Ms. Purdin with her friends since the fifth grade, Emily and Allison. We look just the same as we did then!
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend with your families and children. It was nice to have a few days to spend with family and friends who I don’t get to see often. Saturday was the annual “Back the Track” 5K in Marblehead to support the new track and field. My friends and I reunite every year to do it and get together. (And no, Ms. Purdin didn’t “run” – I walked! There’s no way I could keep up with these two who have both run the Boston Marathon!) It was still fun to be a part of it!
This week I am so excited because we are starting our Gingerbread Unit! It is a great way to kick off December and we will read lots of versions of the classic tale. It is a great engaging way to incorporate so many important reading, writing and math skills! This week we will also start our Holiday book reading.
Here’s what we are up to this week:
- Reading variations of the Gingerbread Man
- Writing on a topic
- Fundations week 11: X and Y
- Ending sounds
- Finishing our number books
- numeral recognition 0-10 (sequencing)
- comparing numbers 0-10
- How do different animals get ready for winter?
Social Studies/Social Thinking
- Understanding others perspectives
- Personal Space
Parent Conferences are on December 6 and 7!
Hello! As I type this I can’t believe how fast this year is going! It’s already Thanksgiving week! I’m looking forward to time with friends and family, and I hope you are too. Last week, the children brainstormed all the things they are thankful for. I know I am thankful for a great year of learning we are having!
Before we head out on Wednesday, here’s what we will be up to in class:
- Reading our favorite Thanksgiving books and singing Thanksgiving songs
- Doing some “Reader’s Theatre” where children act out poems and familiar stories
- Reviewing letters and sounds (we will finish up our last three weeks of Fundations Unit 1 after Thanksgiving)
- Number representations and math games
- Family traditions
- The story of Thanksgiving (Now and then)
- Report Cards for term 1 go out on Tuesday, November 22. The grading system is number based and reflects what the child can do independently at this point in the year. It does not correlate with a traditional letter grading system.
- Library is back on Wednesdays! Please help your child to remember to return their book! If they have 2 books out, they will not be able to take out another book!
- Wednesday, November 23 is a half-day. Dismissal for all students is at 11:30 a.m.
Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble! Gobble!
Hello Families! We’re back after that beautiful long weekend. I hope you all enjoyed yourself. This week in Kindergarten we are gearing up for Ms. Purdin’s favorite holiday – Thanksgiving! I love all the fun songs, stories and real life writing you can do! Be on the look out for some fun stuff coming home!
Family Project: Check your child’s folder tonight (Monday) for a special turkey who needs a disguise! I’m looking forward to seeing all the creative ways you can hide a turkey!
Here’s what we are working on this week…
- Fundations Week 10 (Ww, Vv)
- Shared Reading: Mrs. Wishy Washy and A Turkey For Thanksgiving
- Ending sounds of words (practice at home – Make it fun!)
- How to Cook a Turkey dication
- Representing #s different ways
- Counting to 50!
- Math games for number recognition
- How animals get ready for winter
- The lIfe of Pilgrims and Wampanoags
- Family traditions
Hello Families! It will be a short and busy week in Kindergarten! I hope you are able to join us for our Term One Coffee and Cider Chat on Thursday morning from 7:30 to 8:15 in our classroom.
This week we are working on:
- Fundations Week 9: H, L, K
- using picture clues in our reading
- text to self connections
- Writing/drawing to show information
- Number writing (0-10)
- shape attributes
- Recording combinations of 10
- Comparing and measuring objects
- Introduction to Elections (Election vocabulary: polling place, vote, ballot, candidate, President)
- Veterans Day
Hope everyone is having a spooky and fun-filled Halloween weekend! I am looking forward to our field trip to the Nahant Fire Station tomorrow.
Here’s what we will be working on this week:
- Fundations week 8, Letters: P and J
- Shared Reading: Big Pumpkin and The Enormous Carrot . We will read both these texts and compare and contrast their story structures.
- Handwriting and name writing practice
- counting (1-1 correspondence)
- introducing combinations of 10
- analyzing graphs
- estimation (of pumpkin seeds)
- Finishing pumpkin unit
- Halloween safety