Celebrate Others

Here at BEU we strive to model positivity for the children by celebrating their accomplishments, large and small! Recently our class earned the golden broom for having the cleanest k-2 classroom.

We celebrated V. as our September Lunch with the Principal student.

We celebrated B. as our September Citizen of the Month. The students chose B. through a secret vote!

We are so proud of our award winners and our class! The kids are working hard to do their best each day! And that is worth celebrating!

Creativity Lesson

Yesterday we had a visit from Mrs. Carpeting from the Gifted Program for a creativity lesson. Mrs. Cardetti give the kids the opportunity to be fluent and flexible thinkers by turning a “nothing”(a little doodle)  into a “something”! Mrs. Cardetti practiced brainstorming lots of ideas with the kids, rather than just one.

Hurricane Harvey Drive

Today we ended our drive for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are looking forward to sharing all we collected with our new friends in Texas! If you didn’t send a donation and would like to you may still send something tomorrow. 

The kids helped move all the kindergarten donations to the stage to be organized and boxed.

I’m so proud of our little helpers!

Happy International Dot Day!

We learned from Mrs. Fitch that sometimes there are holidays about books! Today is International Dot day so we read the Dot!

We got super creative and made our own individual dots using a variety of materials from Mrs. Fitch’s craft cart. I always enjoy seeing each child’s take on open ended projects! I 

Mrs. Fitch even hung our dots on the library doors!

Learning Lately

Here is what we were up to this week.

Reading: It was a big week in reading- we began literacy stations as well as independent reading time with our book boxes. We have been working on following expectations for work time so the kids can work independently. We practiced the name, sound, and formation of n, and m this week and continued practicing t,b, and f. We are working hard on forming letters “the kindergarten way” and using an effective grip on our markers/crayons/pencils.

Writing: We worked on routines for writing time such as getting supplies, using our writing folders, and continuing to work even after we finish the story we are on. We also learned that writers write about things in their hearts they really care about.

Math: We touched on a variety of topics this week. We continued our work with counting and creating number collections to 7. We focused especially on the number 5 creating 5 with a variety of materials and also using a 5 frame.

Science/Social Studies: We had a visit from Mrs. Fitch to enjoy International Dot Day. We read The Dot which focuses on skills like trying when things are hard, being a problem solver, and looking a little closer to find beauty all around us. The kids got to make their own dots that Mrs. Fitch displayed in the library! We touched on a few other science and social studies topics like hurricanes and helping those effected by Hurricane Harvey.

Friday Folder Behavior Checklists- Coming Next Week

In order to keep you informed about your child’s progress at school, we will be completing a  behavior checklist for you each Friday, starting September 22nd. Kindergarten’s checklist is digital rather than the paper copy that first through fifth grade uses. Paper copies can be printed for you if you would like. Please email me or handwrite a note and send it with your child to let me know if you would prefer a paper copy. This checklist is our primary tool for communication with you. This checklist is how we will let you know how your child’s week went. There will be fewer personal notes and emails. This checklist includes the behaviors expected for all CPS students. We have spent the past few weeks learning and practicing these expectations. A check mark indicates your child is meeting expectations in this area. A minus indicates improvement is needed in this area. Please discuss the checklist each week with your child, both what they are doing well and areas in which they can improve. Please expect minuses from time to time and consider them opportunities for learning and growth rather than deficits. All the children are learning lots of social skills here at school.

Next week I will send you an email with the details on how to access your child’s checklist. Each week I will send an email to let you know the checklist is updated so you can view, sign, and comment electronically.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to review your child’s checklist each week. I hope this communication is helpful and purposeful for you!

Literacy Stations!

Today we finally got to start literacy stations! The kids have been learning about each station that will help us become better readers and writers. Our stations include art, storytelling, finger play, puzzles, writing, magnets, tablets, names, words, class library, and buddy reading. Our stations and the activities within them with shift and change throughout the school year and become more challenging. After the kids can work independently in stations, I will begin teaching small group reading lessons so each child can work on the reading skills they need to progress as readers.

Today we went to our first station and practiced some of our work time expectations. 

Our expectations are:

  1. Get started quickly.
  2. Stay in your spot.
  3. Work the whole time.
  4. Let others work.
  5. Use a quiet voice.
  6. Problem solve or raise your hand.

Here are the children practicing getting started quickly and staying in our spots.

Helping Kids in Texas

Today we talked about our school-wide supply drive and why it is important to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey! We learned more about Hurricane Harvey and how we can help at the Monday meeting.

We talked more in our classroom about the supply drive. Please see the note in Friday folders for a complete list of items needed. Kindergarten is in charge of bringing in packages of children’s socks by September 18th.

We also made cards to help our new friends know we care about them. We are planning to have a year long partnership with a school in the Houston area. Hopefully these cards are the start of a special friendship.

Learning Lately

Here is what we have been learning lately…

Reading: We practiced the names, sounds, and formation of the letters t, b, and f. We learned about sentences and practiced pointing at each word as we read. We also learned about the many literacy work stations the kids will participate in to help them become better readers and writers.

 

Writing: We practiced people this week. We looked at the shape of each part of the body, drew those shapes, and added details like hair, clothing, and ears. We also learned that writing is telling a story using paper, crayons and other tools instead of using our voices.

 

Math: We made collections of the numbers 0-4, and explored where numbers are used all around us. We practiced counting as well.

Science and Social Studies: We learned about germs and proper hand washing this week. We continue working on school social skills the children need throughout the day like voice levels for certain activities, taking turns, and raising hands.