The week of January 7th, kindergarten is having a spelling bee in each classroom! Our spelling bee is going to be written rather than verbal and low key! I want all the kids to try their best but not have the words they don’t know how to spell highlighted publicly. Our spelling bee words are the kindergarten sight words. Another copy of the list is in the blue folder today. Please practice those words with your child to prepare them for the spelling bee. We will practice at school as well. If your child knows all the kindergarten words, you may practice the first grade words(on the note in the folder). We will not practice the first grade words in class. Any children who spell all the kindergarten words correctly will participate in a second written spelling bee over the first grade words to determine the top two spellers in our class.
We are so proud of our December Citizens of the Month! We had our class Citizen the kids chose (by secret ballot), and Mrs. Starbuck chose a student from our class as the kindergarten specialist citizen!
Reading- We started working on letter formation of capital letters A-H. We also worked on using “tapping” to help us say each sound and blend them together to read words. We are working on reading simple consonant-vowel-consonant words like mop or rug. We continued practicing reading sight words and playing games in which we break sounds in words apart and put them together in various ways. We also used some of our reading time to share our family traditions.
Writing- We wrote a personal narrative this week about a time we played. We worked on drawing, labeling, and writing to tell what happened. We also practiced using spaces between each word.
Math- We continued developing our understanding of numbers with various games like Top it and Count and Sit. We also explored the 100 grid.
Science and Social Studies- Our cool tool was about indoor recess behavior. We enjoyed a mystery science video about how money is made. We began reading about holidays that happen in winter such as St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day. Next week we will learn about many other holidays as well.
We are having a great time learning about the family traditions in our class. The kids are doing a great job using a speaking voice to share about their tradition as well as listening respectfully when others are sharing. It is fun to hear the big variety of traditions in our class, make connections, and learn something new about each other. If your child has not brought in their things to share, please send it sometime this week.
One of our room parents Lauren, would like to update her email list so she can email all parents in our class directly. (She likes to send fun, sneaky, surprise emails 🙂 If you did not get the winter party email directly from Lauren, please email her at email@example.com if you would like to be on Lauren’s direct email list.
We had the best attendance in the whole school last week! We celebrated with extra recess! Thank you for getting your little learner to school on time each day ready to learn!
Here are the little problem solvers at work on their puzzles! So fun!
Reading- We worked hard reviewing letter formation of lower case letters this week. Many children need more practice with making their letters independently so please keep up the practice at home. We also worked on using “tapping” to help us say each sound and blend them together to read words. We continued to share connections we make as we read.
Writing- We are fine tuning the content of our personal narratives this week and working on using our words and pictures to show what happens first, next, and last. We are making sure our writing has words and sentences. They do not have to be perfect but each child needs to try to add words and sentences!
Math- We introduced the concepts of weight and capacity this week. We also worked on decomposing or breaking numbers apart.
Science and Social Studies- Our cool tool was about being a problem solver. We enjoyed a mystery science video about why the Mars is red. We learned about how challenges help us learn with our counselor, Mrs. Davison.
December 7th- Jingle Away JA Day
December 7th- Puzzle Day
December 10-14th Sharing our Family Traditions (There will be a note in the folder on Friday about this.)
December 14th- School Store Preview and Shopping(There will be more information in the folder on Friday.
December 19th- Reading logs due
December 20th- Winter Party(All grown ups are welcome to attend!)
December 20th- Cozy Day (More information to come in Friday folders.)
December 21st-January 2nd- No School for Winter Break
Today we bundled up to try to catch some snowflakes on black paper and look closely at them. We did not have much luck catching many but had a good discussion about why they were difficult to catch. We took a look at snowflakes photos online and then drew snowflakes of our own with white crayon on black paper.