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These few weeks right before winter break are always filled with lots of energy and excitement. We have been doing lots of fun activities while maintaining our regular routines. It’s a tricky balance. It’s really hard to believe we are already in Mid December. It seems like the year is flying. I am so enjoying this class and am amazed at how much they have grown and learned since September.
This week, our lead story is A Bed for The Winter, written by Karen Wallace. This book is an informational text. It is about animals and their habitats in winter. Our comprehension skill is sequencing. This story has a strong science component. We are going to finish off this week’s worktime on next Monday and then will not be doing our regular centers next week because of a number of other scheduled activities. On this Friday we will be going to our 4th grade buddy classroom to watch a performance that they have been working on. Today we are all very excited to go on our field trip and see the play Mary Poppins. I’ve heard it’s fantastic! Next Wednesday is a late opening. Next Thursday we will be rotating Kindergarten classrooms and each of us will be teaching about a various holiday’s and traditions. Ms. Camille will be focusing on Solstice, Ms. Ashley will teach about Las Posadas, and I will be teaching about Hanukah. This is always a fun event. On December 19th we will be exchanging cards and having a little celebration with our buddy class.
This week has been rainy, but rather warm. I like to take the kids out to play and get fresh air if it’s not raining too hard, so if you could please be sure they wear some sort of water resistant coat on those kinds of days that would be great.
We are continuing with our story from last week titled Bear Snores On. This week we will be reading a non-fiction book about bears in winter and comparing the fiction book with the non-fiction. We will be listing facts we learned about bears and responding on a graphic organizer. I will be displaying our corduroy bears outside the classroom with a literacy connection so be sure to stop by and see them.
Each Monday morning when kids arrive, their morning work is Weekend News. I find it to be very helpful for kids if there is a conversation in the morning on Monday before school begins to recount what they did on the weekend. This way, we avoid the “I don’t remember” problem and also, it makes for more accuracy and variety in their writing. So, if you can remember to just remind your child in the morning about what they did on the weekend that would be terrific!
As we are approaching the holidays, I want to let you know how we discuss and learn about the holidays in Kindergarten. I make a point to teach the kids that there are all sorts of different beliefs in the world and that not all people celebrate Christmas. We will be learning about many different cultural traditions that happen in the Winter. We will learn about Hanukah, Diwali, Los Posadas, Solstice, and Kwanzaa. It is always a fun filled month with so much learning.
December 10th: Field Trip to NWCT to see Mary Poppins
December 17th: Late Opening
December 22nd – Jan 5th Winter Break
This week our lead story is Bear Snores On. It is a fiction story about a bear who is asleep for the winter, while his forest friends are having a party in his den. I am pairing this story with a non-fiction book about bears. We have been learning about the difference between informational and fiction books and how you read them for different purposes and organize your thinking in a different way. We will be talking about characters, setting and sequence of events with our fiction book. We are recalling important information about our non-fiction book. Our art connection this week is in creating our own Corduroy. It was a very fun project.
This week in math, we are continuing learning about patterns, working with numbers to 10 using 10 frames, working more in depth with shapes, describing shapes and continuing to practice using tally marks. We have also been graphing the weather and collecting and comparing data. Each day, as a math activity we look at the question of the day, count and compare the answers. We then come up with a target number which is the number of kids in our class on that day. We then create a number sentence using the numbers in each column. This give the kids practice each day in using teen numbers, comparing larger numbers and creating an equation. We also practice other skills such as counting on, telling how many more etc.
In Writer’s Workshop I am encouraging students to add detail to their stories. At this point, the word wall is growing. Please practice these words at home with your child. They should be able to read and write these words independently. ( am, can, have, I, is, little, like, me, see, to, the, went, my, we)
Looking ahead: Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday November 27th, Friday November 28th
Field trip to see Mary Poppins December 10th
This week our lead story is called Animal Babies in Grasslands. This story is a continuation of Unit 2 which is looking at Animal habitats and environments. There is a strong social studies and science component to this unit. Our focus this week is on animal babies. Our vocabulary words include, calf, cub, joey, grassland, pup and foal. The comprehension skill focus this week is Main Idea. I will be introducing 2 new word wall words (me, see). It would be very beneficial for you child to practice these words at home as well. At this point we have covered all letter names and letter sounds. We have been very focused on the short vowel sounds in the past few weeks. It is imperative for them to know these sounds to be able to decode unfamiliar words and to write unfamiliar words.
In writers workshop, we have been focusing on getting a main character or characters and having a setting. Today we brainstormed possible characters and possible settings. We wrote fiction stories. Some examples of stories were mermaids in outer space, a turtle and a dolphin in Hawaii, and another was about a zebra and a monkey in the zoo. We are working on getting stories beyond “I like to ride my bike”. It is a process, but we are on the way.
In math, we are continuing to sort and classify, look at repeating and growing patterns, solving problems in multiple ways, and really focusing hard on using tally marks to group numbers by 5’s. We have been graphing the weather as well.
This week is going to be another cold one. Please have your kids bring hats and warm winter coats. We will be going outside to get movement regardless of the temperature.
Looking ahead: November 19th is Picture retake day, November 27-28 No school for Thanksgiving break, December 10th Field trip to Northwest Children’s Theater to see Mary Poppins
I can’t believe we are already in the month of November. We are about a quarter of the way through the school year. As I work on assessing your kids, I am thoroughly amazed at how much we have learned and accomplished, and how much more we have to do this year.I so enjoying having time to meet with each family and get to know you all a little better. I always love sharing the amazing progress the kids are making at conferences.
This week, our lead story is a fictional story called Armadillo’s Orange. Our comprehension focus this week is setting. We are learning about animal habitats and will be comparing and contrasting it to other animal homes. Our vocabulary words for this week are : tortoise, grub, landmark, neighbor, burrow and armadillo. There is a strong science connection with this lead story which always makes for high interest.
We have been working VERY hard on learning our letter sounds. We have a goal of learning all vowel sounds in the next few weeks. It makes it so much easier to write unfamiliar words, and to blend sounds for decoding unfamiliar words.
In math, we are creating shapes on our geoboards, learning a fun shape game called Hungry Caterpillar, learning a new pattern in our calendar and graphing weather daily.
In writing, we are working very hard on writing unfamiliar words, and remembering spacing and ending marks. We are making great progress!
In Art we have been continuing to do weekly art lesson based on the elements of art. Last week our focus was on line. We will be making very cool caterpillars using all kinds of line.
Looking ahead: Monday is a Teacher Planning Day. Tuesday is Veteran’s Day so we have no school.