This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: or, for

READING: During reading this week, we did a GREAT job of working with our partners.  The kinders explored different ways that illustrators and authors show or write how characters feel.  They labeled feelings that they found in books.  Then shared what they found with their partners.  We even labeled important words, characters and parts in stories.  

WRITING: During writing this week, we finished up writing like a scientist. The Kinders had fun writing about a gummy worm…and then of course getting to eat it! They also investigated and wrote about colorful feathers. They are doing such a great job adding labels and stretching out the sounds they hear in the labels and words they are writing. I am so proud of them!

MATH: During math this week, we worked on identifying shapes, focusing on triangles and hexagons. We sang a song about hexagons to help us remember the number of sides a hexagon has. We also compared and wrote numbers 1-10 and practiced telling addition and subtraction math stories. 

LITERACY: At our literacy stations (split lit) this week, we had fun exploring and learning literacy skills. The kids are doing a great job with their independent stations as well as working with a teacher. 

SOCIAL STUDIES: We worked hard on learning all about WANTS and NEEDS this week. The Kinders have had fun sorting things we want and things we need. We even watched The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies to help us learn.

MYSTERY READER: Gabby was so excited when her mom walked through the door to be our mystery reader. Gabby got to help her mom choose what story to read. Gabby chose a Berenstain Bears story…some of our favorite characters in our class!

PE CARES:  Thank you SO MUCH for donating to our PE Cares Food Drive!!  Our class donated over 50 items to the cause!!  The Kinders LOVED carrying the donations down to PE!

VETERAN’S DAY: We learned about Veteran’s and what they have done. We read a Scholastic News all about them and did a Veteran craft. 

STONE SOUP: This book is a family favorite in my house.  The Kinders enjoyed reading the story Stone Soup by Ann McGovern.  They also enjoyed adding the ingredients to the pot to make our own Stone Soup.  At the end of the day, we got to try the soup if we wanted.  We had quite a few friends who liked the soup and some who did not! It was so fun to share this classic tale with them.  As the story says, “Soup from a stone, imagine that!”

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Nov. 19—PE

Tuesday, Nov. 20–ART; Book orders due; Thanksgiving Fun Centers…Volunteers please arrive at 1:40 for instructions.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Friday, Nov. 23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break  

Dec 4-7—PENGUIN PATCH HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP – more details soon.

Thursday, December 13–HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM at 6:30pm – more details soon.

Thursday, December 20–HOLIDAY PARTY – more details soon.

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

 

We had fun with our bus buddies making a thankful bulletin board…

 

Stone Soup

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: am, are, little

READING: The kinders are doing a fabulous job during our reading time! This week we learned that readers work hard to help themselves solve problems. We use pictures to help remind us of the story we are reading, which is very helpful. They are doing such an amazing job at telling stories! It is exciting to see them recognize words in their books…yay!! Many are noticing there are words we might know to help us tell the story. 

MATH: This week in math, we learned how to count the teen numbers by showing fast freeze 10 and some extra ones. We also added 1 to numbers 1-9 to make numbers.  It was fun using pennies to show numbers, each time adding 1 to numbers on our blue math mats. They noticed the pattern that occurs when you add these numbers, learning that each answer gets bigger by one. This week, we also practiced adding things together that we drew on white boards, shapes and writing numbers. 

WRITING: This week in writing, we looked closely at two different objects. We used magnifying glasses to zoom in on pinecones and gourds. The Kinders love being “scientists” and looking at all the parts of the objects they are studying. They are doing a great job with labels and adding a sentence or two to their writing, using some of our popcorn words.  

SPLIT LIT: During split lit this week, we rotated to 5 different stations. We practiced our popcorn words with many fun activities. We painted our popcorn words with the do-a-dots, we practiced rainbow writing them in our journals, we found words in the -am word family, practiced beginning word sounds, practiced writing our letters, read with whisper phones and worked on our popcorn word books. Split lit is one of the Kinders favorite times of day! 

MYSTERY READERS: We were so lucky to have 2 mystery readers this week! On Thursday, Haddie’s dad came through the door and surprised Haddie! She was so happy to see him. We had fun listening to the story Giraffes Can’t Dance! On Friday, Gabby’s dad surprised Gabby when he came through the door and read us a Berenstain Bears book! It is so fun to have mystery readers! Thank you for taking time to come and read to us!

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, November 12: Music

Tuesday, November 13: PE; Library-please return your books

Wednesday, November 14: Art

Thursday, November 15: STEAM; Last day for PE cares food donations

Friday, November 16: Music; Stone Soup Day…note coming home Monday. Vegetables for Stone Soup due today.

November 21-23: Thanksgiving Break

December 4-7: Holiday Gift Shop…details coming soon.

December 13: Holiday Music Program…more information to come soon. It’s a wonderful music program, your Kinders have been practicing!

Enjoy your weekend!! Remember all of your snow gear for Monday!! 

Ready, Set…Find that Winter Clothing!

Tomorrow is Friday and looks like it will be our first day of snow!   There is excitement in the air about the snow!

