4/8/18 - We have been hard at work and play over the last few weeks. Outdoor recess on the structure has been welcomed after a long winter on the blacktop and field.
Mo Willems has been a featured author in our classroom library and the students love his humorous writing and illustrations. The Elephant & Piggie, Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny books are new class favorites. Many titles are featured in this month’s Scholastic book order. You can order online with our class code: QQRP4 https://clubs.scholastic.com/search?q=mo+willems
We also had the opportunity to welcome author Marty Kelley in to our school. He gave a lively and entertaining presentation and read the class one of his newest books.
The children have been doing well blending cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and have even learned about “magic e” as they scan for long vowel words when reading. Sight words, the words with spellings that “trick” us, because they are not spelled phonetically, are coming along wonderfully. Our newest words include: of, she, or, for, from, he, we, look, have, my. Digraphs have also been introduced. We have discussed th, thumb, /th/, sh, ship, /sh/ and ch, chin, /ch/.
In math we have been continuing to work on building addition number models/equations, making sets of ten on a tens frame, counting up to 100 by 1s and 10s, skip counting by 2s, recognizing odds and evens, tallying sets, comparing quantities and writing numbers to 20.
Our science curriculum has us exploring the plant life cycle which ties into our scientist in residence program, G&G Gardening. We will be conducting various experiments this month while conducting observations over days, weeks and months!
Our walk to the Post Office will be on Tuesday, please make sure your child is dressed accordingly. Students are eager to mail the letters they have written so be on the lookout later this week for a special delivery :)
We will be celebrating Earth Day the week before vacation with a Lorax themed day which is sure to be a fun and exciting day of learning.
FYI: There have been quite a few toys coming to school and it is distracting for the children upon arrival so I will ask that toys remain at home. We have had a few occasions where children have brought toys to indoor recess and they have been misplaced and lost. If your child is featured as the Student of the Week, they are welcome to bring in something to show but I am going to ask that our daily star helper just bring in a “tell” and share something verbally with the class, a story to tell or a special happening they’d like to share. We have had too many occasions where children bring in show items days later and it is difficult to play catch up and fit everyone in. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
save the date: kindergarten end of year singalong on Wednesday June 13th @10:15am
Keep up the good work on the homefront, it is hard to believe we are almost at April vacation! Have a wonderful week!
March 3, 2018
I hope everyone is well and enjoyed the vacation week.
I did send home an "optional" homework packet in addition to a one page 'hot cocoa mug' skills practice sheet. These are not obligatory assignments but I did encourage the children to work on anything they had time for or wanted to practice over vacation. I did not set a due date so feel free to let your child take his/her time with the assignment(s). They will receive a sticker and a new pencil if they choose to return either assignment.
Report cards will be sent home with students this coming Friday, March 9th. I will also be sending home results of classroom assessments performed in the month of February. Please take note of the areas in need of improvement for your child.
We had a lot of fun during Read Across America week and will continue our Dr Seuss unit of study after vacation. It is a great opportunity to work on rhyming and blending cvc words. The students are amazed that they can pick up almost any Dr Seuss book and read many of the words throughout his books! I have put up some fun pics of our RAA week on our class site. Thank you very much for all of the classroom contributions; all helped us to engage in some exciting new learning adventures!
I will send home a March calendar next week and post it mid-week on our class site. Please note there is no school on Tuesday, March 13th as it is voting day, make sure to get your vote heard, full day kindergarten is on the ballot!
Enjoy the last weekend of vacation, I'm excited for 'sharing' at our morning meeting on Monday when we can chat all about our vacation pursuits!
February 12, 2018
Book swap books are being collected this week. Please send in up to five gently used books appropriate for ages 4-12, if you like. Our book swap will be next week on 2/19 & 2/20. Please look for the Read Across America Week schedule in your child's folder this week. I also posted a pdf on our calendar tab of the site. Please note, our schedule is different than Heron Pond's schedule. Valentine cards are due by tomorrow. Party goods due by Wednesday. 100th day is celebrated in just 1st grade this year. Don't forget there is a PTO meeting on Thursday night at HP, please consider attending or watching the facebook live stream (they have an MES PTO page on FB), they are an awesome group that is amazingly supportive of our students and teachers. Sight words to work on this month include: I, see, a, the, is, and, to, his, are, was, can has, as, from, good, love, like. We are working on mastery of counting to 50 so count, count, count whenever you can with your child, that 39 to 40 transistion can be tough for many! Grades close on 2/23 with report cards being sent home with students on March 9th.
