Congratulations to all of the kindergarten students! The have successfully completed their first month of kindergarten. They have done a great job learning their entrance routine independently and have all connected with their classmates and formed new friendships. I have really enjoyed getting to know all of their personalities. They are a lot of fun.
Monday- September 30th is Picture day. If you would like to order school pictures-please send in the picture form with your child on Monday.
Friday-October 4th is Kindergarten's Cardboard Challenge. We will be building ramps for matchbox cars. If you have any cardboard to spare-please send it to the kindergarten class by October 4th.
Birthday Note-We celebrate student birthdays by singing to them and giving them a card and pencil from their teachers and making them feel special throughout the day. We ask that parents do not send in food as birthday treats for the class. You are welcome to put something special in your child's lunch box to enjoy.
End of class plan change-please remember, if there is a change to your child's dismissal(different person picking up, taking a different bus, or getting picked up instead of taking bus etc.)-please either send a note in your child's folder(best option) or call the office and let them know of the change.
Afternoon drop off-we try to head to class at 11:20. If you child arrives after that time, please check them into the office so the office can notify us that they are on their way up to class. You can sign in and choose to walk them up.
What have we been doing/learning?
Free choice and play
We start our day with free choice. The children sign in and choose a part of the room and materials they would like to play with. This is an important time for the children to make independent choices according to their interests and practice socials skills and problem solving in appropriate ways. It provides teachers with a time to help them practice these skills.
We do a lot of learning first thing in our morning meeting. We do the pledge daily. We learn the days of the week and the months of the year. Ask your student to sing both songs to you. We count on the calendar and do place value by counting how many days we have been in school. We observe weather and chart the weather of the day and look at monthly weather patterns. Grouptime is a great time to work on identifying numbers, days of the week, and months of the year. Each child takes turns doing a daily job-pledge leader, calendar, weather, days of the week, number of the day, turtle feeder, light person, line leader, and caboose. We end grouptime with a movement activity-we do educational songs and dances.
WIN Time(what I need time)
We have started "groups". We assessed all the students in reading skills such as letter ID, letter sound ID, rhyming, and beginning sound identification. We formed groups according to each student's needs. In the morning, the students are in groups for 20 or 30 minutes with Mrs. Lamontagne, Mrs. Bono, Mrs. Marchesseault, Mrs. Dodge, Mrs. McCoy, or Mrs. Wayland. They either work in my class, Mrs. Lamontagne's class, or the reading room. In the afternoon, they work with Mrs. Marchesseault, Mrs. Dodge, Mrs. McCoy, or Mrs. Wayland. They either work in my class or the reading room.
Depending on which group they are in, they can be working on such things as letter ID, letter sounds, high frequency words, rhyming, blending words, and reading. We do this through different games, materials, books, and papers.
We have started our handwriting program. The children learn how to form each letter. The children learn how to hold a pencil, start their letters at the top, and place their letters correctly on the lines. They learn the size of the letters, how many times their pencil makes contact with one of the lines(top, middle, or bottom). They assess if letters are star quality. They trace and write letters on their own. The lines they are learning are called standing tall line, laying down line, forward slant line, backward slant line, smile, frown, super c, and clock line. All letter are formed with these lines.
In literacy we practice our handwriting, take part in reading groups, and take part in activities that practice reading skills such as sorting by beginning sound, practicing high frequency words, rhyming, and other reading skills. We do this with simple books and hands on activities. In reading, we have focused on the letter Mm and next week will be Aa. We have learned high frequency words I, can, the, and next week will be we. The children are responsible for being able to read the high frequency words that we have learned so far-please practice these words at home too.Each week, we focus on an essential question. Last week's question was -How can we be good friends? and next week will be -How do baby animals move?
We have been focusing on basic math skills and exploring math materials. We are practicing counting to 20, identifying numbers to 10, making patterns, identifying shapes(circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, hexagon, and trapezoid), sorting by color, size, and shape, counting groups, matching a number to that group, placing numerals in order, and writing numbers to 10.
We learned what it is like to be an inventor and we invented ways for "bobby" our bobby pin to land more slowly on the ground by floating safely to the ground. The students created with paper different ways to help "Bobby" float slowly. They worked on this with their buddies. We learned that inventors create, analyze, and adjust and sometimes recreate.
We also learned about apples. We painted with apples, read about apples, and made applesauce. We observed the changes the apples went through as they were cooked into applesauce.
We learned what the Constitution is on Constitution day. We learned some basic history and what the constitution is.
What can you do at home?
practice identifying letters-both upper case and lower case
practice identifying number to 10 and then once mastered to 20
count to 20 then once mastered to 100
color and cut things out with kids scissors
Practice words I, can, the, we
Read for 20 minutes daily
Great ways to do this include games, playdough, shaving cream, posting letters and numbers in different places at home and in the car and practice them. Use a flashlight to point at and identify letters and numbers.