Tuesday, September 11th, is a NO SCHOOL Day
Come check out the classroom and meet the teacher!
I hope everyone is enjoying the last moments of summer vacation. I am getting ready for a brand new year year with exciting times! To my recent graduates, check your emails. I sent you a hello email! Recent grads-don't forget to bring in your reading logs to get a little prize for your summer reading. I will be so happy to see you! To my new students, you should receive your letters very soon. I am getting our classroom all ready. I am very excited to see you! Please come in and meet me on Thursday, August 30th from 1:30-2:30pm. You can pop in, meet me, check out the classroom, and meet some new friends. Feel free to contact me with any questions. My email is Kathy.Marchesseault@sau19.org. You can also call me at school at 487-2211. Please be patient with our phone service. We have new phone systems that we are still learning about. If you leave a message for me and don't hear back-please try again. Email is probably the the best way to contact me for now. Feel free to explore my website. It has good information. I'll see you soon!
Thank you so much for the beautiful turn out of families to celebrate all of their success in Kindergarten. The children rocked the house both in the morning and the afternoon! They were fantastic! It was a perfect ending to a super year! Please keep reading all summer. Check in those sand buckets. I placed a reading log for them to fill out throughout the summer. They can bring it back to me filled out in the September and I will have a prize for them. It's a win-win-win. They practice reading, get a prize, and I get to see them! On that note, your children know they are welcome to come say hi to me -I welcome updates from parents too. I was not kidding when I said I will always care about how they are doing. Have a fun summer-enjoy nature and family time!
This year is flying to an end! Your children are ready for next year but I am not sure I am ready to let them go. They are a great group of kiddos and I have been lucky to work and play with them all year. Nice job raising kind and caring children!
We have some exciting dates coming up.
First is this Friday 6/8-we will be having field day. So far(fingers crossed), the weather looks perfect. Please check out the sign up genius I have emailed to you-there are opportunities to help out and donate items. If you'd like to volunteer, please return the field day form I sent home. If you would like to donate items, please let me know on sign up genius. If you are not receiving the sign up genius invites, please let me know so I can be sure to add your correct email. The morning field day starts at 8:45 and ends at 10:30 and the afternoon one starts at 12:30 and ends at 2pm. Please be sure your child comes to school with sunscreen and bug spray already applied. We can not apply it. Looking forward to a great day!
Our end of year celebration/graduation will be on Wednesday June 20th at 12:30 PM for the afternoon class and Thursday June 21st at 9am for the morning class. Families are invited. As a matter of fact, we do require that each child have at least one adult family member present to celebrate in their success and hard work . This celebration will include the children performing some sings and sharing some thoughts with you and of course receiving their Kindergarten certificates. After the promotion activities, we will socialize and enjoys snacks and refreshments. Please be on the look out for the Graduation sign up genius.
Friday-April 20th is a school spirit day-Crazy day. Some ideas include crazy hair, crazy clothes(backwards, mismatched socks, etc). Have fun!
We are about to enter in our last week before vacation week. Vacation week in from 4/23-4/27. School starts again on the 30th.
Last week, the students were busy as always. They were excited to see their beautiful artwork go up on the bulletin boards. Their handprint flowers are coffee filter butterflies are brightening up our room and hallway!
We attended the band concert on Thursday morning in the gym. I am so proud of the mature bobcat behavior our class displayed.
In Math, the students enjoyed playing Growing train where they roll a dice and build a "train" to 20 with unfix cubes. This teaches the concept of addition(adding on) and practices math facts. We do this on a number line board that has 20 boxes. We use this same board to play Disappearing train. This game works in the opposite way. The children start with a train of 20 and subtract or take away pieces of the train working on the topic of subtraction. We practiced addition and subtraction with number stories by telling a story and practicing drawing it out and writing the equation. We also did domino addition where the students added the two sides of the domino and place it next to the appropriate number. Another game they loved was frog jump number line. They used two dice -one had addition and subtraction signs and one was a typical dot dice. They rolled both to determine if they moved up(addition) or moved backward(subtraction). This taught them the strategy of using a number line to add and subtract. Another fun game was Guess My Number. We would give them clues such as this number comes after 47 or this number is bigger than 11 but smaller than 13. The children were very excited to guess the number The children practiced identifying shapes by their attributes(color, shape, thickness, size). They spun the attribute spinners and looked through shapes to find a shape that had both of those attributes.
