Hello parents and families and Happy Friday!!
This week, our theme was mittens! We completed a few really cute mitten projects, such as hand print mittens and stained glass window mittens. One of these is hanging in the halls; the other is hanging on the windows! Be sure to check them out as you drive by at dismissal! The mitten homework project that the kids turned in look adorable hanging outside in the hall on our clothesline! We read Jan Brett's The Mitten and complete a story recall project together. They will be bring these home so make sure to have the kids RETELL the story to you! We have been working on retelling a story; which is a VERY important Kindergarten skill they need to know how to do. We also used mittens to introduce skip counting by 2's! We will be practicing this a lot in the upcoming weeks!
In reading groups this week, we continued to work on concepts of print but also began working on identifying sounds in CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant words) throughout the text, sight words, and sounding out unfamiliar words. Please make sure the kids are practicing their sight words as much as possible as this is what will help them increase their reading levels! Also make sure you are reading every night on RazKids to become more confident with reading!
In math, we continued to work on addition, practicing daily addition as well as teaching different ways to add, whether it be dots, counting on, objects, fingers, our bead bracelets, or in our heads. They even practiced addition in gym! Some Montessori math lesson taught this week were the hundred board, making complex numbers, the ten board, missing number, more than/less than, and the intro tray. In writing, we continue to work in writing groups and have been working on our individual goals; whether it be capitalization, punctuation, spacing, sounding out words, sight words, or writing multiple sentences. In social studies, our new unit is Goods and Services. We discussed that a good is something that you buy or get for free and a service is something that someone does for us and completed a picture sort together! We will be working on this for the next two weeks! In science, our unit was sink vs. float. We completed an experiment together in which we guessed whether each object would sink or float and then completed it to see if we were right! This would be something fun to do at home too! :) In Nutrition this week, we watched a video on how important fruits and vegetables are for us!
Marquis Theatre Field Trip
We had so much fun at the Marquis Theatre. The Snow Queen was a very cute play that the children seemed to enjoy. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered this week. We really appreciate you. These field trips would not be possible without your help.
Cowboy Count Day
Count Day is Wednesday, February 8th. It is very important your child is at school on time and remains here all day. We are going to have a cowboy theme to celebrate. Your child should come to school dressed in their best cowboy clothes. We will make our cowboy hats that day in school to complete our cowboy look.
Valentine's Day is February 14th!!! We will have a celebration in the morning from 9-11am. We are in need of volunteers for this day. A form has been sent home in your child's folder explaining what will take place on this day. The form also explains how to decorate a shoe box for your child's Valentines that they will be receiving. If you are able to help us out on Valentine's Day please send in the bottom of this form to your classroom teacher.
Week of 1/23 -- what, want, please will, saw
Week of 1/16 -- now, out, ride, so, they
Week of 1/9 -- at, brown, like, do, good
Week of 12/12 --
Week of 12/5 --
Week of 11/28 --
Week of 11/14 --
Week of 11/7 -- not, one, said, to, where
Week of 10/31 -- down, look, is, in, go
Week of 10/24 -- my, run, three, we, big
Week of 10/17 -- away, come, funny, I, little
Week of 10/10 -- me, red, the, up, you
Week of 10/3 -- and, can, for, here, jump
Week of 9/26 -- yellow, to, make, play, see
Week of 9/19 -- a, blue, find, help, it
Sight word homework - please make sure to be completing this each week and turning it in on Mondays! This is a grade on your child's report card!!
Reading Logs - Don't forget to be working on these every night and filling them in! If you haven't turned in your December reading log; please do so! Please remember these ARE also a grade on your child's report card so it is VERY important that they get turned in on time!Also, remember that your child gets to sign our 100/200/300 train if they reach a new milestone of books!
Please see the AMA website and individual teacher website pages for dates of your classrooms reading and math Winter NWEA testing. Next week, we will be individually going over each student's goals for the test and what they need to remember to do to help them be most successful!
Please remember that we DO go outside if the temperature (with the wind chill is 25 degrees or higher). If the kids do not have boots, coats, hats, gloves and snow pants, they are not allowed to go in the snow. The absolutely minimum they must have is a coat, hat, and gloves. In addition, if you send your child to school in boots, they MUST have a pair of shoes to change into. Please check individual classroom pages for GYM schedules as well, to make sure they are prepared with tennis shoes for gym. Another important note - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING you send to school! We are getting A LOT of items lost with NO NAMES! Thank you in advance for your help with this! :)