Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We have had so much fun the last 3 weeks of school!

We read and compared & contrasted Gingerbread Man stories.
We read letters (and found our popcorn words) from our friendly Gingerbread Man! We were so lucky to have had our Gingerbread Man come visit us everyday! He brought us cookies to eat and graph, erasers and pencils! He helped us learn to fix our mistakes with our new small erasers!



We've been learning about the Holy Family and how important Jesus' birth is to us.

We had a blast at the Christmas concert (Thank you, Miss Suriano).



We had friends come to visit and sing for us (Prek and 1st grade).

The kiddos all ready to go outside in the cold Chicago winter weather:

We painted and used glitter to make our families' their snowflake christmas gifts:

We've been practicing our reading skills with our fun sentence cut-up books. The kiddos feel so special reading to our prek and 1st grade friends!!!

I LOVE seeing friends track the print and recognize each sight word! 

FInally, to celebrate our hard work this semester, we had a Pajama Party with first grade! We made hot chocolate, celebrated Xmas birthdays and watched the Polar Express.

My kiddos in their PJs:

Bri and Samaya the two birthday girls:

KDG and 1st grade friends enjoying their hot chocolate and Polar Express!

The kiddos have made such progress so far this year! In order to continue this you can help at home:

We've been learning new sight words and finding them in our everyday reading.
-Please help your child find the following words: the, like, is, see (I, A, a)
-Please help your child find the following letters and practice their sounds: (C, c, O, o, G, g, D, d, A, a, L, l, S, s, T, t, F, f, I, i)

Thank you families for allowing me the privilege of teaching your little ones!!

Merry Christmas & HOPPY New Year!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Poetry Journals!

I LOVE poetry journals! These help with literacy on so many different levels.

We are learning to:
-read left-right
-identify capital letters at the beginning of sentences
-distinguish between capital/lowercase letters
-use punctuation to read fluently
-identify and use sight words correctly
-create new lines in poems
-create brand new class poems!

The KDG'ers LOVE to "play teacher" and read with a special pointer. Each student takes a turn to use the pointer and instruct their small group members. We have created movements for the various parts in each poem we use. These help the students remember to keep a decent pace while we read. Further, it helps friends who are not yet able to track the words as we recite the poem.

We learn 1/2 new poems a week. One poem is thematic and incorporates movement. We recite the poem everyday. Each day we learn a new aspect of the poem-whether finding sight words/rhyming words/etc.

Here is how the weekly routine works:

Monday: introduce the poem and movements.
(I think I found this poem from Shannon over at Kindergarten Hoppenings)

Tuesday: practice reading the poem in small groups, using movements. Each student will have the chance to be the "teacher" using a pointer to read. We also glue the poem into our journals today.

 Wednesday: look for letters/sight words and color them according to a code.

Thursday/Friday: write/draw our favorite part of the poem. Add illustrations to the poem if there are none. We also will create a new poem for the following week. This will usually consist of the weekly sight word & common words/pictures. (THE cookie, THE lollypop, etc).

(Here my friend drew her favorite part of the poem..."pumpkins on the ground").

In addition to our weekly theme poem, we also use "Heidi's Songs." These are phenomenal! The kids LOVE these songs and walk around singing them ALL.DAY.LONG. I am pleased that the kids love them. I have used the Velcro Book Manipulative  (purchased separately from her cd's) as our poems. I do not use the entire 3 pages. The kids glue the letters onto the song page. From here, we track and sing the songs daily.  I do not always do much beyond singing these daily. Depending on whether or not the kids need extra practice using the words in context, we will create our own shared writing class poem (I see _____; I see the______, etc.).

I plan to start sending this home in January to be signed weekly. This is a fabulous way to share with your child everything that we've been learning in KDG!

Hoppy Monday!