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!
Happy Last Day of November! Our evacuation drill that was scheduled earlier this month was cancelled due to the weather. Today, we had a surprise fire drill. The students did a great job! We were outside quickly. After the fire drill, we went to watch the 6th grade performance which was based on Harry Potter but written by the 6th grade students. The Kindergarten students enjoyed it.
Our special Thanksgiving snack was a hit. All the friendship fruit salad and the Blessing/Thankful mix was gobbled up. The children shared what they were Thankful for and learned throughout the week how Thanksgiving originated. Thank you to everyone who donated items towards the snack.
The Pep rally was a also a great success! It was super loud and fun. The students did very well tolerating the noise level and listening to the directions of new games taught. They are excited to play sharks and minnows out at recess. They ALL looked super in their green clothing. We had 100% participation in showing our spirit by dressing in green-that is amazing!!!!
This past week, we focused on the letter Cc and the essential question -What places do we go to during the week? In math, we practiced counting spaces in a game. We did this by acting as a live game piece on a very long number line. We also learned to represent one number in a variety of ways(numeral writing, ten frame, showing that many fingers, writing the number word, drawing that many items). We worked with position words such as next to, above, below and followed directions using these terms. We played I have Who has with numbers to 20. The children answered questions to create a Gingerbread cookie. These will be hung on our bulletin board until right before our holiday break.
At the end of December-right before our Christmas Break, we will be celebrating December by taking part in our own Polar Express. We will invite the students to come in their pajamas. We will watch the story of Polar express(15 minute video). We will act out the Polar Express by pretending to have a train ride and drinking hot chocolate with candy canes and enjoying cookies. I would love donations of hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows, candy canes, and chocolate chip cookies. Earlier in the month, we will be making a craft that needs large jars of apple sauce and cinnamon. Our class will need approx 4 cups of applesauce and 4 cups of cinnamon. We would love donations of these as well. Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius. I really appreciate all of your assistance with items for the classroom.
As we head into the colder season, our class has been riddled with colds. Our class always welcomes donations of sanitizing wipes to keep our table clean.
I want to send another special Thank you to Mrs. Reardon, Mrs. Rachael Spray, and Mrs. St.John for volunteering in the classroom. I also want to thank Mrs. Reardon and Mrs. Young for organizing our celebrations. I am Thankful for you!
Thank you to all parents for all you do! Keep reading!
Evacuation Drill Reminder
On Thursday, November 16th. The whole school will participate in a whole school evacuation drill. There was a letter sent out in email form with the Thursday notice and sent home in paper form for those who get the email notice in paper form. We will accompany the students to designated "safe sites" in the village. Once the drill is complete, we will return to school and complete a normal school day. The afternoon class will also practice during their normal school day along with the afternoon preschool class. Please dress your child for the weather in case we are out in wet weather. Please contact me with any questions. It may be postponed due to weather. That decision will be made Thursday morning.
Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius email that will be coming out in the next week for parent teacher conferences. I would like to meet with all parents to discuss your child's progress so far this year. It is a brag session because all students have a lot to be proud of. We will also discuss skills to focus on at home. Please plan on the conference being a child free conference but if this is not possible, we can be flexible.
We will not be having a "class party" for Thanksgiving but we will be doing themed activities that day along with a special snack. Please keep an eye out for a new sign up genius requesting help with the ingredients of the two special snacks. We will do this activity on Tuesday for the afternoon class because there will be NO SCHOOL for the afternoon class on Wednesday, November 22nd. The morning class will participate in the activities on Wednesday November 22nd.
On, November 22nd, the New Boston Central School PBIS committee is hosting a pep rally for the whole school to discuss playground expectations in a fun upbeat way. Kindergarten's color in this pep rally is green. Please feel free to send your child dressed in green from head to toe to show our school spirit! Afternoon Kindergarten students are welcomed to join in. Feel free to come in and sit with your class. Parents must stay with their afternoon students during the pep rally.
Wow! The snow snuck up on us. We will continue to go outside daily until further notice. Once we get an accumulating snow that stays, we will start going outside once a week. I'll keep you up to date when that happens and let you know which day it will be. When there is accumulating snow, the children will need snowpants, winter coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and winter boots. They will need all these things to play in the snow. If they do not have all of these, they will have to stay on the tar area. Please let me know if you need assistance with any of these items. From now on, please send children in with coats, hats, and mittens. If your child wears boots to school, please send in shoes or sneakers for them to change into while they are inside. No slippers please. Boots track snow and mud into the classroom and we sit on the floor throughout the day.
