Teen Numbers

We are working hard on teen numbers this week. We are working on naming teen numbers out of numerical order as well as building understanding of teen numbers as one group of 10 with some left over. Some children are exploring other ways to make teen numbers like 8 and 5 make 13. Here are the kids playing teen spin which helps the kids focus in these skills.

We have a dream…

This week we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. The kids did a wonderful job tackling this complicated subject! In some ways, the topics equal rights and racism are simple for the kids, they simply believe in kindness and judging others by their behavior and actions. The kids find it so hard to believe that bigotry exists and it is so heart warming to see their naturally kind spirits. Kids notice physical appearance and skin color but love each other anyway. It is so important to talk to kids about race and equity just like we would talk to them about gender or people with disabilities. We can notice and celebrate our differences, be proud of our heritage, and still treat others with respect!

We were inspired by a variety of great read alouds. It was fun to talk about how Beulah Ralph, our school’s namesake was active in the civil rights movement here in Columbia. She help with the process of desegregation in Columbia Public School. The kids were thrilled to learn that our school was named for someone who was a leader like Martin Luther King!

We celebrated Martin’s dream of kids of all races joining hands together!

We wrote our own dreams for the world. The kids had some wonderful dreams. Some dreamed for everyone to be kind, everyone to be friends. Some dreamed for the rich to share with the poor and some dreamed for everyone to be treated fairly. Some dreamed for all children to have a school to go too and all people to have a home to live in.

Learning Lately

A short post for a short week 🙂

Reading- We read about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. We continued our work in small groups practicing sight words and using strategies to figure out words we don’t know.

Writing: We wrote our very best personal narratives this week. I will share those with you at parent teacher conferences. We enjoyed free writing time in which the kids got to write whatever kind of writing they would like.

Math: We learned about explaining our thinking and “proving” our answers when we solve number stories. We learned to tell “how we know” our answers with pictures and words.

Science and Social Studies: We focused on respect this week as well as learning about Martin Luther King Jr.

Penny Drive to Benefit Kohfeldt Elementary

Beulah Ralph’s school wide service learning project this year is to help Kohfeldt Elementary in Texas, which was affected by the hurricane.  Kindergarten is partnered with the kindergarten classes at Kohfeldt.  Our goal is to raise money through a penny drive.  Kindergarten teachers at Kohfeldt have requested that we provide classroom supplies.   We have decided we will be decorating clipboards for the kindergarten students.  We would like to also provide the teachers with a gift card to purchase items for their daily centers. We will be involving the kindergarten students each step of the way and incorporating reading, writing, fine motor and math skills to complete this project.

In order to raise funds for these clipboards and gift cards we are having a penny drive.  Our penny drive will begin on Monday, January 16 and will end on March 23 before spring break.  

Feel free to send in any donations (checks made payable to CPS, cash, change besides pennies) in addition to your pennies. The children will be participating in counting and totaling our donation. We would like to have lots of pennies so all kindergarteners can help participate in counting our donation!

Thank you for your help with our Penny Drive!

Learning Lately

Reading: We continued working on tapping to read words, capital letter formation as well as practicing alphabetical order. We worked on thinking as we read and remembering what we read. We continue to practice reading and spelling sight words regularly.

Writing: We are wrapping up our personal narrative unit next week so we are fine tuning many of the skills we have learned like drawing with details and telling first, next, and last. We are working hard to write sentences with word spaces and our best spelling.

Math: We played games to practice making combinations to 10. We continued practicing counting in various ways as well as recognizing teen numbers. We practiced writing numbers as high as we can. We went on a very fun shape walk around the school and found shapes everywhere.

Science and Social Studies: The weather this week has given us much to discuss in terms of science. For social studies we focused on  being positive.

How to Catch a Star

Today Mrs. Davidson came to teach us about mindset with a special book called How to Catch a Star. This fun story is all about a little boy trying to catch a star. He had to try lots of different things and did not give up. It was hard but finally in the end he made friends with a starfish and finally caught a star.

We talked about all the things that can be hard to learn and how to keep on trying.

January Dates-Updated

January 4th- First Day back from Winter Break

January 8th- Spelling Bee Week- K students will be participating in a low pressure  written spelling bee over the kindergarten sight words. More info to come!

January 11th-PTA Meeting at 6:30

January 12- Wear Neon or Bright Colors to celebrate Positive Week.

January 12th- Penny Drive for Service Learning Project begins. ( More info to come!)

January 19th- Book Orders due

January 19th- Dress up Day to celebrate Respectful week.

January 26th- Brown Bag Breakfast at 8:00am- Bring breakfast to share with your child and visit the classroom.

January 26th- The Hundredth Day of School Celebration (more info to come!)

January 26th- Puzzle Day to celebrate Problem Solver week.

Reading Sacks

Tomorrow your child will bring home their reading sack for the first time. Below is some information. This information will also be printed and in the reading sack itself.

Reading Sack

The reading sack includes all the books your child has read and practiced during our small group reading instruction. These are books your child can read independently with only a few challenging words or parts. Your child should be very comfortable reading these books by the time they bring them home. You will notice that most of the books will be the same with one or two books rotating in or out each week.

Rereading books is an important part of improving as a reader. Rereading helps children memorize sight words, practice reading fluently, build confidence, and focus on remembering and retelling the book.


What to Do with the Reading Sack

Your child will bring the reading sack home Tuesdays and Thursdays. The books and the sack MUST be returned the following day so we can use the books during our small group reading time. These books are school property and if they are lost at home I will not be able to send more books home with your child. Please use these books as part of your 15 minutes of daily reading and record on the reading log. You can just write “reading sack” as the book title.


You can have your child practice the books independently or read them aloud to you or both. If your child gets stuck on a word or makes a mistake, try the following questions/prompts to help them figure out the word independently:

  • Did that make sense?
  • Is that a sight word?
  • Can you tap it?
  • Look at the picture.
  • Say the beginning sound.
  • Go back to the beginning of the sentence and reread.

Try to prompt your child before telling them the word to build independence.


After reading, discuss the book with your child. Practice making connections by asking, “What did this book make you think of?”, or “Do you have any connections to the book?”. Then ask your child to retell the story events to you in order. If your child is unable to remember what they have read, please have them reread the story and try again to retell.


Happy Reading!