Math Book #1

We have finished our first math book! Yay kinders! Your kinder may have brought home their book on Friday or are bringing it home today. Enjoy looking at all of their learning so far this year. We are starting the second book this week. 

This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: how, now, map

Special Visitors: This week we had Miss Yankee’s 2nd graders come to our classroom for a visit! We were very excited because Crew, Evie and Ivy have brothers or a sister in her class. They came and read us their fiction stories they have worked hard on writing. We enjoyed listening to their stories!

Split Lit: During split lit time this week, we enjoyed trying some new centers to choose from! We practiced reading big books, practiced our popcorn words (using Play-Dough, we made paper watches and did do-a-dots), used whisper phones, made grocery lists, listened to books, built words and worked with Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Bromley. We worked so hard this week during our split lit time!

Reading: This week in reading, we used our voices to bring our books to life! We talked about how it sounds when we read like a robot compared to how it sounds when we read smooth. The Kinders then practiced sounding like a smooth reader when they read! We also noticed punctuation at the end of sentences. We practiced reading “Where is Thumbkin?” noticing the different types of punctuation at the end of the sentences. 

   

Math: In math this week, we finished up our learning in Unit 2. We will be taking our test for Unit 2 next week. We practiced teen numbers, shapes, adding numbers together and subtracting. 

        

Writing: This week in writing, we continued to write small moment stories. We practice telling our stories in order (first, next and last), sketching our stories in order, starting our sentences with a capital letter, ending our sentences with punctuation, stretching out our words…listening for all of the sounds we hear in words. 

Mystery Readers: We had fun having 3 mystery readers this week! Mrs. Mesman was our first mystery reader this week. I was not there (I was testing new kindergarteners coming to Georgetown next year) so I don’t have a picture to share. Sorry Mrs. Mesman and Dean!! Ethan’s dad surprised Ethan when he came to school and was a mystery reader. He read us a fun story called That’s Not a Hippopotamus. Ethan was very happy to see his dad walk through the door!! Jasper’s mom also surprised Jasper on Friday by being a mystery reader. She read us 2 books. One of them was called Finklehopper Frog and the other was Elmer. Then we got to do a fun Elmer coloring page! Thank you so much for taking time to visit our classroom and be a mystery reader!!

    

Valentine’s Party: We had a super fun Valentine party on Valentine’s Day!! We had so much fun playing Valentine games, making Valentine crafts and having Valentine snacks…such a fun-filled day!! Thank you to everyone for helping to make our holiday parties so much fun this year!!

Valentine’s Craft: On Friday, we had fun making a cute Valentine craft! We made adorable dogs that are decorating our classroom right now!!

Outstanding Student…Ava!!

Ava got an Outstanding award from Mrs. Reagan. She shows the qualities of Being Nice, Working Hard and Learning Well!! We are proud of you, Ava!!

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, February 19: PE; Take-Home books
  • Tuesday, February 20: Music; Library…remember to bring your library book back!
  • Wednesday, February 21: Art; Take-Home books; Homework due
  • Thursday, February 22: STEAM 
  • Friday, February 23: PE; Take-Home books

100 Days of Learning and Fun in Kindergarten!!

Enjoy the pictures from our fun day of celebrating 100 Days in Kindergarten! We had so much fun! I’m hoping you heard all about it at home! We counted up to 100!! We’ve been waiting to fill up our chart! We shared our collections of 100!! It was fun to see what everyone brought to share! 

We had fun creating a snack of 100 food items!! We had to count 10 pieces of 10 different snacks. We had Fruit Loops, popcorn, pretzels, marshmallows, Cheerios, Skittles, Rice Chex, Raisins, Goldfish crackers and Bugles. By the time we finished we had a 100 piece snack…wow, what fun!!

We had fun making a gum ball machine craft! We tried our best to put 100 dots onto our own gum ball machine!!

We read some fun 100 day books!!

We made 100’s day crowns to wear, made a book all about the number 100, tried to do things like see how many times we could jump up and down in 100 seconds and write our name in 100 seconds. We even had the number 100 in our morning message!

At the end of the day, we got to bring home a glow stick that said we are 100 days brighter and cookies that made the number 100!! It was such a fun day!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: bad, had

MATH: This week in math, we practiced finding partners of 5 and 6 on our  math trays. We had fun using our trays and tiles to find the partners. We also practiced what we learned in our workbooks, finding partners for numbers 2-7. 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: In writer’s workshop, we continued working on writing small moment stories. We wrote a story together about eating our snacks at school. The kinders are doing such a good job writing their stories! They are doing more and more writing on their own. I’m so proud of them!

READING: We continued practicing reading with our Super Powers during reading time. The kinders have been working hard on remembering to use these powers when reading to help them become better readers! 

SPLIT LIT: During our 2 days of school this week, the Kinders did a great job during split lit time! They were able to make choices of stations they wanted to work at. They also had fun listening to new books on CD!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Sunday, Feb. 11…Happy Birthday Evie!!
  • Monday, Feb. 12…100 Day Celebration!  Bring 100 Collections to school.  STEAM, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13…PE; LIBRARY; Mrs. Baker out of classroom in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14…MUSIC, Homework Due; Valentines Class Party 1:50-3:00 p.m., NO TAKE HOME BOOKS.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15…ART.  
  • Friday, Feb. 16…STEAM, Bring Take Home Book.

