This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: I, see

Color Word: yellow

Reader’s Workshop…

This week in reading, we learned about reading by ourselves (private) and reading with partners! The Kinders each have a reading partner that they practiced reading a book with. They sit knee-to-knee and put the book in between the two of them, taking turns noticing things in the book. They practiced reading real world books during partner reading time using a level 1 voice (a whisper voice). We also learned and practiced reading from cover to cover this week. We looked at the front cover, went through all all the pages and read all the way to the back cover. They did a great job and had fun reading together!

Math…

This week during math, we got to use our math trays and tiles. We practiced with the numbers 1-5 and represented each number with number tiles. It was exciting to get to use math trays and show the numbers in different ways. We also drew scenes of 2 and 3. The Kinders drew scenes with groups of 2 things and drew scenes with groups of 3 things. We also got to work in our own math books for the first time this week…yay!

Writer’s Workshop…

During writing this week, the Kinders learned about adding more to their writing. They learned that when writer’s think they are done, they’ve just begun! They gave advice to other people about what they could add to their writing. They even tried writing all by themselves! They are practicing drawing a picture and labeling the picture with the first sound they hear in the word. They even tried writing words…wow!! I am so proud of them, they did a great job!

Literacy…

This week during our literacy time, we continued our ABC Bootcamp. We learned about the letters Gg, Hh, Ii and Jj. We will continue to review letters and learn new ones. We also practiced a shared reading for the first time this week. We read a poem called I See. There were familiar words in the poem (I, see, a). We highlighted the words we know and then put them in our 3 ring binder to practice at school. We also added a paper book to our book boxes, the book included our popcorn words. 

Cool Tools…

We continued learning about the tools we can use to help us handle different situations. The tools we learned about this week are the kaleidoscope and a bug and a wish. The kaleidoscope helps us remember to embrace our differences, everyone is different and special! Using a bug and a wish is helpful when we want someone to stop doing something, it helps us to know what to say. We read a book (Howard B. Wigglebottom) about bullying and learned how to handle a bullying situation. 

The Color Yellow…

We learned about the color yellow. We practiced writing it, found and colored things that are yellow and made a yellow craft. We made a school bus! We wrote a message on our paper using our popcorn words…I see a yellow bus.

We also learned about positional words this week. We read the book Pete the Cat The Wheels on the Bus and talked about where different things were located in the book. For example, Pete was inside the bus, the kittens were in the back of the bus, the bird was on top of the bus. Then each student got their own Pete the Cat and bus and we practiced putting Pete in different positions.  

Upcoming Dates…

Monday, September 16: Music; Library-remember to return your library book!

Tuesday, September 17: Gym

Wednesday, September 18: Art

Thursday, September 19: STEAM

Friday, September 20: Gym; Early Release Day-dismissal at 12:15; BLUE day…wear BLUE

Thursday, September 26: School Picture Day

 

Enjoy these cute pictures of the Kinders! We used these photos on their yellow bus craft, but I thought it would be fun to have them on the blog too!

Have a wonderful weekend…Mrs. Baker

Book Orders

If you’d like to order any books from the Scholastic book order that was sent home earlier this month, please place your order online or send in the order form tomorrow with your Kinder. I will be placing the order tomorrow. Thanks so much and happy reading!

Kindergarten Homework

Coming home in your Kinder’s blue folder today is a homework packet. This is a homework packet that can be worked on throughout the week and returned back to school by next week Wednesday. If you don’t have one inside your Kinder’s blue folder, please let me know. I found one on the floor after school so it might belong to someone. This is what you can look for coming home today…

Library

Today we went to the library and got to check out books for the first time. Some fifth graders came to the library to help us. Your Kinder may borrow the book until next Monday. Please return it by next Monday or before. If the book is returned, he/she will be able to check out another one next Monday. Thanks! Have fun reading…the kids were excited to be able to borrow a book!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORD: a

COLOR WORD: red

ABC Bootcamp…

We have been working hard on our letters and sounds the past two weeks in Kindergarten. We started with the letter A and have made it through the letter F. We will continue to learn more letters next week!

A Special Visitor…

We had a special visitor come and teach us about type 1 diabetes. One of the Kinders in our class, Lillian, has type 1 diabetes. Her dad read us a book and introduced us to Coco, a monkey that helped us learn more about Lilly. 

 

Readers Workshop…

During our first reading workshop lesson, the kinders learned that readers walk through the world in a special way.  They don’t just see things, they read things too!  We learned that we are readers and can already read different signs in our school, in our classroom and out in our world!  The kinders were excited know that they were able to read familiar environmental print signs. We are learning to LOOK, READ, THINK, LEARN!

