Friday, September 18, 2015

Super Second Week!!

It’s hard to believe we have already been in Kindergarten for 9 days! We have had a wonderful week in school and had lots of fun learning new things.

Read Alouds:
This week, we read many stories. Some of the stories we read involved lots of rhyming words. Other stories showed us great lessons about why it’s important to be a kind friend. Here is a list of stories we read together this week in Room 6!
  • This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, by Joseph Slate
  • How Full is Your Bucket? Tom Rath
Throughout the week, we talked a lot about words that rhyme, and how we know when words rhyme with each other. We played lots of games that promote the understanding of this concept. At home, be sure to ask your child about different words that rhyme!

Being Safe and Kind
The first twenty days of school are all about learning and reinforcing routines and expectations in how to behave in a classroom. The children are working so hard in practicing how to be safe and kind in school. Each child is making his/her own Rule Book to keep in school. Be sure to ask your child what he/she decided to draw in each page of their book so far!
*Next week, we will focus on how we can be responsible and respectful in school. :)

This week, we began our lessons in math by introducing the concept of numbers. We learned that we can count objects, and the last number we count is the total number of objects in the group. We also learned that the items/objects we count can be represented by counters (i.e. math manipulatives). Next week, we will practice writing numbers 1-5.

On Tuesday, the children got to go to the library and listen to our librarian, Mr. Murphy, read a story. In addition, the children got to pick out a book to take home and borrow for the week. The children were very excited, and we hope they are enjoying the books with you at home! Don’t forget to remind your child to bring back his/her book back to school by Tuesday!!!

Life Skill Lessons
Our school Guidance Counselor, Ms. Greene, comes into our classroom for a short time once per week to teach students various skills on how to be a successful student. Please check out the school Counselor blog for more information! The blog URL is posted under the tab “Blogs I Follow;” you can also find the link to the School Counselor’s blog {here}.

We are “Good to the Core!”
On Friday, as a preface to our Apple Unit next week, the children got to make their very own apple core by using colored paper and crayons. The kids really enjoyed this activity, and we will be doing more fun apple crafts next week to supplement our Apple Picking Field Trip!  

Stuffed Animal Day
This week, the children have done a superb job earning lots of tickets! When the teacher notices a student doing the “just right thing,” the child will be awarded with a ticket. We got so many tickets this week, that we already filled up our class bucket and earned a special reward. The children got to bring in their favorite stuffed animals! All the students really loved this special time, and we can’t wait until the next time our bucket gets filled!

Reminders & Looking Ahead:
  • Don’t forget to get a CORI done as soon as you can. The CORI’s are good for up to three years.
  • The volunteer meetings are scheduled for September 22nd at 9:30 and September 24th at 6:30
  • Our Field Trip to Parlee Farms will be on Friday, September 25th. Please send your child to school with two separate lunchboxes/bags-- one for snack and one for lunch.
    • We will be eating lunch at Parlee Farms so please be sure to pack a nut-free lunch for your child on Friday. Students will not be able to buy a lunch from the cafeteria on this day.
    • More information will be provided to you regarding the Field Trip T Shirts soon.
    • A Field Trip reminder notice will be sent home next week.
  • To supplement our field trip, We will focus on learning all about apples next week!

Guiding Questions:
Here are some questions you can ask your child about this week:
  • What are some ways you can be kind at school?
  • How are you safe in your classroom?
  • Ask your child about some rhyming words
  • What/who do you play with in the morning?
  • Ask your child what he/she has been doing to earn lots of tickets
  • Going to library for the first time: what was it like?

We can’t wait to have another wonderful week in the colorful world of Kindergarten with your child!!

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