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Kindergarten


Week of April 8th - April 12th, 2019

General Notes

Friday is Crazy Hair Day and our ASPAN walk! Bring your sunglasses and walk with our school to support helping the homeless.

Reading

In reading workshop, our readers began to dive deep into non-fiction groups, picking out topics that they want to learn more about. With their book clubs, they practiced asking questions about their topics and discussing their wonderings.

Writing

In writers workshop, we studied persuasive letters written by other students to see what makes them so convincing. Persuasive writers use manners, tell stories that exemplify their problem, give LOTS of reasons, and write to many different people who can help them fix their problem.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians continued to practice using their math menus for our stations this week. The focus of this week was transferring patterns using their cores. Can we take the core of a shape pattern and turn it into letters, colors, or numbers?

Week of April 2nd - April 5th, 2019

General Notes

On Thursday, we had a C.A.R.E.S assembly about assertion, practicing what it means to firm with your voice and body when you have something you care a lot about.

Reading

In reading workshop, our avid readers learned about how avid readers react and ask questions about nonfiction books. We explored our own wonderings as we read through nonfiction books, recording these thoughts on Post-it notes. Then our readers began to think about how they could share their questions and their findings by looking at different formats.

Writing

In writers workshop, our writers continue to write persuasive posters, letters, and signs to get their messages heard. It is important for our writers to think about who they are writing their message to. Write in a way that is tailored for that person, it will make your writing a lot more powerful! Our writers then practiced how to write a proper letter.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians were introduced to a new tool -  math menus! Math menus are a great way for the students to track the work they do throughout the week. This week we review repeating patterns and what defines a repeating pattern. What are the characteristics of a pattern and what are some examples/non-examples of patterns?

Week of March 25 - March 29, 2019

General Notes

On Tuesday we enjoyed a humanities assembly of South African dancing by Lesole’s Dance Project.

Reading

This week in reading workshop, our readers learned how to form “reading clubs” to have “reading playdates.” After a period of reading privately, readers choose a book they have read and, with their reading partner, join another reading partnership. Readers then decide whether to play a game, play school, or play pretend. Each Kindergartener gets a chance to read his or her book to the club and run the activity. The club members might pretend to act like a character, try to guess what will happen next in the story, or do a turn and talk to say what they think. Readers also learned that when they read privately they should act out the story in their minds. It’s almost as if they are going to the movies when they read.

Our poem this week was “Never Mind, March” and our snap word was when.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers learned that they can tackle a problem by being persistent in their quest to be persuasive. Instead of writing just one thing about a problem, they need to keep writing about it in many different ways: a book, a letter, a song. Every time, they should try adding more reasons why someone should help solve the problem. Writers also learned how important it is to go back and reread their writing with they purpose of making it even better. They can be the boss of their writing by working on making it better without anyone telling them to do it. Finally, our writers learned that even when words are hard, writers don’t say, ‘Help me! Help me!’ Instead, writers think about all the ways they know how to write words. Then they decide which strategies they will use to spell the best they can.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians worked to compare and order sets from least to greatest and greatest to least. They learned that a set with nothing in it is called an empty set. Mathematicians also learned to identify the number after and before, without counting. For example: What comes after 62? What comes before 17?

Week of March 18 - March 22, 2019

General Notes

Happy First Days of Spring! Please think about the clothes in your child’s cubby. Has your child grown out of them or are there only cold weather clothes?

Reading

This week in reading workshop, our readers have been noticing the facial expressions of the characters in their fiction books. They’ve been using precise words to name the feelings those expressions reveal and then  drawing the expression and jotting the word on sticky notes to place in their books. During partner reading time students share those parts of their books that are marked with a note.

Our students have all been introduced to the digraphs th, sh, and ch. We expect students to decode words with these letter combinations and to attempt spelling with them.

Our poem this week was “It’s Time for Spring” and our snap word was that.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers began their fourth unit called “Persuasive Writing of All Kinds.” They are creating signs, books, songs, petitions and letters to persuade people to help them solve the problems they see in their classrooms or on the playground. By stating the problem and giving reasons why the problem needs to be fixed, writers are learning to convince people to change for the better.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians are practicing strategies to read, write, and represent numbers. Their ability to recall doubles is improving and they are learning to use doubles when adding and subtracting. Mathematicians are also comparing sets as being more, fewer, or the same.

Week of March 11 - March 15, 2019

General Notes

Book Orders forms - due Friday March 15th for author Sarah Weeks – do not wait.

  • Sarah will be visiting Discovery on Tuesday April 9th. She is the author of over fifty books for children of all ages.
  • Some have already been inspired to check out the recipes in her novel Pie. There is some talk of a cheese “charving” (chewing carving) contest inspired by her wacky Oggie Cooder series. Other students have already met those two quirky cats featured in her Mac and Cheese series.  
  • You can find out more information about all her books at www.SarahWeeks.com
  • You can access a book order form with book descriptions at Peachjar here or in the library or a student’s backpack near you.

Reading

This week in reading workshop, our readers concluded the third unit of the year called “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles.” We are excited to have begun our fourth unit called “Becoming Avid Readers.” The Kindergarteners learned  that avid readers are people who love reading so much, they can hardly bear to stop reading. They also learned that avid readers might need a box of tissues because they react with feelings to what they are reading.

Our poem this week was “The Little Leprechaun” and our snap word was have.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers chose a favorite How-To book from the many they have written over the course of this unit. They worked all week at revising, editing, and making it look pretty. On Friday they celebrated this special piece of writing and all their accomplishments as writers of information books.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians ended a unit on fractions by demonstrating their understanding about fair shares between two people. We began a new unit on counting numbers. They learned how to play the game “Doubles Aren’t Trouble” to practice doubling numbers. They will return to the “Counting Jar” activity to practice counting objects accurately.

Week of March 4 - March 7, 2019

General Notes

Book Orders forms - due Friday March 15th for author Sarah Weeks – do not wait.

  • Sarah will be visiting Discovery on Tuesday April 9th. She is the author of over fifty books for children of all ages.
  • Some have already been inspired to check out the recipes in her novel Pie. There is some talk of a cheese “charving” (chewing carving) contest inspired by her wacky Oggie Cooder series. Other students have already met those two quirky cats featured in her Mac and Cheese series.  
  • You can find out more information about all her books at www.SarahWeeks.com
  • You can access a book order form with book descriptions at Peachjar here or in the library or a student’s backpack near you.

 

Reading

This week in reading workshop, our readers practiced thinking about what is happening in the stories they are reading so that they can read in a voice that matches what the characters might sound like. We call this “making the book come alive.” Readers also practiced retelling their stories by telling who, where, what happened (in order), and the feelings of the characters.

Our poem this week was either “Winds of March” or “Jelly Beans.” The snap word was either play or with.

Writing

In writers workshop, our writers added introductions to their how-to stories to teach a reader about the topic they are writing about. Readers need to know what the object or activity is in order to understand the rest of the instructions. It is a great way to also excite a reader about why they may want to learn about this topic. Our writers then reviewed what makes writing easy to read so that a reader can easily understand the steps.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians continued modeling how to make fair shares of a set of objects using manipulatives as well as on paper. We elevated our thinking by devising a plan to sort objects into two groups by using the “one-for-you-one-for-me” strategy and assigning x’s and o’s to pictures of objects on paper to create two groups. Then the students counted and compared the two groups they made by using the words: more, fewer, or same.

Week of February 24th - March 1st, 2019

General Notes

We enjoyed inviting Williamsburg Middle School students into our classrooms on Thursday in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The middle schoolers read to the Kindergarteners and the Kindergarteners read to the middle schoolers.

Reading

In reading workshop this week, our readers practiced using extra strength snap word power when they learned that snap words can sometimes be disguised by endings. The word like might be unrecognizable to a new reader when there is an -s or and -ed at the end. Readers learned that they can cover the ending to reveal the snap word they knew all along. Readers also learned how to retell after reading a story. They begin by telling who the characters are and what the setting is. Students then tell the events in order using the transition words first, then, and finally.

Our poem for this week was “Winds of March” and the snap word we introduced to them was play.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers learned that in writing How-To books there might be several smaller topics related to one big topic. Writers could write a series of books about one big topic. A series of books about skiing might include a book about how to get on a chairlift, how to dress for skiing, and how to start and stop. Writers also learned how to write an introduction to their books.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians modeled how to solve single-step story problems with sums to 10 and differences within 10, using concrete objects. They used their knowledge of combinations of 10 to solve story problems. On Thursday we began our unit on fractions by creating fair shares for two people. Kindergarteners put collections of objects into two groups by using the “one-for-you-one-for-me” strategy to find out if each group would have the same amount.

Week of February 25th - March 1st, 2019

General Notes

We hope you enjoyed your Wednesday snow day! Hip, hip, hooray, it was the 100th day on Thursday!

Reading

In reading workshop this week, our readers learned that as books become more challenging, the picture no longer supports figuring out just the one word in the pattern that is different. Now readers study more complicated pictures to understand the story and check what they’ve read against what the picture shows. More challenging books have prepositional phrases, words with blends or digraphs (wh, ch, sh, th) at the beginning and ends of words, adjectives, and adverbs.

Our poem for this week was “Presidents’ Day” and the snap word we introduced to them was our.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers learned that using the word like to make a comparison helps readers understand the directions better. One example might be: “Stand on one foot like a flamingo.”

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians celebrated the 100th day of school with many projects. You might see a hat with 100 dots, a hundred chart scavenger hunt, a prediction of what a jar with 100 drops or water would look like, or a picture of what your kindergartener might look like in 100 years.

Week of February 19th - February 22nd, 2019

General Notes

We hope you enjoyed your Wednesday snow day! Hip, hip, hooray, it was the 100th day on Thursday!

