It’s October! I think my favorite time of year for teaching is definitely fall! There are so many fun things to do and connections to be made with nature and the world around us for young children. I am looking forward to this week’s big FIELD TRIP to the Apple Farm! (As of this posting, Friday (9/30 at 2:30) weather looks good!
- Fundations week 4 c, o
- What makes a sentence?
- Non-fiction vs. Fiction – how can we tell
- Phonemic Awareness skills
- On to Unit 2 in Everyday Math!
- Number sense
- one to one correspondence
- describing shapes
- Finishing life cycle of an apple
- Using IPads and class document camera for showing what we know
- Noticing seasonal changes around us
- Field trip to Brooksby Apple Farm Wednesday October 5.
- Columbus Day – why we celebrate
Remember no school Monday, October 10! Have a great weekend. Thanks for all you do.
We had a wonderful end to our week by meeting our 6th Grade Buddies on Friday! The 6th graders had lunch with the kindergartners and played with them out at recess. I observed wonderful examples of kindness between our older and younger students. An impromptu soccer clinic even popped up! What a great Johnson School community we have! Looking forward to more learning buddy fun throughout the year!
Here’s what we are up to this week…
- Foundations week 3 – i, u
- ABC order and letter recognition
- Phonemic Awareness games
- Finishing up our first unit in Math
- finishing Beginning of Year assessments
- Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday! (September 26)
- Practicing classroom rules
- Where do we live?
- Life Cycle of an Apple
- Seasonal Changes
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We made it through our first full week of Kindergarten! Everybody seemed a little tired on Friday, so we made sure to take plenty of water breaks and have some favorite classroom areas open – like the Dramatic Play area and blocks!
This week, we will be working on…
- Sharing and listening skills as our Star of Week begins
- What do readers read?
- Fundations Week 2 (M, N)
- Name recognition and Friends’ name recognition
- rote counting
- five frames
- Last week we made our classroom rules, this week, we begin to live them
- logical consequences
- our classroom family
- Seasonal Changes/Fall begins
- Primary colors
- Begin our Apple Unit
Save the Date! I have scheduled our annual field trip to Brooksby Apple Farm in Peabody for Wednesday, October 5! The permission slip will be coming this week. Thanks!
Our overall theme for this year is “Learning Is Our Superpower!” I want children to be empowered by what they know and what they learn. During our first term, our theme is “Me as a Learner” and we discuss what makes a learner successful and have children practice these skills.
This year, I will post between Friday and Sunday with what we are doing for the following week in school. I thought it would be helpful to you and also for me as a “road map” for our themes, curriculum and social development. Let me know what you think!
- Name Recognition
- ABC order
- Introduction of Fundations, our Phonics Program
- Letters T, B, F
- Shared Reading, songs, poetry
- Numbers 0-9
- Counting, one to one correspondence
- Colors, color names
- Whole Body Listening
- Create Classroom Rules
- Following Routines