In reading, they focused on the essential question-What can help you go from here to there? The focus of the readings were on different forms of transportation(trains, boats, cars, planes) and different ways your body can get you from one spot to another(swimming, running, hopping). The letters we focused on were Jj and Qq and our new high frequency words are here and me. Keep reading daily at home and don't forget to write notes to each other and encourage story writing. Remember dictionary spelling is not the focus-inventive spelling is great! At this point, we are encouraging a comfort of writing so they can comfortably get ideas on paper without having to worry about perfect spelling. We do want them connecting the sounds they hear in the word to their writing. We should be able to figure out what they are writing without them reading it to us. This is the goal. They are all making great gains in this area.
Homework continues to be daily reading(at least 20 minutes), practicing high frequency words, counting backwards from 20, and counting by 5's. As the weather continues to improve(hopeful thinking), I would like to add daily outside play to their homework. Fresh air and play are very important to their growing bodies and brain!
Happy April! Spring has arrived. Now we are anxiously awaiting for the spring weather to arrive with it. All of us have seen enough snow for now. The children are excited for warmer weather and less outside clothing.
The students have brought spring into the classroom by creating handprint flowers and beautiful coffee filter butterflies. Ask them how they created the butterflies(hint-they used spray bottles with water).
We went to the community this past Thursday. The children were great Bobcats at the meeting. They were respectful and attentive.
In math, we continue to practice counting backwards from 20 and counting up to 100 by 1's. We are also moving to counting by 5's. We do this in small groups and we do this during movement breaks with songs and dances that practice these skills. We learned more about measurements and comparing measurement. We learned the terms height and length. We measured ourselves with string and compared our height with items in the class. We worked with graphing-we graphed the types of pets we have and how many pets we have on two different graphs. The children add to and read from a weather graph daily. They are experts at analyzing information on a graph. 3D shapes were introduced. We have 3D shape blocks so we can hold and touch different 3D shapes. The students named them and sorted between 2D and 3D shapes. We continue to practice addition and are moving into subtraction. In Kindergarten, the students are expected to start fluently adding 2 digits to a sum of 10. We have been estimating items in a jar, identifying coins and their value, and telling time by the hour. The students have been given math homework. They need to continue practicing counting down from 20, counting to 100 by 1's, and counting by 5's to 100. I also asked them to work with coins and practice identifying pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
In reading and writing, our focus has been on pets and where animals live. We enjoyed the books-Birthday Pet and Bear Snores on. The students are starting to look for the problem in the story and how it was solved. We discuss characters and the setting of the story. We read both fiction and non fiction books on these subjects. The letters that we have focused on are Gg, Ww, Vv, and Xx. This week's new high frequency words are here and me. The children are now responsible for knowing 28 out of their 40 high frequency words.
I, can, the, we, see, a, like, to, and, go, you, do, my, are, he, with, is, little, she, was, for, have, of, they, said, want, here, me (please keep practicing these at home)
The children are writing sentences and being encouraged to extend their thinking to include more detail more details on one topic. This is a great time to start writing notes back and forth having them create lists.
The students are working very hard and making amazing gains. I am very proud of all of them.
This Friday, the students will take part in the R/1st grade screening(that was discussed at the R/1 info night). They will have a chance to visit a R/1 classroom and take part in a variety of activities. This will all be done during their normal kindergarten day.
Our class seems to be starting a healthy streak-let's keep it going. A reminder of school policy. If your child has a fever, he or she needs to be fever free for 24 hours without medicine before returning to school. This same rule applies to vomiting and diarrhea. If your child has either of these issues, they need to stay home until they have had 1 healthy day at home with no symptoms. This policy works well to limit the spread of illness. If your child is under the weather in the morning, keep them home to observe if it will worsen. Thank you for helping keep the class healthy.
Happy Spring! It was so nice to have a full 5 day week! Wednesday, all the kiddos were a little sluggish but they perked back up for Thursday and Friday.
Report cards went home Friday. Keep an eye out for a conference sign up email via sign up genius. The students have worked very hard and made so many gains. It is very exciting to observe. They are amazing!
A highlight has been our bear research. The children were so engaged and interested. Many of them chose to do research on their own at home and bring it in to share with us. All of them learned a lot about each kind of bear. It led nicely into our focus this past week-How are some animals alike and how are they different? This week, the children spent the whole week working on writing on one topic. They wrote a little everyday on one topic. The goal of the lesson was to help them stretch their writing and write more than 1 or 2 sentences on one topic. There were enthusiastic about their writing and really stretched their thinking. We have introduced and worked with identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives. We are reading a variety of books in the classroom. Please continue to read at least 20 minutes a day and fill out the reading logs and return them.