Reading

In reading workshop this week, our readers learned that as books become more challenging, the picture no longer supports figuring out just the one word in the pattern that is different. Now readers study more complicated pictures to understand the story and check what they’ve read against what the picture shows. More challenging books have prepositional phrases, words with blends or digraphs (wh, ch, sh, th) at the beginning and ends of words, adjectives, and adverbs.

Our poem for this week was “Presidents’ Day” and the snap word we introduced to them was our.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers learned that using the word like to make a comparison helps readers understand the directions better. One example might be: “Stand on one foot like a flamingo.”

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians celebrated the 100th day of school with many projects. You might see a hat with 100 dots, a hundred chart scavenger hunt, a prediction of what a jar with 100 drops or water would look like, or a picture of what your kindergartener might look like in 100 years.

Week of February 11th - February 15th, 2019

General Notes

We enjoyed our Valentine’s Day Celebration! Thank you for encouraging your child to make a card for every classmate!

Reading

In reading workshop, our readers focused on using sound power to solve tricky words. This means that readers practice looking at the beginning and ending letters of a word. They then say the sounds those letters represent in order to figure out the word. Readers also learned about beginning blends, like “br” at the beginning of the word bread.

Readers are learning to self-monitor as they read: when readers get to a tricky word, they first need to use their reading powers to try to figure it out. Then, they ask themselves three questions: Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right? These three questions help students draw on three areas of information to read: the meaning of the text, the structure (syntax) of the text, and visual (letter) cues.

Our poem for this week was “Snowflakes” and the snap word we introduced to them was in.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers learned that using the word you to address How-To book readers is a good way to draw them in and help them feel like the book is for them. Writers might start by writing “First you…” They also learned to visualize what they want to teach and to think of the exact words to explain what to do. Writers learned to add tips and warnings in their books so readers can avoid mistakes.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians continued to enjoy practicing composing and decomposing numbers. We made chain links to decorate our rooms with combinations of ten, learned the game “Racing Bears” and “Race to 100”, and used a number path to play our game “5-in-a-row Take Away”.

Week of February 4th - February 8th, 2019

General Notes

We look forward to seeing you on Valentine’s Day, if you can make it. Please remember to have your child bring in valentines for every classmate. Send them to school as soon as they are complete.

Reading

In reading workshop, our readers were each given the chance to explore ABC books. They played partner games with the alphabet books like “What’s Next?,”  “Alphabet Pop it!,” and “Same and Different.” We worked on our “sound power” as a strategy to solve tricky words. Kindergarteners learned to look at the first letter, say the sound, then think “What word would make sense here?”

Our readers also learned that beginning sounds of tricky words can have blends. We looked at blends with two letters whose sounds blend into each other, like sm in smile.

Our poem for this week was “Icicles” and the snap word we introduced to them was are.

Writing

In writing workshop, our writers learned that they can set goals for themselves to write more and better. They can think about how they write and what they can do to write more quickly so that they write many books. They can use an information writing checklist to notice what they are already doing and to set goals to improve. Writers also learned that they can study a mentor text written by an adult to get ideas for their own writing.

Math

In math workshop, our mathematicians began a new unit on composing and decomposing numbers. They are exploring combinations of 10 by playing the games “Five-in-a-Row-Take-Away,” “Counters in a Cup,” “Tens Go Fish,” and “Build Ten.”

Week of January 29th- February 1st, 2019

General Notes

Happy Groundhog Day! It’s the perfect day to talk about shadows with your kindergartener.

We have had quite a few kiddos out sick this week. Please encourage lots of handwashing at home!

Reading

In reading workshop, readers learned to stop after solving a word and ask themselves “Did that make sense?” “Did that sound right?”  Once readers finish a book they don’t just fling it down and start the next one. They stop and ask themselves “What is this whole book really saying?” After all, the whole point of reading is to understand what you have just read. This is a comprehension strategy that helps students really think about what they just read.

Writing

This week, writers learned that they are lucky if they have a reader who will not only try to follow the writer’s directions, but speak up and say “I’m confused” when the writing doesn’t make sense. This helps writers know what to fix so that their How-To books are clearly written.

Math

In math workshop this week students are learning how to use an iPad independently and responsibly to play math games in the DreamBox app.

Week of January 21st- January 25th, 2019

General Notes

We have had quite a few kiddos out sick this week. Please encourage lots of handwashing at home!

Reading

In Reading Workshop, readers studied the patterned text in their books. Books often have a pattern on each page, BUT! One tricky thing about challenging books is that the pattern often breaks at the end! Readers have to use all the powers they know in order to solve where the pattern changes.

Writing

This week, writers learned that when they write a How-To, they put each step and picture on a new page. When planning a How-To, writers plan across pages by touching each page and telling what step to do. Writers also reread their work! Our writing has to make sense, otherwise readers won’t understand how to do the task! We can reread our work ourselves, or we can read it to our partner.

Math

Mathematicians learned how to play the Spinner Game, in which one math partner creates a train of cubes. The other math partner spins the spinner and lands on either “more,” “fewer,” or “same.” This partner then makes a train of cubes based on the word on which he or she landed. As our quarter ends, mathematicians are also reviewing second quarter concepts and playing games like Nearby Numbers.

Week of January 14th- January 18th, 2019

General Notes

What a strange week it’s been! We hope everyone enjoyed a few unexpected days off from the snow.

Reading

Readers began a new unit called ‘Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles” this week. We prepared our readers to read more challenging books by talking about how the books are tougher- they have more words, more lines, new words, and surprise endings. But! One way we can tackle tougher books is by using Pattern Power! Activating our patter power means that we pay attention to the words that are the same on each page so that we know exactly what to expect on the next page. For example, if the first few pages of a book say ‘Mouse finds apples,’ ‘Mouse finds cheese,’ ‘Mouse finds bread,’ we can expect that on the next page, Mouse will find another type of food.

Our poem this week was ‘Freedom’ and our new snap word was said.

Writing

We also began a new writing unit this week about ‘How-To’ writing! We learned that just like there are different kinds of dogs, there are different kinds (or genres) of writing. Writers were exposed to examples of How-To writing and studied what was the same about them. How-To writing tells what to do in steps, numbers the steps, and has a picture for each step.

Math

In the few Math Workshops we’ve had this week, we’ve continued to practice how to represent numbers in different ways. Students also worked on writing numbers correctly from 1-20 independently.

Week of January 7th- January 11th, 2019

General Notes

Reading

This week, readers learned how to activate Book Talk Power. One way to activate your book talk power is by introducing the book to your partner and telling what the story is about. Readers can also activate book talk power by retelling the story after reading it. When retelling a story, it helps to use the pattern of the book. For example, in retelling It’s Super Mouse, a reader might say ‘On every page, Super Mouse jumps off something. But at the end, Super Mouse falls down!’

Readers ended the week by learning that we can give the gift of reading to someone we care about. Each child chose one book from his or her book box to bring to life and practice reading. These readers will be bringing their chosen book home so that they can give the gift of reading to someone special! (Please help your child remember to return his or her book to school after enjoying it.)

Our poem this week was ‘Mr. North Wind’ and our new snap word was on.

Writing

Writers have been working hard this week to wrap up our Narrative Writing unit! One way to make true stories special is to end the story with how the character feels. Writers can use dialogue or actions to show how characters feel. To publish, each kindergarten class paired up with another class so writers could present their finished pieces to new faces. Writers were encouraged to ask questions and share ‘glows’ about each piece.

Math

Mathematicians began our Teen Numbers unit this week! When you hear teen, think TEN! Teen numbers can be broken down into ten and some more. Students explored and discussed different ways of representing numbers.

Week of December 17th - December 21th, 2018

General Notes

We look forward to seeing you all at our winter celebrations tomorrow afternoon, 2-3:30pm in your child’s classroom! Please be sure to sign in at the front office, and if you take your child home before the end of the school day, be sure to sign them out at the front office.

Reading

Readers spent time paying close attention to the pictures in their books and really thinking about what the book says. If a reader doesn’t understand what’s happening in the book, the listener won’t either!

Our poem this week was ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and our new snap word was to.

Writing

This week, writers heard the story, A Chair for My Mother, and studied how the author began her story. A strong lead can hook your readers and make them extra excited to read the rest of your story. We are also in the process of choosing one piece to revise, edit, and publish. Our writers will publish their stories after winter break by sharing them with another kindergarten classroom!

Math

Mathematicians continued their shape unit by learning how to describe a shape’s position using the words above, next to, and below. They learned how to use geoboards and rubber bands to create shapes. They also learned the game ‘Guess My Rule,’ where one person creates a rule (example: All of my shapes have to have four vertices), and then places shapes that fit the rule in the circle and shapes that do not fit the rule outside of the circle. The rest of the group members try to guess what the rule is based on where rule maker places the shapes.

Week of December 10th - December 14th, 2018

General Notes

We appreciate all the work that is going on behind the scenes to prepare for our class Winter Celebrations next Friday!

Reading

Readers have been working on ‘sounding like a grownup’ by reading smoothly and dramatically. Reading like a robot is no fun! In order to read smoothly, readers can notice words that are the same on every page. Readers can also look at punctuation to help make their books come to life.

Our poem this week was ‘The Mitten Song’ and our new snap word was all.

Writing

At the start of this week, writers reflected on what they’ve done in their own writing to make it more readable. They also found places in their writing that they could fix up to make better. As the week has gone on, writers have learned other ways to revise. Writers revise by rereading the story, picturing it in their minds, and putting that picture onto the page. They also revise by adding paper flaps to parts where they have no more room but want to put more words on the page.

