I apologize for the delay in updating this website. Hopefully everyone received a copy of the newsletter for this past week.
We are looking forward to our last week in school until 2017! This next week will be very busy with wrapping up what we have learned so far, and prepping for our holiday party and winter performance on Friday. We've also been enjoying some indoor recess fun due to the bitter cold as can be seen in the above photo.
What we have been learning:
I am excited to see that your kindergarteners are evolving into little
writers! We did a lot of writing this week - using our sight words as our guide. Sometimes, new writers get stuck with how to begin a sentence. Some sentence starter examples include:
"I like to..."
It is also often that young writers are constantly asking how to spell words. Some hints include:
Say the word to yourself
Chop it or "roller coaster" the sounds
Look at alphabet letters to remind ourselves of the letters you might need to write depending upon the sounds
Look for the word in your environment (i.e. Christmas)
Use sight words that you already know
Lucy Calkins, a well-known and best selling author of reading and writing curriculum has an awesome quote: "Teach the writer, not the writing." The same goes for readers as well! Or any subject, really! :)
We are learning to remind ourselves to begin sentences with a capital letter, to use punctuation, to be sure that our sentence makes sense, and matches the picture we may have drawn with our sentence. We are learning to pay attention to first, middle, and ending sounds in our words as we write - which include blends (i.e. fl, pr) and digraphs (i.e. sh, th). We also have been working on word families in small groups (i.e. snack, back, rack, shack).
In mathematics, we continue to reinforce and build on skills we have already been introduced to so far. We've played some cool games this week including roll and record, spin the number or spin the animal games, and Monster Squeeze! I can't wait to play more math games with your kids next week! I will also plan to send home some copies so your child can play at home as well.
All children are readers, writers, mathematicians, etc . no matter where they are in the process. It is the adult's role to open up and nurture the magical path of learning. I must say that I have fully enjoyed working with your children this fall, and I know that they will continue to improve with Mrs. Burks in 2017.
Please stay tuned for some last blog and email updates this week, our last newsletter of the year, and see some important reminders at the end of this page.
Ms. Weidler :)
*Please be sure your child is dressed warmly this coming week as we will likely be outside sometimes.
*We are working on remembering our items when it is time to leave. Everyday someone is leaving a clothing item at school. A fun song on you tube that I have sung with kids in the past is "Hurry Up" - they love this! It doesn't include all winter clothing, but could easily be added!
*We are working on singing for our winter performance on Friday, December 23 at 9:30am. All parents are invited to attend! I am attaching another you tube video of the song: "Little Snowflake" we are going to be singing below.
*Our holiday party! Hopefully, your child remembered to bring home the event info with the materials sign up. The holiday party will also be Friday, December 23rd from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. We plan on having different fun craft centers. If, for some reason, you did not receive the info, please let me know. I have received some sign up responses already. We are still missing the following items:
1 pack of nutter butters
1 bag of chocolate chips
3 tubes of icing (white color)
1 bag of twisty pretzels
5 containers of glitter
small crafty items to glue:
i.e. sequins, beads
*I will not be at Ray this Monday, December 19th. Please remind your child to turn in any notes for the teacher in the "blue bin" and I will be sure to go through on Tuesday. Your child should still be taking homework home on Monday for the week.
101 continues to be very busy! We spent a lot of time reading, discussing, and learning a number of concepts with our theme of the Gingerbread Man. We read The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Boy, The Gingerbread Girl, and The Gingerbread Baby. This week, we will read a couple more versions. :) We spent time comparing/contrasting the differences and similarities between the stories - including the Gingerbread Girl's wisdom vs. the Gingerbread Boy's ability to be tricked by the Fox.
We continue to work on sounding out words, and participating in shared reading and writing activities. Just as we have worked on our reading stamina, we need to do the same for our writing stamina. This week we will really be working on making our writing "the very best we can" - and to match our Wow Pictures that are interesting to look at and understand.
Below is a summary of this coming week's newsletter:
Shares this Week:
12/5 Riley & Logan
12/6 Myles & Ian
12/7 Isaiah & Londyn P.
12/8 David & Ava S.
12/9 Tirzah & Ava T.
Our Theme: Gingerbread
Books: Gingerbread Pirates, The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, The Hat, The Mitten
Winter Holiday Books: Christmas, Chanukkah, Kwanzaa
Math: Shapes study, data analysis/organization, bar graphs, December Math Journals, comparative/positional words, sequencing, number order
Literacy: Sight Words this week: eat, he, she
Chopping up words
Blends/digraphs/vowel sounds/word families/phonemic awareness activities
Journal writing/guided reading groups
Listening center/ABC Mouse on iPads
Reminders: Library visits are directly upon arrival on Mondays - don't forget to return all of your books so you can take out more!
Homework returned on Fridays and put into blue bin!
Picture Retake Day: Friday, December 9
Winter Break: Dec 26 - January 6, 2017
Here's to hoping all had a relaxing and thankful holiday! :)
Your child should have brought home a newsletter home today, but I am posting the info from it on here as well. Due to some technical reasons, I haven't been able to post the newsletter on this blog, but hopefully it will be resolved soon.
Shares this Week:
Nico & Stephon - 11/28 - already finished :-)
Della & Serenity - 11/29
Corinne & Emilien - 11/30
Gabi & Micah - 12/1
Lawrence & Walter - 12/2
Our Theme: Gingerbread
Theme Books: Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Baby
Symmetry (science as well)
Sight Words this week: run, go, here
Chopping up words
Journal writing/guided reading & writing
Parts of a story: Title/character/Setting/Ending
Centers: ABC Mouse on iPads, sight word games, independent/buddy reading, listening center
Library Visits: Every Monday directly after arrival - your child can return/take out books.
