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.

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.

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.

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of a and o this week. We practiced writing sentences as a group and counting syllables in 2 syllable words. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading. We read and discussed non fiction books about fall.

Writing- We added, “write about something we care about” to our writing checklist this week. We read the book In My Heart by Molly Bang and thought about all the people and things in our own hearts. We made a class heart map listing topics we care about that we could write about. Each Monday we have a “sharing circle” in which the children have a turn to share about their weekend. Telling stories aloud helps the kids develop skills they will use to tell stories on paper.

Math: We played Dot Top It to practice comparing numbers to see which number is biggest or smallest and which numbers are equal. We continued describing shapes and learning about triangles. We played games to develop concepts we will need for addition and subtraction later on like the number board and pocket problems.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about if dolphins and sharks can have babies. We pretended to be quail, raccoons, and woodpeckers and learned that animals do different behaviors to find food! We also had a cool tool (school wide behavior lesson) about how to behave at an assembly.

A Peek Inside our Classroom: Math

Everyday Math:

You may have noticed that we seem to cover a lot of different topics each week, and revisit topics from previous weeks instead of sticking to one top at a time. This is because our math curriculum, Everyday Math, is designed to be a spiraling curriculum. The idea is to teach, reteach, and expand on topics over time rather than teach one topic until the students master it and then never talk about that topic again. We still practice topics until the children have mastered the topic, we just practice and revisit topics over time. This helps the children remember what they have learned more and see connections between different topics and concepts.

Everyday Math has a big variety of games, partner activities, whole class activities, and individual work. Our activities are very hands on and we do very few “worksheets”. We do have a math workbook we will use later on in the school year. A lot of our written math work will involve writing or drawing to make sense of a concept like a word problem, or a game recording sheet. Everyday Math also strongly emphasizes math concepts in the real world.

 

ST Math

ST Math stands for Spacial Temporal Math. This is an online game that kids play independently. ST Math is unique because the games are completely visual and don’t involve literacy skills like listening to explanations or reading directions. The kids help Jiji the penguin move across the screen in different ways while learning various math concepts.

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of c and o this week. We practiced writing sentences as a group and counting syllables in 2 syllable words. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading. We read and discussed The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We also began literacy stations this week. The kids are enjoying a variety of activities that help them learn about reading and writing. As the children are able to participate in their stations independently, I will be able to work with small groups of children on reading skills each child needs.

Writing- We worked on following our checklist of steps to write which includes: put my name at the top, think and plan, draw with pencil first and show who, what, and where. We also read the book Ish by Peter H Reynolds which showed us we don’t have to be perfect but we can “think ishly”. “Thinking ishly” is a silly way of saying we try our best even if it is hard and that is how we learn and grow.

Math: We continued our work with counting.  Sharky the shark puppet helped us learn about numbers 8-9. We worked on describing shapes using words like straight, pointy, round, curves, sides, and corners. We also learned about repeating patterns and growing patterns. We played a fun game called Dot Match Up which is like memory using cards that show numbers with different patterns of dots.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about the biggest apple in the world. We learned 6 rules of living things to help us refine our understanding of living and nonliving. We applied the 6 rules we learned to a plant and figured out it was living!

October Dates

Oct. 1- Fall Picture Day (order forms will be sent home closer to time)

Oct. 4- Flash Dash

Oct. 10th- Peach Tree Farms and Cosmo Park field trip

Oct. 21- Dental Clinic(info in the Friday folder this week)

Oct. 29th- Flu Clinic (more info to come)

Oct. 30th Fall Party

Oct. 31st Teacher work day- No school for kids

Tuesday is Library Day

Yesterday we had our first library check out! The kids were sooooo excited to pick out a book! We learned about taking care of library books as well as check out procedures. Please help your child return their book to school each Tuesday. If kids forget, it is no big deal, they will still pick a book and Mrs. Fitch will hold it for them for one day. They can bring their book on Wednesday and get the book they picked out.

Here are the little lovelies at the library!

Kindergarten News

We have had a great first week of school!  The kids have done a wonderful job.  We have begun to set the tone for an awesome Kindergarten year packed with learning! 

We have been working on establishing a community of learners this week.  This will be our focus for several weeks and will continue throughout the year.  Children are much more willing to take a risk in a comfortable, supportive environment.  We learned about our student characteristics at Beulah Ralph to help us establish our classroom community.  Our words are kind, respectful, responsible, positive and problem solver.  The time we spend now will be well worth it as it sets expectations for the rest of the year.

We are also working on many social skills such as looking at the person talking, taking turns, actively listening to peers, participating in discussions/conversations and raising our hand to speak. 

In order to build independence during drop off, we are encouraging parents to allow their kindergartener to put their things away on their own.  If you walk your kindergartener down we ask you to give a quick hug at the door and let them come into the classroom and put their belongings away independently.  There are also many BEU staff members in the hallway to help your child if you want to take advantage of the drop off lane in the circle drive.  

In addition, it would be great if you could put a full change of clothes in a labeled ziplock bag in your child’s backpack for emergencies (underwear, shirt, pants, socks).  Sometimes, kindergarten can be messy!  

Next week we will visit the library for the first time.  Each class has their own special library day, which your teacher will let you know about.  The students will be allowed to check out one book and bring it home for the week (until their checkout day the following week).  We ask that your child please keep their library book in their backpack when they aren’t reading it. 

August and September Dates

Here’s what is up in August and September. I will post again if new dates come up or if I have forgotten something.

August 26th- 1st Monday meeting (the whole school meets in the gym every Monday morning instead of going to classrooms. Students may still eat breakfast and then head to the gym.

August 27th- Get the Scoop Night- Come tell me all about your child and enjoy ice cream and popsicles with PTA. Reminders of your appointment time are in your child’s folder.

Sept. 2nd Labor Day- No school

Sept. 5th PTA Meeting 6:30

Sept. 12- Kindergarten Family Picnic 5:30-7 (info in your child’s folder.)

Sept. 20th Book Orders due (more info to come)

Sept. 30th Teacher Work Day- No school for kids