Socks Needed!

Socks make great erasers for the white boards we use to practice letter formation, spelling, and number formation. You can even store your dry erase marker inside.
If you would like to donate clean old socks that are missing their mate to our classroom it would much appreciated! Please only send socks that are large enough for a dry erase marker to fit inside. We would also appreciate a pair or package of new socks. Whatever works for you! Thanks so much!

Reminders

Monthly Learning Updates
Your monthly update on literacy will be coming home this Friday. Overall the class is showing growth with letter sounds! Most students have mastered their letter sounds so next month I will send home information about your child’s progress with sight words. If your child is struggling with identifying letter sounds I will continue to send those updates home.

Celebration of the Arts
Please join us this Friday, March 14, from 6:30-8:30 for our Celebration of the Arts. There will be art activities for your child to create as well as performances and auction items. Your child’s artwork will also be on display in the hallway.

Summer School
Please enroll in summer school as soon as you can. This is a great opportunity for learning!

Punctuation Investigation

Kindergarteners learn so much about writing. They go from scribbles and simple drawings to detailed drawings with words and sentences. Our focus lately has been sentences. Right now we are investigating punctuation in real books to learn how we can use punctuation in our own writing. Here are some of the kids first attempts.

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Racing Bears: Number Sense, Problem Solving and Social Skills at Work

The kids think playing Racing Bears is great…What’s not to love? You get to play with a friend and work together to race all your bears to the end. And then you get to play again!?

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The teacher loves Racing Bears too! While they play the students develop counting and number sense skills. They problem solve and strategize to decide which bear to move when. They develop social and friendship skills as they interact with another child(problem solving often comes up again).
What’s not to love?

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Learning about Nonfiction

We are right in the middle of our nonfiction exploration. It is a nice place to be because things are starting to make sense for the kids yet we still have new things left to discover.
Our nonfiction unit has been very kid focused with the students spending lots of time exploring nonfiction texts and making their own discoveries.

We are learning:
Nonfiction books tell us facts and information.
We learn by reading nonfiction.
Nonfiction books have special parts like photographs, a table of contents, types of print, headings, and diagrams.
The special parts of nonfiction books help us learn even more.

Here are some pictures of our work thus far.

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Kid’s Choice Writing

At writing today the children chose their own genres for writing. Some chose to write a true story, others a teaching book. Some chose fairy tales or a simple “I like” book. The only rule was each child’s writing had to include words and pictures.

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Writing Celebration!

Today we celebrated our hard work writing our “how to” books. The children had the opportunity to read their books to other children as well as give and receive compliments about their writing.

Then we learned how to make a fruit pizza. The kids followed the steps to make their own. Yum!

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Birthday Celebrations- Montessori Style

“A trip around the sun, a trip around the sun, it takes a year for the Earth to make a trip around the sun”

We sing the above song for each child to celebrate their day of birth. One student pretends to be the sun and the birthday child hold a model of the earth and travels around the sun while we all sing “A Trip Around the Sun”. The birthday child makes one trip around the sun for each year of their life.

It is a fun way to help the kids conceptualize concepts of time.

It is a nice way for a child to get a little extra love and attention from our class in honor of their birth and life.

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Fun from the Recycling Bin

The kids found some fun in the recycling bin. They found some bingo boards from the spring party, grabbed some counters from the math shelf and created their own playtime activity. I was so impressed with the way the kids organized their own game and even took turns being the caller. We have some leaders in our class!

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How To Books

The kindergarteners have been working hard to finish their “how to” books this week. We learned to tell about our topic step by step and give each step a number. We also have been working on drawing diagrams in our books. We used diagrams in other books we have read to help us learn what they could look like in our own books.

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