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We had so much fun on our field trip to the Children’s Museum. The kids loved exploring all the exhibits. They were just exhausted when we returned. Thanks to the wonderful chaperones who helped make it a successful trip.
I can’t believe how little time we have left this year. This time of year is so emotional for kids. The feeling of anticipation for the transition to first grade can be very exciting and also very scary. We will be having lots of conversations in class over the next few weeks so that the kids will have a firm idea of what to expect and so that I can answer any of their questions. We will be visiting the first grade classrooms and meeting the first grade teachers.
We are looking forward to field day which is June 4th. We are also going to have a celebration with our buddy class the last week of school. We will be walking to Berkley Park together and playing in the park. I will be sending more information home about that when the date is firmly set. On the last day of school, I would like to invite anyone who can come to say goodbyes and to celebrate the great year we have had. Please come if you can at 2:00 pm.
Hello Room 1 Families,
There is so much going on this last part of the school year. This time of year is so bitter sweet for me because I am excited for the kids to become first graders, and yet I am so sad to see them move on. We have worked so hard in Room 1 to become independent learners, to learn to read and write, to learn how to solve problems, to learn to persevere when things are difficult and to learn how to be a part of a classroom community. This time of year is so enjoyable as I can watch the fruits of all of the hard work we have done pay off.
This week our lead story is called Messenger, Messenger. It is a story about a bicycle messenger in NY City. The kids are loving this story. We are learning about different occupations and how life is different in a big city.
Next week, we have a field trip, and we will begin our artist in residence with drama. Our class will go for 30 minutes a day for 2 weeks. Half the group will go at a time. They will play drama games and learn about performing. At the kindergarten level, they do not do a performance for the whole school. However, we are working on some Reader’s Theater plays that we may invite some guests to come watch. I’ll keep you posted on that.
I’m still smiling thinking about Art Night. I was so proud of all of the kids as artists, and as docents. They did a fantastic job. They were clearly extremely proud of the art they had created, and eager to share it with anyone who would listen. So cute!
This week we are finishing up our lead story Mayday, Mayday. We have had a lot of fun with this theme this week. I have observed the kids outside at recess acting out a coast guard rescue. We are loving watching our classroom garden space and how all the plants are really taking off. As I was browsing the school calendar today I was struck by just how little of the year we have left, and how many things we still need to accomplish. Its going to be a very busy month! We are all really looking forward to our final play at the Northwest Children’s Theater on Wednesday. Then in 2 weeks, we will be going to the Children’s Museum. I will also be scheduling a picnic at Berkley Park with our buddy class. It will most likely be the last week of school.
Math: I am introducing subtraction and we are learning some games for math centers based on subtraction. This is a confusing concept to most kindergarteners. We will have lots of opportunity to practice the skill over the next several weeks.
Science: We are going to be doing a little unit on Worms beginning next week. It will go on until the end of the school year. We will be observing worms, labeling worms, researching worms and writing about them.
Writers Workshop: We have completed our how to writing, and our riddles. Each child is going to be writing an All About book about an animal of choice. We will be sharing them with our kindergarten friends.
Readers Theater: We are going to be doing a little readers theater in our class over the next week. Depending on how it goes we may invite people in to see our short plays.
Our classroom garden is fully planted and is growing beautifully. The kids are really loving checking it out each day to see what is growing. We noticed that over the weekend the peas have flowers. We are observing the garden this week in worktime as our observation of an object from Nature.
We are gearing up for Art Night. The sign up sheet is outside the classroom. This event is always a very powerful experience for kids. They have so much pride in their work, and then to share it with adults is so exciting and empowering to them. It’s also so much fun to wander the school and see the art throughout the building. There is also planned performances, and dessert. We can’t wait.
Kids have started chattering about the transition to 1st grade. This is always a little anxiety provoking for kindergarteners. We will be doing lots of talking and listening to make the transition the least stressful as possible. It’s really an exciting time of year.
NWCT production of The Little Mermaid, May 13th
The Children’s Museum May 26th
This week in Room 1 our lead story is called Max Takes the Train. It is a fiction story about Max and Ruby. Our higher level vocabulary words are transportation, excursion, impatient, subway, sidecar, tunnel and ferryboat. This week we will be observing our class garden and writing our observations. This week, we are going to begin really discussing and making plans for our Family Art Night. I’m going to put out a sign up sheet by the end of the week for docents, and we will be talking about what a docent does and preparing kids for the evening. Once again, Art Night is the first Thursday in May, May 7th to be exact. This week we will have time with our buddy class on Friday, we will be visiting the school garden with Kathleen along with many other fun activities. Today in gym, the kids had a blast doing a May Pole, and driving little scooter cars. Last week we changed out a lot of books from book buckets that have gotten too easy. It was a thrill for me to hear all the kids reading their new books with such confidence. I so love this time of year when I get to see the fruits of my labors by watching them READ!
This week has been so much fun. We have been learning and preparing for Earth Day. On Wednesday we will have Earth Day activities all through out the day. We will get to do garden time with Kathleen. We will be making art out of recycled cardboard and recycled paper, learning a poem, learning a song and creating an earth day display. On Tuesday, we finished our riddles and read them to the kids in Ms. Patricia’s class, and then again to some 1st graders. We had a lot of fun. I was so proud of how the kids all got up in front of the class to read their riddle.
This week in Worktime our lead story is called Abuela. Abuela is Spanish for Grandma. The story is a fiction story about a young girl and her grandmother as they go on adventures together. The setting of the story is New York City. In the story we learned several spanish words. The kids really enjoyed the story. In math, we are continuing with problem solving and measurement.
Looking ahead: Art Night is May 7th. Please mark your calendars. It’s going to be so much fun. I will be asking for volunteers to help mount art and put art up in the next few weeks. Also, I will be putting out a sign up sheet for kids who would like to be docents on art night.
May 13th we will be going to see The Little Mermaid at the Northwest Children’s Theater.
May 26th we will be going to The Children’s Museum.