Math

This week, we kicked off a unit on shapes. Mathematicians explored shapes through different activities like tracing shapes, creating them with Playdoh and on Geoboards, and going on a shape hunt. Our kindergarten focus will be on circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles. Mathematicians studied which shapes are curved and which are not, what a side is and how many sides a shape has, and how many vertices (where two sides come to a point) a shape has. Lastly, we studied shapes by comparing them in size. For example, this [triangle] is smaller/larger than this [triangle].

Week of December 3 - December 7th, 2018

General Notes

Thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped us put together a terrific Thanksgiving Feast. It was so wonderful to see our Kindergarteners come together as one big community.

Kindergarteners are learning about Empathy this month.

Reading

Now that we have assembled many of our Super Reader powers, we started to combine our powers to help us through all of our books we come across. We can use our picture power to help us think through difficult words, sound power to look at the sounds in those words, and persistence power to keep us going when the reading gets tough!

Our poem for this week is ‘The Chubby Little Snowman’, and the new snap word is ‘Little’.

Writing

Writers are learning how their writing partners can be a powerful writing tool. Writers can first tell their stories to their partners using storytelling language. Those exciting words that writers say to their partners then turn into the words they write. Writers can also become readers and read their partner’s writing. They can help notice places where the writing is difficult to read and give suggestions for how to fix it up. Partners can even act like coaches to help their partners get more letters into words without telling them what the letters should be. The coach might say: “It looks like this word needs a vowel.”

Math

This week our Mathematicians practiced story problems involving joining and separating different numbers. Mathematicians can be creative by finding their own combinations of 5 in five frames that they have created. We created our own story problems and continued to practice joining numbers. combinations through Roll and Record. We reviewed sorting different attribute blocks and drawing what our sorts might look like.  

Week of November 26 - November 30, 2018

General Notes

Reading

This has been a HUGE week for our readers! Now that we have strengthened our Pointer Power, readers learned how to use Reread Power, Partner Power, Picture Power, and Snap Word Power! Students are now reading books specific to their reading abilities from their individual book boxes.

Our poem for this week is ‘Waiting For December’, and the new snap word is ‘for’.

Writing

This week, kindergarten writers have started a new bend in our Narrative Writing unit. Writers are now learning about all the different tools they can use to make their true stories the best they can be. Writers can use checklists to remind themselves of all the things they need to remember to do in their stories. Writers can also use a Tricky Vowels chart to come up with the right vowel sound they need. Did you know [almost] every single word has a vowel in it?! Lastly, writers can use our class word wall to write snap words in a snap instead of spending time stretching them out.

Math

Mathematicians have learned several new games this week, including Five in a Row. They learned a new counting strategy called “Counting ON,” in which you find the bigger of two numbers, and then continue counting on. For example, if you rolled two dice and landed on a 6 and a 3, you’d identify six first, then continue counting seven, eight, nine! Mathematicians have also begun to act out story problems with the help of manipulatives.

Week of November 12 - November 16, 2018

General Notes

We hope you enjoyed a short week and took time to honor Veterans in our community!

Reading

Readers strengthened their pointer power this week and learned that each word gets one touch. Readers have to be careful of kryptonite words- words that are long and tricky. Even those words only get one tap! Another way readers make their pointer power even stronger is by keeping an eye out for snap words. Snap words help readers keep track of the words they say, because they can read them in a snap.

Our poem from this week is ‘Turkey For Dinner’ and the snap word is you.

Writing

This week, writers learned to think about the words of their stories as they make the pictures, so that if they forget parts of their stories, the pictures can remind them what was happening. Writers can sketch their stories across pages first, and then go back and write the words and add details. Most students have been adding labels to their writing, but this week they also learned that they can say a sentence and then write it on the page, word after word! This is a very labor-intensive task for kindergarten writers- their writing muscles are getting stronger and stronger!

Math

Mathematicians began to understand how to join two parts to make a combination of five, and explore those combinations and how they can look. They built combinations of five by joining 2 different colored sets of cubes (for example, 3 red cubes and 2 blue cubes). Students also learned how to play several games including Toss the Chips- which involves red and yellow colored chips combined to make 5.

Week of November 5 - November 9, 2018

General Notes

Reading

Kindergarten readers began a new unit this week by learning that they are Super Readers! Their reading muscles have grown so much that they are now ready to learn about the super powers they can use while reading! The first super power students learned about was Pointer Power. Readers use Pointer Power by pointing directly under each word as they read it.

Our poem from this week is ‘A Turkey is a Funny Bird’ and the new snap word is ‘is.’

Writing

Writers began their second unit called ‘Writing for Readers’ this week! They brainstormed ways to make their writing easier, like putting spaces between words, writing as many sounds as you can for each word, writing letters neatly, and adding lots of details. Writers can also look back at old anchor charts to remind themselves of all the things they can do in their true stories.

Looking back at anchor charts like these can help writers remember all the ways to make their true stories great.

Math

Mathematicians continued to work on creating, labeling, naming, extending, and transferring patterns this week. When labeling a pattern, mathematicians use the next letter in alphabetical order when they come across a new and different piece of the pattern. They also learned that in order to find the name of a pattern, they need to label the core of it.

Week of October 29 - November 2, 2018

General Notes

We had a blast celebrating Pumpkin Science day.  Thank you so much to those who volunteered their time and/or supplies for the afternoon!

Reading

This week, students have continued practicing being Storybook Readers. We have reread our storybooks so many times that we are beginning to be able to read some of the words exactly.  These are our “I can” statements:

I can use connecting words to put the pages together to read a favorite storybook.

I can use the exact words from the book.

I can find, point and read some of the words in a book.

We also learned a seasonal poem for this week- “Mr. Jack O’Lantern.” Our readers have been searching for sight words all week long!  These are the sight words all Kindergarteners have learned to read and write so far: I, a, me, can, am, my, see, said, and.

Writing

We have arrived at the end of our first unit and are ready to celebrate our accomplishments. Kindergarteners learned to edit their pieces by rereading, listening for more sounds in each word and using the word wall to spell sight words.

Our “I can” statements for this week were:

I can think about everything I’ve learned to make my writing the best it can be.

I can reread my words to make sure they look right and I can change them when they don’t.

Math

In math this week, students have begun their exploration of repeating patterns. We have used cube trains to create and study how patterns repeat. Students also learned that repeating patterns have cores- the part that repeats, or the “recipe” for the pattern.

Week of October 22-26, 2018

General Notes

Parent teacher conferences are being held this week. We look forward to talking to you about your child’s transition to Kindergarten.

Reading

Writing

Math

Week of October 14-19, 2018

General Notes

We hope to see many of you at Pumpkin Fest here at Discovery this Sunday! The costume parade starts at 11:30 and the event will last from 12-3pm.

Reading

Readers have been reading and rereading narrative story books like The Billy Goats Gruff, Cookie’s Week, and The Carrot Seed. We’ve turned them into “old favorite storybooks.” Kindergarteners have heard these books read to them so often that they can retell the stories and even read some of the words. They learned to really pay attention to what’s on a page and make their  words match the book’s pictures and words.

Writing

Writers continued to learn how to tell their true stories across pages. When writing a true story, writers tell (with words) and show (with pictures) the details on each page by thinking about WHO was in the story, WHERE the story took place, and WHAT HAPPENED in the story. Writers can also tell the exact words the characters said by using speech bubbles. Encourage your writer to be on the lookout for small moments that can become true story ideas!

Math

In Math Workshop, we have begun our study of attributes. Mathematicians can sort by attributes like color, size, shape, and thickness. Students have spent the week sorting and comparing buttons, attribute blocks, and counting bears. This work will prepare us for our introduction to patterns in the next few weeks.

Week of October 9-12, 2018

General Notes

Our CARES campaign is continuing in October as we learn about Assertion. Students can be assertive by standing up for themselves in a confident, respectful way. Ask your kindergartener what it means to be assertive and how they can use their words and power pose to solve a problem.

Reading

In Reading Workshop, readers are wrapping up a bend on reading learn-about-the-world books, and shifting their focus to storybooks! Readers can read stories after hearing them over and over by looking at the pictures, remembering how the story goes, and then reading it page by page. Ask your reader to tell you about The Three Billy Goats Gruff!

Writing

Just like Reading, we are making a shift in our writing genre to stories as well! Our writers are learning how to write true stories. Writers practice telling stories aloud, thinking about all the little things that happened and what was said. They make a plan and tell their story across pages.

Math

In math, students expanded their understanding of comparing by learning to put three or more sets of things in order from least to greatest.

Week of October 1-5, 2018

General Notes

Kindergarten teachers will be contacting room parents this week about Pumpkin Science Day. Look out for a communication from them to sign up for volunteering opportunities.

Reading

In Reading Workshop, readers learned to put all of the pages in a book together to think about what the entire book is about, connecting each of the pages. They also learned to “rethink” after rereading a book, and share their thinking by putting “a pinch of me” in their books. As readers reread, they notice the words more and more, and can think more deeply about what they mean.

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, writers met new writing partners who helped them by asking questions, coaching, and sharing. Writers practiced making a plan for their writing by touching each page of a blank book and telling what they know across the pages. Writers also got a new writing tool in their folders- an alphabet chart! These charts will help writers to stretch out words and write a letter for each sound they hear.

Math

In math, students have worked hard to practice comparing sets of objects and numbers by using the math vocabulary “more,” “fewer,” and “same.” We also revisited the counting jar and learned to estimate or “make a thoughtful guess” before using a counting strategy to figure out how many. Students then practiced showing their thinking by representing the number in the jar using a simple picture.  

Week of September 24-28, 2018

General Notes

The Kinderhauses have been a buzz with letter sounds and number counting. We have worked hard to understand this month’s CARES focus, Cooperation. Cooperation is working together toward a common goal. In Language Arts, we have been reviewing recognizing letters and their corresponding sounds. We also introduced a new snap word, can, when we learned our I Can poem.

