat, rug, etc.)
  • Review of Uppercase letter writing

Math

  • Combinations to 10
  • Calendar math
  • numbers 1-31
  • Counting by 10s and 1s to school day

Science

  • New Unit: Changes in Water
  • Weather

Social Studies/Social Thinking

  • Review and practice of classroom rules
  • Kind words with friends

Happy New Year!

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Snow! 12/11/17-12/15/17

It was an exciting “whip share” this morning hearing everyone’s weekend activities with the snow and other festive fun! I give every child on Mondays the chance to share one thing they did over the weekend. The other days sharing consists of one or two children who then can answer questions from their peers. Speaking and Listening are important skills in the Kindergarten curriculum.

SPEAKING of Listening, we are working hard on being first time listeners. It is December in Kindergarten, however, in order to be a safe and fun learning environment for all we need to practice good listening skills. I hope you can help with this at home with your child. Remember, a reminder is ok, but more than one reminder, and it starts to becomes a habit that they don’t have to listen the first time. 🙂

I have added more dates for Mystery Reader. You can sign up here. If you have already done so, please give a chance to others who did not. Thank you!

Here’s what we are learning this week:

 

English/Language Arts

  • Fundations Unit 1 Week 12 Zz, Qu,qu
  • Ending sounds in words
  • Personal narrative: A tradition I have in my family is…
  • Guided reading practice with sight words

Math

  • Capacity and Volume
  • Counting by 10s
  • Building numbers

Science/Technology

  • patterns/coding
  • changes in water

Social Studies

  • Family traditions
  • Kindness

 

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