Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Treats!

Hi Friends!

As always, we have been super busy in Kindergarten! We have been learning to read with the help of our Big Book of Blending. Each week, a new word sheet goes home. Please help your child sound out the sets of words. For extra support, have them tell you what words are real and what words are fake. In addition, have them tell you about the Superkid of the week! Also, be on the look out for books coming home. Each student got to choose 5 books to take home and keep! As readers, we learn to look at books to determine our interest level. The students know to look at the cover, look at the title, look at the content and decide if they want the book. 

As always, we love working with our Prek buddies in Miss Smoot's class! This week we have been focusing on Thanksgiving. What are we thankful for? We made a tissue paper turkey in Prek and our own painted turkeys in KDG! 

Painting our turkeys! The students had so much fun making new colors for their turkey feathers! 

After our fun with the turkeys, the kiddos helped me celebrate my birthday! I brought donuts in for the kiddos. Thank you for helping me celebrate! 

The kiddos were so happy to have the treat! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Happy writers!

Hi Friends!

What an exciting time it has been in KDG! The students have become such fantastic writers. I am impressed with them daily!

We have been focusing on using our word wall, writing folder and alphabet chart to help us sound out words. Further, the students have been brainstorming what we can write about. Everyday, we discuss matters important to kindergarteners…themselves! In doing this, we value their opinions but we also are encouraging them to participate in the world around them. With the excitement of halloween, it has taken the kiddos an extra week or so to write all of their stories about their exciting experiences! We have been working on personal narratives as well as creative fiction.

The haunted house was haunted. There are zombies in the house. 

Me and my family go trick or treating. 

As writers, we use our word wall, Kindergarten Friends list and are learning to add more detail. 

We also work on making lists. Encourage your child to help you make lists at home. During the day, I incorporate the students' ideas into my own lists. For example, we make lists about our daily schedule. We also make lists of centers, books to read, activities for the day, etc. 

One of the most exciting events was our family math night! I had two kindergarten families participate in our math games. The students practiced counting up to 50 from 1. 

Also, our students practiced using pattern blocks to make shapes. The challenge was to use as few blocks as possible to make the shape! 

Spinning numbers 11-20! Here the students took turns spinning numbers. Each number had a fun task to incorporate! We took turns jumping, running in place, clapping and stomping (to name a few!). 

Stay tuned to see what adventures are yet to come!