We had a fun week in kindergarten. Unfortunately, we had a lot of absences, so we are missing some of our friends right now. We are hoping everyone will be at school on Monday. We have been working on publishing our last narrative pieces because we begin our "how to" writing when we return to school from winter break. In math, we have been working on word problems that include one more than or one less than a number. We completed our last science lesson in our push and pull unit. Next week, we have some fun investigations to do to wrap up our unit. These investigations will be a great way for me to assess what the kiddos have learned.
We will be sharing our Christmas traditions this coming week. If you would like to participate in this project, we would like to begin sharing on Monday or Tuesday.
Next week is our last week to get in some play practice, so I am hoping I get to see all of my kiddos. Please give them lots of rest, and feed them lots of chicken noodle soup. We are also making Christmas gifts next week. Big week!
I will be handing out the book exchange assignments on Monday, December 10th.
Grady's 1/2 birthday is on Tuesday, December 11th.
Dress rehearsal for the winter show is on Wednesday, December 12th at 8:15. **Please send your child to school in the outfit they will be wearing to the winter show (remember Christmas colors). I have the aprons at hats here at school.**
Our holiday boutique shopping day is on Thursday, December 13th.
Tristan's birthday will be celebrated on Friday, December 14th. His birthday is December 15th.
The winter show is Tuesday, December 18th at 6pm (arrival is 5:15).
Polar Express Day is Wednesday, December 19th.
Information will be going home soon about our class party on Thursday, December 20th.
There will not be any new words of the week or letters to practice for the last two weeks. We are going to be very busy here in kindergarten. There is a lot to get done!
I hope you all have a beautiful and restful weekend! See you on Monday =)
Good Afternoon, Kindergarten Family!
It was a fun week back! I am so proud of these kids! Sometimes the littles have a hard time returning to school after a long break and getting back to business. Not this class! They did some great writing pieces, reviewed their letter writing practice, participated in fun science lessons, read books to me and each other, and got into the full swing of Module 3 in their math books. On top of all of that, they practiced their little hearts out for the winter show! They are amazing! They have been very kind to each other, and friendships are blossoming. I told them that we can bring share back next week! Our share days are on Wednesday and Friday.
Wednesday sharers are:
Friday sharers are:
Next week, I would like to add a special lesson to Social Studies. I would really appreciate it if your child knows about their special Christmas Traditions. It would be a great lesson to teach the kiddos about holidays around the world. I will be sending home more information next week regarding this special request. I know the kids will enjoy sharing and learning =)
Our words of the week next week will be:
The letters we will be working on will be e, r, and p.
Thank you for practicing their sight words and letters at home!
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! Thank you for all of your support! I truly appreciate all of you!
Happy Friday, Kindergarten Family!
I hope you all had a great week! We had a wonderful week here in kindergarten! We have been busy all week bringing our units to an end as we prepare for Thanksgiving break. Today is the last day of the trimester, and I will be working on report cards this weekend. They will be going home to you next Friday the 16th of November.
Next week is going to be a fun filled week for the kids! We are going to begin practicing for our Christmas show, we are making Thanksgiving crafts, and we have our Thanksgiving feast on Friday. The feast is going to be a very special event! I am so excited to have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful meal with my class, all of the other classes, and the staff here at Oakhill! Thank you so much to all of you who are donating to make this very special dinner possible!
The words of the week next week are:
The letters we will be working on are a, d, and s.
I encourage you to work with your child daily for a few minutes with learning their sight words (the words of the week) and their weekly letter practice. Thank you for your support! I appreciate the team we have!
I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!
Happy Friday, Kindergarten Family!
This was a fun week in kindergarten! Halloween was a great day! The kids were so exhausted yesterday, so we played math games, had some science fun, and then we watched a Halloween cartoon. Today, we learned about Dia De Los Muertos, and Izel's family provided popcorn treats for us to celebrate. Then we had fun Friday =)
Next week is going to be a very busy week. We are starting a new narrative story in writing. Our letters that we are focusing on are u, c, o, and g. Our words of the week are going to be:
In science, we are going to be exploring objects moving down a ramp. There are three lessons, and the kids are going to have a blast being little scientists!
This coming week in math is when we are changing things around. Mr. Hughes will begin joining us during math on Monday. I was hoping to have him this week, but with Halloween, things got a little out of routine. This week, I focused on teaching the kids the new math games I picked up for their centers. I am eager to have some more small group time with them during math.
Next week, we are going to be working on our Christmas show! They are going to be performing in the Nutcracker with grades TK-3rd. We are setting the date next week, so more information will be coming soon.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
Good afternoon, Kindergarten family!
