Math Resources

In order for children to grow and develop their mathematical thinking, they need to engage in a variety of activities over time. One way to achieve this is using interactive activities on the computer. Listed below are several websites that provide an opportunity for children to engage in important mathematics. You and your child may want to check these out together to determine what is an appropriate developmental match for your child.
https://www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/ – top pick
https://illuminations.nctm.org/Search.aspx?view=search&type=ac – one of the best
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks1bitesize/numeracy/index.shtml look at carefully; it’s British so some activities may not be suitable because the units are different
http://mathforum.org/sum95/suzanne/active.html lists many links, some are appropriate for young children some are not; look at carefully
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/logic.html lots of text; will need adult support
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/departments/hiat/websites/math.shtm lots of links to other websites; be cautious and check out the site before your child does
These (AND MANY MORE) can be found by searching for interactive mathematics websites for young children. In your child’s folder this week will be an informational note on how to access Everyday Math games that correspond to our math curriculum.

Yay for the Fast Pass!

Our class earned the Fast Pass! What is the Fast Pass? It is a reward to recognize classes with great behavior at recess and lunch. When a class earns the Fast Pass they get to keep Flash the Timberwolf in their classroom for the week and be the first class to go through the lunch line all week!

Heroes’ Day

What an amazing Heroes’ Day! We had a wonderful turn out of heroes. It was so fun to meet everyone and share our school with you. I loved seeing the kindergarteners share their learning with special adults in their lives. Our assembly was amazing. The students who shared their dreams for America really impressed me with their thoughtfulness and positivity. Here are tons of pictures of the fun!

Learning Lately

Reading: We focused on learning the name, sound, and formation of v and w this week. We continued working on making connections as we read.

Writing: We wrote a letter to our families about what we have been learning which you will see during your parent teacher conference. We are working on stretching out words as we spell and putting a letter for every sound we hear.

Math: We practiced number formation with a fun game called Roll and Record. We continued our work with shape attributes by making them with string and toothpicks. We continued to develop our understanding of numbers with a number line game called Monster Squeeze.

Science and Social Studies: We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about how many people are in the world. We celebrated all kinds of heroes as well as reading about community helpers.

Twinkle Twinkle Song and a Valuable Lesson in Respect

Each morning we begin our day singing the Twinkle Twinkle Song from Conscious Discipline as a way to connect with our peers. Here are the words.
Twinkle twinkle little star,
What a wonderful person you are.
With big bright eyes, nice round cheeks.
A wonderful person from head to feet.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
What a wonderful person you are.

Singing this song to a friend helps each child both receive a kind message about themselves as well as share a kind message with another student. It sets the tone that we all are good, we all are enough and we all believe in each other.
The song also incorporates actions which the kids gently tap their friends near their eyes, and on their cheeks as well as their heads and feet. These actions are another way to build a sense of connection and kindness towards other children. Each day as we get ready for our song we first ask our partner if they would like to be touched and they can say yes please or no thank you. We listen to their wishes and make sure we do what they have requested. This is a very kindergarten way to approach the topic of consent as well as respecting everyone’s bodies and boundaries. I love this build in opportunity to introduce the idea that we are all in charge of our own bodies. We need to ask others if they want to be touched and respect what they say. We also need to communicate our own needs to others.
Here is a little video of our song. If you watch carefully you will notice that one student is touching their partner after they said no thanks and their partner is speaking up and telling them again. Everyday is an opportunity for learning!

Learning Lately

Reading: We focused on learning the name, sound, and formation of l, h, and k this week. We practiced the sight word “this” and “me” in our little book. We practiced making connections as we listen to read alouds. We learned connections are the things books make us think of.

Writing: We continued our personal narrative unit by reading Joshua’s Night Whispers. This book tells the story of Joshua hearing sounds in the night, getting out of bed, and snuggling with his dad. We read to book to see how the author Angela showed who, what, and where in the pictures and the words. Then we tried it in our own writing.

Math: We worked on learning the formation of numerals 7-10 and 0 with the numeral song! we continued our work with counting, understanding quantity and recognizing numerals with games and activities.

Science and Social Studies: We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why pumpkins are orange.We learned about our country’s flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and Veteran’s Day to prepare for our upcoming Heroes’ Day celebration. Our cool tool this week was about The Pledge of Allegiance and Veteran’s Day.

November Dates

November 1st – PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30

November 5th- No School for Teacher Workday

November 6th- No School for Election Day

November 9th- Heroes’ Day

November 9th- Progress Reports sent home

November 12th and November 15th- Parent Teacher Conferences

November 13th- Picture Retakes

November 15th- Dress to Impress Day (to celebrate learning about being respectful)

November 16th- No School

November 21st-23rd- Thanksgiving Break

November 30th- Reading logs due for November

Fall Party

Our fall party was wonderful! The kids got to play poke the pumpkin for yummy prizes, pumpkin ring toss with glow necklaces as well as enjoy some tasty snacks! The kids also got to make a fall lantern. The party had such a nice vibe with the tea lights glowing and the party music playing in the background. Thank you so much to Lauren, Lesley, and Robin for organizing! Also thank you to the many families who sent supplies and attended the party. It was a very special experience for the kids!

Toy Day

We had such fun celebrating with toy day! We have been working on participating the whole time during whole group activities. A big part of kindergarten is learning how to be a learner. We are celebrating improving our listening and focusing skills. Here are some pictures of the little lovelies working and playing with their toys.