Reading

This week in reading workshop we learned that when readers read books, they read the cover first, then they read the first page, the next, and the next - all the way to the end. The clues on the pages can help readers go back and read the title. We also learned Readers say ‘When you’re done, you’ve just begun!’ Then readers think ‘Let me try that again,’ and then they reread the book. As readers we think about what we read and mark pages that make us think “Wow” or “No Way” so we can share them during partner reading.  

Writing

In writing workshop we learned that when writers want to teach more, they add more pages to their book. Writers of books also take time to plan how their pages will go. Writers don’t just write one page, instead they write a whole book, and they plan out how that whole book will go. Since this can be tough work we learned to work collaboratively with a partner to figure out when to add information or take things out that just don’t fit.

Math

In Math, we learned counting strategies to help us count manipulatives accurately as well as pictures which can not be moved. Ask your child to model: count and touch, count and scoot, and criss cross count. We also learned how to use a ten frame and represent our thinking using a simple picture.  

Week of September 17-21, 2018

General Notes

This week, the Kindergarteners have been working hard to establish routines for lining up, transitioning from one activity to another, eating in the dining commons, participating in calendar math, and showing whole body listening (ask your child what your body looks like and sounds like when you are listening).

As teachers, we are spending time with each child assessing his or her letter and sound recognition. This will help us plan our instruction as we begin our year together. We are also working on beginning of the year math assessments which we will use the data collected to inform our instruction.  We also introduced our first snap word of the year, me, when we learned our Everybody Has A Name poem.

Reading

This week in reading workshop we learned that readers can sit anywhere, open up a book, and learn cool things about the world.  While we learned how fun it is to do this work by ourselves, privately and quietly, we also learned it’s also fun to read with a friend.

Writing

In writing workshop we learned that writers close their eyes, picture the topic they want to write about, and put all the details into their picture and words. We also learned that writers write words by saying them slowly and writing down the first sound they hear. And when writers get an ‘oh no’ feeling about an idea that is hard, they don’t just quit. They keep trying!

Math

In Math, we learned to work collaboratively and independently as we are started to learn strategies for counting such as count and touch as well as count and scoot. Students have learned how to make meaningful, independent choices in activities during Math Workshop.

Week of September 10-14, 2018

General Notes

It was great to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night! We hope you enjoyed learning what Kindergarten is all about. Do not hesitate to email us with any further questions you may have.  

This week, the Kindergarteners have been learning each other’s names. They have made self-portraits and declared their hopes and dreams for this year. We are spending time with each child assessing his or her letter and sound recognition. This will help us plan our instruction as we begin our year together. We also introduced our first poem for the year, A Wrinkled Heart. Ask your child what it means to help fix a wrinkled heart!

Reading

We began reading workshop by introducing that we are ALL readers.  We learned that we can walk through the world as readers and that when we see words we can look at them, think what could this say, and then read!

Writing

In writing workshop we learned that writers think, visualize, sketch, and write. We also learned as writers that when we are done, we have just begun as we can add to our pictures, add to our words, or start a new piece.

Math

In Math, we explored how to use and care for many different math tools. We also learned to record our math thinking using numbers, pictures, and words in our math journals.

Week of September 4-7, 2018

General Notes

We are happy to have met many of you at Open House last week! We felt lucky to host it in our own classrooms this year. This week, we have been meeting our new Encore teachers and getting to know each other in our classrooms. We have started learning routines and procedures that will set us up for a year of success. Some students will be coming home with library books- these books should be returned the following week’s Library day. Thank you for returning the Red Take Home Folders to school each day! We hope you will join us for Back to School Night next Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 pm.

Reading

We are reading lots of read alouds to build and foster our classroom community. The Kissing Hand, Chrysanthemum, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, and It’s Okay To Be Different are just a few stories that have provided us laughs and warm fuzzies during this momentous transition to kindergarten.

Writing

This week we began guided discoveries of classroom “tools” to learn how use and care for the supplies in our classroom.

Math

We are learning expectations for Math workshop to promote mathematical thinking and student discourse.

Week of June 11-15, 2018

General Notes

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Tomorrow (Friday, 6/15) is Field Day for all of Discovery! Please make sure your child arrives to school on time. Here is the Kindergarten schedule:

9:00-9:40 Opening Ceremony out on the turf

9:45-11:45 Station Rotations

12:40-1:05 Kindergarten lunch in the Dining Commons

Here are reminders from our PE lead, John Duffy:

  • BE PREPARED, IT WILL LIKELY BE HOT AND HUMID!!!
  • Apply sunscreen before leaving home
  • Wear light colored clothing to stay cool
  • Wear sneakers (please no flip-flops, sandals, or open-toes shoes)
  • Caps, visors, and/or sunglasses should be worn to shield the sun from the eyes- please have them labeled with your child’s name
  • Bring a cold bottle filled with water, also labeled with your child’s name

Additionally, since our lunch time will be much later, please make sure your child eats a filling breakfast. You may also send in a second snack (preferably individually wrapped) labeled with your child’s name to consume during one of our water station breaks.

The end of the year Kindergarten celebration will be on Wednesday, June 20. It will be on the field all day. Families are invited to join in the festivities. You will need to prepare for the celebration the same way you prepared for field day since the kids will be outside in the sun all day. Please pack a sack lunch for picnicking on the field. Your child will also need a change of clothes if they plan on staying for lunch. You may leave before dismissal, but we ask that you sign out in the front office.

Reading

We continue to read every day to practice our strategies.

Our poem this week is “Sunflakes,” and the snap word is could.

Writing

We’ve been preparing for our final publishing party.  Your child is very eager to share their expertise with you on Monday, June 18, 2018.

Things to know about our “All About” books Publishing Party

  • We will invite you into the classroom at 9:30. If you arrive earlier, please wait in a place the Kindergarteners can’t see you.
  • We strongly recommend leaving younger siblings at home so that you can be present with your child. The Kindergarteners have worked very hard independently and are so excited to share what they have written with you. We understand if it is necessary to bring a younger child.
  • Our celebration will conclude at 10:00. The Kindergarteners will then continue with their normal day.

Math

We are concluding our fourth quarter assessments.

Week of May 29-June 1, 2018

General Notes

We are looking forward to our field trip to Green Spring Gardens next week. Thank you for returning permission slips promptly.

Expect to find Spring PALS scores in red folders on Friday.

Reading

We are wrapping up our poetry unit and returning to reading just-right books.

Our poem this week was “If You Were a Rhinoceros,” and the snap word was like.

Writing

In writing, students are continuing to write All About books. They are learning to think about their audience and the questions readers might have about the topic.  Writers think, What would readers want to know about my topic?  What questions would they ask?  Then writers answer those questions: Who? What? Why? Where? When? How?

I Can Statement: 

I can think about questions my reader might have and write to answer those questions.

Math

This week our mathematicians continue to learn about measurement. Students are comparing the volume/capacity of containers and the weight/mass of objects.

I Can Statements: 

I can compare weight/mass using the words heavier and lighter.

I can compare volume/capacity using words like holds more and holds less.

Week of May 14-18, 2018

General Notes

Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Reading

Students are excited about starting our poetry unit this week. Ask your child if they have a favorite poem they read.

This week the Kindergarten team is conducting the Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening (PALS). Expect the assessment scores to go home on June 1st.

Our poem this week was “Memorial Day” and the snap word was who.

Writing

In writing, students have started our “All About” unit. They love writing topic ideas in their tiny idea notebooks. You can start your our writing topic idea book  at home.

I Can Statements: 

I can brainstorm people, places, and things I know about to write All-About books.

I can get topic ideas from the places I go, the things I do, and the people I know, and keep track of them in a notebook.

Math

This week our mathematicians have been learning about measurement. Students will be comparing height, length, weight, temperature, and volume.

I Can Statements: 

I can compare height using the words taller and shorter.

I can compare  length using the words shorter and longer.

I can compare weight using the words heavier and lighter.

I can compare temperature using words like hotter and colder.

Week of May 14-18, 2018

General Notes

Our trip to the David Brown Planetarium was a great success! Soon you will receive information about our field trip to Green Spring Gardens.

Reading

Our avid readers are practicing all the skills they have learned this year with both fiction and nonfiction books.

This week the Kindergarten team is conducting the Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening (PALS). Expect the assessment scores to go home on June 1st.

Our poem this week was “What Robin Told”  and the snap word was as.

Writing

Persuasive writers are ready to help save the world! They are preparing their writing for our unit celebration on Monday. They will present their pieces in the form of a speech to three explorers, one from each of the other Kindergarten classes.

I Can Statements: 

I can make sure my writing says exactly what I want it to say and also make sure that it is readable, before I send it out into the world.

Math

This week our mathematicians have been learning to distinguish between different ways data is organized. Is it a picture graph, an object graph, or a table? We have also been collecting data and analyzing it.

I Can Statements: 

I can answer questions about graphs and tables and write sentences about them.

Week of April 30- May 4, 2018

General Notes

Planetarium field trip permission forms have gone home. Please remember to complete the emergency contact information on the back. No chaperones are needed for this field trip but we will be asking for chaperones for our field trip to Green Springs in June.  Look for more information to come.  

Reading

Our avid readers of nonfiction books were busy this week learning how to find and read different books on one topic. They are comparing these books to find out what is similar and different about nonfiction books on the same topic. Students are learning how to have conversations about the topic with members of their book clubs.

I Can Statements:

I can gather books on a topic I love and share them with people who love that topic too!

Our poem was “Recycle” and the snap word was come.

Writing

Persuasive writers are thinking about big problems that are hurting the Earth. They are writing in different ways to different audiences for help with solving these problems.

I Can Statements: 

I can use what I already know how to do as a persuasive writer to help me get started on writing to help make the Earth cleaner and greener.

