Fire Safety and Prevention

Thanks to a funny play performed by TRYPS we learned three ways to stay safe and prevent fires.

First we “look”. In our homes, schools, and other places we go, we look for potential sources of fires like candles, electrical cords, or stoves.

Second we “listen”. Wherever we are we listen for the sound of a fire alarm.

Third we “learn”. Where ever we are we learn two ways to leave the place in case of fire like doors, windows, and emergency exits.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone for your support and kindness over the last few weeks with the loss of my Grandma. It has been so hard but all your kind emails, cards, and hugs have helped! Spending my day with your little lovely has helped too! This morning our wonderful room parents even brought a beautiful succulent garden, card and poster decorated by the class to cheer me up. Thanks again to everyone!

Learning Lately

Reading: We focused on learning the name, sound, and formation of a and g this week. Each week we also review the letters we have learned previously so each child can easily and automatically name letters, say their sound, and form the letters “the kindergarten way”. If children are fluent with these skills- reading will come more easily to them. Each day, we continue to play sound games to break words apart and put them together in different ways like beginning sounds, ending sounds, rhyming words and syllables. We worked on basic reading skills by reading a simple book as a class. We focused on predicting as well as using the pictures to give us clues about the words. We focused on the sight words I and see. The kids are keeping these little books in their book boxes to practice reading them but in a few weeks they will bring them home to read to you!

Writing: We continued checking our writing with our writing checklist to see if it is done or if we need to continue working on the same piece another day. If a piece of writing is done the writer has written their name at the top, thought and planned, drew in pencil, labeled, added details, and colored.

Math: We played games with 10 frames this week and practiced representing numbers on a 10 frame in different ways. We practiced counting objects in different arrangements which are trickier to count that objects in a straight line. We also continued our work with shapes and attributes by studying rectangles.

Science and Social Studies: We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why people have different accents. We answered the question, “What direction is the wind blowing” by using grocery sack kites. We learned we can observe with our sight and also with our sense of touch. We also worked on science process skills like observing and recording in a science notebook. Our cool tool this week was service learning. We watched a video of the kindergarten service learning project from last year. We will learn more about what service learning is in the coming months and complete a service project of our own.

Learning Lately

Reading: We finished up practicing c and o this week. Each day, we continue to play sound games to break words apart and put them together in different ways like beginning sounds, ending sounds, rhyming words and syllables. We worked on basic reading skills by reading a simple book as a class. We used the pictures to give us clues about the words, we pointed to each word as we read going left to right and we focused on finding the sight word “the”.

Writing: We worked on adding details and labels to our writing. We worked together to make a list of family words that kids can copy down to use in their writing. We also worked on checking our work to see if it is truly finished- if often takes a few days to finish a piece of writing!

Math: We worked on sorting by attribute and guessing our friends rules for sorting. We sorted many objects including play money as an introduction to learning about money later in the year. We used our knowledge of attributes to build repeating and growing patterns.

Science and Social Studies: We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about what it might be like to live on the moon. We continued our work with weather by observing the clouds. We also worked on science process skills like observing and recording in a science notebook. We had a special guest speaker, Mrs. Naylor, who came to help us get to know her mother, Beulah Ralph. We also learned a little more about Mrs. Ralph and her important work helping desegregate Columbia Public Schools and promote equality in education!

Our School’s Namesake

We are so proud our school is named after Beulah Ralph! She worked in CPS for 58 years. Mrs. Ralph was an important part of desegregation in CPS in the 60’s and started the Home School Communicator program. Mrs. Ralph was devoted to the idea that all students should be give an equal opportunity to learn!

Mrs. Naylor, Mrs. Ralph’s daughter, graciously visits all the kindergarten classes each year. She shares a story about her mom as a little girl and helps kindergarten get to know Beulah Ralph better. After her visit, each child gets a copy of the story Mrs. Naylor shared. We enjoyed coloring our books and will keep them in our book boxes to read. Eventually the kids will bring the books home to share with you.

Cloud Observations

Today we continued learning about the weather by observing the clouds! We used our sense of sight to observe the sky and see what we noticed about the clouds.

We noticed the clouds were low, thick, and almost covered the whole sky! We also learned that a science notebook entry should have a title and the date at the top. We drew what we observed in the sky.

We enjoyed reading a few books to help us learn a little more about clouds and our sense of sight.

Learning Lately

Reading: We focused on the name, sound, and formation of c and o this week. We played sound games to help the kids learn to break sounds in words apart and blend sounds together orally, to prepare them for using the same skills with letters to read later in the year. We learned different ways to read a book like looking at the pictures and telling yourself the story.

Writing: We worked on adding details and labels to our writing. We also focused on making sure our picture shows who is in the story, what is happening in the story, and where the story is happening.

Math: We played to fun math games with dot cards. We played Match Up (like memory) and Top it (like war). These games help the children compare quantities as well as count, and see numbers as different groups. We continued describing shapes and learning attributes of shapes.

Science and Social Studies: We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about how gold is made. As a grade level, kindergarten focused on dismissal procedures to help this process go smoother and be calmer and quieter each day.