What a fun and crazy week! The pumpkin patch was so much fun, and I am still reflecting on how awesome all of the kids were at their first assembly they hosted!
We also had a very busy week of learning! I had reading conferences with the kids, and I am not ready to move anyone up into a different level yet, but they are doing pretty well with their readers. Thank you for your support at home! They have shared with me that they do like Raz-Kids =) I want to communicate that I do not want Raz-Kids to replace books. They should still read books each day, and you reading to them daily is also very powerful. If you ever have any questions, please reach out to me.
In phonics this week, we practiced the proper letter formation of n and m. We also started writing complete sentences together. When your little one is writing at home, please reinforce that they should always form their letters from top to bottom, and they should be writing in lowercase letters. If your child uses uppercase letters in his or her name other than the first letter, please practice writing the first letter uppercase and the rest lowercase. That would be very helpful =)
Math is getting more difficult for the kids, so we are revamping things in here. Starting on Monday, Mr. Hughes (the 3rd grade teacher) will be in our class helping out during math time. We are so fortunate that he is donating his prep time to be with us!
Because of our short week with our field study and the assembly, we were unable to do much in science and social studies. Next week, we will be focusing on Veterans because Veteran's Day is quickly approaching.
Next Wednesday is Halloween! The kids may dress up for school. They are not allowed to have weapons, masks, or inappropriate costumes. In order to dress up, the ASB asks that they donate $2 as a part of a fundraiser they are doing. If they are not interested in participating, they should come to school dressed in their school uniform. Halloween is also Ellie's birthday! Wednesday is going to be full of fun and treats. The energy is always high on Halloween, so it will be a fun day! The next day is a little different. A lot of the kids are usually tired. Thursday will be an easier day, so it will be a review day. Friday, November 2nd is a minimum day. I am realizing as I write this, I better get mentally prepared for next week!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
We had a great day at the pumpkin patch learning about pumpkins and farm life. Thank you so much to our awesome chaperones for helping today run so smoothly! We are very grateful for you all!
We have another busy week here in kindergarten! Tomorrow is Emma's birthday, and we have a new student joining us tomorrow. His name is Leonardo, and he is such a sweet boy!
Our kindergarten assembly is on Wednesday, and we hope to see you all there. It is at 2pm in the MPR. The Kindergarteners are eager to get on stage and show off what they have been learning.
We will begin practicing our words of the week this week. They are:
Please help your child practice these words at home. They are so excited to become better readers and writers, and we would love your support!
Because this is such a busy week, we are going to hold off on sharing this week. We have so much to do and not enough time. Thank you for understanding.
I cannot believe it, but Halloween is next week, and the kids can dress up for school. The only rules are they cannot wear masks, have weapons, and their costume need to be school appropriate please. Halloween day is so much fun in kindergarten, and to make it even more exciting, it is Ellie's birthday!
Lots of high energy days ahead! I hope you all have a wonderful evening!
Hello Families =)
Happy Friday! I am so happy our weather cooled down! The kids are enjoying it too! I was hoping with this great weather we were going to play our soccer game during science while teaching about force and motion, but our extra time quickly filled up with our MAP testing. Next week, we will have our match!
This week during language arts, I assessed all of this kids with their letter and sound recognition. I also did this assessment in the beginning of the year, and I am seeing results. However, I have made the decision to spend even more time on phonics, and it will cut into our writing time a little. It is so important for all of the kids to have automatic letter recognition and sound recognition for them to become great writers. We are also working hard on proper letter formation because we do not want to develop poor writing habits. We will continue writing narratives during writing, but I wanted to communicate that most of our time is going to be dedicated to phonics until we are where we should be. I also want to let you know that if your child does not need the extra practice at any time, he or she will continue to write with different lessons to focus other than phonics. I do not want anyone bored in here or regressing, and I do not want anyone feeling lost at the same time. I am sure you understand =) Thank you so much for your support!
We finished the first half of our module in math, so we will be taking an assessment next week. After the assessments are done, the kids will be bringing home math homework. Please continue to have your child practice writing their numbers 0-5, counting up 0-10, counting down 0-10, and identifying the missing number 0-10. They would also benefit from practicing what is one more than and one less than.
We now have Raz-Kids accounts to help us become readers, so I will be giving out their passwords to you next week. Logging on to Raz-Kids each night will also help your child with their letter and sound recognition. If your child is already a reader, Raz-Kids will help them grow as stronger readers. It will be a great tool for your little one. If you would like to check it out, here is the address:
Make up pictures are October 9th.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up on the 19th of October. If you have not sent in the paper indicating a time that works best for you, please do. There is no school on this day, but daycare IS available.