In math, we have focused on writing our numbers to 20, counting to 100 by 1's, counting backward from 20, and counting by 10's and 5's. The students have started "scrolling" which means continuously writing numbers from 1. This helps them see the patterns in numbers because as they move through the tens and the hundreds-they see the repetition and patterns. They keep their scrolls and revisit them to continue. They get very excited as their number writing gets higher. We have been practicing addition and will begin subtraction soon. We have done a lot of addition practice and learning through math games. We have been reviewing shapes and playing shape games. Most of us can identify a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. Many of the students are still learning trapezoids and hexagons. We are also learning pentagons and octagons too. We'll be spending next week exploring measuring. Mathematicians are hard at work!
They were also creative engineers. They built playgrounds for the leprechauns to visit on St. Patrick's Day. They could use any materials in the classroom. They enjoyed using blocks, small bears, sparkles, and many more supplies. The playgrounds were thoughtful and well made and the leprechauns MUST have enjoyed them because gold candies were left for the children.
We participated in the school wide read-a-thon. The library was decorated in many themes and the students could choose an area to sit in-an under the ocean, sports area, campfire, and castle just to name a few. Both classes did a great job fundraising-they both earned dunkin donuts munchkins as a congratulation prize and our class received $50 to buy books for the classroom library. Wahoo!!! Nice work students and families!
Looking forward to spring weather!
Happy February! We have been super busy in the classroom. The weather has made our entrance into our Christmas break interesting and our return too. We were finally able to enjoy a winter celebration in the classroom in January. We watched Little Bear Winter movies and enjoyed hot chocolate and enjoyed the book exchange.
We have a few fun days coming up in February. Friday, February 9th, we will be enjoying our 100th day of school-even though the snow days have changed the actual 100th day-we will still be celebrating on Friday. We will be taking part in a lot of fun activities that include counting to 100! All activities will be done in the classroom-no home prep needed! Next week, we will celebrate Friendship day on Valentine's Day-Wednesday, February 14th. Children are welcomed and encouraged to bring in Valentines for their friends. If your child brings in Valentines, we ask that they bring one for each of their classmates. There are 14 students in the morning and 10 students in the afternoon. I will email a class list of names if your child would like to include their friends' names on the Valentines. We will enjoy decorating cookies and take part in fun activities and crafts. There is a no need to send in a Valentine's box. We will be making a Friendship bear to hold our Valentines, as part of our bear unit. Please feel free to send in Valentines early. We can store them in class until Wednesday. This brings us to our next fun focus in February. We have started our bear unit. We have researched black bears and panda bears. We will research polar bears and brown bears next. The children have been so excited about this research. I have been impressed by the children who have chosen to do extra research and bear work at home. All the students enjoy seeing their work. I have been impressed with all of the students interest and level of work. We have written, drawn, and done crafts related to each bear. On Friday, February 23rd, we will wrap up our bear unit with a Teddy Bear Picnic. All the students can come into school in their PJ's, bring a blanket, and teddy bear. We will watch a bear related movie and enjoy snacks. This will happen right before our February break which is February 26th through March 2nd.
In the classroom, we have been focusing on living things and what they need to grow and how they change as they grow. We have read about trees, plants, and what kinds of things grow on a farm. Please ready daily with your child for 20 minutes(does not have to be all at once)-half of this 20 minutes should be your child reading to you. We are writing about everything! We are learning that ALL sentences start with an upper case letter, end with a punctuation mark, and have spaces between words. We are starting to learn to stretch our writing and add detail. We are learning to identify and write our high frequency words. So far, we have learned I, can, the, we, see, a, like, to, and, go, you, do, my, are, he, with, is, and little. Please practice these words at home too. In Math, we have focused on weight and capacity, identifying and drawing 2d shapes, the 100's number grid, working with number to 20 with a focus on teens, and beginning addition. Please continue practicing counting to 100 with your child and playing number games where your child identifies numbers to 100. At this point in the year, your child should be able to comfortably identify numbers through 20 and write these numbers with minimal reversals. Your children have been working hard learning but they are also being great friends and great students. I am so proud of how kind and thoughtful they are to each other. They play well together, share, and problem solve. These are wonderful qualities. I am seeing a love of building in both the block area and legos. I see lots of creativity in the writing area and I see young scientist exploring magnets, taking a closer look at Oliver the Turtle, and exploring sea shells. There is a lot of great pretend play and game creations outside. We try to go outside daily when it is not too slippery on the playground or below 20 degrees outside. Please send snowpants, boots, mittens, hat, and a warm winter coat daily. Keep any eye for more updates!