100th Day Celebration!!

Because of the snow day today, we are going to celebrate our 100th day of school on Monday, February 12. Please send your Kinder with their 100th day project on Monday. It will come back home that same day. We are going to have a fun-filled celebration!! I am looking forward to seeing all of the Kinder’s creations!! I had fun working on mine too!!

Tonight is…Jet’s Pizza Night!!

If you order Jet’s Pizza tonight, a percentage of sales are donated to Georgetown Elementary. Order Jet’s Pizza and mention that your daughter or son is in Mrs. Baker’s class. The class with the most orders wins a class pizza party.  🙂

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS:  big, with                                                         

The kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Every morning, I include the week’s words in the morning message and our super star for the day has fun calling on a friend to circle the popcorn words. They do a great job finding them…hooray! 

        

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We worked hard this week telling and writing shared small moment stories.  We wrote about celebrating Dean’s birthday and the kinders got to choose their own topic to write about.  We have been practicing telling a story using the words FIRST, NEXT and THEN to keep our story in order. We practice telling the story across our fingers, with a sketch and with words. The kinders are doing an amazing job remembering to add details and labels in their drawings.  They are also working very hard to use popcorn words, spaces between words and sentence stoppers (.  !  ?)  I am so proud of them!! Way to go Kinders!!

       

READER’S WORKSHOP:  I am so proud of how well the Kinders are doing using their SUPER POWERS when they are reading! This week we continued to use our POINTER POWER, SNAP POWER and PARTNER POWER and added more SUPER POWERS…we now have the powers of PICTURE POWER and SOUND POWER!

   

“PICTURE POWER” is when we look at the pictures to help us figure out what the words might be.

“SOUND POWER” is when we practice listening to the sounds we read because just looking at the picture is not enough.  We practiced covering the pictures in books to really practice this super power.  Focusing really hard on the sounds we hear to figure out words.

MATH: In math this week we focused on learning about teen numbers. We practiced finger flashing the number 10 and then showing how many extra ones. We even learned what equations look like with the number 10 + a number. We practiced writing our numbers and adding and subtracting. 

GROUNDHOG DAY: On Friday, we had a lot of fun celebrating Groundhog Day! We learned about groundhogs and how and where they live. We got to vote if we thought the groundhog would see his shadow or not. We watched the video of the groundhog coming out of its burrow and learned that we will have 6 more weeks of winter. Most of the Kinders thought spring would be coming soon! We made groundhog headbands, read and made a groundhog book, made groundhog patterns, made a craft and even had a special groundhog treat. We had “dirt” (chocolate pudding) with a “groundhog” (Teddy Graham) coming out of it.  🙂  We even had fun pretending we were groundhogs on the playground!

MYSTERY READERS: We were lucky enough to have 2 mystery readers visit our classroom this week!! First, Ian’s Aunt Laura and cousin came to visit our room and read us a story. She read us the book Bear’s New Friend. We love Bear books and enjoyed hearing the story. Ian was so excited to see his aunt and cousin walk through the door! 

  Quinn’s dad was our next mystery reader this week. He surprised Quinn when he came through the door! He read us two books…one of them was a favorite of his from when he was little. He read us The Boy With Square Eyes and Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. We liked both of the books a lot! 

    

UPCOMING EVENTS:

100 DAY CELEBRATION:  Information has been sent home.  Please note that all collections are to be sent to school on Friday, February 9.  I know it will be so much fun for the children to share.  These collections will be returned home the same day.  Thank you for assisting your child in this great math learning opportunity!

VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Wednesday, February 14 from 1:50-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions and set up. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities. 

UPCOMING DATES:

NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

WED. FEB. 7—Back at school; GYMHOMEWORK DUE; TAKE HOME BOOKS

THURS. FEB. 8MUSIC

FRI. FEB. 9ARTDay 100 Celebration….100 Collections are DUE; TAKE HOME BOOKS

WED. FEB. 14—Valentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm   Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.  *NO TAKE HOME books this day.

VALENTINE CARDS: Please remember to be working on your Valentine cards at home with your Kinder. This should be a fun activity for them to do!! Whenever they are finished with their cards, they can bring them in to school. We are going to make our Valentine bags next week! 

Have a fun-filled Winter Break!  I will be excited to see the Kinders on February 7 and hear all about their break!!  🙂   ~Mrs. Baker

Our classroom is in need of a couple supplies…

If you are out shopping this weekend and would be willing to pick up either one or both of these items for our classroom, I would really appreciate it!! 

Graham Crackers: When the kids forget their snacks (please remember to send 2 snacks each day) I keep graham crackers at school to give them. If you wouldn’t mind picking up a box and sending them in, I would appreciate it! Thank you!!