Math

We continued investigating coins this week! Students studied details on the front and back of a dime and quarter and completed an Important book about each coin. They also learned about the value of each coin as it relates to pennies. Ask your child, how many pennies would one need to have in order to have the same value as a ____________ (nickel, dime, or quarter)?

I Can Statements: 

I can identify and describe a dime and its value.

I can identify and describe a quarter.

I can explore all I learned about coins.

Week of April 23- April 27, 2018

General Notes

Reading

Readers were busy this week learning how to do “close reading” and “book-based” pretending, in which readers pay close attention to what the story says, and act it out the way the author wants it to be acted. Students also learned how to be avid nonfiction readers by first watching a nonfiction video (about the Venus Fly Trap), and paying attention to their reactions, and then learning that they can have the same reactions to nonfiction books. Avid nonfiction readers think “Wow!” and ask questions about what they read.

I Can Statements:

I can pay close attention to what a story says, so I can act it out exactly how the author wants.

I can think about how people react to nonfiction movies, and react the same to nonfiction books.

I can use the fancy words that go with the topic to explain what I have learned and share that learning with others.

Our poem was “Earth Day” and the snap word was come.

Writing

This week, writers studied mentor texts to learn more ways they can make their writing convincing. Mentor texts included The Day the Crayons Quit and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, as well as student writing. They learned that they can write about the same problem but direct their writing to different people who might be able to help. For example, a letter to Dr. Russo about running in the halls might sound a little different than a book meant for our kindergarten class about the same problem. Writers can also use the phrases “Maybe we can…” or “We should” to suggest solutions (fix-it ideas) in their writing.

I Can Statements: 

I can read a mentor text and think what can I do to make my writing better?

I can ask for help to fix a problem by writing to many different people.

I can suggest solutions to the problems I see.

Math

We began our unit on money this week! Students investigated coins by doing paper rubbings, indentations in playdoh, and sorting them based on their differences. So far, students have learned about the details of the front and back of a penny, nickel, and dime, as well as their values.

I Can Statements: 

I can investigate coins.

I can identify and describe a penny.

I can identify and describe a nickel and its value.

I can identify and describe a dime and its value.

Week of April 10- April 13, 2018

General Notes

                                                                April 18,  2018

Dear Parents,

We are preparing to start our study of money in Math next week. We are requesting donations of coins (which will not be returned, but remain in school). We need U.S. coins -- pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. The children will be doing a variety of activities with them from sorting to counting a collection of coins. Please send them in with your child in a baggy labeled as “class coin donation” so that we know it is for the classroom as opposed to being their lunch money. Your help in this matter is appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

                                                                The Kindergarten Team

We attended the “River of Kindness” assembly on Thursday.

Reading

This week, our avid readers learned how to join in “reading playdates” after private reading time. Students decide whether to play school, play pretend, or play games. This gives them an opportunity to enjoy reading books with classmates in new ways.

I Can Statements:

I can invent fun things to do with books and friends.

I can act out the story in my mind as I read.

Our poem was “Mud Puddle Talk,” and the snap word was day.

Writing

Kindergarten writers continue to write opinion pieces to help solve problems. They are beginning look at the community outside of their classroom to find problems to write about.

I Can Statements: 

I can decide which spelling strategies I need to help me write hard words.

I can share my writing with the world.

I can write persuasive letters.

Math

Our mathematicians have focused on learning how to transfer repeating patterns. They have created movement patterns, picture patterns, number patterns, and patterns based on the attributes of shape, color, and size. One example of transferring a pattern would be to turn an ABA pattern made with numbers into an ABA pattern made with movements.

I Can Statements: 

I can identify, describe, extend, create, and transfer repeating patterns.

Week of April 10- April 13, 2018

General Notes

What a crazy week with a day off and an early release! Our zoo field trip on Thursday was a HUGE success- we were so happy to have so many parents join us for a sunny day!  

Reading

This week, our avid readers spent time thinking about characters’ feelings, and finding specific words to describe those feelings. For example, instead of saying a character feels ‘sad’, readers can describe the feeling as ‘disappointed’ or ‘upset.’ Students also learned that they can think about super powers they rarely use, and turn them into powers they use often. Avid readers are in charge of their own reading goals!

I Can Statements:

I can find a ‘just-right’ word to describe a character’s feelings.

I can focus on turning reading powers I use sometimes into reading powers I use often.

Our poem was “Spring Rain,” and the snap word was this.

Writing

Kindergarten writers have been writing up a storm about problems they see in and around our school! They have learned that opinion writers don’t just write one thing and think ‘Oh, well. I’m done now!” Instead, they think about who else they can write to, in what other way they can write, and how to create more fix-it ideas. Then, they reflect on their writing and think, ‘How can I make this even better?’

I Can Statements:

I can write more and more to help tackle my problems.

I can reread my writing and ask myself how I can make this even better.

Math

During this short week, mathematicians reviewed all they know about repeating patterns. They created a Frayer Model anchor chart (see below) in which they discussed the definition, characteristics, examples, and non-examples.They also played an old favorite game, Break the Train.

I Can Statements:

I can review what is and what is NOT a repeating pattern.

I can use what I know about patterns to play a game with a friend.

I can identify, describe, extend, create, and transfer repeating patterns.

Week of April 2- April 6, 2018

General Notes

We have enjoyed hearing about everyone’s spring break adventures.  

Reading

This week in reading, we learned what it means to be avid readers. We enjoyed investigating pictures of readers to determine if they were avid readers or “blah” readers. We also enjoyed learning that avid readers think about and react to the characters feelings in the books they read.

I Can Statements:

I can become an avid reader.

I can react with feelings to what I am reading.

I can write or draw something while reading to remember what I was thinking.

Our poem was “Never Mind March,” and the snap word was ‘when’.

Writing

This week, we began our new unit on persuasive writing. We enjoyed learning that our words can make a difference and make the world a better place. Writers began brainstorming topics they could write about by first identifying a problem they’ve seen (in the classroom, at lunch, in the halls, on the playground, etc.) and then thinking about what they want to change. Then we chose a format suitable for sharing our message. Some writers chose to make posters/signs while others took to letter and/or song writing.  

I Can Statements:

I can identify a problem and think of ways to solve it.

I can give reasons in my writing to convince people to change.

Math

Mathematicians are continuing to work on extending their number sense by determining the numbers that come before or after a given number. We played games like Nearby Numbers and More/Less. We also enjoyed playing different math games to review third quarter concepts as well.

I Can Statements:

I can identify the number after and before, without counting.

Week of March 19-23, 2018

General Notes

On Tuesday we welcomed author and illustrator Zachariah OHora.

Happy spring and snow! We hope you enjoyed the snow day!

Reading

Kindergarteners celebrated all that they have learned in reading so far by choral reading a poem and choosing a book from their book boxes to read to classmates.

Our poem was “It’s Time for Spring” and the snap word was ‘that.”

Writing

In writing, we are coming to the end of our unit on How-To texts. We are planning celebrations with buddy classrooms and working on fancying up our celebration pieces.

I Can Statement:

I can prepare a book for publication.

Math

In math, we are practicing counting strategies, comparing sets by quantity, and ordering sets.

 I Can Statements:

I can compare sets of objects as having more, fewer/less, or the same.

I can compare and order sets from least to greatest and greatest to least.

Week of March 12-16, 2018

General Notes

The Kindergarteners enjoyed seeing Peter Pan this morning. Be sure to get your tickets. You’re in for a treat!

Reading

In reading we have come to the end of our third unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. We have been working on paying attention to what is happening in the story so that readers have a better sense of how characters feel and how to make our reading voices match.

I Can Statements:

I can think about the what’s happening in the story and read with a voice that matches.

I can talk about what the characters in my book feel and why they feel that way.

I can use all of my powers when I read.

Our poem was “I Am a Little Leprechaun” and the snap word was ‘have.”

Writing

In writing, we are coming to the end of our unit on How-To texts. We have learned that authors dedicate books and give them as gifts. Students are looking back at all the books they have written to choose their favorite one to celebrate. We are working on going back to edit the words and make the illustrations look beautiful.

I Can Statements:

I can write How-To books.

I can write a dedication.

Math

In math, we completed our fractions unit and have begun a new unit on counting. Students have been reviewing strategies for counting accurately and on representing their counting in different ways.

I Can Statements:

I can use strategies to count so that I can read, write, and represent numbers 0 to 20.

Week of March 5-9, 2018

General Notes

We can’t wait to see parents at the Discovery Auction this Saturday at 6:30pm!

Reading

In reading this week, we have been learning about reading even harder books that no longer have predictable patterns. Students used extra picture power and extra snap word power to figure out words we know but that are disguised with an ending. We learned to pause one or more times while reading a book to ask ourselves: “What do I think will happen next?” We also started focusing on retelling stories after reading.

I Can Statements:

I can use extra picture power.

I can read snap words that have endings added to them.

I can retell the story by telling who, where, and what happened in order.

Our poem was “Jelly Beans” and the snap word was ‘with’.

Writing

This week in writing, we continued our unit on How-To texts. Students have learned that if they have a favorite topic like sports then they can write several How-To books on that topic to create a collection. For example, “How-To Play Soccer,” “How-To Play Baseball,” and “How-To Play Basketball.” Students worked on creating their own collection of similar How-Tos.

I Can Statements:

I can write How-To books.

I can write How-To books about my favorite topics.

Math

In math, we have been working on our fractions unit. Students worked on identifying fair shares and not fair shares of a whole or of a set of objects.

I Can Statements:

I can model and describe a fair share between 2 sharers.

Week of February 26- March 1, 2018

General Notes

Thank you for coming to conferences this week. We enjoyed sharing how much progress your child has made.

Reading

This week in reading, readers focused on looking at the picture to figure out the word. Readers learned you have to use the Whole picture to think about what they saw and what happened.

