Library Organizing 

Reading is a huge focus of kindergarten. Not only will we focus on how to read, but also why we read. We will read of the fun and joy of reading as well as read to learn. We have already set the tone to love books and reading by reading fun and silly books the first few days of school. 

Another activity we did to promote books is organizing our classroom library. This familiarized the children with how the library books are organized so they will be able to find books they find interesting! Our library is organized by categories such as animals, silly stories, friendship, adventure, and science. Each basket has a label and each book that goes in that basket has a matching label.

I removed all the books from the baskets and mixed them up in advance. Then the kids helped sort the books and put them in the  correct basket. The kids had fun finding the correct baskets and also looking at many of the books in our library. Some kids got distracted from sorting because they were so interested in reading the books! Love that! My photos show how quick and excited the kids were- everyone is a blur!

First Day Fun

Happy first day of kindergarten! We learned about walking in the line, the cafeteria, and other school routines. We sang songs, read funny stories, and played. The kids decorated name tags for their seat sacks and they are beautiful! We had a great day getting to know each other! Here are some pictures of the little lovelies enjoying their day!

Eclipse Day Help!

Our school is looking forward to experiencing the eclipse together. We are planning to view the eclipse together on the playground. Since it will only be the 3rd day of kindergarten and the children will still be getting the routine, I would love to have some extra hands to help during the Eclipse viewing from 12:30-1:30. If you would like to help our class please send me an email-any and all are welcome! I would also like to serve the kids a special Eclipse themed snack that day-maybe a Moon Pie or something else fun? If you would like to send a snack for the class, please also email me! Thank you!

Summer Reading

I found a great list of children’s books that incorporate diverse perspectives. I was going to print this list for myself and read some this summer and purchase a few good ones to enhance our classroom library. I am not familiar with these books and cannot personally recommend them but here is the list in case you would like to try them too!

Here are two great books about those little mysteries we call children. These are great reads for grown ups to get some insight into what makes our little ones tick. I have read both and both have profoundly impacted how I think about the children and how I interact with them. I am planning to reread both this summer to help recharge myself for the next school year. Here are the links if you would like to check them out.

Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers by Jane Nelson, Cheryl Erwin, and Rosalyn Ann Duffy

End of Summer School News

End of Summer School Newsletter

We had a wonderful summer school session. We made friends and connections, and became familiar with the routines of school. The kids enjoyed practicing letters A-R with songs, poems, coloring, and crafts. We learned about circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, pentagons, rhombuses, ovals, and the numbers 1-10. We enjoyed chalk drawing, puzzles, games, songs, and read aloud. I am proud of all the kids accomplished and excited to see them learn and grow in kindergarten.

 

Here are a few things practice at home to prepare your child for the upcoming school year:

  • Student id number
  • Writing first name
  • Counting to 20
  • Letter names and sounds (The students will learn them first trimester and they do not need to be mastered before kindergarten.)
  • Identifying numerals 0-10
  • Counting sets of objects up to 10
  • Fastening and unfastening shoes, jackets, backpacks, and lunchboxes independently
  • Following one or two step directions
  • Unstructured play indoors and out

Please don’t worry if there are things on this list your child is still working on when they begin kindergarten. Any exposure to these skills will be beneficial to your child.

 

 

Important Dates for the Beginning of the School Year

Please check the school web site to stay informed of school events at www.cpsk12.org/beu.

August 10th– Meet the Teacher Night

Meet the Teacher Night is from 3:30-6:30 pm at Beulah Ralph Elementary. Meet your teacher and see you classroom. You will also sign up for a kindergarten screening appointment.

August 15th and 16th- Kindergarten Screening

Bring your child for your kindergarten screening appointment at the time you signed up for at Meet the Teacher Night.  This appointment gives teachers valuable information about our students and helps guide our instruction at the beginning of the school year.

***The 15th and 16th are regular school days for all other grade levels besides kindergarten.

August 17th -First Day of Kindergarten

Arrival is from 8-8:20.

August 21st -Solar Eclipse

We will go outside to view this amazing scientific phenomenon. The school district is providing protective eyewear.

September 4th -No School for Labor Day

September 25th– No School for a Teacher Work Day

 

 

 Special Guests

Today we had some special guests visit our classroom to teach us a little about Ramadan and Eid. Hamza’s mom, Eman, and his cousin and brother came to teach us a little bit about these holidays. They performed a skit and brought objects and photos to share with us.


We learned that is currently Ramadan and during Ramadan people fast/ do not eat or drink during the day to remember people who do not have enough to eat and who are suffering. A crescent moon signals the end of Ramadan and and the beginning of the Eid celebration! 

The Eid celebration has many parts such as decorating with lanterns, making special cookies, ending fasting by eating dates, getting together with family and friends, and praying. During Eid, families give gifts to those in need to share the joy of Eid with them.

We are so thankful that Hamza’s family was willing to share their holiday traditions. I hope to continue inviting families to our classroom throughout the school year to share about many different holidays and cultures. It is fun and meaningful to share about our lives with others, and for others to share with us!