Learning Lately

Reading- We finished up capital letter formation this week. I am starting to hold the kids more accountable for using the letter formation we have learned anytime they write. We are practicing using letter sounds to tap and read simple words.  We are also working on memorizing sight words. We read a nonfiction book  to learn all about different kinds of weather this week.We practiced remembering the facts we learned and sharing them with our friends.

Writing- We continued working on how to write a sentence. At this point in the school year, the kids should be able to write one sentence that matches their picture. We are working on remembering capitals, punctuation, and word spaces. We are also working on stretching words out by saying them slowly and writing a letter for every sound we here. We will wrap up our personal narrative unit in the next few weeks and move onto informational writing.

Math: We worked on counting by tens this week. We learned about the penny and the dime. We explored the number grid and applied our knowledge of counting by ones and tens. The kids are very excited that we are nearing the 100th day of school and will have a 100 themed celebration.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why January is the first month of the year as well as a mystery science video about the biggest tree in the world. We continued learning about weather. Our cool tool this week was about indoor recess rules.

A Cozy Day in Kindergarten

We had an awesome cozy day! We made some cocoa and everyone helped stir!

We did pine cone painting. It was so fun to shake the box and see the cool paint designs the pine cones made. We ended up with fun paintings and colorful pine cones.

We calmed down with come cozy reading time and enjoyed a “fire”.

We also enjoyed building with marshmallows and spaghetti.

We measured our height on giant paper and made life size snowman versions of ourselves.

Learning Lately

Reading- We continued working on capital letter formation and fine tuning our lower case letter formation. We also are practicing naming letters and sounds quickly and fluently. We are practicing using letter sounds to tap and read simple words.  We are also working on memorizing sight words. We read about lots of holidays like Christmas, Diwali, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Writing- We learned more about sentences this week. Sentences have several words, have a capital at the beginning and punctuation at the end. Sentences also tell one thought and have spaces between each word. We worked on using sight words we know how to spell to help us write sentences.

Math: We worked on breaking apart and putting together numbers this week. We also explored weight and capacity.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why we need blood. Our cool tool this week was about respect.

Spelling Bee!

We are having a spelling bee the week of January 6th! We will have a low key written test to see how many words we can write. Please help your child practice writing the first list below. The second list will be used as our 2nd round for those students who correctly spell all the words on the first list. Practice the second list if your child can spell all the words on the first list. This is meant to be a fun, enrichment activity to help the kids learn to spell sight words and should not be stressful or overly competitive. We will emphasize doing our best work, being proud of our personal progress, and being happy for the success of others!

Here are the words. Happy Spelling! (This list will also be in the folder this week.)

Set 1

a and at be can
dad for go had he
I in is it like
look me mom my on
see the to up yes

 

Set 2

are as by do from
has have his of one
or she they was we
you

Weather Watchers

We are learning all about weather! One of the best ways to learn about weather is to become a weather watcher! Today we went outside to do just that! We noticed what was in the sky, the temperature, the wind, and if there was any precipitation! We drew about what we learned.

Learning Lately

Reading- We are working hard to memorize sight words to help us read books and write simple sentences. We are working on capital letter formation as well as reviewing lower case formation. This is a tricky skill for kindergarten and most kids need quite a bit more practice with letter formation so it becomes effortless and automatic. We read stories this week and practiced identifying story elements like characters, setting, problem and solution. 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 very best writing. We are working on completing a piece of writing and making sure we draw, show who, what, and where, label, add details, write words and sentences, and color. We learned that it might take a few days to finish a piece of writing and writers reread and check their work before moving on to another story.

Math: We focused on teen numbers this week as well as combinations that make 10. We had fun making a class favorite colors graph as well as exploring how to use a calculator.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about the coldest place on Earth. We began our weather science unit and became weather explorers!

Thanksgiving

We enjoyed learning about Thanksgiving! We read some funny, silly, and inspiring Thanksgiving books.  The Thankful Book taught us how to be thankful for something everyday. Duck for Turkey Day taught us that everyone can celebrate Thanksgiving in a special and unique way.

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday to teach about because of it’s historical context. There is a lot of mythology around the history of “the first Thanksgiving” that is untrue and disrespectful to Native Americans. Here is an article that adults can read to learn a little more about this The class talked only briefly about this history because it is pretty gruesome and pretty violent. We did not dwell on that but it is important for kids to know that Native Americans had been living in North American for thousands of years before Europeans decided they wanted the continent for themselves. It is also important for students to know that Native Americans still live in the United States!

Instead of dwelling on the history, we spend a little time learning about Native American history on this interesting website. Here is a link to another article written for teachers you may find helpful if you are interested in socially responsible ways to teach your child about Thanksgiving or if you would like more information for yourself.

We also enjoyed a Cherokee story of gratitude!

 

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!