We’ve been busy…

The past month has been overflowing with working and learning. Here are a few pictures of what we have been up to.

Mrs. McBride’s class raised painted lady butterflies. They invited all the kindergarteners to join their class as they released the butterflies.





We have been up to our ears in literacy work, developing fine motor skills, pre reading skills, writing skills, and reading skills.





We explored shapes and basic counting and number sense in math.





There is always time for exploring, playing, and developing friendships.





Noteable and Quotable~Binh

Me to class: I’m looking at everyone’s letter board to see if you are matching your letters…

Binh (with obvious delight): Oh, thank you Miss Layla!!

I sure did feel appreciated for doing my job, lol!

Next Week’s Learning Goals


Letter name, sound and formation of “c” and “o”

Writing a “teaching book” using details in picture and labels

Pointing to each word when we read

Concept of letters, words, and spaces in books

Choosing books

Rhyming words

Beginning and ending sounds of words

Writing first name



Counting objects to 10

Writing numerals to 10

Rote counting to 20

Comparing numbers 0-10


Other Learning Goals

Weather and clouds

Stopping when someone says stop

Using words to solve problems with others



You can learn anything!

Today we learned about one of the most important concepts we will learn about in kindergarten. We began learning about how our brain works and the growth mindset. Basically, we learned that you can learn anything!
We began by looking at what our brain looks like inside our heads using the My Incredible Body app. We watched a short video that illustrated some of the main parts of the brain and their functions. We ended our lesson with this inspiring video about the growth mindset.
As the year progresses we will learn more about how our brains work. We will also more fully explore the concept that our intelligence can grow rather than being fixed or static.

Sand and Water Exploration

As your kindergartener may have informed you, last Friday the children had the opportunity to explore the properties of sand and water. The kids were delightfully industrious and made lots of discoveries! Here is a quick video of the kids working.

Monthly Learning Updates

Each month, you will receive a month learning update on one math skill and one literacy skill essential to your child’s success in kindergarten. The monthly learning report will come home in your child’s green folder. It will also include ideas for extra practice or enrichment. Your child’s math update was in their folder today. Literacy updates will begin in October.

Next Week’s Learning Goals

Letter name, sound, and formation of “i” and “u”
Writing first name
Saying a word slowly and writing the sounds you hear
Using alphabet chart and words around the room as a resource for spelling
Writing a “teaching book” using pictures and words or letter labels
Rhyming words
Reading for a purpose (fun, learning…)
Finding letters we know in books
Sequencing (first, next, last)

Identifying 2D and 3D shapes
Describing and modeling with objects a shapes position (on, behind, under…)
Numbers 1-5 ( counting, identifying numeral…)
Pointing to and counting objects
Rote counting to 20

Growth Mindset (brains grow, anyone can learn, intelligence is not fixed)
Working with a quiet voice
Being friendly
Stopping when someone asks you to stop

Please remember that many of these objectives are works in progress and will not be mastered in just one week. We will continue to work on many of these goals throughout the school year. If you have specific questions about your child’s progress on a particular goal, feel free to email me at lacunningham@cpsk12.org.

Russell Outdoor Classroom

Russell has a beautiful outdoor classroom area with a garden, pond, seating areas and a little stage with benches. It’s a great place to extend and enrich the curriculum. Today we learned about our five senses and set off to the outdoor classroom to practice using 4 of our senses to make discoveries! No tasting please!


We found lots of interesting things including some daddy long legs.


A special thanks to Nurse Amy for joining us and helping all friends participate!