Wish List items
Ziplock bags (quart size and gallon size)
Thank you Mrs. Reardon and Mrs. Young for organizing our fall celebration. The children had a great time! Thank you to all parents who sent in donations for the celebration. It was quite a feast and the children were well fed! They all looked great in their costumes!
What's happening in the Classroom?
The focus in reading has been about What are the different sounds we hear? We worked on blending words with the letter Nn. We focus on 1 letter a week and we use that letter when blending sounds into words. In our WIN groups(What I Need), we focused heavily on letter identification. At this time of the year, the expectation is that all students can identify all the letters(both upper case and lower case). Please continue to work with your child on any letters they are still working to learn. Some students will get some learning tools to practice with at home. We have learned 9 high frequency words-I, can, the, we, see, a like, to, and. Your child should be able to read these words independently in their reading. Each week, the children have a high frequency word reader that they work on reading at school. They will be bringing home books from units 1 and 2. These books are a great opportunity for your child to read independently to you during your daily reading time. Please continue to read to them daily in addition to them reading to you. The children have also been working on forming sentences in their journals. They have been working hard capitalizing. punctuating, and including spaces between words. They have also been working on drawing people with shapes instead of "sticks". Their drawings are looking great! If they draw at home remind them about "Mat Man". We have been singing a lot about where you start your letters(at the top) and how to hold a crayon(thumb bent, pointer finger pointing to the tip of the crayon, and tall man using his side). This language comes from Handwriting Without Tears. We carry this language into how they hold any writing instrument.
In math, we continue to practice counting by ones to 100, by 10's to 100, and from 20 backwards. We have learned Top it with dot cards which is basically the card game of war with dot cards. They compared 2 dot cards and then moved on to adding 2 dot cards and comparing that total with their partner's total. They practiced writing the number 7. The students also played ten bean spill it and colored in ten frames. Some children went home with the games pieces because they wanted to play at home. The directions are fairly simple. They shake their counters and dump them. Once the 10 counters are dumped-the child counts how many are red and how many are yellow and color in their one ten frame accordingly so they start to learn their combinations of 10(7+3=10, 2+8=10, etc). We continue to focus on shapes. We created shapes with yarn and on our geoboards with rubber bands-we focus on square, circle, rectangle, oval, rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon, and triangle. We graphed how many pattern blocks of each kind we had in our pile. The children are showing strong skills in reading a graph and doing great in filling one out! We continue to count all day long and learn about numbers,
We practice writing our letter of the week and our name. In Kindergarten the children are expected to write their first name with a upper case first letter and the rest lower case. We have started working on the last name too. The last name is still very new.
I could go and on about how much they do in the classroom. They are hard workers and are making great gains! They are also great friends. They communicate, make group plans, and problem solve. They also have become independent with dressing for the outdoors. They all can zip their coats and put on their hats and mittens without adult help. Nice Job Kindergarten Kiddos!
Halloween Parade/Celebration News
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to send in goodies to our Fall Celebrations and thank you to Mrs. Reardon and Mrs. Young for organizing! Parents are welcome to join us in either the morning or afternoon classes if you are available. Remember morning class students are welcome to come back and walk in the parade at 1pm with their parents/guardians. Morning students and parents, please meet us at our classroom dressed and ready at 12:45 if you would like to join us. It is always a fun walk! We walk out the gym doors, down the driveway, down the street towards the gazebo and walk through the town hall parking lot down the dirt road back to the school. The morning class will be parading through the school at 10am and walking through some classrooms. Everyone loves to see our Kindergarteners! Students should bring their costumes in a bag to school-they will get into costume shortly before each parade time. We ask that no pretend or real weapons be sent with their costumes and no elaborate face paint. Please let me know if you have any questions!
You are all so generous! Thank you so much for all your donations to the classroom. We do not need any more donations of tissues, sanitizing wipes, or snack and drinks at this time-thanks again!
Please remember to be punctual at pick up and drop off times for school. Drop off time in the morning is 7:45-8am. Pick up time is 10:35am. Drop off time in the afternoon is 11:20 and pick up is 2:10pm.
