Is it Really Almost Time to Say Goodbye?
Here we come to the end of the year…It hit me over the weekend we have a very short time left together! (I’m not good at transitions!) Over the next two weeks, I plan to sing lots of songs, reads lots of favorite books, play lots of fun cooperative games, review lots of important skills and cherish our time together. I have enjoyed this class and they have given me a lot! That is because of YOU! It has been a great year at the Johnson School and I believe the start of a special chapter as your children move on through the school.
We will be celebrating our accomplishments on Thursday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. in our classroom. Hope to see you there!
Above Left: students investigate what the net caught; Above Right: students explore during a scavenger hunt Bottom: Mr. Matt and Ione’s dad bring in the net
A HUGE Thank YOU to our parent volunteers on our Field Trip yesterday! I had to go home and put on my sweatpants after being out in the elements. I think the kids had fun and learned something, so that’s all that counts!
I said it was like teaching “forest kindergarten” where children go out in all kinds of weather. Sounds like fun right?
As always, Northeastern does a great job to make marine science engaging for our Kindergarten friends. Thank you NEF!
Here’s what we are learning this week:
- Continued review of blending CVC words
- Sight words in reading and writing
- Writing a Narrative
- Begin Unit 9
- Reviewing basic facts 0-5
- shapes and designs
- Animal Habitats and Needs
- Owl Presentation on Friday
We’re Going to Help Our Garden Grow!
Today the Kindergarten weeded out our plot in the Community Garden! Mr. Andrews, also known as Gardener Andrews, came out to show us how to use a trowel to pull out the weeds! We spent about 40 minutes happily “digging in the dirt!” We will be working with our sixth grade buddies to plant the “three sisters,” which are beans, corn and squash (we’ll be using pumpkins.) Click to learn more about the Three Sisters Legend.
This week we will be learning in…
- End of Year assessments
- Continuing decoding skills of CVC and CVCe words
- Mo Willems Unit
- adding and subtracting to ten
- number stories
- skip counting by 10s and 2s
It was hard to believe today that it was already time to make our May calendars! I hope you enjoy seeing them come home each month. Most children are now able to independently write their numbers 1-31. This is an authentic assessment of your child’s hard work over the school year.
We used construction paper scraps from another project to create our beautiful May flowers calendar toppers! We love to repurpose things for other uses. As my grandmother would say, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!” We really try to do that with all our classroom supplies and materials. Thanks for all the donations of paper towel rolls as well, we will be using them this week for a science project. Along with the rest of the construction paper scraps!
Here’s what we are learning this week:
- Mo Willems Author Study
- Fundations Unit 4 Week 3: sight words, digraphs, spelling patterns with word families
- Guided reading groups
- Opinion writing (with evidence)
- Ways to compose and decompose numbers up to 10
- Number stories to 10
- counting on to a larger number
- Parts of a Plant
- Observing like a scientist
- big v. little problem
Ms. Purdin’s knitting hobby continues!
Hope everyone had a great break! Some days the weather was better than others, but it is always nice to have a few days to “catch up” on all the “life stuff” I put aside when I am busy preparing for each school day. I spent the beginning and end of vacation with “brand new” teachers. As a member of the Salem State University Friends of Education board, we had a Pinning Ceremony for all graduating education majors on Thursday April 13. On Saturday, I spent the day teaching pre-service teachers the SEAM Conference in Worcester. It fun to be with people new to the profession, and gave me that extra energy push to get back to school for our last leg of our year!
Oh and yes…one little friend asked me, “Did you knit Ms. Purdin?” Of course I did!!! Here’s what I made over vacation!
We are busy, busy, busy as we come back from break. We will be starting new units and continuing to reinforce fundamental math and literacy skills.
This week we will be learning in:
- word work with digraphs (sh, ch, wh, th, ck)
- word family practice in writing
Children sketch plants they found outside at recess during center time.
- Guided reading small groups
- Begin Mo Willems Unit
- Begin Unit 8
- 3-D shapes
- subtraction/addition number models
- What plants and animals need unit
- Earth Day