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.