Alphabet Party

Funnest day ever! We made hats and alphabet necklaces! We had alphabet play time and made letters from play do, colored alphabet pictures, did alphabet sticker art, did alphabet puzzles, played with alphabet magnets, scooped letters from a sensory tub and made letters in salt. We sang alphabet sounds and read an alphabet book. Then we made our letters in shaving cream and also made a huge mess! Omg! We ended our celebration with letter sticks (cheese sticks) and played with our food to make letters! Yikes! What a great day! I’m so proud of the kids and all the work they have put in to learn the whole alphabet!

Learning Lately

Reading- We reviewed letter names, sounds, and formation of all 26 letters. We will continue practicing the letters to build fluency. We want the kids to know each letter name, sound and formation so it is automatic and effortless, which will help them be successful with reading and writing skills. We learned a strategy for reading and writing words called “tapping”. See the letter packet in the folder this week for more information. We learned the sight word “go” this week. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- We continued to write true stories/personal narratives. We worked on using the sight words we know to help us form a sentence!

Math: We played more fun number games this week like “roll and record” and “monster squeeze” to help us continue to build our understanding of each number and practice writing each number.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about what those red things on turkeys are. We celebrated veterans and heroes!  Our cool tool was about Success Ready skills. We decided based on our votes that the kindergarten service learning project this year will be helping pets!

Heroes’ Day

We had amazing Heroes’ Day! We honored our veterans and celebrated our heroes! We enjoyed a special video (on the school website) singing, and a visit from Miss Missouri! We heard second graders read their essays about. What makes America a unique place to live!

In the classroom the kids read books with their heroes, played math games, and shared our writing. It was great to see so many special adults visit our classroom. You made it such a special day for the kids!

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of z and qu this week. We learn q with the letter u because most English words have qu rather than q by itself.  These are the last 2 letters in the alphabet! We are celebrating learning all 26 next week with an Alphabet Party! We are practicing the sight words we, the, a, and I. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- We continued to write true stories/personal narratives. We are working on getting beginning and ending sounds in the labels and words we write. We also really focused on neatness and slowing down to do our best work.

Math: We played some fun math games with numbers this week like number spin and guess the missing number.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why people don’t eat ostrich eggs. We began reading about Fall holidays like Day of the Dead. We will read about several more in the coming week.

The “Soft Landing”

Have you ever noticed your child having a tendency to need to vent to you about frustrations in their day? Maybe right after school, or snuggled up before bedtime? I just read this great article  from A Cup of Jo that describes this as “the soft landing”. Home is the place many children feel most comfortable and that can be why they sometimes are grumpy after a long day, even a day which was mostly fun.
The article goes on to explain how parents can help their child. Enjoy!

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of x and y this week. We are practicing the sight words we, the, a, and I. 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 using paper with a picture spot and a line for a sentence. We are working on getting beginning and ending sounds in the labels and words we write.

Math: We continued working on number formation. We also worked on representing numbers in different ways. We practiced position words like on, behind, beside, in front of, and between. We also compared the length of objects around the room and described them as longer or shorter than our reference object.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about constellations. We learned what plants and animals need and how they change the environment to get what they need. We also read about community helpers. Our cool tool this week was about the Pledge of Allegiance and Veterans’ Day!

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of v and w this week. 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 doing our best writing to share with our families during parent teacher conferences.

Math: We continued practicing describing the attributes of shapes and solving number stories. We also focused on number formation.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about mountains and volcanoes. We learned more about fall!

Fall Leaf Rubbing Collage

We used the fall leaves you collected to make leaf rubbing collages. We had lots of leaves which we shared with everyone in our class. We made rubbings, cut them out, and glued them together to make collages. The collages are so beautiful!

We also learned more about why leaves change color in the fall. The cooler temperatures cause the chlorophyll (which is green) to drain from the leaves which reveals the other colors!

The kids love these type of projects! I love to see them get creative with projects that combine multiple subjects like art, literacy, and science as well as fine motor skills and concentration/focus.

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of l,h, and k this week. We read a book called At School. Each kid had their own copy to read. We practiced pointing to each word, using the pictures to figure out words, and finding the sight word “we”. 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 what a personal narrative is this week. We practiced using all our writing skills to tell true stories from our lives.

Math: We used pictures, our fingers, and objects to visualize and solve number stories this week. We made a shape graph and played 10 Bean spill to make combinations of 10.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why we have a skull. We had a woolly worm visit our class to help us learn about what living things need.