The kids worked so hard on our spelling bee today! It is a big challenge to spell 25 words, stay focused, and stay quiet the whole time. I am so proud of each student. We talked a lot about doing our best and being proud of all we have learned so far this year. We also talked about how we can be proud of doing our best and happy for the top two spellers in the class. This is a bit of a mind bend for kids this age because the nature of a spelling bee is to eliminate spellers until you get to the top speller. We generally avoid competition and encourage collaboration and making growth and progress in our class but the kids handled the spelling bee very well. I will send their papers home in the next few weeks so you can see how your child did and know which words they still need to practice. For now, the winners are a secret but we will celebrate the top two spellers at our January Citizen of the Month assembly. If your child is a top speller I will email you so you can attend the assembly.if
PTA’s big circus is coming up and we need your help. Each class creates a themed basket for the raffle filled with fun items donated by families. Our theme is Go Outside and Play! Our room parents and I have purchased an awesome wagon to serve as the basket. Please consider donating an item to help with the wagon. Here is a link to a sign up if you would like to donate.Click here to sign up!
By now, the kids have most likely given you the awesome paintings the made as a gift to their families. I had to wait to post about this so I didn’t ruin the surprise. They had so much fun making them and I enjoyed seeing their creativity and focus to make something special for you! We took 3 days to complete them. Day 1 we painted the background, day 2 we painted the subject of the painting, and day 3 we used sharpie to outline and add details. Hope you love the paintings as much as the kids loved making them.
Today we played in the snow… the fake homemade kind. We read the story The Snowy Day, and in the story Peter saves a snowball in his pocket. Of course it melted. We discussed the story and then I gave the kids their own snowballs made of snow dough. We had a great time playing and getting creative. I always like to have a low key just for fun type activity on the first day back from a long break. It makes the transition back to a long structured day a little more pleasant!
January 7-11- Kindergarten Spelling Bee Week
January 11th- Matching Colors Day to celebrate Kindness (More info to come)
January 18th- Book Orders due
January 21st- No School for MLK Day
January 31st- Reading Logs due
We had so much fun at our winter party! The kids made beautiful fillable ornaments, at yummy snacks, and enjoyed the company of their friends and lots of adults. It was great to see so many parents attend the party! Thank you to everyone who sent in items for the party, helped set up, and helped clean up! Thank you to Lesley, Lauren, and Robin for organizing! It was amazing!
What a fun cozy day we had! We all looked cute and cozy in our jammies! We enjoyed new books.
We had a cozy hot cocoa and popcorn party. We had a cozy fire and enjoyed talking with our friends!
We made lovely winter trees with lots of sparkly snow!
We used marshmallows and spaghetti noodles to engineer awesome creations!
The week of January 7th, kindergarten is having a spelling bee in each classroom! Our spelling bee is going to be written rather than verbal and low key! I want all the kids to try their best but not have the words they don’t know how to spell highlighted publicly. Our spelling bee words are the kindergarten sight words. Another copy of the list is in the blue folder today. Please practice those words with your child to prepare them for the spelling bee. We will practice at school as well. If your child knows all the kindergarten words, you may practice the first grade words(on the note in the folder). We will not practice the first grade words in class. Any children who spell all the kindergarten words correctly will participate in a second written spelling bee over the first grade words to determine the top two spellers in our class.
We are so proud of our December Citizens of the Month! We had our class Citizen the kids chose (by secret ballot), and Mrs. Starbuck chose a student from our class as the kindergarten specialist citizen!
Reading- We started working on letter formation of capital letters A-H. We also worked on using “tapping” to help us say each sound and blend them together to read words. We are working on reading simple consonant-vowel-consonant words like mop or rug. We continued practicing reading sight words and playing games in which we break sounds in words apart and put them together in various ways. We also used some of our reading time to share our family traditions.
Writing- We wrote a personal narrative this week about a time we played. We worked on drawing, labeling, and writing to tell what happened. We also practiced using spaces between each word.
Math- We continued developing our understanding of numbers with various games like Top it and Count and Sit. We also explored the 100 grid.
Science and Social Studies- Our cool tool was about indoor recess behavior. We enjoyed a mystery science video about how money is made. We began reading about holidays that happen in winter such as St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day. Next week we will learn about many other holidays as well.