Disinfecting Wipes:We are trying to do extra cleaning in our classroom right now with all of the germs going around. If you wouldn’t mind picking up some disinfecting wipes for our classroom, that would be wonderful! Thank you!!

 

This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: he, she 

Our popcorn words this week were he, she. We did many different activities this week to reinforce learning these new words.

    

Math: In math this week, we continued working on Unit 3. We focused on sorting by different sizes, colors and attributes. We talked about things that are the same and different. We practiced our number sense, by drawing circles to represent the number shown. We also practiced counting a number of objects and writing the correct number that’s represented by objects. Learning if numbers/objects are equal or not equal is something else we learned this week. 

Math Games: We had fun on Friday playing math games. We made an addition snow globe. The kids had to color some of the snowflakes blue and leave some white. They then had to use those numbers to write an equation as the base of their snow globe. Another game we had fun playing was to read a number on the snowman and use unifix cubes to build that number of “snowball” on the snowman. The last math game we played was to go on a polar bear hunt. The kids had to search for numbers hidden around the room and match them to their paper. Math games on Fridays are always a favorite!!

           

Reading: In reading this week, we practiced using our “SUPER POWERS” when we read!! We focused on our “POINTER POWER” and our “SNAP POWER”. When your child is reading to you at home when practicing their take home book, please practice using these powers. 

“POINTER POWER” is when you practice pointing to each word as you read. The kinders have learned to tap one time under each word when reading. They were given rings with wiggly eyes to wear on their pointer finger and to help them remember to use their pointer power!

      

“SNAP POWER” is when the kinders practice reading the words they know in a snap. We talked about how we’ve practiced a lot of popcorn words this year. They can read those words in a snap!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Reading: This is also known as Partner Reading. This week we read with our PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY PARTNERS! We practiced the “peanut butter” partner reading and the”jelly” partner pointing to make sure we only read the words that are pointed to, then we switched jobs. It was fun!

          

Writing: Writing small moment stories is hard work! The kinders are doing such a great job of learning to think of a story, tell their story to a writing partner, sketch and then write their story. We use the words FIRST, NEXT and THEN to keep our stories in order. Wow…that’s a lot of work! It is so exciting to see them become writers!

 

Literacy Centers: This week during our literacy time, we practiced many different skills. One of the things we practiced was stretching out the sounds that we hear in words, writing them on paper and drawing a picture to match. 

 

Handwriting: This week in handwriting we practiced the letters w and t. We also practiced writing some words with these letters in them. It’s exciting to see their handwriting and letter formation continue to improve! 

  

VALENTINE PARTY AND VALENTINE EXCHANGE:   Wednesday, February 14 from 1:50-3:00pm. I have heard back from many parents. Thank you all for offering to help out at our party! You will be hearing from someone soon regarding what to bring or where you can help at. 

VALENTINE EXCHANGE:  Information has been sent home. Be sure to have your kinder write their names on each valentine.  Please have your kinder bring their Valentine Cards back to school by Monday, February 12. 

100 DAYS OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION:  Friday, February 9. Start thinking about what 100 items your kinder will like to collect and bring to school.  Your kinders 100 collections will be due on Feb. 9. This is the day that they may bring them into school. Please do not send them into school earlier. The collections will return home the same day. Begin collecting 100 items and decide how your kinder would like to display them.  Have fun! 

UPCOMING DATES:

MON. JAN. 29-PETAKE-HOME BOOKS; Happy Birthday to Dean!!

TUES. JAN. 30–MUSIC; Last day to order PE apparel.

WED. JAN. 31ART; HOMEWORK DUE; LIBRARY-Please remember to return your child’s book; TAKE-HOME BOOKS

If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please email me (jbaker4@hpseagles.net or send a note by Thursday 2/1.

THURS. FEB. 1STEAM

FRI. FEB. 2-PEFAST FRIDAY…Dismissal at 12:15pm; NO TAKE-HOME BOOKS TODAY

NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

WED. FEB. 7—Back at school

FRI. FEB. 9Day 100 Celebration!

WED. FEB. 14—Valentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm. Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up. THANK YOU!! NO TAKE-HOME BOOKS THIS DAY. 

 

 

Dear Kinder families,

Today your kinder took home their very first TAKE HOME book. They had huge smiles when they found out they were taking books home to read today!! You will find inside their bag a yellowish note with more details about this exciting learning adventure.  Their bag is labeled with their name and days to return their books.There is a step by step home directions sheet,  a parent comment sheet, a reading strategies bookmark and a book just right for them to read.  Remember that TAKE HOME books are not meant to be challenging for your kinder to read.  They should feel successful to be able to read these books.  We will save the challenging books for school learning. 🙂 Our goal is to read at a B level by February and a D level by the end of the school year.

Please encourage and support your kinder as needed when they read their book to you.  It is good to read the book more than one time and on different occasions.  PLEASE KEEP THIS BOOK HOME UNITL WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24. Wednesday will be the first day that your kinder will read their book with a parent volunteer at school. Parent volunteers will read with the kinders on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The kinders were very excited to begin this new adventure.  Happy Reading!!!! 🙂