I Can Statements:

I can use the whole picture to say what I see and tell what is happening in the story.

Our poem was “Winds of March,” and the snap word was ‘play’.

Writing

This week in writing, we continued our unit on How-To text. Students learned add comparisons, warnings, and tips to make their writing better.

I Can Statements:

I can make comparisons to show readers exactly what I mean.

I can think about what could go wrong and add warnings and tips to keep that from happening.

Math

Mathematicians wrapped up their combinations of ten unit. They worked on solving single-step story and showing their thinking. We also started our unit on fractions. Students all created their own anchor charts to teach “fair share” and “not fair share.”

I Can Statements:

I can model and solve single-step story and picture problems with sums to 5 and differences within 5, using concrete objects.

I can describe a fair share between 2 sharers.

Week of February 20- February 23, 2018

General Notes

Happy Presidents’ Day! We hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

Please join us at World Heritage Night Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6pm.

Reading

This week in reading, readers focused on reading using “Snap Word Power.” After reading, they also asked themselves if their reading made sense, did the words sound right, and did it look right. Teachers got to learn in a classroom setting from Teacher College Reading and Writing Program Coach Hannah. We are all very grateful to our PTA and to TCRWP for this opportunity.

I Can Statements:

I can recognize snap words and remember that I don’t have to slow down to read them.

I can stop and ask “Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right?” and fix what doesn’t make sense.

Our poem was “Presidents’ Day Poem,” and the snap word was ‘to’.

Writing

This week in writing, we continued our unit on How-To text. We focused on adding more detail to our how-to steps so that the reader can close their eyes and picture each step.

I Can Statements:

I can close my eyes and picture the steps to help me write descriptive words.

Math

Mathematicians are continuing their work on understanding combinations of ten this week. Students acted out addition and subtraction story problems. They are working on showing their thinking during math workshop.

I Can Statements:

I can explore combinations of 10.

Week of February 12- February 16, 2018

General Notes

Thanks for coming in for our Valentine’s Day celebration!

Reading

This week in reading, readers used “sound power” to tackle tricky words. We focused on not just figuring out the beginning sound, but reading through the word for middle and ending sounds. Students also reviewed that they did not need to sound out snap words, but just know them in a snap.

I Can Statements:

I can get my mouth ready for the beginning part of a word and blend the first two sounds together.

I can look at the beginning and the ending to solve a tricky word.

I can recognize snap words and remember that I don’t have to slow down to read them.

Our poem was “Penguin Poem,” and the snap word was ‘was’.

Writing

This week, students set goals for themselves in writing workshop. We also learned that we can get ideas on how to make our writing better by reading mentor text for guidance. Students noticed that our mentor text had titles, bold words, and descriptive words. They also learned about the importance of ordering their steps in their writing by using phrases like “First you… Then you…”

I Can Statements:

I can use an information writing checklist to set new writing goals.

I can use mentor text to learn from.

I can use “First you… and then you…” to describe the order of steps in a How- To.

Math

Mathematicians are continuing their work on understanding combinations of ten this week. Students created their own combinations of ten by planning and creating a model using paper chain links. We also celebrated the 100th day of school by creating pattern crowns or necklaces. Everyone had a great time working on our fun packet.

I Can Statements:

I can explore combinations of 10.

Week of February 5- February 9, 2018

General Notes

This week, we said farewell to Mrs. J and welcomed back Mrs. Hughes!

A note from Mr. Re:
Don’t wait until the last minute !
Book order forms are due Thursday Feb 15th for Author/Illustrator Zachariah Ohora.
You can find the 20% off book order form in Peach Jar.
The online form also includes active links to his website and his online videos and book trailers.

Reading

This week, readers learned that one way to make our sound power stronger is to get to know the alphabet by thinking, talking, singing, and playing with letters. Returning to ABC books can help readers do this. Readers can use their magnifying glasses to zoom in on the beginning sound and think about what a tricky word could be.

I Can Statements:

I can practice my letters and sounds to make my sound power stronger.

I can check the beginning sound of a word and think “What could this be?”

Our poem was “The Little Groundhog,” and the snap word was will.

Writing

This week, writers learned how to include diagrams (detailed pictures) with labels that teach the reader. Once writers know all the steps to carefully craft a How-To, they can practice writing and going through all the steps much more quickly.

I Can Statements:

I can make a diagram and label it using exact words.

I can write a how-to book quickly.

I can use an information writing checklist to set writing goals.

Math

Mathematicians are working on understanding combinations of ten this week. Math buddies have enjoyed playing games to reinforce combinations of ten, like Counters in a Cup, 10s Go Fish, and Build Ten. A part-part-whole mat can help mathematicians see how 8 and 2 are the two parts that when combined, make 10. They are also continuing to practice thinking about what comes before and after a number.

I Can Statements:

I can explore combinations of 10.

Week of January 29- February 2

General Notes

Be on the lookout for an email from your child’s teacher about our Valentine’s Day celebration!

Reading

This week in Reading Workshop, readers have been heavily focusing on patterns within their books. Paying attention to the pattern and where it changes helps us read more easily, but it also can help us understand what the book is really saying. Once readers think about this, they can introduce books to their partners.

I Can Statements:

I can solve the page where the pattern breaks.

I can check my reading by asking, “Did that make sense?” “Did that sound right?” and fix what doesn’t work.

I can think about the pattern in my book and how the ending goes, and tell what the whole book is really saying.

Our poem was “Snowflakes,” and the sight word was in.

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, we have kicked off our How-To information unit! Writers learned that they will be doing some of the same things, like touching each page and telling what they plan to write. As writers plan their How-To’s, they should plan each step on a separate page. Once writers start drafting, it helps to work with a reader who can try following the steps to see which parts might be confusing.

I Can Statements:

I can say what I am going to write and draw the pictures that go with the words for each step of my How-To book so that each page is another step.

I can reread to check that my writing makes sense so it is easy to follow the steps.

I can work with a reader who will try to follow my steps and tell me what is confusing about my writing.

Math

In Math Workshop, we took time to review all of our second quarter concepts. We are beginning to cycle back to the second part of our unit on composing and decomposing numbers. Students learned the game “Five in a Row: Subtraction,” which requires them to think about taking away from a larger number.

I Can Statements:

I can review what I have learned in math so far.

I can recognize and describe with fluency part-part-whole relationships for numbers up to 5.

Week of January 22- January 26, 2018

General Notes

No school Friday, January 26, 2018 for grade preparation day.

Reading

This week in Reading Workshop, we continued our new unit called “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles!” We identified patterns in our books and when patterns were different or broken because of a new tricky word. Students used previously taught strategies like sounding out each word and using picture clues to solve the tricky word.

I Can Statements:

I can figure out tricky words.

Our poem was “Icicles”- The snap word we learned with this poem is are.

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, we started our new “How-To” writing unit. Students learned that there are severally different types of genres they can read and write. We introduced the unit with the book, “My First Soccer Game.” Students identified features of the mentor text that they could add to their own writing.

I Can Statements:

I can think about what kind of writing I am going to do.

Math

In Math Workshop,we wrapped up our teen numbers unit and started reviewing previously taught standards. All Kindergarten classes focused on comparing sets/ groups of objects.

I Can Statements:

I can compare no more than 3 sets each containing 10 or fewer concrete objects as having more, less, or the same.

I can compare and order sets from least to greatest and greatest to least.

Week of January 16- January 19, 2018

General Notes

Please join us for a Parent Reading Academy on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, from 6:30 - 7:30 in the Cloud Commons!

Reading

This week in Reading Workshop, we began a new unit called “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles”! Readers were introduced to their newest reading tool, a reading mat. On the left side of the mat, readers learned how to place hardest books at the bottom of a pile and the easiest books on top. Readers read through their pile, placing books they’ve read in a new pile on the right side of their mats. Once they’ve read all of their books and placed them on the right side, a new pile is ready for them to read back through!

I Can Statements:

I can use my super powers to read even harder books.

Our poem was “January Snowman”- how appropriate! The snap word we learned with this poem is he.

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, we wrapped up our narrative unit on true stories! Ms. Nesmith and Mrs. J (Hughes) hosted their publishing party on Tuesday, and Ms. Little and Ms. Gray hosted their publishing party on Thursday. One partnership from each class joined together so writers could present their published books to new faces. We look forward to beginning our new information unit titled “How-To’s” next week!

I Can Statements:

I can publish a writing piece and share it with other writers.

Math

In Math Workshop, mathematicians spent the week continuing our Teen Numbers unit. They have learned that represent is just a fancy word for show- and they can represent numbers in many ways! Some of the ways mathematicians can represent a number are: writing the number, showing it in tally marks, filling in ten frames, drawing a picture, or breaking it down into a part-part-whole mat.

I Can Statements:

I can read, write, and represent numbers from 0 to 20.

Week of January 8- January 12, 2018

General Notes

What a crazy two weeks with the weather and Early Releases! We have spent lots of time revisiting classroom routines and expectations after such a long break. Enjoy the long weekend!

Reading

Readers have now learned about having Book Talk power. Talking about a book helps us understand it better. We can introduce a book to our partners, explain what happens on every page (using the pattern!), and retell the story once we’ve read it.

I Can Statements:

I can talk about books with my partner.

I can use the pattern to retell how the pages go.

I can make my reading a performance.

Our poems in the past two weeks were “Mr. North Wind” and “Freedom.” “Freedom” helped introduce us to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the reasons for staying home on Monday, January 15th. We learned the snap words on and us.

Writing

Since coming back from winter break, our writers have been incredibly busy! Writers have studied other authors to notice exciting leads. A lead is the beginning of a story. Having an exciting lead makes the reader excited and ready to dive in. Writers have worked with their partners, and chosen one piece of writing to make the best they can be. They are working hard this week to add, revise, and edit this piece so it is ready for our Publishing Party next week! (*Not a parent event) Each kindergarten class will pair up with another so that writers are able to share their work with new faces.

