Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday break. The children came back happy and rested. We are getting back into the swing of things. It did not take the children long to get back into routine.
In writing, the students are continuing to practice first names and last names with upper case for the first letter and lower case for the rest. They are also practicing writing numbers to 20. We are learning to form upper case letters X and Y.
In reading, our focus is on What tools do different workers use? We have been reading about different professions. The letter of the week is O(soft sound) and the new high frequency word is you. The children have learned and are responsible for being able to read I, can, the we, see, a, like, to, and, go, you. Keep reading daily for 20 minutes with your child. They can start taking turns reading to you. We are focusing on reading CVC(consonant vowel consonant) words. The children are working on a each sound and blending the sounds to make the word. They are learners!
In math, we have graphed how many pattern blocks we had in our pile. We matched dot cards to number cards(matching game). We are counting to 100 by 1's and 10's and counting backward from 20. They are learning to identify numbers to 20.
We made pretend snow in class last Friday since we did not have any real snow at that point. We used baby oil or vegetable oil and Corn starch. They made little snowmen and snowballs. They enjoyed it. They painted snowy winter trees. Check them out on our bulletin boards!
We will try to go outside daily-please send all snow gear (snowpants, winter coat, boots, hat and mittens) daily.
There have been some viruses going around. Thank you for keeping your child home until they are fever free(with no meds) for at least 24 hours. It helps stop the spread of viruses.
On that note, our class is in need of donations of disinfecting wipes to wipe down the tables. We could also use sandwich size ziplock bags and small waters. Thank you for being so supportive of the classroom needs.
We had a great October! The Halloween parades were a success. All the kiddos had a blast and looked great in their costumes.
In reading, we have completed Unit 1 and 2 in the Wonders reading program. The children took the unit 1 assessment as practice. The unit assessments include a lot of material so we do a little everyday of the week. We learned how to use our private offices and what the expectations are during as assessment. We practiced how to listen to a question and answer it in our booklet. Unit 1 was a learning process. We went over all the answers as we did it so the children could better understand the process. All the questions are given orally in Kindergarten. We will be taking the unit 2 assessment next week. This one will be their first scored Wonders assessment. We did not focus on that fact in school-we focus on the fact that they are showing what they have learned and it is "private office time". They love the private offices! Our focus in reading this week has been on bugs. We have read about different bugs and the life cycle of a caterpillar. We put the life cycle in order by coloring and gluing pictures. The children worked really well on this activity and showed some great independence. The high frequency words that the children are responsible for are I, can, the, we, see, a, like. At this point in the year, the children are working towards 100% accuracy in identifying all their upper and lower case letters. If your child is not there yet, please practice at home. We will continue to work on it at school too. We are now working hard learning all the sounds and how to read CVC(consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Please keep reading everyday with your child for at least 20 minutes.
In writing, we are drawing pictures on focused topics. We are practicing writing our high frequency words and practicing writing very basic sentences such as I like..... We are continuing to learn to form all of our letters correctly. Please watch your child when they write and encourage them to start all the letters at the top. They know upper case letters start at the top line and most lower case start at the dotted line. They have been working hard writing their first name with an upper case for the first letter and lower case for the rest. We will move on to last names soon. The names of the lines we use to form letters are standing tall line, lying down line, clockface, super C, and forward slant line and backward slant line, frown, and smile.
In math, we have focused on shapes(circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, rhombus, trapezoid, and hexagon). We have worked on sorting and patterning. We played Top-It(similar to the card game War) with dot cards to work on counting and identifying groups of objects and practicing more and less. We are working on identifying number 1-20 and counting to 100. We have enjoyed using pattern blocks, geoboards, and sorting and graphing with candy corn. We have learned what a five frame is. We practice our calendar skills daily. They have learned the days of the week and months of the year. They are also learning place value up to the tens place. We are mathematicians!
As you can tell, we have been busy learning. We have also been busy learning social skills and how to be a student. We are learning to be kind and respectful to our peers and teachers. We work on filling our friends "buckets" and helping brighten people's day. We work on learning when it is a good time to chit chat and when it is time to listen. We are learning classroom skills such as lining up, raising hands,and maintaining a quiet voice during work time. Phew! Now you know why they are so tired at the end of the school day! Laurie and I are both enjoying all of the children. Report cards will be going home mid December. Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius on scheduling conferences. I plan to send that out by the end of next week.
Weather note-we try to go outside daily. Please send your child to school with appropriate cold weather clothing for outdoors-Thank you!
Happy October! The children have been busy learning and having fun!
Important date to remember-Wednesday October 31st-
Whole school Halloween Parade at 1pm. The afternoon kindergarten class does take part in that. We ask the afternoon students to bring their costumes in a bag to school and they will change into them closer to the parade time. Morning class students can take part in the parade-They can meet us in our classroom dressed in their Halloween costume by 12:45. Both classes will have a simple celebration at their individual class times. More information will come regarding the festivities. We ask that the costumes not include any weapons(real or pretend) and that at this age they not be too scary or gory.
Parents have been asking about volunteer opportunities. When volunteer opportunities arise, I will post them on here. These opportunities will include helping out with classroom parties or special events. I am always looking for a class photographer for special events. There are also opportunities for putting together materials at home, too.
Homework reminder-Kindergarten homework includes reading everyday for 20 minutes. We have learned the high frequency words I, can, the , we, and see. They should be practicing these words daily and be able to read them in all settings. They are all working hard learning both upper case letters and lower case letters. If your child comes home with a ring of letters to practice, please practice them daily and return them to school daily. We practice them everyday at school too. We are working at 100% identification of both upper case and lower case letters soon. We will move on to sounds and decoding these sounds in words.
We have been very busy focusing on a lot of great topics. This week in Language arts we are focusing on how senses help you learn. Last week, we focused on how baby animals move, and before that was how can we get along with new friends. We have started reading groups and are reading a guided reading book everyday. Every other Friday, we read with our reading buddies. The morning class are buddies with a 5th grade class and the afternoon are buddies with a 3rd grade class. They love being read to and they will start to read to their buddies too. We have been practicing writing our first name with the first letter being upper case and the rest being lower case.
In Math, we have focused on counting to 20(we will move on to 100 soon). We are also learning to identify all of our numbers to 20. We learned about different shapes(circle, square, triangle, rhombus, hexagon, and trapezoid). We created patterns with shapes. We identified how many items in a group and played memory with dot cards and played Top-It with dot cards. Top-It is very similar to the card game WAR. Each child flips a card-the child that has the card with the most dots keeps the cards. We are getting to know each number in different ways-numeral, ten frame, tallies. etc. We've explored our environment looking for numbers in our everyday lives. As a class, we have created graphs and read from them.
We learned about apples and did craft activities around that theme. We will be moving on to pumpkins.
We have started visiting the library and borrowing books for our classroom.
Fall time weather is here. We will go outside everyday(unless it is steadily raining)-please send your child dressed for the weather. Thank you!
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.