Good afternoon, kindergarten family!
Thank you for all of the birthday love this week! Good news is I feel young =) The kids keep me young, and I am so thankful I am able to spend my days with them.
Thank you for sending in all of the permission slips for our upcoming field study next Thursday. We still need someone to drive two kiddos down to the Science Center. Please let me know if you are interested.
Speaking of Science, we learned about the different weather patterns in each season this week. Next week, we are going to explore various Earth surfaces and the sun.
In math, we are continuing to work on number bonds. It is a very tricky unit, and there are not any kiddos that are able to do it on their own yet, so I am going to continue to hold off on math homework.
We started a fun writing piece this week, and we will be working on it for the next week and a half. We are continuing to work on How To pieces. I started the lesson off with the kids drawing a snowman on their own. Then I had them watch a step by step tutorial on how to draw a snowman, and they drew along with the artist (those went home in your child's white binder today). After they completed them, we talked about the steps it took to draw their super cool snowmen. There were nine steps, plus and introductory sentence, so there will be ten sentences in their writing piece. This is why I am giving it some time. We will work on a little each day, and so far, they are off to a great start! This brings me into our words of the week for next week because I want them seeing the most common transition words in How To writing pieces. The words of the week are going to be:
They also have new lowercase letters next week to practice printing, and they are:
During reading time, I was able to assess 10 kids this week, so I will finish up next week. I have been very impressed with the readers this week! Your child will begin bringing home a "just right" leveled book bag next week =)
For social studies last week and this week, we learned about Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. I hope your little one was able to share some things with you about him. If you have not looked through the book that kindergarten and first grade made together, it is in your child's white binder.
Please continue to look in your child's binder each night, as they may have homework if they did not finish classwork. Also, please continue to read with your little one and sign the reading log nightly.
Thank you so much for all of your support! I hope you all have a great weekend!
Good afternoon, kindergarten family!
I hope you all had a great week of getting back to the regular schedule. I know it was a struggle in my house. The kids were used to staying up a bit later and not having homework, but they were excited to see their friends. I have seen pretty much the same in here. Some of my friends have been pretty worn out by the end of the day, but everyone has been getting along so nicely. These are some of the sweetest kids I have taught. I truly adore them! Thank you for the gift of them!
We got right back to it on Tuesday. I planned on giving them a couple of days to get used to being at school again, but right away they showed they were ready, so we went for it!
In science we started a new unit about weather and climate. They are going to become little meteorologists, and we get to dig deeper in exploring the workshops at our field study to the San Diego Fleet Science Center.
We also started a new module in math. We have started module 4. Module 4 focuses on number pairs, and addition and subtraction to 10. We will be decomposing and composing numbers using the number bond model. As soon as the students understand the lessons, I will be sending them with homework to reinforce what we work on in class.
We are no longer writing narratives during writing. I introduced "How To" writing this week. This is our second writing unit. It teaches students the importance of giving details in their writing through details in the directions they give when they are teaching how to do something. We have a lot of fun with this unit, and the kids always enjoy playing the teacher.
The kiddos are also becoming great readers! I am going to begin DRA assessments next week. These assessments will tell me exactly what reading level they are at, so I can start sending home book bags each day with them to read with you.
There are a lot of new and exciting things going on, so if you have any questions, please reach out to me.
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
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