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We have another fun week of learning planned in Room 1 this week. Monday was Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We celebrated with reading many favorites by Dr. Seuss and also by doing a fun art project of creating The Cat in The Hat. I have put a sign up sheet outside the classroom door for guest readers. If this week doesn’t work for you, I can always extend it into next week.
On Monday we had gardening with Kathleen. We got to plant our planter box outside the classroom door with sugar snap peas. The timing was perfect because we are learning all about seeds and the life cycle of a seed this week. Our lead story is called Seeds. It is an informational book. A few of our new vocabulary words this week are sprouting and moisture. We will be doing a variety of independent activities in worktime around the theme of seeds and how seeds grow.
In math, we have a new calendar pattern. It is an AABBAABB pattern. We are also beginning to learn about probability through a daily spinner game. We will be recording the results each day. We are continuing to learn about problem solving through story problems using sea creatures. We will be introducing the concept of subtraction this month, and then revisiting it through out the rest of the year.
Beginning this Friday, we will have an opportunity to work with Taiko Drumming each day for 5 days. This is our artist residence. We will be culminating the experience with a performance. Stay tuned for more information on that.
This week, we are finally back to a normal schedule. We had such a fantastic time at Goodnight Moon. Thank you volunteers who chaperoned the field trip.
This week, our lead story for Language Arts in called Seeds. It is an informational text so there is a strong science connection. We will be learning about what seeds need to grow, observing different type of seeds, learning how seeds travel, and how like all living things seeds grow and change. Our comprehension focus is on sequencing, and drawing conclusions. This is a great time to be learning about plant growth as Spring emerges all around us. We will be looking around our environment for signs of Spring. I’m hoping it will warm up enough soon so that we can plant our classroom planter box soon.
In math, Ms. Ashley is beginning a unit on story problems using sea creatures. We will start by acting out different scenarios in the imaginary ocean. Then we will be attaching numeral to the stories and learning how to solve them in different ways. We will have lots of opportunities to solve number problems throughout this unit.
The 100th day of school is this Thursday. We will have a fun filled day of 100′s activities. We will rotate through the other kindergarten classrooms and do fun activities.
Monday, March 3rd is Read Across America Day. In the past, we have done Grandparents and special Friends day on the same day. We have decided as a school to continue to invite folks, but the focus has shifted to focus on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America. We have noticed over the years that the children who do not have a grandparent or special friend are very sad. It is very difficult for some families to have a person available to come for their child. This way, people can still come, but if a child doesn’t have someone it eliminates the stress.
From 2-2:45 We will be inviting guest readers to the room (grandparents are great). I will be sending out an email asking if you are expecting someone so I can get an idea if 45 min. is enough. The whole day will be a number of fun activities in our room related to Dr. Seuss. Anyone can come to any part of our fun day, however the guest reader portion will be 2-2:45.
In Room 1 we had a great Valentine’s friendship party. Thanks for all the sweet notes and thoughts. Valentine’s day is one of my favorites in Kindergarten. I love to see all the kindness and caring that goes with this holiday.
We are all looking very forward to our field trip to the Northwest Children’s Theater on Thursday to see Goodnight Moon. We will be leaving the school at about 10:50 so we will be eating an early lunch. Once again, please send a little extra for a snack when we return.
This week in Writer’s Workshop we are focusing on our “how to” stories. We are going to write a group “how to” story, and then moving on to writing them independently. In science, we are going to continue to learn about the process of making paper. We are also going to continue learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. In math, we are still working with 3 dimensional shapes, problem solving, playing partner games and writing number sentences.
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The past few weeks have felt like a whirl wind. It was so great to be back with the kids after the long snowy break. I hope you all had a great time playing in the snow. The kids had a lot to write about for weekend news. They all seemed very excited to share their adventures.
This week, we are continuing with our story Farfallina and Marcel. We are learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, and continuing with the theme of growing and changing. We are going to be sequencing the story, doing water color butterflies, predicting the next event, and assembling a mixed up sentence using our new vocabulary and word wall words. In writing, we are beginning to use the transitional words, first, then, next and last. We are using them in writing about the life cycle of a butterfly, and then will transition into independently writing a “how to” piece using those words.
In math, we are learning the 3 dimensional shapes, (sphere, cylinder, cube and cone) We have learned a fun song to help us remember the words for those shapes, and how to use mathematical vocabulary to describe them.
Thursday, we will be working again with Sandy Reid from “Talk about Trees”. We are making paper and learning about the process. Fun!
Next week on Thursday, we have our field trip to the Northwest Children’s Theater to see Goodnight Moon. We are all very excited about it.