Sunday, October 2, 2011

A break in news posts - updated

I will be taking a break from posting classroom news on this blog throughout the fall.  As time permits, I will add news and photos of our classroom activities, but it will not be on a regular basis.  I am also currently updating the school website on our district homepage, so look there for information and photos of daily life in our classrooms as well.

Please continue to check your child's agenda and backpack every day for notes and information about classroom activities.

Thank you,

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekly Newsletter - September 19-23

Here's our newsletter for the week.  We have lots of fun things going on.

Don't forget about our field trip on Friday - please dress your child for the weather.  This week we will also hear about another field trip--next week we are going to the zoo with our buddy class!  Look for a permission slip in your child's backpack soon.

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Have a great week,

Friday, September 16, 2011

The week in review - September 16

It was a very busy week in kindergarten.  We did MANY things.

Here are some photos of our learning:

First is our morning messages from the week.  The morning messages are used to teach many literacy skills and to share information about learning activities we will participate in during the day.  We also use the messages to review content from previous studies.

 Morning message from September 12.

Morning message from September 13

Morning message from September 14

Morning message from September 15

Morning message from September 16 (It says September 17 and I fixed that before the students arrived)

In social studies, we talked about qualities that make us unique.  Here is a photo of a poster that helped us define some characteristics.

We have been writing to demonstrate our learning.  In this modeled writing piece, we shared information we have learned about goldfish.  We are practicing using resources in the room to spell words and also sounding out words we don't know yet.

We read a book about a snake named Jake. He was lost and couldn't find his mom.  After reading, we retold the story and talked about how his emotions changed throughout.

We continued our study of numbers by rereading the book 10 Apples Up On Top and completing an activity where we counted apples (counting cubes) and put them in order on our animals' heads.

 Our days are very busy in kindergarten.  Sometimes we forget to take pictures because we are so busy.  In addition to seeing photos on this site, remember to check your child's backpack for papers that will show what your child is doing in class.  

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekly Newsletter - September 12-16

Here's our news for the week.
Please check your child's agenda each evening for additional notes about an activity of the day and the day's homework assignment.

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Have a great week,
Friday, September 9, 2011

The Week in Review–September 9


Dear families,

Your children are working so hard in kindergarten!  Here are some photos from the week so you can see what we’ve been up to.


In math, we read the book Ten Apples Up On Top.  We then practiced writing numbers, counting objects, and matching the number of objects to the numeral on our paper.


In science, we have been talking about living and non-living things, in preparation for learning about animals.  The first animals we learned about were goldfish.  We know that goldfish need water, food, a habitat (aquarium), and air to live.  We are also talking about the body structure of goldfish.  We know they have fins, a tail, gills, and eyes, and we are working on labeling a diagram of the goldfish parts.


Part of our Daily 5 work involved Read to Someone.  We talked about student expectations during this time.  Our favorite part of Read to Someone is making sure we are EEKKing – that means sitting “Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee.”  We also worked on our independent writing.  We practiced writing a story and using color words to add detail.


Here is our morning message from Friday, September 9.


Here is our morning message from Thursday, September 8.


Here is our morning message from Wednesday, September 7.


Here is our morning message from Tuesday, September 6.


In science and social studies, we’ve also been talking about our five senses.  We use our five senses to observe many things about the world around us.  We love using our senses during fresh fruit or vegetable time as we learn about the foods we are tasting.


Students in action – reading with their friends.


Going outside for PE time is a favorite.  We’ve been working on kicking a stationary ball.  We see how hard and far we can kick it.  Chasing after the ball to bring it back for the next person is as much fun as kicking!


More photos of students in action – working on their literacy skills.

It’s been a great week.  Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

August Family Project ~ All About Me

Our family project for August was titled "All About Me"

Look at the photos below to see what some of our students shared.

What can you learn about each student from looking at the project that he or she completed with a family member?

Thank you to all families for working with your child on this and all homework projects.  The involvement of family members in a child's school activities is important for children as they learn and process new information.

Have a great week!