We had a great 4 day week in kindergarten, a few sunny warm days to play outside and a few cooler days. 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 one sweatshirt that arrived to school but doesn’t have a home to go to at the end of the day. If this belongs to your kinder, please email me. Thanks! 🙂
Here is a peek at what your kinder did at school this week:
POPCORN WORDS: A COLOR WORD: RED The kinders saw RED this week. We colored pictures, read books, learned a poem, went on an I Spy hunt all relating to RED!
I wish you could have heard their excited voices as they compared their RED shirts, RED pants, RED socks, RED hair ribbons on Friday. We even ate a surprise RED snack….Red Strawberry Fruit Snacks! Yum!
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. 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.
We read Ish and were reminded again that our words matter. The FUZZY DICE remind us to say nice words or show nice actions toward others. We passed the fuzzy dice to our neighbor and gave them a nice compliment to practice.
Franklin’s Bad Day was read on Wednesday to help us learn to walk away before saying toothpaste words or doing toothpaste actions to our friends. The BIG INFLATABLE SHOE is our visual reminder. We decorated our own shoe to take home.
Thursday we read When I am angry and learned that taking time to chill out when we feel upset is okay. The ICE CUBE TRAY is a good reminder. We played a fun game using a real ice cube. It was COOL! 🙂
Being Friends was a great book that showed us that it is okay that we are not all the same…we are different and special, just like a KALEIDOSCOPE. It was fun to look through a real kaleidoscope and then color our own.
WRITER’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 DO YOU LIKE TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST? 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 “TURN AND TALK” 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.
NEWSPAPER—LET’S FIND OUT! The kinders were introduced to the newspapers that help us learn about various topics. School rules were the topic for this first edition.
MATH: Last week we started number writing during our handwriting time, stressing that we always start our numbers at the top! This week we wrote number 2 and number 3. We drew 2 flowers and 3 apples to show their number sense.
We read Anno’s Counting Book and went on an I Spy hunt on the book pages for objects that corresponded to that number.
We also 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 by using our math manipulatives. Pictures will come next week. I totally forgot to take them.
On Fridays the kinders enjoy playing various math games to strength the math concepts learned during the week. This week they played with PATTERN BLOCKS, ROLL AND COVER WITH PETE THE CAT (ID #1-6), UNIFIX CUBES, PLAYDOUGH NUMBERS (ID #1-10) AND SORTING TEDDY BEARS (ID colors).
NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD
*Outdoor clothing.—.Please send a coat or sweatshirt with your child if needed in the mornings. The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.
*Backpack snack.—Pack TWO quick, heathy snackS 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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: Thank you for all of the birthday treats!
Monday, Sept. 10–GYM; Kool Kinder: Ethan
Tuesday, Sept 11—ART; Kool Kinder: Jace.
Wednesday, Sept 12—STEAM; Library….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book INSIDE their backpack; Kool Kinder: Brooks
Thursday Sept 13—MUSIC; Kool Kinder: Aria
Friday, Sept 14—GYM, COLOR DAY….Wear YELLOW! FAST FRIDAY (Early Release dismissal 12:15pm)
Thursday, Sept. 27—School Pictures….ordering information will be sent home soon.
Have a restful weekend. Sleep well. We have a 5 day week ahead. Thank you for sharing your kinder with me. They are wonderful! Mrs. Bohl