Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kindergarten is a blast!

Our first full week together was great. We are still learning about our routines and rules in the classroom, cafeteria, playground and school community. We enjoyed all of our special subject classes, too!

                                                            Peek At The Week:

Theme: Our School Community

Writing Workshop: We began our first unit of study: Launching the Writing Workshop. We will have Writing Workshop every day. We begin each workshop with a mini-lesson on the rug, have independent writing time, and end it with a sharing time. The children received new writing folders. We also practiced visiting the writing center to get new paper and other materials. Our saying for the week was, "When We Are Done, We Have Just Begun." Sometimes, when we think we have finished a piece of writing, we actually have more to add. We can add to the pictures or the words. Please ask your child why they have a red sticker on one side of the folder and a green sticker on the other side.

Reading Workshop and Phonemic Awareness: We have two new letter experts! We learned about the letters A and S. We learned a poem and chant for each letter and had so much fun looking at the things the experts brought from home. We sing a song called "Learning About Letter Sounds" by Jack Hartmann. The link to his video is on the right hand side of the page under Music and Movement.
We read several books during Reading Workshop. Some of the books we read were Pete the Cat: Too Cool For School, Countdown to Kindergarten, and Teacher for Bear. We have new independent reading bags and practiced the routines of Reading Workshop. The children can choose three books for the independent reading bags. Then we practiced our "reading stamina." We were able to read quietly for 6 minutes, uninterrupted. That's a kindergarten record!


This anchor chart teaches us one of the routines of Reading Workshop.


Math: We started Unit 1 from our math series. We are exploring basic number sense and counting strategies. We also use math manipulatives to either reinforce or extend their understanding of the concepts. We also reviewed colors and graphed our favorite colors. We made a fun display in the hallway.

Social Studies: We read David Goes to School and How To Be Peacemakers. Ask your child what it means to be a peacemaker - not a peace breaker.
We have a bucket in our classroom! After reading the book, How To Fill A Bucket, we discussed how we can follow the rules of the classroom and be kind and compassionate in order to fill the classroom bucket. Once our bucket has 75 hearts in it, we will have a small celebration.

Science: We are scientists! We learned that scientists ask questions, observe, test, record and share results from experiments. We will have three units this year for our science curriculum. They are: The Five Senses, Properties, and Water play. In addition to these units, we will enjoy a lot of fun experiments. For our first experiment, we learned about the word, "Reaction." We conducted the Mentos experiment. We went outside and place a Mentos candy inside a 2 Liter bottle of Diet Coke. The children loved this experiment. They squealed with delight!

Here is the reaction!






Key Concepts To Work On At Home:

Name Printing:  While many children are able to write their names with ease, all students need to focus on proper letter formation and neatness.

Self-Dress: Please practice tying shoes and zipping and buttoning up coats.

General Knowledge: Please review your address, phone number and child's birthday.

Looking Ahead:

Next week we will have new letter experts. Please check your child's folder to see when he or she is our new letter expert!

I love the family photos and the children enjoy looking at them during the school day. If you have not sent one into school, please send in a framed family photo. A 4x6 photo is a great size. If you do not have a frame, I can provide one for you.

Also, please provide an extra set of clothes (shorts/pants, underwear, shirt, socks) to be stored in our classroom.


Our first family project was sent home last Friday. Please review the directions with your child. 








Saturday, September 6, 2014

We love kindergarten!

Our first week of kindergarten was fantastic! We started learning all of our friend's names, explored our school (the playground is a big hit) and focused on life in kindergarten. We read a lot of books, made some creative projects, used math manipulatives, and practiced important daily routines.

I am so proud of this wonderful group of children. They are so well-mannered, friendly, and ready to learn. I can already tell that this is going to be an amazing year for all of us.


                                                           Peek At The Week:

Theme: All About Kindergarten, Friendship, Names

Writing Workshop: Learning the routines of Writing Workshop, practiced writing our names

Reading Workshop: Read books such as Pete the Cat, David Goes to School,  and It's Okay To Be Different. We made a fun project to show we are all special. You will be able to see it at Open House.

Math: We learned how to use pattern blocks, counters, and links. We counted the letters in our first names and made name trains.

Social Studies: We learned about the rules in school and how to be a good friend. We took a tour to learn about our new school community.

Music and Movement: One of our favorite new songs this week is called "I Know A Chicken." It is by Laurie Berkner. We used special musical instruments for this song. Be sure to ask your child about our fun egg shakers. I provided a link to her website on this page. We also enjoyed the song "Sammy" during Music and Movement. You can click on the songs title on the right side of our page.

Here are just a few pictures to enjoy!








Key Concepts To Work On At Home:

Name Printing:  While many children are able to write their names with ease, all students need to focus on proper letter formation and neatness.

Self-Dress: Please practice tying shoes and zipping and buttoning up coats.

General Knowledge: Please review your address, phone number and child's birthday.

Looking Ahead:

Next week we will begin our Alphabet Board. Each child will be a letter expert. Please check your child's folder to see when he or she is our new letter expert!

Please send in a framed family photo to be displayed all year. A 4x6 photo is a great size. If you do not have a frame, I can provide one for you.

Also, please provide an extra set of clothes (shorts/pants, underwear, shirt, socks) to be stored in our classroom.

We will begin Show and Tell and Max the Monkey next week.

Our first family project was sent home on Friday. Please review the directions with your child. 







Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome Kindergarten Rock Stars!

Kindergarten rocks!


Welcome! This will be an amazing year filled with wonderful learning adventures! I will update this blog at least once a week. You will be able to read weekly classroom updates, see classroom pictures, watch educational videos and see so many other cool and amazing things that we enjoy in kindergarten. I am so excited to meet you.