The Fall Festival is on October 20th. We would LOVE volunteers, and we hope to see you there! I will be there to hang out and play with my class the whole time!
On October 22nd, we are going to Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. (Permission slips and more information are going home on Monday.)
Kindergarten will be performing at the school-wide assembly on October 24th, and you are invited! It is at 2pm in the MPR.
Thank you for all of your support! We truly appreciate you! I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
Hello Families =)
Another amazing week in Kindergarten! I cannot believe how fast the first six weeks of school have gone by! I was just sharing with Mrs. Sweeney how proud I am of the kids. They know what is expected of them, they have built up their stamina for learning, and they come to school happy every day! Then today, the music teacher, Mr. Jones, came up to me and told me that Kindergarten has come a long way. He too is very proud of them!
On Wednesday, we celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday, and we had a lot of fun! All of our subjects were centered around apples. They loved the science lesson that day. We made apple volcanoes (courtesy of apples, baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar), and they learned the life cycle of an apple. I hope they shared all about it with you. We also tasted three different types of apples, and we graphed which ones were the best tasting during math.
Our phonics lessons began teaching us proper letter formation this week. On Thursday, we started with the lowercase letter a. Proper letter formation is so important to learn in kindergarten. If I send your child home with practice sheets, please spend a little time with them because they need a little extra support, and send them in the following day.
During science, we are continuing to focus on forces and interactions. I am hoping it cools down next week because we are going to be playing a soccer game to demonstrate the different forces and interactions with the soccer ball. I am sure they are going to really enjoy it!
In math, we will be working with numbers to 10 until the beginning of November. I still hear some groans during math, but it is the hardest subject for the little ones to sit still through. That is why I always start with a mini lesson, and I make sure we get to play a math game that correlates with what we are working on. The movement really helps. I do not want them building any walls during certain subjects, so I try hard to put the fun in everything we do.
Next week, we have two birthdays! Samantha's is on Monday, October 1st. Omar's is on Thursday, October 4th, and we have a minimum day (FREE DRESS) on Friday, October 5th. Dismissal is at 11:45. It is going to be a busy week!
I hope you all have a nice weekend. Let's hope it cools down!
Hello Families =)
Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week! We did! Thank you to everyone that was able to come last night to Back to School Night. I am enjoying getting to know all of you! If you were unable to make it, I am always available to chat or meet. The same goes if you ever have any questions or concerns. I did forget to mention last night that I love celebrating the kids' birthdays, so when we have a birthday in here, I decorate the classroom the night before to surprise them. When it is your child's birthday, please let me know how you would like us to celebrate. I have had parents drop off treats in the morning, bring in treats at the end of the day, and I have had parents do a mini party with pizza. It is completely up to you. We can plan it together.
We had our share day for our Friday sharers. Just a reminder that share days are ongoing. Your child can bring in ONE share that fits in a backpack. Here is the schedule again:
In math this week, I introduced our 4th center for math rotations, so we will be enjoying all of our rotations soon.
Writing is moving forward from pictures to sounding out our words. Next week, phonics focuses on letter formation for lowercase letters. This unit will take a few weeks, but it is so important.
In science this week, we focused on pushes and pulls. Next week, we are focusing on forces and interactions.
We are continuing to build our classroom community around kindness for social studies. I should have mentioned last night that I have patience for days when it comes to kids being kids and getting loud and silly at times. However, I am not okay when little ones are hurt (emotionally or physically), so I like to spend a good amount of time building a loving, safe classroom environment in here.
I am looking forward to next week! I hope you all have an amazing weekend! See you on Monday!
Hello Families =)
We had an amazing (short) week in kindergarten! I truly enjoyed the special lesson and discussion we had about heroes on September 11th. We were able to have our marble party to celebrate being awesome on Wednesday, and today we had our first science lesson! The kids are growing quickly as learners. We are able to focus on each subject for 25 minutes compared to 5 minutes the first week. I am so proud of all of the hard work they put in each day.
In math we are working on our numbers to 10. Every student would benefit from writing their numbers 0-10 facing the correct direction and in sequential order.
During language arts, we focus on letter sounds and recognition. The children are sounding out words and writing them to tell their story along with their picture. They are also working hard on identifying the beginning, middle, and ending of a story.
We started our first science unit today. The first unit of study is Pushes and Pulls (Physical Science). During our lesson, the students brainstormed what objects move and how they move. Next week, we will become investigators and explore things around the school that move.
Next Thursday, September 20th, is Back to School night. It begins at 6pm in the MPR. I hope you can all make it.
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I hope you all have a beautiful three day weekend! See you on Monday =)
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