Homework: Given every Monday/returned every Friday
Class Dojo Site: Please visit your child's progress points! Let me know if you have trouble connecting!
No Candy: Please refrain from allowing your child to bring candy to school. Thank you!
Parent Game Groups: M-F 9:30-10:30AM
Mondays - Myles
Tuesdays - Tirzah
Wednesdays - Della
Thursdays - Ava S.
Fridays - Ava T.
*Please note: I am also looking for parent volunteers to help with our closet/classroom organization before Mrs. Burks returns. It would be very helpful to me!!
Check out some developmental spelling! Please remember to go over sight words with your child and help them to pay attention to all of the sounds they hear in words. We are learning how to "roller coaster" words as we sound them out. Ask your child if they can show you how it works! :-)
Thank you for your flexibility as I know this blog has not been updated in a while. I am also sending home a newsletter with your child tomorrow (11/14).
I wanted to to share a few pictures from our math groups below:
Above we discussed and practiced making six in different ways using a 10 frame. We realized that there are many ways to make 6!
Below is a picture of us sorting objects in the classroom. We shared why we sorted our objects the way we did, and also recognized that there are numerous rules we can use for how we might choose to sort things.
This week's sight words: you, have, a.
We are learning how to write short sentences using the sight words we already know and sounding out words we do not. We don't need to know how to spell a word in order to try and write it ("I see spidrman" is sufficient). The goal at this age is to take risks and write the sounds we hear in words to match the picture we have drawn and want to share about. Please encourage your child to try and label their drawings at home. :) No correct spelling necessary. This is Kindergarten - children are just starting learning how to put put sounds with letters and with the challenging task of actually forming the letters!
Our Kinders are starving at every snack time! Please help us out by bringing in a snack for all 24 children to share (i.e. popcorn, goldfish, graham crackers, fruit snacks). We graciously appreciate all those who have already contributed recently - Thank you :-)
We are starting to use the Class Dojo system where kids earn points for star student behavior! For example, staying on task, being helpful, etc. All parents should have been emailed a link. Please let me know if you have not received this.
Shares: I began a share schedule so that the children could each get a chance using their presentation voice and practice their speaking and communication skills with their classmates. Children can share something from home (not too large, expensive or food/candy please). Children can also simply verbally share something exciting they may have done at home. A favorite book or drawing for presenting are some good examples. The following share schedule for 11/14 - 11/18 is below:
Monday: Myles and Ian
Tuesday: Isaiah and Londyn P.
Wednesday: David and Ava S.
Thursday: Londyn T and Egypt
Friday: Hazel and Alyssa
*If your child doesn't get a chance to share for some reason, they can always make up the next day :)
Please stay tuned for more news from 101!
Just wanted to send along some housekeeping items to keep in mind. Please bear the somewhat long message!
1. I am noticing a lot of children coming to school w/no take home folder or their folder is falling apart, etc. Take-home folders are important so that they can keep their items together so no one misses info. If any parents would like to donate some solid color folders to 101 that would be very helpful so that I can ensure all kids have a folder. I do have a few though.
2. We are having some behavior issues with students regulating their own bodies and harming other children on/not on purpose. Please remind your child to first tell the other child to "please stop. I don't like what you are doing" and/or ignore. If these options do not work, I encourage the kids to then get a teacher. However, if it is serious (someone is bleeding, someone is being inappropriate in words or physical actions) - they need to tell an adult right away! At this age, it can be difficult for young children to discern when something is an emergency vs. a small conflict. Sometimes they do not understand intentional/unintentional behaviors, and that others cannot read their minds. Also, we are working on being honest with the teacher and classmates if we do make a mistake. Honesty is always the best policy! Thank you for helping your child with these tricky challenges! 😉
3. Clothing: The weather is getting colder. Please be sure that your child has appropriate outerwear since they do go out to recess two times (except if there is rain, etc). Also, remind your kiddo to keep their items close to them when they head to lunch and then to recess. Our Green day is every Wednesday. If able, help your child pick out a green outfit to support Ray Warriors!
4. Medical Compliance Letters: The office is still sending me info about students who are missing important medical compliance. I will be sending home the letters tomorrow. These need to be completed ASAP so that your child can participitate in all school activities (i.e. P.E. and field trips).
5. The sight words we have learned so far are the following:
Please be helping your child to work on these words at home so they can automatically recognize the word. So far they are doing a super job!
I have been having many children coming into school with books and materials they want to share with others. I love how they want to have a chance to talk to their teacher and classmates about things that excitement! In order to help decrease the chaos of them all coming to me in the morning, I am putting together a share schedule. I am beginning in alphabetical order of last name. If your child brings something from home, it can be either an educational game for multiple students to play and/or a favorite book or artwork, academic project. Otherwise, they can always share something they have completed or want to discuss at school. It doesn't have to be complex in any way! This is just an opportunity to extend classroom community. I will email a formal list this weekend.
Today, Thursday, October 27
Tomorrow, Friday, October 28
7. Halloween. As you may have noticed, Halloween falls on a Monday this year. Ray School is not permitting kids to come in costume or bring treats, gifts or food for classmates, etc. Thank you for your cooperation!
I will continue to update this blog with more info and news about our classroom!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.