Saturday, November 7, 2015

Authors At Work!

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Narrative Writing:
- This week, Kindergartners in Room 6 have been working so hard on Narrative Writing! We learned that narrative writing is when we write about something that really happened to us, and includes a beginning, middle and end. It also includes how the author feels during the event. 
- Throughout the week, the children wrote their very own book on our Halloween celebration last Friday. Each child wrote about what they did in the beginning, middle and end of our celebration, and included an illustration for each part.
- On Friday, we designed our very own cover pages. We made sure to design our cover pages so that the books were appealing to our readers.
- The children even got to use special coloring pencils that we use only for illustrating our writing!
- We took a class vote and decided on what the title of our books should be. 
The children did an amazing job! We can't wait for the final products to be ready so we can share them with other classes, teachers, and you! 
*Please be on the lookout for your child's book to come home in the coming weeks. Please have your child share his/her book with a family member. We ask that you return the book to school the next day.*

Fundations:
-This week in Fundations, we learned two new letters, a and g. (a, apple, /a/; g, game, /g/)
-When we learn new letters, we not only learn the letter-sound association, but we also learn how to write the letters.
-First we "skywrite" the letters, and then each day, some children are chosen to be a "student teacher" to show how the class how the letters are formed on the big white board.
-Please note that as we learn new letters, we continue to practice and review the letters we have already learned. By January, we will know all 26 letters!
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EnVision Math:
This week, we finished up Topic 3 in enVisionMath. The children did a great job learning to count and write up to the number 10. Next week, we will begin Topic 4, Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0-10. 

Guiding Questions:
-Ask your child some words that begin with the letters a and g.
-Challenge your child to see if he/she can remember all the letters we have learned so far! (We have learned a total of 11 letters!)
-Ask your child about going on a "roller coaster" ride during morning meeting. We watched this "brain break" after reading the story Roller Coaster, by Marla Frazee. Check out the video clip below!
-Symphony Math in Computer class on Thursday
-Mr. Murphy read the book Sparky! in library on Tuesday



Reminders/Upcoming Week:
-Please remember that there is no school on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. 
-Next week, we will focus on Veteran's Day, and begin to learn about some Thanksgiving topics, such as Native Americans, and Pilgrims.
-If you haven't already done so, please send in the Conference sheet indicating which days/times work best to meet with me for our first parent-teacher conference.

Enjoy the warm(er) weather this weekend!