I Can Statements:

I can study an author’s lead to learn ways to revise my own.

I can help my partner revise their writing to be more clear.

I can make my final story come to life and make it easy to read.

I can end my writing with a feeling.

I can make my writing as clear as possible.

Math

Last week in Math Workshop, we wrapped up our unit on shapes. Students learned how to play the game “Guess My Rule,” in which they had to think about the shared qualities of the shapes in the middle of a circle. This week we started our Teen Numbers unit. When you hear teen, think ten! Teen numbers are ten and some more. For example, 10 and 3 more is 13. Students have been exploring teen number puzzles, writing teen numbers, and thinking about the number that comes before and after a teen number.

I Can Statements:

I can identify shapes with different orientations.

I can describe and compare plane shapes.

I can show all I know about shapes.

I can identify teen numbers.

I can say the number before and the number after a teen number.

I can read, write, and represent numbers from 0 to 20.

Week of December 11-December 15, 2017

General Notes

Enjoy your winter break with loved ones! Pajama Day is Thursday, December 21st.

Reading

This week in Reading Workshop, readers continued learning how to sound smoother as they read. Punctuation is a secret code that tells us exactly how to make our voices sound! It is also important to think about what the book is about as we read. If we don’t understand it, our readers won’t either! We have also started introducing book shopping to students. In small groups, they will be able to return old books and check out new books from their classroom libraries, based on appropriate reading levels.

I Can Statements:

I can look at the punctuation to make my book come to life.

I can think about what the book says as I read it.

Our poem for this week was “Gingerbread Man,” and we learned the snap word of.

Writing

Writers spent much of Writer’s Workshop revising old stories using a new tool- a paper flap! When writers want to add words but they don’t have any more room, they write the words on a paper flap and tape it to their book.

I Can Statements:

I can use a paper flap to revise my writing.

Math

In Math Workshop, mathematicians learned how to describe where shapes are by using the terms above, below, and next to. They also discussed how shapes stay the same even when they are oriented differently. They spent Wednesday’s Math Workshop creating pictures by turning shapes into new things. For example, “A triangle is just a triangle until you add swirls. Then it’s a skirt!”

I Can Statements:

I can describe the position of a shape using above, below, and next to.

I can describe the orientation of a shape.

I can create using shapes

Week of December 11-December 15, 2017

General Notes

Winter Celebration coming up!

Thursday, December 21st

2:00-3:30

All parents invited!

Reading

This week in Reading Workshop, readers celebrated all of their powers and noticed which power they use more often. They have also started to learn to “bring their books to life” by reading like a grownup- smoothly and dramatically. Readers can do this by noticing words that repeat on each page and reading them faster and smoother. For example, if each page says “Can you see the _______?” a reader can notice the pattern of Can you see the and read it faster and smoother on each page.

I Can Statements:

I can notice which powers I use and then set a goal to use another.

I can sound like a grownup by reading smoothly and dramatically.

I can notice words that are the same on each page so I can read them faster and smoother.

Our poem for this week was “The Mitten Song,” and we learned the snap word all.

Writing

Writers worked with their partners this week to find places where they could make their writing even better. They thought, “What have I learned to do in my writing that makes it easier to read?” and “what else could I learn that would help my writing?” Students were reminded that writers always revise! Writers go back to a favorite story and think, “What can I add to make this piece even better?” This was a helpful lesson to remind students of the entire writing process: Plan, Draft, Revise, and Edit.

I Can Statements:

I can work with my partner to get more sounds into my words.

I can reflect on my writing by asking myself questions about it.

I can revise my story by picturing what happened and putting that picture onto the page.

Math

In Math Workshop, students began exploring shapes: circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles. They were introduced to sides (a straight line of a shape), and vertices (where two sides come together). Students learned that a circle is a curved shape, and therefore has no sides. They are also learning to compare the sizes of shapes, and use a new math tool, a geoboard, to create shapes.

I Can Statements:

I can notice things about shapes.

I can identify names of shapes and # of sides and curved/not curved

I can describe shapes using words a mathematician would use.

I can compare shapes by size.

I can use a geoboard to create a shape.

I can describe where a shape is.

Week of December 4-December 8, 2017

General Notes

Look out for an email from your child’s room parent(s) in the coming week or so about our Winter Celebrations, happening within each classroom!

Thursday, December 21st

2:00-3:30

All parents invited!

Reading

In reading this week, students learned how to turn high-frequency words (words they see a LOT!) into snap words. They learned how to use their sound power by looking at the beginning sound of a word to help figure it out. They also learned that readers never give up! Instead, they use persistence power to go back and try again with tricky words.

I Can Statements:

I can make high-frequency words into snap words.

I can activate my sound power to tackle tough words.

I can use my persistence power to not give up when I come to tricky words.

Our poem for this week was “The Chubby Little Snowman,” and kindergarteners learned the sight word (or “snap word”) little. Check out last week’s Learning Log to view a list of all our snap words learned so far this year.

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, students learned that they write snap words quickly, because they already know them (instead of stretching them out, as they do with unfamiliar, trickier words). Students also learned that writers include storytelling language to make their stories sound more real- language like “One time,” “then,” “next,” and “finally.” Lastly, writers can work with their partners as a team to help make each partner’s writing easier to read.

I Can Statements:

I can write snap words quickly.

I can include storytelling words in my writing.

I can work with my partner to make my writing easier to read.

Math

Mathematicians put their knowledge of combinations to good use this week by solving simple story problems in several ways, including acting them out or using objects or pictures. For example, Ms. Gray got out 5 pencils to use. Then she got out 3 more. How many does she have altogether? Students would use actual pencils to help solve this story.

I Can Statements:

I can act out a single-step story problem with sums to 5 and differences within 5.

I can model and solve single-step story and picture problems using concrete objects.

Week of November 27-December 1, 2017

General Notes

Thank you to all the parents who helped make our Thanksgiving lunch a great success!

Mark your calendars for our Winter Celebration on Thursday, December 21 from 2:00-3:30.  All parents are invited!

Reading

This week students have learned that partners can double their pointer power.

These are is our “I can” statements:

I can fix my pointer power when I see a snap word.

I can point to words my partner reads.

I can use picture power with pointer power.

We have started the process of putting “just right” books in student’s personal book boxes.

Our poem for this week is “December.” We introduced the Kindergarteners to the sight word “for” with this poem.  We also introduced the sight word “see.” Our readers can now use their pointers to find sight words whenever they read. These are the sight words all Kindergarteners have learned to read and write so far: I, a, am, my, me, the, and, can, is, you, for, see.

Writing

Students continue writing in the narrative genre. We introduced them to the “Tricky Vowel Chart” to help them write a vowel in every word.

Our “I can” statements for this week are:

I can write a little, then reread my writing, then write a little more, then reread my writing again.

I can use a checklist to make my writing the best it can be.

I can use the vowel chart for help in spelling the middles of words.

Math

This week in Math the Kindergarteners are extending their knowledge of combinations by using the part, part, whole model.  They have been rolling two dice and adding the two parts to find the whole.

Our “I can” statements for this week are:

I can add two dice and record my total.

I can show my addition work by using part-part-whole.

I can add and compare numbers.

I can use the counting on strategy.

Week of November 13-17, 2017

General Notes

We look forward to our thankful feast on Tuesday, November 21.  Students will bring their lunch or purchase lunch in the Dining Commons as usual.

Thank you so much to our fantastic parent volunteers who created Rekenreks for each Kindergartener!  We can’t wait to begin using them.

Reading

This week students have been learning how to put their pointer power to work.

This is our “I can” statement:

I can make the words I say match the words I point to on the page.

Our poem for this week is “Turkey for Dinner.” We introduced the Kindergarteners to the sight word “you” with this poem.  Our readers can now use their pointers to find sight words whenever they read. These are the sight words all Kindergarteners have learned to read and write so far: I, a, am, my, me, the, and, can, is, you.

Hannah Kolbo, an excellent staff developer from the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing project, has been working with the Kindergarten team this week.  We are very thankful to the PTA for providing this opportunity to grow as reading instructors.  

Writing

This week in Writing students are learning how to write more letters for the sounds in words without forgetting everything else they have learned how to do so far.

Our “I can” statement for this week: I can look at old anchor charts to remind myself of all the things I can use in my writing.

Math

This week in Math the Kindergarteners are exploring the combinations of 5: 0 and 5, 1 and 4, 2 and 3, 3 and 2, 4 and 1, 5 and 0.

Our “I can” statement for this week: I can explore combinations of 5.

Week of November 6-10, 2017

General Notes

Happy Veteran’s Day! Enjoy the long weekend!

We are looking for some volunteers to make student Renenreks to be used in our classrooms during Math Workshop.  A Rekenrek is an arithmetic rack that we use to help develop addition and subtraction strategies.  Our Math Coach, Angela Torpy, will meet with parents and teach them how to make them.  You may choose to then take the supplies home to make the Renenreks or to stay at Discovery in Blue Sky Studio and work to assemble them there. Please sign up here.  Thanks in advance for helping us make these wonderful math tools!

Reading

This week students began a new unit called Super Powers: Reading With Print Strategies.  This is our “I can” statement:

I can put my finger under the words and read what they say.

Students have been learning how to be great reading and writing partners.  This is what partners do during reading workshop:

We also learned a seasonal poem for this week- “Funny Bird.” Our readers have been searching for sight words all week long!  These are the sight words all Kindergarteners have learned to read and write so far: I, a, am, my, me, the, and, can, is

Writing

This week students began a new unit called Writing for Readers.  They will be continuing to work in the narrative genre by writing “true stories.”

