Category Archives: Kindergarten

Rhyme Time! 9/18-9/22/2017

The humid weather seems to be sticking around for a bit longer…hopefully we will stay cool and hydrated. Please send your child with a water bottle (WITH ONLY WATER) every day. Thanks!

Please send back your apple farm trip permission slips! 🙂 Looking forward to a great trip!

Here’s what we will be learning this week:

English/Language Arts:

  • Rhyming words – hearing rhymes, making rhymes, matching rhymes
  • Concepts of Print
  • Fundations Unit 1 Week 1 Tt, Bb, Ff

Fine Motor:

  • Practicing proper pencil grip
  • scissor practice

Math

  • Introduction of 5 frames
  • describing shapes
  • patterns
  • Finishing Unit 1 and baseline assessments

Science

  • Weather changes
  • Hurricane Jose
  • Preparing for weather

Social Thinking

  • Continuing to practice classroom and school rules and routines
  • Second Step with Mrs. Sullivan
  • Friendship

 

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Building a Community 9/11/17-9/15/17

We had a great week last week as a class! Everyday I am enjoying getting to know your children better and seeing what they are able to do as a new kindergartner. I see they are an industrious group and like projects (yea!) and learning (woo hoo!) Last week we wrote our “Hopes and Dreams” and came up with our classroom rules.

In my classroom, I first have children brainstorm all the rules they think we should have. At their developmental age, it is a lot of “no this” and “no that.” The next day we sort the rules by if they are about “Me” “others” or “classroom.” Once that is done, we look at the rules and I ask, “if we shouldn’t (for example) hit or kick people, how should we treat our friends?” We then come up with three to four simple, positively written rules on how we should behave. The last step is signing the rules. Our completed rules list is below.

Our final list of rules

Our original list of rules, colored coded by sorting.

Every week, I’ll be listing what we will be learning by subject. I hope this helps you!

English Language Arts

  • Name Recognition
  • Introduction of Foundations (our Phonics program)
  • Shared Reading of patterned text books, poetry, songs (Ex. Brown Bear, Brown Bear)

Math

  • Understanding #1-5
  • Counting
  • Shapes

Science

  • Colors

Social Thinking

  • Listening Skills
  • Practicing our classroom rules

Library starts this week! 🙂

Have a great week!

Ms. Purdin

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A Year In a Summer… 8/22/17

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dear Readers of this website,

Foggy Bottom
2006-2017

For me, this summer has felt more like a year. I’ve had some real ups and downs. Starting with the loss of my beloved kitty (and interviewer of me on the About the Teacher page), Foggy Bottom, at the beginning of July. Losing Foggy was very difficult because she was with me all through my 20s and every class I taught at the Johnson school knew her. However, I know she is looking down from Cat Heaven wishing everyone a great school year.

Ms. Purdin at Fenway! Go Sox!

I also had some great times with friends and family, as well as in my teacher advocacy life. I saw Levar Burton speak in person (any Reading Rainbow fans out there like me?) when he accepted the National Educational Association Friend of Education Award for 2017. And I toured Fenway Park for the first time ever!

My best friend, Lauren, got married in July, and you don’t have to ask Ms. Purdin twice to get on the dance floor! I still can’t get over how good her band was! So much fun!

Then I had an expected health issue, but luckily everything has worked out and I am feeling healthier and more energetic than I have in a long time. (My PSA is listen to your body! It’s the only one you got!) I am looking forward to getting back into the routine of school again.

Mika (left) and Joe (right) They both have white tips on their tails!

The summer has ended with some new additions to my life – two beautiful and frisky 11 week old kitties I named Joe and Mika. If you are not a political junkie like me, Joe and Mika are named for my two favorite political reporters and hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. They have brought a lot of joy to my life and I know Foggy would be happy that my love for her allowed me to adopt again!

As I think about starting another school year, I am reminded by what my mentor teacher told me when I left for my first kindergarten teaching job. She said, “Blythe, remember they are only five! Enjoy them!” I can’t wait to meet all my new students, continue to improve my practice with our whole school using Responsive Classroom and watching another group of Nahant students grow and learn. I have a good feeling this is going to be a great year!

Getting prepped for a wonderful year!

I’m headed into the classroom today…hope to see you at the Welcome Back Slush at 4pm!

“Eat, Sleep and Be Kind.”

Ms. Purdin 🙂

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Our Pumpkin Patch! 8/7/17

Thank you to everyone who came out to help our Kindergarten Pumpkin patch on July 26! We had a lot of fun and got a lot done! I will be in touch about another garden event before school starts.

Enjoy August at Short and Tudor beach!

Click here for a fun summer reading challenge: Summer Reading Bingo
We worked hard in the Garden!
What it looked like after we weeded…

Mrs. Howard sent me this picture a few days later… Our First Pumpkin!

 

 

 

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The End is Also a Beginning… 6/5/17-6/9/17

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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