Hello Kindergarten Family =)
I loved watching your kid take you on a tour of what they have been doing in class yesterday. They have all grown so much, and I am so proud of all of them! I enjoyed visiting with you all as well! Thank you for coming in!
This week we have been spending time learning about poems and writing our own poetry. So far, they have written Acrostic Poems and "I Like" Poems. Next week, they will be writing poems about colors. During writing time, the kids also began a new narrative writing piece, and it was so exciting to witness all of the amazing progress they have made in writing!
I assessed all of the students this past week on the Pre-K and Kindergarten sight words that I gave to you all at our conferences in October. These words are so important for each child to be able to read automatically as they help them to be successful readers in first grade. We are not able to spend a lot of time on these lists in class, so please help your kiddo learn them before they start first grade. These are also the word lists that I handed out yesterday. Thank you for working hard with your little one!
We are on our last lesson of module 4 in math. This past week has been a review week of the module, and the last lesson that we will complete on Monday is an assessment. In module 5, students clarify the meaning of the 10 ones and some ones within a teen number and extend that understanding to count to 100. We will also concentrate on composing and decomposing numbers 11-20.
In science we will continue to learn about animals. I also want to offer to any parents that are interested in your child working on an extra research project on an animal of their choice. This is offered to you because they will work on it during school time, but it will also be extra homework. So please let me know =)
I hope that you all have a beautiful weekend! Happy Easter!
Hello Kindergarten Family =)
We had an awesome week back to school! These kiddos are growing too fast =( This week was so much different than when we came back from winter break. I am sure you see it too. They all are ready to be first graders. They are so much fun, but please stop growing!
The Flower fields today were beautiful, and it was such a well organized trip. I hope your little one really enjoyed the day! A BIG thank you to our parent helpers! We could not participate on these great trips without you all! We truly appreciate you! There are a lot of pictures circulating, so I am sure you will see more.
Now that our plant unit has come to an end in science, we are going to be learning about animals. We will be concentrating on animals that are in the San Diego Zoo because that is where we get to celebrate what we learned on May 7th! More information will be coming soon.
For writing we are going to be learning about poems and writing our own because April is Poetry Month. We will have a school-wide poetry celebration on May 1st, and as soon as I hear more about that day, I will share it with you.
In math, module 4 is coming to an end, and we are reviewing right now. We will begin module 5 soon.
I have decided that instead of spelling tests (our days of school are numbered), I am going to challenge the kiddos to learn their sight words. We will begin this upcoming week. If your child already knows all of their sight words, I will offer other challenges to them. Next week I am going to assess all of the kiddos on their sight words, and I will make up a program with some incentives.
Do not forget that Izel's birthday party starts at 4pm today. She is so excited to celebrate with all of her friends! I hope you all have a great weekend! See you on Monday!
Hello Kindergarten Family =)
What a fantastic week! International Week was awesome! We learned so much about all of the countries we visited! We traveled to Italy, Denmark, Botswana, Spain, Vietnam, and the Bahamas! Your child brought their passport home today. Talking about today...they were amazing presenting in front of the school! They received so many compliments! I am so proud of them! I wish I took pictures, but I was BUSY! Yikes.
There is something else in your child's folder. I sent home some optional reading homework for them to do over the break. If your little one is interested in doing the homework, they will receive some special treats when we return. I also included a bookmark for each of them.
Please keep in mind that when we return to school, we will be going on our Field Study to the Carlsbad Flower Fields on Friday the 12th of April. If you did not turn in your child's permission slip, please bring it in by April 10th, so your child will be able to attend the trip. Also, if anyone would like to chaperone, please let me know.
We have two more field trips before school ends. We will be going to the San Diego Zoo and Legoland. You will receive more information when school resumes. I hope that you all have a great couple of weeks making memories!
Hello Kindergarten Family!
What a day! What a great week! I cannot tell you enough how thankful I am for all of you helpers! We are having so much fun in kindergarten learning and doing our thing because you guys are so quick to help and make everything so special! THANK YOU!
I wanted to let you know that next weekend is going to be very different. We will not being doing our regular studies because it is International Week. Each day we will travel to different countries (classrooms) to learn about their culture. This will take place from 8:30 to 10:30, and then we will have recess and return to class to practice our presentation for 30 minutes each day before we go to lunch. After lunch, my class goes to their special area classes. On Wednesday, we will be celebrating Izel's birthday, and we will celebrate McKenzie's birthday on Thursday. Their birthdays are during Spring Break, so we want to celebrate them a little early.
