Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of p and j this week. We read about fall things like pumpkins and sunflowers. We practiced using clues from the title and cover to predict what the book is going to be about. We also worked on noticing the beginning sounds of words and figuring out what letter words should start with. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- We learned about adding details this week with the book Not A Box. The kids worked on drawing carefully and adding details so others can tell what their writing is about.

Math: We continued building our number sense this week by exploring the 10 frame and playing games like Frogs in the Pond to count a variety of quantities and understand how quantities change when we add more. We worked on counting objects accurately in different arrangements rather than just in a straight line. We also learned about the attributes of rectangles.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about maple syrup. We took a field trip the the pumpkin patch and saw so many living and non living things. We learned more about fall.

Little Pumpkins

We had so much fun decorating our pumpkins from Peach Tree Farm. Thanks to everyone who sent in craft supplies(or offered) and thank you to Memie for bringing her glue gun and helping!

Here are the little cuties with their pumpkins!

Learning About Fire Safety

Friday we learned about fire safety from real fire fighters. They showed us the truck and their gear. They taught us how to be safe at home if there is ever a fire. They even gave us homework!

  • Make an escape plan
  • Find 2 ways out of every room
  • Choose a family meeting spot.

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of e and r this week. We practiced pointing to each word when we read and noticing where the words are and where the spaces are. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- Reviewed our checklist for writing and continued practicing all the skill we learned so far.

Math: We practiced counting backwards this week and understanding how quantities change with the song 5 Green and Speckled Frogs. We also counted backwards with candy and ate each piece until zero. We learned about circles and continued exploring the 5 frame.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about who invented the alphabet. Nurse Carol came to teach us about germs and washing our hands. Our cool tool was about service learning and we watched videos of projects from previous years.

Maybe?

I am so proud of our class! They did an amazing job handling our field trip getting canceled. Yesterday we read part of a book called Zen Shorts. We read a story within the larger story called The Farmer’s Luck. In the story things that seem good keep happening and things that seem bad keep happening. The neighbors keep telling the farmer, “what good luck” or “what bad luck” but no matter what happens the farmer keeps saying “maybe” and is open to what happens next. We talked about how we might go on the field trip and we might not and we would need to be like the farmer and say “maybe”.

This morning we took a moment to just sit still and feel our feelings whether we were happy, calm, sad, mad, or disappointed. We tried to feel our feelings and then let them go. We talked about the important thing is that we are together and we can choose our own attitude. I was so proud of the kids working through their feelings. It is such a valuable skill to develop! We talked about how we would try to go on the field trip another day and we would decorate pumpkins another day too.

We did some of our normal learning activities today, but we also did a few things to have a little extra fun. We had extra playtime in the morning (oh my!) and we made a craft. We enjoyed indoor recess by watching some fun shows.

All things considered, a great day!

Amazing Brains!

Wow, no matter how many years I teach kindergarten the kids continue to amaze me! Today we were making patterns and I got a glimpse into some amazing brains!

Here is a growing pattern!

Here is a growing and repeating pattern!

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of d and s this week. We practiced pointing to each word when we read and noticing where the words are and where the spaces are. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- We worked on labeling our pictures this week by putting a letter beside each thing we drew. We had fun labeling the classroom with beginning sounds too.

Math: We continued comparing numbers this week. We also practiced solving “one more” problems. We worked on sorting objects by attributes which was super tricky with objects that have multiple attributes!

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about if shooting stars We learned about being respectful this week and how we can respect ourselves, our things, and other people.

Morning Tubs

We like to squeeze any opportunity for playing in so today we started morning tubs. They are tubs with building materials and small toys the kids can play with from 8-8:20 before we officially start our day. The kids have a blast and learn so much from playing!

Here are some of the little lovelies enjoying morning tubs!