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This week, Our lead story is Farfallina and Marcel. This is a story about a true friendship. It is wonderful timing as we prepare for our Friendship celebration on Friday. 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 about 3 dimensional shapes including, sphere, cube, cone and cylinder. We are also beginning a unit on problem solving. We began with acting out math story problems. We will then be illustrating story problems and solving them using pictures and numbers.
We are all excited for our Friendship celebration on Friday. Please send a shoebox to school before Thursday for your child to decorate for storing their valentines.
Next week we will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Thursday the 18th, and then on the 19th we have our field trip to the NWCT production of Alice in Wonderland.
This week in Room 1 we have been learning about Chinese/Lunar New year. We have read many books and learned about the traditions of the asian holiday. We even learned how to say Happy New Year in Chinese! “Gung Hay Fat Choy”. Our lead story this week is Little Panda. This story has a strong tie to China as the non-fiction book takes place in China. I’m sure your child has shared with you that we have been observing the pandas with he Panda Cam at the San Diego Zoo. Next week we will be working with Gina Biehl again doing art for 4 weeks every Thursday morning. In Math, after assessing the kids and noticing so many reversals in number writing we have been working very hard on getting those numbers going the right way, along with so many other math skills. We are beginning to go more deeply into problem solving. Today we will be acting out sea creature stories to solve math equations. So much fun! In Writer’s Workshop, I introduced the idea of writing instructions for a topic you are very familiar with. We call it “How To” writing. Some how to writings included how to tie your shoe, how to feed your dog, how to swim in the deep end, how to draw a car. We will continue our work on “How To” writing this month. Over the next few weeks, we will be talking a lot about friendship and what it means to be a friend as we lead up to Valentines Day and our Friendship Party.
This week, our lead story is Little Panda. It is an informational book about a Panda born in China. The book discusses the life cycle of the panda as well as the fact that pandas are in danger of becoming extinct. We observed the panda at the San Diego Zoo through a live camera. It is called Panda Cam. The kids got very excited about it. We will continue to observe the pandas there throughout the week.
This week on Tuesday we have the Tree Lady coming to help our class make paper. We will be learning more about all the things trees give us.
We had a lot of fun last week with Crazy Hair Day. Amazingly enough it wasn’t too distracting during learning time. I’m impressed. The next spirit day theme will be Historical Figure Day. Good luck with that! :)
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This week in worktime we are focusing on the lead story Whose Garden is it. We learned a few new vocabulary words that we have been trying to use and have talked a lot about. They are the words exquisite, and inquiring. We have done lots of activities based on the story.
This week is a very special week for learning about history and equity. We are learning about Dr. Martin Luther King this week. We will be reading several books about his life and his work, doing an art project, learning a song, watching the “I have a dream” speech and talking all about how we can continue the work of Dr. King by having our own dreams of making the world a better place. We will also be learning about Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges. I always love teaching about Dr. King to kindergarten classes. 5 and 6 year olds have an amazing sense of justice. I’m sure your kids will want to share what they are learning with you at home.
We have been doing assessments to get ready for this terms report cards. Here are some things to be aware of. By the end of the year, kindergarteners should be able to count to 100, so at this point 50 would be on track to meet benchmark. Check your kids at home and see if they are able to count to 50. If not, that is something to work on. They should recognize numbers to 20 and be able to write them as well. They should be able to know that the number 15 is 1 group of 10 and 5 more. These are all concepts we work on daily in class. In literacy, they should be able to identify all upper and lower case letters and know most if not all of their letter sounds. We are working on blending sounds together to read unknown words. They should be able to read and write all the sight words on our word wall without hesitation ( am, are, at, a, can, for, go, have, I, is, it, little, like, me, my, see, to, the, went, we, was, you). They should be able to write a simple sentence using known words and segmenting sounds in unknown words. These are all things I’m looking at in their assessments and will share with you on their report cards. The kindergarten curriculum has gotten more rigorous as we are adopting state standards. It is important that we are working toward meeting more rigorous standards throughout all grade levels, and at the same time remember the importance of recognizing the whole child. It is my number 1 goal for each child to have a very positive school experience and to LOVE school. I love to hear the moan at the end of the day when its time to pass out folders and to hear kids say “I don’t want school to end”. And… I hear this every day. What a joy it is to do this job, and thank you for all of the support you give me.
This week is going to be filled with tons of fun in Room 1. We started the week with seeing the Portland Opera in an assembly. The kids were amazed and thrilled. It was a fantastic performance. We are continuing to read different versions of The Gingerbread Man. We will be voting later in the week on our favorite version. We will be making Gingerbread houses out of paper, and reenacting some of the different versions of the story. On Thursday, we will be going to our buddy class to watch them in a performance. In Writer’s Workshop we are going to begin learning about writing letters to people. If you send or receive letters over the break, please share them with your child. Discuss the address, the opening, the body of the letter and how it is signed at the end. These are all things we are going to be learning about in Room 1 over the next month.
If you have the time over break, it would be helpful to work with your children on writing the word wall words. These words should be able to be written without hesitation in lower case letters. The words are,(am, a, and, can, for, go, have, I, is, like, little, me, my, see, to, the, went, we, was, you). Most have it down, but more practice is very helpful. Enjoy your time at home with your children and I will look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
I hope y0u all had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday. I had a great time with my family, but have to admit I was very anxious to get back to work and see the kids in Room 1. A few fun things that are going on this week in Room 1. Today we met with Cindy Redmond and got to learn how to use the Speros. Using an Ipad, students were able to drive or manipulate a sphere shaped robot. They LOVED it. Our class also got to go to garden class with Kathleen. We learned about the difference between living things and non-living things. Plant vs. rock etc. We will have another art lesson with Gina this week to finish our art lesson from last week. A few big ideas from that lesson are, line, shape and color. We will be discussing warm and cool colors. We have a few new word wall words this week. They are you, and and. Please check in with your child to be sure they can read and write these words independently. 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.
Mr. Brent is beginning his math work sample this week. This work sample will culminate right before winter break. He will be teaching the math lessons on his own for this unit.
Please be sure to return your permission slip for our field trip to Shrek ASAP. We are all very excited for this trip.
We all got our Lewis Run For the Arts T-Shirts last week. We LOVE them. Thank you PTA!