All of you are invited to come watch us do a special presentation for you on Thursday at 11:00. The kiddos will not be dressing up on this day because it will be a lot for them to change in and out of their costumes. If most of you are coming, we may be able to work it though!
The kids will be presenting Morocco to the school on Friday, so they will need to come to school dressed up in their Moroccan best if they are participating.
We still need some volunteers for the couscous. If anyone is interested, please let me know.
There will be no math homework or book bags next week. I do ask that you help your child practice their part for the presentation each day. I sent home the papers today, so please take a look in their backpacks.
If you have any questions, please reach out. I am always happy to help! I hope you all enjoy the warm weekend! I am so excited!
Hello Kindergarten Family =)
I will not be in school tomorrow, so I wanted to update our class news page a day early because so much great stuff is coming up. I received confirmation that we are presenting Morocco to the school on Friday the 22nd of March, so they kiddos will need to come to school dressed up if they are participating. We would like to invite you to a special presentation on Thursday the 21st, so we can go over it in front of an audience, and they can settle their nerves in front of their loved ones. We would like to present to you on Thursday the 21st at 9 am. We hope you can all make it!
Next week is a busy week of social studies as we prepare for International Week, so we are taking a break from our How To writing, and we will be doing fun quick writes throughout the week. I love doing them because they show me just how much they can do on their own, and they love writing about fun stuff too!
In math, we will continue to work on our Module 4. We are almost through it, and all of the kids are doing awesome!
I will change the book bags on Monday, and I will be sending home some Morocco information for them to practice reading next week as well because every child will be presenting =)
Reminder: The silly leprechaun is visiting our class next week, and we are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day on Friday the 15th. Leprechaun traps should be brought to school on Thursday the 14th, so we can set them before we leave school.
Thank you for helping us with all of the extra exciting things we have going on in here. We all truly appreciate you! I hope you have a beautiful weekend!
Hello Kindergarten Family =)
This was an awesome week of reading! Thank you so much for reading with your little one each day and returning their reading slips. They loved their daily prizes! We also read a lot in class this week, and we enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday today!
To celebrate being awesome readers, the class finished their books with their 8th grade partner and shared it with their classmates. I printed each one in color and put it in between construction paper. They are going home today in the white binder. I hope you enjoy them! They are so creative!
For our How To Writing celebration, we made bowls of cereal this week while following each student's directions. I was so proud of them! We had lots of successful bowls made. It was a great lesson to show them just how specific they need to be, and it was fun....Bonus! Next week, we will complete one more How To Writing piece, so they can practice their skills.
We are moving right along in module 4 in our math books. Please continue to make sure your little one is doing their math homework each night. It is meant to be a check in to test what they learn each day. Please help them read the directions because the lessons do change a little each day. I return the homework on Fridays with notes on them in their white binders.
During social studies, we are learning about Morocco. They are all doing really well! I will invite you all to our International Week presentation when I learn the schedule. I will send home a separate message today about what needs to be ordered or purchased if you would like your child to participate in dressing up for our presentation. International Week is March 18-22.
Another upcoming event is Saint Patrick's Day. We will be celebrating on March 15th. More details will come next week. I do know it will be a dress up day with lots of green, so if you see something while out and about for a deal, you may want to grab it =)
I am always here for you, so if you ever need to chat, please reach out. Thank you for being amazing parents! Have a beautiful weekend!
Happy Friday =)
What a week of weather! It snowed at my house last night! These kids have been troopers!
We started learning about Morocco this week during Social Studies because our school-wide International Week is coming up on March 18th. During International Week, our class will travel to each class in the school to learn about the countries they are presenting. In return, everyone will also come to our room to learn about Morocco. We will need outfits to wear to represent Morocco, so I am going to brainstorm this weekend. If you have any easy/inexpensive ideas, please let me know. We are focusing on geography, food, holidays/traditions, and languages.
For our How To Writing this week, the kids wrote directions on how to make a bowl of cereal. Next week, I am going to bring in all of the fixings, and I am going to "test" everyone's writing. I am excited to see who paid close attention to the details =)
We also worked with the 8th graders during writing. We paired up with them to create books online using book creator. We will be sharing their books with you. They are pretty great!