Just a few reminders:

  1.  The kids go outside at every recess.   We only keep them inside if the wind chill is below zero.
  2. WINTER CLOTHING is a must.  Boots, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants. Write your last name on the snow pants’ tag — or get a white permanent marker and write it on the inside lining.  Use that same marker on the boots and jacket linings.
  3. Be prepared to hang up the winter clothing to air out and dry each night.

And, finally…get ready to hear about the new recess celebrations and concerns.  The SNOW is so much fun on the playground.  And, like most schools we have rules (I know… way to ruin the fun, right?!)  The rules are basic:

  1.  NO SNOW BALLS.  WHY?  Because we have had our fair share of eye injuries, head injuries, bruising etc. when these snow balls hit people in the face.  I always tell kids that if their parents let them have snow ball fights at home, do it at home.  But we can’t do it at school.
  2. NO ICE SLIDING.  WHY?  We have kids break their wrist or arm sliding on ice.  We have also had kids fall and get a concussions.
  3. FORTS…build at your own risk.  Our playgrounds are shared by nearly 600 kids. If you build a fort during one recess, another group might come out the next recess and change your fort — put on an addition or take off the front porch or destroy it for a new subdivision. So…build away…but know it might be changed.

I am sure you’ll hear about these celebrations and concerns. Our priority will be to have the kids dress appropriately for the snow,  have fun in the snow and be safe in the snow.

Looking forward to having fun in the snow with the Kinders!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: in, all

READING: In reading this week, we learned about feelings and emotions. We learned to look at the character’s face to see what they are feeling. We practiced doing this as a group using a fun Clifford book called, Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors. Then, we got to try it on our own and mark our pages where we found emotions with sticky notes. That was really fun!! After we finished, we shared our feeling pages with our reading partners. 

MATH: In math this week, we used pennies to show groups of 5 and then some more. It is fun to see how great the Kinders are learning about adding numbers together! We practiced writing our numbers and doing some more dot-to-dot practice. We even got to help Puzzled Penguin when he was having some trouble writing his numbers in order!

WRITING: This week in writing, we started to write like a scientist! We looked closely at objects this week with magnifying glass to help us zoom in on them, drew the object, labeled the object and wrote a sentence about it. The Kinders LOVED writing like a scientist!! They looked closely at candy corn and colorful seashells. They even wanted to be writers during our play time in the afternoon. 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we made a Fall house. We decorated our Fall houses and filled them with different literacy skills. We will be bringing our houses (and directions) home next week for you to continue to practice these skills at home. 

MYSTERY READER: Jack was so excited when he saw his dad and mom walk through the door! He ran right up to them and gave them a big hug! His dad read us a great story called, What Do You Do With An Idea. 

UPCOMING DATES…

Monday, November 5: STEAM; Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 6: Music; Preview book fair (no library today)

Wednesday, November 7: PE; Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 8: Art; Buying day at book fair (if you choose)

Friday, November 9: STEAM

We had an amazing Fall party!! Thank you so very much to all of the parents and grandparents that helped to make our kindergarten Fall party so much fun!! We all loved having you in our classroom and appreciate the supplies you sent in also!! Enjoy these adorable pictures of your sweet kiddos…

Have a wonderful weekend!! 

Reminders for our FAST FRIDAY…

To celebrate learning all of our color words… your Kinder can wear RAINBOW colors tomorrow or wear his/her favorite color!

Also, if your child needs a sack lunch from the hot lunch program, please email me to let me know and I will send one home with them. Thanks!

 

Dismissal is at 12:15. 

Have a wonderful weekend!!

 

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: LIKE, HERE

COLOR WORD: BROWN   We learned all about the color brown this week. We read books with brown characters, found pictures of things that were brown, made a brown book and made a brown bear headband as our brown craft!! It was fun to see all of the Kinders in their brown and blue and gold clothes!!

READING: In reading this week, we continued to learn how to read storybooks.  We used The Three Billy Goats Gruff ,The Carrot Seed and Brown Bear, Brown Bear to practice reading more and more words. We practiced using words like AND, NEXT, THEN and pointing to the words as we read. We have worked really hard at reading quietly during our reading time! We also practiced reading books with our reading partners. We had fun reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff together!! I am amazed at how well they are learning the words to their stories!

MATH: In math this week, we practiced telling math stories. We acted out stories about family dinners and added and subtracted people from our stories. Wow…they are doing a great job with this!! We did more adding using pennies this week. We also practiced doing dot-to-dots all the way up to 10. Way to go!!

WRITING: In writing this week, we wrote about our costumes, brown things, Pete the Cat and what we like to do at school. We are making our things we like to do at school paper and our Pete the Cat paper into class books. You will get to see it at Parent Teacher conferences. This next week, we will begin writing like a scientist!

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we practiced our popcorn words and our color word. We also practiced our beginning word sounds. We made a Fall house that we are going to use next week to practice our literacy skills. When we are finished we will bring it home to share with you!