Please send your child in with snacks and drinks daily along with a water bottle. Two healthy snack are recommended. The children are starving by snack time. Please let me know privately if you are in need of support providing snacks or drinks for your child.
October has been busy and fun! In Math and Science, we investigated pumpkins. We dug out the guts and counted seeds. We had over 500 seeds in one pumpkin! We identified the different parts of the pumpkins and learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin. We carried it over into art and created a pumpkin with all it's parts. We also invited Mrs. Chalson-our art teacher into the classroom and we created pumpkins and jack o lanterns with her. We created a pumpkin collage. We learned a collage was when we cut and glue paper to make a creation. It was so nice to meet our Art teacher! In Math, we have been practicing writing our numbers to 7 so far. We continue to practice counting sets of items. We have compared groups of items and learned that even when items are rearranged-they are still the same amount. We are starting to practice counting by 10's. We have been counting to 20 forward and backward, then we moved on to counting to 100, and we are now working on counting by 10's to 100. We have also practiced sorting by different characteristics such as color, size, and shape. Please practice these skills at home too. The students are very proud!
In reading we completed Unit 2 and completed out first official unit assessment. The unit 1 assessment was used for teaching purposes. The children use "private offices"(manila folders at their desk) while taking their assessments-they love using private offices! Our reading themes have included what we know about bugs, what shapes we see around us, and how do tools help us explore. We have focused on letters m, a, s, p, and t. We have learned high frequency words I, the, see, a , we, like. The children should be able to read these words in all environments. They are also starting to use them in their writing. We are also breaking words down into beginning, middle, and end sounds. The children are working at blending sounds to read words. I will be sending home key rings with letters and words for your child to practice daily. In our writing, we are learning to connect our words with our drawings. We are also learning to include spaces in between our words, use capitalization at the beginning of sentences with lower case in the rest, and punctuation at the end. We are at the beginning of this learning process and they are impressing me with what they can do!
It was fire prevention week. If you visited the school, you saw the fire trailer out front with a fire truck and ambulance. Both classes learned about fire safety, practiced evacuating a smoky(mist) room, learned about firefighter tools, and checked out the fire truck and ambulance. All the children did a super job!
We have been having a great time in class. Feel free to reach out to me anytime about specifics about your child. I am happy to email, talk on the phone, or meet about your child. I will be sending out a conference schedule in the coming weeks and setting up conferences for early December.
Thank you for all of your donations! We are well stocked in waters and Clorox wipes. We do not need any more cardboard or tape-we took part on the cardboard challenge and it was a success!!!
October has been a blast already!
We had a busy week! We enjoyed music class for the first time and we loved it! Music was filled with belly laughs because the songs were so funny. Thank you Mr. Saunders for sharing music with us!
Mrs. Brown(Guidance counselor) came in to help us with student skills and social skills. She brings puppets to help teach the skills. We are learning how to identify good student skills in ourselves and others.
We met with our reading buddies and took part in the cardboard challenge in our classroom. We built ramps for our matchbox cars. We were introduced to the design process. We planned, designed, created, tested, analyzed, and reworked. The students worked very well with their 5th grade buddies(am) and their 3rd grade buddies(pm). The process was amazing and impressive to watch. Their ramps were awesome! We kept some of the ramps up to be able to play with next week. We worked so hard to build them but we did not have much time to play with them so we'll play next week.
We listened to a story about Johnny Appleseed and painted a tree and used apples to create apple prints on our tree.
In reading, we learned about the letter Ss. the word see, and focused on learning with our senses this week. We also practices taking a Unit assessment. We did a little everyday and it took us the whole week to complete it. This is the same process we will take when we take our unit 2 assessment. The students work well when it is broken down in chunks. We practiced using our private offices, listening carefully to the directions, stories, and questions. I read all questions out loud and they answer them by circling pictures on their page. This time we went over each section as we did them so they could learn and understand the process. The students loved using the private offices(2 manila folders standing up to give each student privacy).
In Math, we created in our number station all week. We built using a certain number of that material. We focused on number 5-8 this week. The children took tours of their creations to be able to observe that the same number of objects can look very different when built differently but all creations still had the same number of items. We practiced writing numbers 3, and 4. We did this using play dough, shaving cream, salt, writing on dry-erase boards, and finally writing in their Handwriting journals. We practiced identifying groups of dots and worked with a five frame. As children progress in their understanding of numbers, they will become very fast at identifying groups of objects even without counting them.
