Reminders-please send your child to school with a folder daily with their name on it. You can send notes to me in there and I will send paperwork and notes back home in the same folder.
Afternoon Kindergarten- Mrs. Dodge and I will meet you at the front door to the school at 11:20am. Please try to arrive by 11:20am. I have such a short time with your children, I like to use every minute I can!
Wish list priority items needed-disinfectant wipes to clean off tables and empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls for a craft on Friday.
All the children have had a great start of the year. The are super social and talkative. They already seem very comfortable in the classroom and with each other. Please keep me in the loop of how they are reporting liking school at home. I want to make sur their first "big school" experience is a great one!
Last week, we spent time getting to know the classroom and the expectations. We are getting used to the entrance routine, standing in line, and working together. We played name games to get to know each other and sang and danced while working on learning our letters and numbers. We are learning the expectations throughout the day in different areas of our classroom and outside. We are also learning that we are "learners". It is OK to not know something yet-we will learn how to do it. We do not use the words "I can't" in class. WE CAN! We are reading a lot of books to support that message(growth mindset) and teach social skills as well. We practiced fire drills in both groups-everyone did great. They tolerated the alarm very well.
This week, we will start gathering information though quick assessments. We will be looking at prereading skills such as letter ID, letter sounds, rhyming, and name identification. We will also be looking at number ID, quantity discrimination(knowing how many dots there are), and concept application. This will only be a very small part of their day. The rest of the day will be focused on reading stories related to our essential question-How are we special?, reviewing and learning letters, starting to learning high frequency words-our first word is I. We are also starting to write and draw in our journals. We are playing number gains, exploring pattern blocks, comparing lengths, and writing numbers. These are just some examples of the things we will be doing. We will be learning through play based activities. Ask your child what their favorite part of the day was.
At this point, there are no allergies in the classroom. We will be starting to do cooking type activities. If there are any foods that you do not want your child having, please let me know.