It is hard to believe that it is November and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving. Have fun decorating the turkey tail feather. It will be nice to see how creative ya’ll are. Our turkey needs beautiful tails so that he will not be chosen to be on your Thanksgiving table. 🙂 You can return the turkey tail next week. Thanks so much! 🙂
MATH: Telling math stories and figuring out the answers to the math stories occurs daily. For example: 4 friends are having blue hot lunch, 3 friends are having white hot lunch. How many friends are eating hot lunch today? Counting to 100 also happens daily by watching Let’s Get Fit, Count to 100 by Jack Hartman or Counting Super Hero by Harry Kindergarten to name a few. The kinders are doing an amazing job identifying 5 frames and counting the extra ones to figure out the number; for example: 5+3=8. We are still working on writing and counting the numbers 6 through 10. Keep practicing number sense skills with your kinder by asking them to count groups of objects around them (plates at the table, cars on the road, etc.)
POPCORN WORDS: IN ALL We are working hard to stretch out the words and hear the beginning, middle and ending sounds in our weekly popcorn words. We had fun putting different magnetic letters at the beginning of IN to make new words like….FIN, WIN, BIN, CHIN. We also made new words with ALL like….BALL, HALL, FALL, TALL, SMALL. We wrote these words inside our “interactive journals”. These journals will be used periodically throughout the school for literacy, math, social studies, science activities.
READER’S WORKSHOP: We started a new unit, Digging Deeper, that will teach us about characters, settings and how to use our “super powers” (reading strategies) when reading books. This week focused on characters….learning that characters can be a person, animal or thing; characters can talk and a character is who the story is about.
We read many Froggy books to emphasize these points. We also learned how to think of words that describe (or tell) about a character. We practiced thinking of words to describe ourselves before we described Froggy. We said “Froggy” is green, is silly, has web feet, eats flies and has short legs.
Then we compared 2 characters (Froggy and Frogalina) using more descriptive words.
We are working very hard to remember to place our reading finger under each word as we read. Reading to self gives us time to practice using these strategies.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We began a new unit entitled “Writing as Scientists”, looking deeper to label and draw objects with a scientific eye. We worked together to put sticky notes on a scientist poster about what a scientist does and what they might use. We are referring back to this as we write like a scientist.
We looked closely at a banana, 2 different kinds of candy corn, a leaf and our own shoes with our own magnifying glass. Then we sketched out what we observed, added labels and wrote a sentence that told about our objects. We like being scientists!
HANDWRITING: We continue learning how to properly write the STARTING CORNER letters V,W,X. Keep practicing at home! 🙂
BALDWIN 8TH GRADE VISITORS: Each Thursday morning the kinders are excited to welcome the 8th graders. This week half of the kinders spent time playing PUMPKIN SOUND BINGO (to practice letter sounds) and PUMPKIN FLIP (graphing) with the 8th grade boys. The other kinders read a newspaper to learn how we use our 5 senses to observe leaves and played a number matching game about leaves with Mrs. Bohl. Next week the kinders will switch activities.
NOTES TO MOM AND DAD
*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s progress with you. Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. I ask that if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂 See you on Monday and Wednesday nights.
*KOOL KINDERS: We saw and heard about 4 different show & tell items this week. We do not have a Kool Kinder on Fast Fridays.
Izabel brought her puppy who makes different sounds when you squeeze his paws.
Parker brought his big brother’s football because he likes to play football.
Livia brought her stuffed hyena, a character from the Lion King.
Blake brought his lovey, White Bear.
*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: When cooler weather is predicted, please dress your kinder in warm outside clothes…warm coat, hat/headband, mittens/gloves. We go outside to play for lunch recess and at the end of the day. Looking ahead….If your kinder has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!! LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET. Thank you!
*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: Nov.1 until Nov. 16. Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime. The kinders will be bringing them to gym class to add the our school collection. Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.
Return decorated turkey tails by the end of this week.
*Monday, Nov. 6—ART; Preview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences
*Tuesday, Nov. 7—STEAM; NO Library Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week.
*Wednesday, Nov. 8–GYM; Literacy and Math Homework due; Book Fair: Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books.. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional. The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!; Parent Teacher Conferences
*Thursday, Nov. 9––MUSIC; Celebrating Jaxon’s birthday
*Friday, Nov. 10—ART; Friday Centers…volunteers arrive @ 1:40 for directions
*Monday, Nov. 20–Stone Soup Day! (note change of date) More details soon
*November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break
*Thursday, Dec. 14–CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM Save the date—-More information to come!
~~~Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to “Fall Back” and turn your clock backwards an hour Saturday night. Mrs. Bohl