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.