We also talked about what it means to be a “Book Lover”.  We learned that a book lover takes care of their books by being gentle with them, not eating or using supplies around them and putting them back where we got them from.  We practiced being a book lover with books at our table spot.

Math…

This week in math, we read Anno’s Counting Book. We talked about the numbers 1-10 and looked on the book pages for objects that corresponded to that number. 

We explored with our math manipulatives! The kinders were introduced to the number tiles 1-5 and counters.  We counted a group of objects and found different ways to arrange them.  For example: 5 can be shown with 3 red tile and 2 blue tiles or 5 can be shown with 4 red tiles and 1 blue tiles.

Writers’ Workshop…

This week during writing, we learned that writer’s share information with others about what they know. We had a partner that we turned and talked to. One of the Kinders was the peanut butter partner and the other was the jelly partner. The peanut butter partner was the listener first and the jelly partner was the one that shared first. Then, they switched. In our class, we practiced sharing things we know about. We told our partners what our favorite color is and what we like to play on the playground. We also started “writing” on paper this week by drawing ourselves lining up (this is something we are practicing). The Kinders needed to draw and label themselves. We will continue adding to our writing this week. 

SOAR… 

As a class we are learning how to SOAR- Be Safe, Own It, Act Responsibly and Be Respectful at school!  This week we learned about noise levels.  We practiced these noise levels in the hallway, in the classroom and outside. 

The Color Red…

On Friday, we celebrated our color of the week, the color red. The Kinders looked great in their red clothes. We had fun making a red craft, talking about things that are red, reading books with the color red in them and learning a song about the word red. 

Meet Our Para-Pros…

We are so very lucky to have Mrs. Santana and Mrs. DeGroot helping in our class this year. Mrs. Santana is with us in the mornings and Mrs. DeGroot is with us part of the afternoon. We are very thankful for their help! If your Kinders mention them, you’ll know who they are talking about!

Mrs. Santana

 

Mrs. DeGroot

Library…

This past week, we visited the library. We got to meet our librarian, Mrs. VandenBurg. She read us a story about how to treat books. We didn’t get to check out a book yet, but we will soon!

RED and GREEN choices…

In our classroom, we talk about making red and green choices. We have posters hanging up to remind the Kinders of what good “green” choices are. You might hear them talk about red and green choices at home.

Cool Tools…

We are continuing to learn about “COOL TOOLS” in kindergarten. These are tools that help us to learn how to handle different situations and talk to others. This week we learned…

Kindergarten Reminders…

Please remember to send 2 snacks and a water bottle each day for your Kinder.

Remember to check and empty your Kinder’s blue folder each day.

 

Upcoming Dates…

Monday, September 9: STEAM; Library

Tuesday, September 10: Music

Wednesday, September 11: Gym

Thursday, September 12: Art; Jet’s Pizza Night

Friday, September 13: STEAM; YELLOW day…wear yellow today!

Friday, September 20: Early Release Day – students are dismissed at 12:15. 

Thursday, September 26: Picture Day – information will be coming home soon.

 

Enjoy some cute pictures from the past 2 weeks…

 

 

 

This Week in Kindergarten…

Technology trouble…

Sorry to say that I’m having trouble getting pictures from this week onto my blog. Our technology department is working on it. As soon as it’s fixed I’ll share the pictures with everyone! I can’t wait for you to see the cute photos from the week!

Snack Reminder…

Please remember to send you Kinder to school with 2 snacks each day. If you could put the snacks in the front zipper of their backpack, that would be very helpful. I always have graham crackers for anyone who forgets a snack. 

Super Star Student…

Starting next week, we are going to have a SUPER STAR each day in our classroom. I will take a turn first to show everyone how it works. Starting on Wednesday, the Kinders will take turns. Within the next month, your child will be coming home with a Super Star Student paper to fill out all about them. Watch for it in their blue folders. 

Cool Tools…

This week in kindergarten we got out our tool box and learned about some of the “tools” inside. This box contains some very “cool tools”. These tools and lessons are designed to teach us how to be a good friend and how to handle different situations.

ABC Boot Camp… 

After a summer of fun, kinders may need a refresher course in identifying letters and their sounds.  Welcome to ABC Boot Camp!  Each day we will be focusing on an alphabet letter and their sound.  This week it was all about letters A,B,C.

A Kindergarten reminder…

Please remember to send your kinder’s blue folder each day to school and check and empty it each evening.

A Kindergarten thank you…

Thank you so much for ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS! I really appreciate all of your generosity!

Upcoming Dates… 

Friday, August 30 – NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 2 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 3– STEAM

Wednesday, September 4 – Music

Thursday, September 5 – Gym

Friday, September 6 – Art;  Color Day—-Wear RED!  

Friday, September 20 – Fast Friday (Early Release dismissal 12:15pm)

Thursday, September 26—School Pictures