We had a great 4 day week in kindergarten, a few sunny days to play outside and one day of inside play. Thank you for sending your kinder with a sweatshirt/coat for the cooler mornings. We play outside unless it is raining or the wind chill is below O. Be sure to label your kinder’s coat as it is hard for them to remember which coat/sweatshirt belongs to them.
Here is a peek at what your kinder did at school this week:
POPCORN WORDS: A RED The kinders saw RED this week, especially on Friday when they arrived wearing red shirts, red pants, red socks, red hair ribbons. I wish you could have heard their excited voices as they compared their RED clothes.
I hope that you enjoy having your kinder teach you our RED color song as they read…. yes read….. to you their color flip book. Did you like the silly color monster rhyme we learned? “Red, Red bumped his head.” We wondered all week what Red bumped his head on….the floor, the table, the monkey bars, his pillow? Be ready, we have color monster rhymes for every color. 🙂 In honor of red, we read many books about a big, red dog…..Clifford. Making a fun craft of Clifford helped us practice our cutting skills and listen to and follow directions.
PROCEDURES: We have been learning and practicing how to do many things in our classroom. From how to daily turn in our blue folders and ordering lunch to remembering our number in line and walking down the hallway at school. The kinders learned what a 4-S line means (Still, Silent, Straight and Smiling). They have done a GREAT job practicing this throughout our movement around our school. The kinders are working very hard to keep their hands in their own bubble space when sitting on the floor and in their lap when sitting at their table spots—and not touching their supplies when listening for directions. Each day I see improvement. I have a fabulous bunch of kinders!!!
COOL TOOLS: The kinders are continuing to work hard each day to being ready to learn by….looking with eyes, listening with ears, voices quiet, hands in own bubble space and sitting like a pretzel (when on the rug). We are learning about the different parts of the brain and how each part functions. We are becoming mindful of each other and the climate of our learning classroom.
Our lessons about the cool tools are helping us be aware of others and how to deal with situations. The books we read and the “cool tools” this week were; Ish (fuzzy dice to remind us to say nice words or do nice actions toward others); Franklin’s Bad Day ( a big inflatable foot to remind us to walk away before saying or doing toothpaste words or actions); When I am angry (an ice cube tray to tell us to take time to chill out when upset) and Being Friends (a kaleidoscope to show us that it is okay that we are not all the same…we are different and special). We will open the tool box two more times next week.
WRITER’S and READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders found that writers share information with others about what they know. Examples of these topics were WHAT TV SHOW DO YOU LIKE TO WATCH? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? WHAT RESTAURANT DO YOU LIKE AND WHY? They practiced this by taking turns with their partners to be the jelly (speaker) and the peanut butter (listener). They also learned and practiced what it looks like to “turn and talk” to their partners. The teacher claps two times and says “teach” and the kinders clap two times and say “okay”. The kinders turn and face their partner, taking turns being the jelly and the peanut butter. When they hear “hands and eyes”, they repeat “hands and eyes” and turn and face the teacher. The kinders did AWESOME!!! We will be doing more sharing next week.
During our reader’s workshop time, the kinders learned how to be a book lover. Book lovers carefully choose a book, they hold it correctly and they turn the pages one by one. The kinders learned how to be a RESPECTFUL READER by staying in one spot, reading quietly and read the whole time. We are starting to build our reading stamina by reading quietly to ourselves. We are up to 1-2 minutes. A great start!!
MATH: Last week we started number writing during our handwriting time. We worked on the proper formation of a 0 and 1, stressing that we always start our numbers at the top! We learned the poem for 0: “around and around and around we go, that’s the way we make a zero:. And for the number 1: “straight line down and then your done, thats the way we make a one”. This week we wrote number 2. By saying “around and back, down the railroad track. Two! Two!”, we were able to write it correctly. We learned how to count a group of objects and find different ways to arrange them. For example: 3 can be shown with 1 red tile and 2 blue tiles or 3 can be shown with 3 red tiles and 0 blue tiles.
NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD
*Outdoor clothing.—.Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child. The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.
*Backpack snack.—Pack a quick, heathy snack each day. Be sure to place it in a special small pocket so that it is easy for them to locate.
*Blue folders—send them to school each day (you are all doing a great job with this! Thank you!!)
*If ordering a hot lunch or milk, please discuss with your child what they will be ordering so that they are comfortable and secure with their selections.
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Monday, Sept. 11–MUSIC; Kool Kinder: Dominic
Tuesday, Sept 12—ART; Kool Kinder: Bentley.
Wednesday, Sept 13—STEAM; Library….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book INSIDE their labeled big library bag. HOMEWORK…Math/Literacy due; Kool Kinder: Mia
Thursday Sept 14—GYM; Kool Kinder: Caleb
Friday, Sept 15—MUSIC, COLOR DAY….Wear YELLOW! FAST FRIDAY (Early Release dismissal 12:15pm) Birthday Celebration for Lucas (actual birthday Sept. 16)
Thursday, Sept. 21—School Pictures….ordering information was sent home today.
Friday, Sept. 22—Walk a Thon…information was sent home today.
Have a restful weekend. Sleep well. We have a 5 day week ahead. Thank you for sharing your kinder with me. They are fabulous! Mrs. Bohl