It was a wonderful week of great kindness that we will continue to practice each and every day #choosekind. Sight words are coming fast so please be practicing these at home with your children (I, a, you, are, to, is, as, has, his, was, love, the, good, and). Counting to 50, paying careful attention to those teen numbers, is a great activity when in the car or during any transition time in your day with your child. Handwriting practice at home is always recommended, specifically our lowercase letters and numbers 1-20. February is right around the corner, be on the lookout for a calendar, book order and valentine list late next week along with a letter bag homework assignment. Enjoy the warm up this weekend!
News & Announcements
Happy New Year Families!
I hope 2018 is off to a good start and everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday break. I am hoping January brings us abundant health as December was a tough month for all with viruses abounding everywhere!
A huge thank you to everyone for all that was donated throughout the month of December. I am so thankful for my wonderful students and their families!! Our Gingerbread Expo was a huge success (look for an article in the Cabinet about this, our first annual STEAM based K event). I am glad we had the opportunity to do our book swap on Thursday and enjoy the culminating events of our gingerbread celebration. I have put up some pictures on the class website of these fun December events.
A January calendar will be coming home this week with some important dates including two days off the week of the 14th, a PTO meeting on the 10th at Jacques, our Q+U wedding on the 19th and our Great Kindness Challenge the week of the 21st. This month we will be working on finishing up the lowercase alphabet and running through the uppercase letters while also focusing extensively on number writing 1-10, greater than/less than, and mastering counting to 25.
Stay warm, we are in the midst of quite a cold snap! Children will be going out to recess if the temperature is 20 degrees or above, bundle up and label everything! Full gear snow play will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as temperatures allow, with recess moved to 10:50 on those days to avoid additional time taken for undressing from snow clothes. On these chillier below 20 degree days, we will have indoor recess in the cafeteria on M, W & Fridays and library time if that temp is low on a Tuesday or Thursday. Please remember to pack your child soled slippers or slip on shoes when boots are worn to school, helps keep the children comfortable and the classroom floors dry :)
Happy 2018 and keep warm!
Name homework is optional and if you would like additional practice sheets or lined Fundations paper to write on, please let me know, I am happy to send home anything requested. There will be a thankful feather coming home as a family homework assignment next week and we will display our thankful feathers on the bulletin board in the hall.
We have learned quite a few songs which have helped us with key concepts like months of the year, counting by 10's and vowels. Tomorrow at the whole school morning meeting, our class will be singing and teaching The Macarena Months to the rest of the school!
We have moved from rotating classroom jobs to a star helper of the day who takes on those important daily duties. Each child will have multiple opportunities to be a star helper. The child who is star helper takes home the morning message, name sign in sheet and may bring in an item for "show and tell."
We are also in process of doing term 1 assessments testing our knowledge of taught letters and sounds and looking at our handwriting. Next week we will begin e, /e/, Ed and r, /r/ rat. With b and d already introduced we are starting to see some confusion between the letters which is completely normal at this age. Helpful tip to remind the children: a,b,c,d - when we form the letter d, it starts off as a c in our handwriting, it is considered a plane line letter starting in the middle where b is a sky line letter starting at the top. Calendar notebooks continue in November with counting to 50, counting by 10's, ten frames, writing the digital date and graphing the weather. Note that the October notebooks that have been sent home have certain components completed and others left unfinished. We do calendar notebooks 3 days each week and these skills are challenging but I believe it to be important for the children to have the exposure, not necessarily mastery. Feel free to use any empty pages to practice select elements at home or continue to graph daily weather.
I have posted the party sign up list for the year in our notices & links tab. I do anticipate a few changes with the gingerbread sign up as our gingerbread theme will be taking on a STEM challenge; a fun twist on the traditional gingerbread house/cookies. We currently have 15 students in the class and only a latex allergy.
Breakfast at school: we have had several children stopping in at the cafeteria before heading to class to bring their breakfast to the classroom. The children use their morning choice time to eat which is fine as long as they understand when choice is over, that time will not be extended. Typically, an invoice will be sent home with students unless parents load meal accounts online or send in a check.
Two weeks of plane line letters!
We have been hard at work learning correct letter formation. The last two weeks have taught us four letters that begin on plane line and one of those letters (g) falls down to worm line. Starting with the letter c, the children are able to form the o, a, and g easily. If you practice at home, remember to remind children we start at the top, never bottom up, not even one of our letters begins on grass line. Tripod grip, first three fingers, is something we have also been reinforcing; the importance of strengthening those fingers and not relying on the pinky and ring finger. Small pencils, crayons and Crayola pip squeak markers are all perfect size writing implements for beginning writers. There is a name practice homework assignment that went home with children on Friday, practice and return at your leisure.