I hope math homework has not been too difficult. It should only take a few minutes, and the kids should be able to do it alone. It is simply a check in on what they learned that day. If it is more than that, please let me know. Thank you so much for your support!
The readers in the book bags are proving to be very beneficial! I am enjoying meeting up with the kids and having them read to me. Please continue to have them read for at least 15-20 minutes each day with you out of their book bags. Remember I change them out each Monday, and if you see some of the same books, that just means they need a little more practice.
Our words of the week next week are going to be:
Next week is Read Across America Week. Please refer to the papers that I have been sending home about D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read). Remember that the coupons (the nightly homework) have to be returned each day, so your child can receive a reward. Next Friday, March 1st, is Dr. Seuss's birthday, and it is minimum day. We are asking if your child would like to participate to please dress up as a Dr. Seuss character on Friday. We will be celebrating his birthday by reading his books in the morning, and celebrating with treats at snack time. If you are interested in coming in to the class next Friday and reading a Dr. Seuss book to the class, please let me know. Our reading times will be between 8:30 and 10:00. We would love to have you!!
I hope that you all have a beautiful weekend!
Happy Friday, Kindergarten Family!
I hope you all had a great week! We were off to a rough start with so much rain. The kids need and love to go outside and run around, so you can imagine how it is for them to be indoors for two days straight =( We were so happy to welcome the sunshine on Wednesday!
Even though the rain brought on a little silliness, we were still working hard on being amazing kindergarteners. We finished our rough drafts of the How To Draw A Snowman writing pieces. We completed our lowercase alphabet printing practice during phonics. The kiddos are beginning to master number bonds during math practice. AND they all did so great with their reading bags this week! They do not bring home book bags over the weekend (last weekend was a treat because they were so excited), so you will see the new books on Monday. If your child has some of the same books, that just means they need a little more practice with those particular readers.
Our new words of the week that we are working on off of our sight word list are:
On Monday, we will be celebrating Sohum's 6th birthday! He is bringing in fancy donuts, milk and juice for all of us to enjoy! We will be celebrating as soon as school starts =)
Also, on Monday, the valentine heart letters I sent home need to be returned to school. It is a sweet little project I do each year.
Valentine's Day is next Thursday, and we will celebrate in here. Please refer to last week's email and paper I sent home for all of the fun information.
Don't forget the school dance is tonight! I hope you all have a wonderful time! I tried to get my brother to reschedule his birthday dinner (today is his birthday), but that did not work, so I will miss you all tonight. I hope you bring the 1980's theme!!!
Have a beautiful weekend!
Happy Friday! What a week! We were 100 years (days) old in kindergarten on Wednesday, we went on an awesome field study yesterday, and today we finished up our reading assessments and filled our book bags. The kids worked so hard all week! I am always in awe of just how amazing they are!
Because our week was so full, we did not get to a few things. Next week we will continue our letter practice starting with the letters x and z since we did not have the time this week. We are also working with the letter y. We are also continuing to work with the same words of the week because we did not have enough time with them. Our words will continue to be:
I finished the reading assessments. I now have your child's exact reading level, so I put books in their book bags that are at their "just right" reading level. Here is how the book bags work:
*Your child will bring home their book bag each night, and they need to bring them back each day. I purchased these leveled readers, so please make sure your child treats them with love. If they do not return them, they will not receive more books.
*Please make sure your child reads out of their bag for 20 minutes each night. They do not have to read all of the books if they reach the 20 minute mark.
*If they are having a hard time reading their books, please let me know. I do not want to push them. This goes the same if they are too easy. Please keep in mind if they seem simple, we are also working on reading comprehension. If the words are too simple AND they comprehend what is going on in the book, I definitely want to know.
*I will change the books every Monday (this will start on the 11th). On Friday, they will read the books to me, and I will make sure they are ready for the next level. If they are not ready, you will see the same books.
These books have proven to be a powerful reading tool each year, and I am excited to see how they blossom as readers for the rest of the year!
Math homework will be going home in two weeks. I want to start with the book bags. I do not want to overwhelm the kids, and we could use a little more time with our math.
During science we are continuing to explore various Earth surfaces and the sun.
Next Friday is our minimum day, and it is the school dance. The whole family is invited, and it is 1980's themed. So come decked out in your neon, acid washed jeans, and Miami Vice best!
Thank you for all of your support this week! I am here for you if you have any questions. Have a wonderful weekend!
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!
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