Peek At The Week:
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:
Self-Dress: Please practice tying shoes and zipping and buttoning up coats.
General Knowledge: Please review your address, phone number and child's birthday.
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.