Next week we will be learning about the letter Pp and high frequency word a. Our essential question will be How do tools help us? We will study pumpkins and continue to work with apples. We will estimate and count by 10's. Please continue to read daily with your children and review letters and high frequency words. When practicing letters, please focus on both upper and lower case letters. High frequency words that we have learned so far are I, can, the, we, and see.
In need of Wish List Items- Clorox/sanitizing wipes, Small waters, 2 medium sized pumpkins, cardboard of any kind, masking tape
We had another great week. The students continue to build stamina. Friday-all the students had more energy than last week. I am so proud at how they are doing. They are reading and practicing forming letters and numbers throughout the week and I have seen amazing gains. I hope they all tell you that they know how to read. They are all readers! We are finishing Unit 1 in our Wonders Unit this week and they will bring home several paper books that they can read independently to you. These would be great books to have the children take part in their daily reading time with you. They can read from this collection to you and adults or older siblings can continue to read higher level picture books to them. Please continue practicing their sight words with them=I, the, can, we , and see. We will learn how to take a unit assessment this week. Unit assessments will happen at the end of our even numbered units. They will take a small part of the assessment everyday for the week until the assessment is complete. This breaks it up into manageable pieces. This week we will focus on the letter Ss. Our new essential question is How can senses help you learn?
In math, we have been focusing on writing numbers 1 and 2, graphing, counting to 20, counting backward from 20, identifying numbers and counting groups, exploring pattern blocks, identifying 2D shapes, and finding numbers in our environment. We taste tested 3 different kind of apples and graphed which one we liked the best-Honey Crisp apples were the most popular! We graph our weather daily and we found out that September was a sunny month. We have been in school 19 days and the students are anxious to reach 100-we love the number 100! They have been begging to do a movement song where we count to 100 so we will start doing that next week!
Both class visited the library for the first time. Mrs. Charles read to us in the morning and Mrs. Bradley in the afternoon and then we were able to choose and check out a book to bring back to our class until the next library visit.
This week we will have Music for the first time. Mr. Saunders will come to our classroom to provide a music class.
The students had an amazing week. I see their stamina building everyday. They are working really hard. I am very impressed with their behavior and their work.
We met Ms. Brown today. She is our guidance counselor and she comes into the room to teach social skills. The students are going to learn to be Social Detectives. We reviewed whole body listening(eyes looking, ears listening, voices quiet, body still). We have hand movements to go with each one. Mrs. Brown brought puppy-the puppet to introduce to the class.
We also met our reading buddies. The morning class met their 5th grade buddies from Mrs. Elliot's class and the afternoon class met their 3rd grade buddies from Mrs. Grenier's class. This was a great time for the Kindergarten students to showcase the reading they have been doing and listen to a friend read.
We focuses on the letter Mm all week. We practiced writing it and connected the letter sound to the letter name. We have learned 3 high frequency words so far(I, can, the). The children should be able to recognize these words in their reading. Great words to practice at home!
We've continued to focus on identifying and learning about the numbers 1-10 and identifying and learning our shapes. Kindergarten used different lengths paper strips to describe and compare measurable attributes. We used vocabulary such as length, longer, match, equal, same , shorter, and medium. The children were great mathematician observing all they noticed about the strips.
Ask your child about the book Chrysanthemum. We read it at the beginning of the school year and have been working on a cutting project about how many letters in their name.
We will visit the library for the first time this year and participate in a music class in our room with Mr. Saunders-our music teacher.
Our letter of the week - Aa
High frequency word -we
Essential Question- How do baby animals move?
In math, we will be exploring pattern blocks, count objects, continue getting to know numbers, and start graphing.
Welcome to my new website. I will be posting updates of the happenings of the classroom on this website. We have had an amazing start of the year. All the children have really made the classroom their home away from home. They have quickly bonded and made new friends. They are enthusiastic about their learning. They toured the school and have worked on many different activities in the classroom. They have painted, cut, and practiced writing and reading. They have used many different materials to learn such as shaving cream, playdough, crayons, markers, and much more. We have sang and danced. We have had a blast!
Back to School Night
Tuesday September 19th at 5:30pm-6:00pm
You are invited to come to the classroom and check out the classroom and learn about the Kindergarten curriculum and expectations. I will begin my presentation at 5:30. Feel free to come a few minutes early. This is a parents/guardians presentation only-no children please.