It’s October…10/2/17-10/6/17

Our Mystery reader program started Friday with a parent who is also a fire fighter! What fun!

We were a buzz today getting ready for our field trip tomorrow! I am looking forward to another great trip – I think this might be my 6th or 7th Kindergarten class I’ve taken to the apple farm. I haven’t had any apple cider yet this season, so I am looking forward to enjoying the outdoors and a special snack with the class. And making apple crisp with all the apples I bring home!

This week to me really feels like we are in the zone of learning. There’s more lessons on learning objectives and less lessons on behaviors (though we still need reminders of learner behavior – especially after lunch recess.) The class enjoys the work at center time and we have been doing a lot of science in the afternoons learning about weather and life cycles. Once we are back from the farm, we will begin our study of pumpkins.

Here’s what we are learning this week:

English/Language Arts

  • Fundations Unit 1 Week three Uu and Ii
  • Understanding the purpose of non-fiction texts
  • Speaking and listening during group lesson time
  • Phonemic awareness of previous letters

Math

  • beginning addition and subtraction problems
  • sorting
  • attributes of circles

Social Studies

  • Trip to Brooksby Farm

Science

  • Finish up life cycle of an apple
  • Seasonal changes
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Fall Into Learning 9/25-9/28/2017

I love teaching Kindergarten in the Fall! There are so many wonderful “place based” learning opportunities to do with young children – from seasonal changes, to farming to life cycles of apples and pumpkins it is so much fun to be in Kindergarten! The weather looks great for the next few days so I hope to have a chance or two to do some learning outside!

And of course, our field trip is coming up (October 3), which is something to look forward to!

 

Here’s what our learning objectives are this week:

English Language Arts

  • Introduction of Writer’s Workshop – Oral storytelling / answering questions
  • Fundations Unit 1 Week 2 (Mm, Nn)
  • What is Non-fiction?
  • Concepts of Print

Math

  • Beginning Unit 2
  • Comparing numbers 1-10
  • Describing shapes
  • dot arrangements

Science

  • Life Cycle of an Apple
  • Weather Unit

Social Studies

  • What is work? A job?
  • Farming

Reminders:

  1. Library books need to come back on Wednesdays (or before).
  2. Scholastic Book Order is due Friday, September 29 Click here for online ordering

 

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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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