MYSTERY READER: Kennedy was so excited when her dad, mom and little sister came through the door!! She ran into her dad’s arms. A lot of Kennedy’s friends were really excited to see her dad too!! We had fun listening to the story, If You Give a Pig a Pancake!! 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, October 29: STEAM

Tuesday, October 30: PE; Library books due back today

Wednesday, October 31: Music; Fall Parade @ 10:15, Party @ 10:30

Thursday, November 1: Art

Friday, November 2: STEAM; Wear RAINBOW colors today…to celebrate all of the colors we’ve learned this year; Early Release Day…dismissal at 12:15. Please email me if your child needs a sack lunch. 

Monday, November 5: Parent Teacher conferences

Tuesday, November 6: Book Fair-Preview Day

Wednesday, November 7: Parent Teacher conferences

Thursday, November 8: Book Fair-Buying Day. If your kinder would like to purchase a book/books, please send money in an envelope with their name on it to school in their blue folder. The book fair will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences. 

A note about conferences…Conference dates and times have been sent home.  Conferences will be Monday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 7.  I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your kinder’s progress. I will give you their first report card during our meeting.  I am excited to share all of their progress with you!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Fall weekend!!        ~Mrs. Baker

Enjoy these cute pictures from the Turkey Trot this week!!

Pizza Party!!

Our class has won a Jet’s Pizza party!! We had so many people order Jet’s Pizza on pizza night, our class gets a pizza party.

We are going to have our pizza party on Friday, October 26. You do not have to send your child with a lunch that day. Please just send in a drink and anything he/she may want to have with the pizza. Jet’s Pizza is providing us with cheese and pepperoni pizza. It will be fun!!

Thank you!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: STOP, GO, YES, NO

COLOR WORD: ORANGE. We learned all about the color orange this week. We read books with orange characters, found pictures of things that were orange, made an orange book and made a super cute tiger as our orange craft!! It was fun to see all of the Kinders in their orange clothes!!

WRITING: This week in writing, we continued to practice drawing pictures with details, labeling the pictures and writing the sounds we hear in the words as we trace them. We got to write our popcorn words all by ourselves this week in our writing!! I hope you are enjoying reading all of their writing!! They work so hard at it!!

READING: This week in reading, we learned that We are Storybook Readers. We read some of our favorite Froggy books. We learned that readers look at pictures, remember them and then read. Readers also make sure the words and the pictures match. We learned that reading stories is more fun when readers change their voice for different characters!! The Kinders had fun listening to different character voices and then trying it on their own. We also added a couple of new things to our book boxes this week…the alphabet that we can read and the poem The Itsy Bitsy Spider. It was fun to practice “reading” these!

MATH: This week in math, we finished our first unit and took our first math test. Each Kinder went into their “office” (folder) to take their test, giving them their own space to complete their test. I look forward to sharing the tests with you at conferences. Our math skills are growing!! We just started unit #2 and practiced searching for groups of objects 1-10.

LITERACY TIME: This week during our literacy time, we tried literacy stations for the first time. During literacy stations, the Kinders rotated stations, practicing literacy skills on their own at 3 stations and with a teacher at 2 stations. They worked on color words, rhyming, popcorn words, beginning word sounds, letters and “reading” with sunglasses. They did AMAZING!! I was so impressed!! 

 

MYSTERY READER: Sawyer’s mom surprised him by being a mystery reader on Thursday. He was so excited when he saw his mom walk in the door!! We heard a fun story…we love to listen to stories!!

MEET MRS. SANTANA…I would like to introduce you to Mrs. Jayme Santana. I feel very lucky that we have her as a para-pro in our classroom every morning!! Your Kinder gets a chance to work with Mrs. Santana everyday. She has been a wonderful help to us and the kids love her!! She is familiar with Georgetown…she has 2 boys that go to Georgetown. Her sons Kingston and Cruz are in second and fourth grade. 

REMINDERS…

HEADPHONES: Please remember to send in headphones for your Kinder if you haven’t already to keep for the school year for our STEAM class. 

PUMPKIN PROJECT: The pumpkins that have been turned in are adorable!! If you haven’t sent yours in yet, please do soon. The Kinders love to see their pumpkin hanging up in our room!!

2 SNACKS: Please remember to send in 2 snacks each day for your Kinder. Thank you!!

COATS FOR THE COOLER WEATHER: With the weather changing, please continue to remember to send your Kinder to school with something warm to wear. We still go outside to play. 

UPCOMING DATES…

Monday, October 22: Art

Tuesday, October 23: STEAM; Library…bring back your books; Turkey Trot after school. I can’t wait to see you there!!

Wednesday, October 24: Music; remember to turn in the environmental print labels 

Thursday, October 25: PE

Friday, October 26: Art; Popcorn Friday; wear BROWN

Tuesday, October 30: Picture retake day

Wednesday, October 31: Fall Party 10:15 parade with the party following

Friday, November 2: Fast Friday dismissal at 12:15

November 5 and 7: Parent teacher conferences

November 5-8: Book Fair – we are scheduled to preview the book fair on Tuesday, November 6 and shop for books on Thursday, November 8. More information to come. 

November 21-23: No school, Thanksgiving Break

 

Enjoy these last few pictures of the Kinders playing outside on the playground this week. I couldn’t keep up with all of them to get their pictures, but I got a few. Have a wonderful weekend!!      ~Mrs. Baker