Monday, October 23, 2017

Little Explorers

Wow, it's been a minute since our last class post but there's certainly been plenty of learning going on. I would like to begin by thanking you all for joining me last week for our first parent-teacher conference. It was such a pleasure to share with you all the learning and growing your kindergartner has done so far. Last week in Language Arts we reviewed retelling fiction stories. We added the words "am" and "on" to our word wall bringing us up to 12 words. Ask your kindergartner to read all our words and try writing some in a sentence. Our other sight words are, "the, like, see, my, we, a, can, is, to, I".  In writing we continued to work on our small moment stories including a beginning, middle and end. In Handwriting we wrapped up our unit on forming numbers 0-10. Please continue to have your child practice writing numbers 0-20.

Number Writing Practice
 

          

In Math we used cubes to explore adding numbers and their reversals. For example we learned 1+4 and 1+4 both equaled 5. See if your child can add other reverals that equals sums from 0-5.

 

  
  

In science we continued to explore our Tree Leo. Last week we used our kindergarten iPads to photograph parts of a tree. See some of the pictures the kindergartners captured below.


    Photographed by Ben                       Photographed by Janai                      Photographed by Arsema


    Photographed by Joey                   Photographed by Kingston      Photographed by Jameson


    Photographed by Noa           Photographed by Bridget                 Photographed by Bevin


    Photographed by Sophia                  Photographed by Ella           Photographed by Kori Lynne


    Photographed by Amirykal              Photographed by Lincoln

 
    Photographed by Ivy                         Photographed by Chloe

   
   Photographed by Owen                        Photographed by Leo

 
    Photographed by Zoey                      Photographed by Elliot

We ended our week with two special visitors. The first was a student nurse from Loyola who came to speak to our class about the importance of washing our hands. Ask your kindergartner what song we sang as we scrubbed all the germs from our hands .

We also had a visit from our Star Student's, Ella's mom and big brother. They shared a special story to wrap up Ella's special week.













Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Fall!

Fall is officially here and we have fallen into our classroom routines. In Language Arts we explored the comprehension strategy of making connections using, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The students enjoyed this story so much they even made scenes and stick puppets to retell the story. Ask your kindergartner to retell the story to you. at home Remind them to use their teacher (storytelling) voice. We also practiced creating and detecting words that rhyme. Try creating silly rhymes with your child at home.

Today your child brought home either a list of letters/sounds to review, a list of sight words to study or a short story passage with questions to answer. These are differentiated lessons based on your child's needs according to the data I collected  from the various assessments they have completed. These are practice materials for you to go over with your child at home. These items do not have to be sent back to school unless your child would like to share their work with me. I will continue to send home lessons as your child continues to develop and progress in reading. We will go over the results of your child's assessments in details during our parent-teacher conferences in a few weeks.

In math we continued to subitize, sort objects into categories and count numbers to 100 by singing along to our Big Number song. Please continue to help your child practice counting to 100 and write numbers to from 0-20.  Try using using a dry erase board from the Dollar Store for writing. You might be surprised how motivating this can be to a kindergartner:-)

In Science we began our Trees and Weather Study. The students had a blast observing and exploring trees around our school. We adopted a class tree....That's right our class has a pet tree, Leo the Lincoln Lion Tree (Leo for short). We wrote all about our observations of Leo in our science journals. The next time you're at the school ask your child to show you where Leo lives. Ask them what they have learned about Leo so far. Our next science lesson will be this Wednesday. Please have your kindergartner bring in their leaves asap if you have not done so already.

We ended our week by celebrating International Peace Day. We watched a short video on how students all around the world are uplifting their communities through Love and Action. Our class had a beautiful discussion about what peace means to us and how we can continue to promote peace at Lincoln School. The students made peace pinwheels and of course jammed to some peaceful tunes!





Happy Birthday to Kori Lynne. She turned 6 years-old on Saturday and the students were so eager to write about the tumbling good time they had at her birthday party on Sunday!


Monday, September 18, 2017

We are Becoming WOW Readers


Last week kindergarten was full of fun learning experiences!

In Reader’s Workshop, we learned that readers find sight words in the books they read. This was a big hit with the kindergartners. They are still searching for sight words all around the school. We also practiced finding our “Wow” pages in books. Wow pages are those parts of the book where the reader learned something new or interesting. Check out pictures of the kindergartners sharing their “Wow” pages with their reading buddies. Ask your child what were some of the “Wow” pages they tagged in their books.







Our shared reading book last week was, Mrs. Wishy Washy. We used this book to explore setting and characters voice. The students had a blast making their voices sound angry like Mrs. Wishy Washy when she found all those messy animals. Ask your kindergartner to do their best Mrs. Wishy Washy voice.We also used this book to explore words that rhyme and letter sounds. Please continue to help your child practice these skills at home.

We added two more words to our word wall last week. Our six words now include; the, I, to, a, is and my. Tomorrow your child will come home with the Red Words (first list) of our, “Rainbow Word Wall Words.” A great way to help your kindergartner recognize these words is to create a word wall at home. Please remember these are sight words not spelling words. This means students should be able to recognize and read these words when printed in text. At school, Students are encouraged to use the word wall to help them spell these words correctly but they will not be tested on the spelling of these words. Click here for some fun interactive activities you can use at home to help your child practice reading these words. For a complete list of all the rainbow words please click on the sight word link in the right column. 

Word Walls at Home:




In handwriting we practiced holding our pencils correctly ("Thumb is always bent, pointer points to the tip!") and using good posture (by stomping our feet and reaching our arms up while sitting) in our "Pencil Pick-Ups" activity.  We used our slates for the first time while learning how to form "Frog Jump" letters capital F, E, D, P and R. Ask your child to show you their proper pencil grip and to tell you all about how we Wet, Dry, Try write with our slates. Click here for more information on pencil grip.






In math we practiced writing numbers from 0-20 and counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s. Ask you child to sing our counting by 10’s song to you. Also in math we have been practicing the essential kindergarten skill of learning to subitize. Subitizing is the ability to automatically recognize number patterns without counting. For example, when rolling a die, if you rolled a five, you wouldn't have to count out each dot if you had the ability to subitize. This skill will be needed as kindergartners begin to develop and build their math fluency skills.


We had two more friends celebrate a birthday over the last two weeks. We enjoyed having Joey’s mom and Bridget’s mom and dad visit us to share a special birthday story and cool birthday treats. Happy Birthday Joey and Bridget!



Finally, if you have not done so please chick here to schedule a parent teacher conference or here to pick a special week for your child’s star student week.