Learning Lately

Reading- We learned about how stories are structures this week by learning about characters and setting. We also briefly touched on problem and solution. We continued practicing our long and short vowel sounds as well as our digraph sounds. We are focusing on using all we know about sounds to blend sounds together to read words as well as break a word into individual sounds to spell words.

Writing-We read non fiction books to get ideas for our own teaching books. We are working on drawing realistic pictures, labels, and telling facts. We are learning the difference between tell “true stories” and telling “facts and information”.

Math-We reviewed much of our previous content and also did lots of games (that were really assessments). This kids also explored weight with pan balances and connected the balanced pans (when things weight the same amount) to the equals symbol.

Science and Social Studies- Our cool tool was teacher’s choice this week. We worked on “follow rules you know”. We enjoyed a mystery science video about why airplanes can’t fly in space.

Learning Lately

Reading- We learned about how stories are structures this week by learning about characters. We continued practicing our long and short vowel sounds as well as our digraph sounds. We are focusing on using all we know about sounds to blend sounds together to read words as well as break a word into individual sounds to spell words.

Writing-We began our information writing unit. We are learning to write “teaching books” that teach facts and information to others. We continue to work on drawing our story, labeling, and

Math-We continued working on addition this week. We played games to practice addition and writing number models. We began to explore how shapes can be made from other shapes.

Science and Social Studies- Our cool tool was about being responsible. we talked about careers we would like to have in the future and how school helps us learn things we need to know for our future careers. We enjoyed a mystery science video about why the ocean is salty.

Global School Play Day

As I write this, there is a pleasant hum of kid voices and activity, stuff on every surface especially the floor, and lots of happy smiles. It is Global School Play Day and we are in our happy place! This day was made for kindergarten!

We started the day by making a plan to make sure we had a great day of play. I told the kids that they were the bosses of play day since they were the experts on playing. Here are the rules they thought were important for play day.

We enjoyed the company of our friends, being creative, problem solving, and making a glorious messy mess!

February Dates

February 6th- Global Play Day! Bring a toy to share and enjoy unstructured play time.
February 4-8th Responsible Week
February 8th- Career Day- Dress up as the career you would like to have when you grow up!
February 14th- Spring Party (info coming soon)
February 14th- Valentine Card Exchange
February 15th- Teacher Workday- No school!
February 19th-Letters of Support due for Teacher of the Year Nominees (Mrs. Concannon, Mrs. Pennington, and Mrs. Starbuck)
February 22nd- Progress Reports sent home
February 25th and February 28th- Parent teacher conferences (We will keep the same days/times as last trimester unless you need to change)
February 28th- Reading Logs due

Learning Lately

Reading- We continued practicing our long and short vowel sounds as well as our digraph sounds. We are focusing on using all we know about sounds to blend sounds together to read words as well as break a word into individual sounds to spell words. We have been practicing these skills orally through sound games all year and now we are connecting it to real reading and real spelling. It is an exciting time!

Writing-We continued free choice writing this week. We also wrote a silly story where we imagined we had 100 of something and what we would do.

Math-We continued working on addition this week. We worked on number writing and children who are ready are making long number scrolls that go past 100! We also played some games related to the number 100 for the 100th day of school!

Science and Social Studies- Our cool tool was about asking for help. We enjoyed a mystery science video about the invention of football.

100 Days of Learning

We had a great 100th Day of kindergarten! The kids looked so mature dressed like they were 100!

Even the teachers got in on the fun!

With the late start we did not have time for all our activities so we will do a few things tomorrow too. We first turned the number 100 into art! We had cheetahs, cars, dinosaurs, and more!

We played some fun math games like Roll to 100!

We will continue our 100 fun tomorrow! What a great day!

This is the Dream!

We have had a busy week reading about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. These are big ideas and tough to understand at this age. Especially since kindergartners are so naturally open hearting and loving.

We are proud that even though there are still people in the world who are not kind to others who look different, we help Dr. King’s dream come true each day!

This is the dream…