We have learned about syllables, rhyming and first sounds. Try giving your child a multi syllable world and have him/her count the syllables by putting a hand under their chin (rather than clapping the word out) as they say the word; they are doing wonderfully with this concept! We have continued making our alphabet book pages. Ms. G, our foster grandmother who volunteers twice/week, helps us with our abc pages. We learned the song "Macarena Months" and after only a week the class has nearly mastered singing all months of the year, totally impressed! Leaves, leaves, leaves are all around and we read a Scholastic News about different leaves and watched a short science video on chlorophyll and how that effects leaves through the seasons. The students made adorable leaf people and wrote the word "autumn." Number writing has been the focus of our math curriculum this month, we have made it through 0-10 formation and will continue to practice daily. Patterning is another math concept we have been concentrating on. Friday morning we used tambourines and maracas to make musical patterns, ABAB and AABB. We ended the week with a visit from Wadleigh librarian, Ms. Letty. Enjoy the weekend, more fun and learning to come...
We have had an exciting few weeks! Last week ended with picture day and the releasing of our butterflies. While releasing the butterflies we noticed a hawk hovering and he swooped down for a chipmunk and sat above us in a tree. It very much mirrored a story we read at school about Mama Echo Owl searching for food for little Baby Echo. It was such a fun Friday! We have learned the consonants t, b, f, m, n and two vowels, i and u. We are working on correct letter formation of these taught letters as well as sound recall and connecting those letters to first sounds in words. The class created beautiful sunflowers yesterday which will be used for the Square 1 Art fundraiser that the PTO sponsors; the students' crayon and watercolor masterpieces are fabulous! I sent home our first Scholastic book order early this week, orders can be completed online or forms can be returned to school with a check. They are due 10/13. Calendar notebooks started this week and the children are doing well with the daily routine; becoming well versed in the days of the week, days in school, tallying, ten frames and more! The children also now have classroom jobs that rotate on a weekly basis, they are all wonderful helpers! Autumn Adventure Day today was a blast, bulb planting, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin drawing and free popcorn! Popcorn will be available every Friday for $.25 at our snack time if your child chooses. I have uploaded the October calendar on the Calendar and Daily Schedule tab. Have a great long weekend, school resumes on Tuesday 10/10.
4 weeks in and it's already Autumn!
What a fabulous, friendly group of kindergartners I have had the pleasure of getting to know this month <3 We have been busy continuing to master our school rules and routines, including rotating through centers, while also getting to know our classmates. We have been working on recognizing our name, along with the names of our classmates, in lowercase letters. A few assessments have been given which we will repeat in the spring to measure our growth. The children have learned a few new songs (My Bonnie, Rise & Shine, Countdown to Blastoff and Count by 10's). We began classroom jobs this week and the students did wonderfully with their assigned jobs. Jobs will rotate each week. The lowercase letters t, b, f, n and m were introduced and we are practicing proper letter formation. The class is eagerly awaiting the impending arrival of our butterflies., which should happen this week. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Big Green Caterpillar were two fun stories we read aloud and even used a fun life cycle puppet to retell the hungry caterpillar story. We had our second art class on Friday, the students are really enjoying the excursion to their special. In playground news, the sandbox on the blacktop is open, hooray! FYI, Jacques has a bookshelf stocked with books in the first grade hallway and as we dismiss the children for the day, the children are welcome to take a book to bring home, read and return to swap out for a different title, if they so choose. Picture day this week, Friday 9/29, don't forget to fill out and return the pic envelope and $ or pay online and send in the print out that the company issues upon payment and order submission. PTO meeting Monday night at 6:30 at HP if anyone is interested in attending. The PTO is a great parent/teacher organization to be a part of! Lastly, thank you for all of the wish list items that were sent in to school, much appreciated!!
First 6 Days...
A great start to a new school year! We have been working on classroom rules and routines while also making new friends and familiarizing ourselves with the classroom, building and playground. The children are doing wonderfully adapting to all the new things that kindergarten brings. Thank you for all the supplies sent in; greatly appreciated and will be put to good use this school year. Often times, children are not always forthcoming with what has been occurring at school so a few topics or questions to get your child chatting about his/her day might include: The principal, Ms. Maguire, coming into our class to read a story and chat with us, Give Me 5, Morning Meeting, the song 5 Monkeys and the Alligator, Pick Sticks, Recess time on the structure, The story Too Much Glue, If You're Happy and You Know It...
A few reminders:
*No need to send the dismissal tags back, the children (and adults) have done quite well with the dismissal procedures thus far.
*Remember to pack ONE healthy snack with an optional drink or water bottle for snack time. We only have 10 minutes for snack.
*Awesome job sending back all paperwork and keeping those home to school folders coming back to school each morning!
*Open House is Tuesday evening, anytime between 5:30-7:30; the children will be excited to show you all around their new classroom and some of the things we have been working on during our days together. The Book Fair will also be set up in the library for those that choose to purchase books Tuesday evening. Children are welcome to bring money in an envelope for purchases on Monday morning, as we will be going together as a class to check out all the amazing books!