Our “I can” statement for this week is:

I can find places in my writing that are hard to read and fix them to make my writing easier to read.

Math

In math this week students have been reviewing first quarter concepts like counting, ordering and patterns while we assess their skills.

Week of October 30-November 3, 2017

General Notes

Look out for your child’s Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) results to come home in red folders on Friday. 

We are looking for some volunteers to make student Renenreks to be used in our classrooms during Math Workshop.  A Rekenrek is an arithmetic rack that we use to help develop addition and subtraction strategies.  Our Math Coach, Angela Torpy, will meet with parents and teach them how to make them.  You may choose to then take the supplies home to make the Renenreks or to stay at Discovery in Blue Sky Studio and work to assemble them there. Please sign up here.  Thanks in advance for helping us make these wonderful math tools!

Reading

This week, students have continued practicing being Storybook Readers. We have reread our storybooks so many times that we are beginning to be able to read some of the words exactly.  These are our “I can” statements:

I can use connecting words to put the pages together to read a favorite storybook.

I can use the exact words from the book.

I can find, point and read some of the words in a book.

We also learned a seasonal poem for this week- “Halloween Candy.” Our readers have been searching for sight words all week long!  These are the sight words all Kindergarteners have learned to read and write so far: I, a, am, my, me, the, and, can.

Writing

We have arrived at the end of our first unit and are ready to celebrate our accomplishments. Kindergarteners learned to edit their pieces by rereading, listening for more sounds in each word and using the word wall to spell sight words.

Our “I can” statements for this week were:

I can think about everything I’ve learned to make my writing the best it can be.

I can reread my words to make sure they look right and I can change them when they don’t.

Math

In math this week, students are concluding their exploration of repeating patterns. We continued using cube trains, color tiles, and counting bears to create and study how patterns repeat. Students also learned to extend a repeating pattern by continuing the same pattern.  They learned how to transfer a pattern by looking at a pattern on a color cube train and turning it into a movement pattern.  For example, red, red, blue might turn into clap, clap, stomp.

“I can” statements for the week were:

I can extend a pattern.

I can transfer a pattern.

Week of October 19, 2017

General Notes

We hope to see many of you at Pumpkin Fest here at Discovery this Saturday! The costume parade starts at 11:30 and the event will last from 12-3pm.

Reading

This week, students practiced being Storybook Readers by matching the words they say to the pictures in the book. This means that readers have to pay close attention to each page as they read! Readers also read the exact words the characters say by looking at the words on the page. For example, when reading the Three Billy Goats Gruff, readers should say something like, “WHO’S THAT TRIPPING OVER MY BRIDGE?” to sound like the troll as he yells out to the Billy Goats.

We also learned a seasonal poem for this week- The Five Little Pumpkins. Our readers have been searching for the sight word the all week long!

Additionally, as students begin to bring their finished Word Study sorts home, we wanted to provide you with some extension activities if you’d like to have added practice at home!

Word/Picture Hunt: Extend the traditional word hunt by having students hunt for words that follow the patterns being studied in student-friendly magazines, catalogs and newspapers. Younger students can hunt for pictures of things that start with the sounds they are studying. They may cut and paste pictures that begin with the same sounds.

Change-a-Letter: Have students write one word, then change just one letter to make a new word (e.g. Write clap. Change one letter to make chap. Change one letter to make chip.). Also, you can provide a word and ask students to generate a list of words by changing one letter at a time to create the longest possible list.

Draw and Label/Word Pictures: Students draw and label pictures of words that follow the same patterns being studied (Draw and Label) OR that clearly illustrate the meaning of each word (Word Pictures).

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, writers learned to make readers feel like they are right there in the story by thinking about where they were, who they were with, and what they were doing on each page, and putting those details into their pictures and words. Writers can also include speech bubbles to show the exact words that characters said in the story. Our writers are continuing to stretch words out in order to write a letter for each sound they here in the word.

Math

In math this week, students have begun their exploration of repeating patterns. We have used cube trains, color tiles, counting bears to create and study how patterns repeat. Students also learned that repeating patterns have cores- the part that repeats, or the “recipe” for the pattern.

Please join us for an evening, sponsored by the PTA, that will focus on the mathematical instruction of number sense and operations at Discovery. Teams of teachers will engage parents in building and deepening their conceptual understanding of number sense and operations in mathematics; help parents gain a better sense of today’s mathematical instruction in these core areas; and offer suggestions on how to support learning at home. Parents/guardians will be active participants and do math throughout these sessions. We hope

 you join us!  

K-2 Math Number Sense and Operations Parent Academy will be held on November 1, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm.

Week of October 12, 2017

General Notes

Our CARES campaign is continuing in October as we learn about Assertion. Students can be assertive by standing up for themselves in a confident, respectful way. We look forward to seeing some of you at Pumpkin Science Day next Friday, October 20th in your child’s classroom. Thank you so much to those volunteering their time and/or supplies for the afternoon! Please remember to sign up for one fall conference slot through the Discovery website if you have not already.

Reading

In Reading Workshop, readers are wrapping up a bend on reading learn-about-the-world books, and shifting their focus to storybooks! Readers can read stories after hearing them over and over by looking at the pictures, remembering how the story goes, and then reading it page by page. Ask your reader to tell you about The Three Billy Goats Gruff!

Writing

Just like Reading, we are making a shift in our writing genre to stories as well! Our writers are learning how to write true stories. Writers practice telling stories aloud, thinking about all the little things that happened and what was said. They make a plan and tell their story across pages.

Math

In Math Workshop, we have begun our study of attributes. Mathematicians can sort by attributes like color, size, shape, and thickness. Students have spent the week sorting and comparing buttons, attribute blocks, and counting bears. This work will prepare us for our introduction to patterns next week.

Adding a Pinch of Me! Updated 10/5/17

This week in Language Arts we have continued sorts in our word study routine. Following last week’s lesson about reading cover to cover and rereading, students began using the sentence stem “I think” to add a pinch of themselves into the books they read. Kindergarteners read the poem “I Am Me” and learned the sight word “am.” We have been finding, reading, and writing the word am all week. In Writing, students are becoming more adept at stretching out words and putting letters on their pages to represent the sounds they hear. Writers learned that their partners can help them add more by asking and answering questions. In math, students have worked hard to practice comparing sets of objects and numbers by using the math vocabulary “more,” “fewer,” and “same.” They have learned how to put trains of cubes in order from most to fewest as well. Look out for a Pumpkin Science Day signup genius from your child’s teacher soon!

This Week In Kindergarten...Updated 9/28/17

The Kinderhauses have been a buzz with letter sounds and number counting. We have worked hard to understand this month’s CARES focus, Cooperation. Cooperation is working together toward a common goal. In Language Arts, we have been reviewing recognizing letters and their corresponding sounds. We have also been working on sorting routines to set us up for success as we move to letter/word sorts in the next week. In Reading Workshop, we learned that readers read books starting at the cover, and then make connections back to the cover as they read page by page. Readers also reread books to learn even more information! As writers, we have learned how to revise our pieces by adding pages to teach more, and by taking pages out that don’t fit. As mathematicians, we are beginning to think about if sets of dots have more, fewer, or the same amount. Students learned the game “Compare,” in which math buddies each turned over a card and discussed which had more, fewer, or the same. Be sure to check out the Kindergarten Twitter feed for snapshots of our day, probing questions, and more regular updates.

Counting Strategies Galore! Updated 9/21/17

We have been working hard to establish routines for lining up, transitioning from one activity to another, eating in the dining commons, participating in calendar math, and showing whole body listening (ask your child what your body looks like and sounds like when you are listening). In Writing, students are stretching words like a rubberband by saying them slowly and writing each sound they hear. In Reading, students have learned that they can read privately (by ourselves) and also with partners. They have loved diving into learn-about-the-world books (nonfiction) and finding all sorts of new information. In Math, we are starting to learn strategies for counting: count and touch, count and scoot, count and check, and count and criss cross. Students have learned how to make meaningful, independent choices in activities during Math Workshop. Happy first day of Fall on Friday!

Week Two: We Were So Glad to See You! Updated 9/14/17

It was great to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night! We hope you enjoyed learning about what Kindergarten is all about. Do not hesitate to email us with any further questions you may have.  

This week, the Kindergarteners have been learning each other’s names. They have made self-portraits and declared their hopes and dreams for this year. We are spending time with each child assessing his or her letter and sound recognition, as well as number and counting skills. This will help us plan our instruction as we begin our year together. We also introduced our first poem for the year, A Wrinkled Heart. Students searched the poem for rhyming words, as well as words that have the same beginning sound. Ask your child what it means to help fix a wrinkled heart!

Welcome to Kindergarten! Updated 9/7/17

We are so happy to have met many of you at Open House last week! This week, students have been meeting their new Encore teachers and getting to know each other within the classroom. Students have started learning routines and procedures that will set us up for a year of success. Some students will be coming home with library books- these should be returned on the following week’s library day. Thank you for helping your student return his or her Red Take Home folder to school each morning. We hope you will join us for Back to School Night next Wednesday, September 13th, at 7pm.

Welcome to June! Updated 06/01/17

We hope you enjoyed a long weekend and took time to honor those who have fallen serving our country.

This week we were lucky enough to enjoy the generosity of our fabulous PTA by visiting Green Spring Gardens. Our Kindergarteners learned about living and nonliving things, the life cycle of a plant, how to use their five senses on a nature walk, and what they can find in soil. The weather was beautiful and all returned happy and tired. Our sprouts will be ready for first grade!


In language arts, our writers have been working extremely hard to publish their All About Books in preparation for Monday’s Publishing Party. Ms. Gray’s class will celebrate at 9:30, and Ms. Little, Mrs. Hughes, and Ms. Nesmith’s classes will celebrate at 10:00. Be ready to learn all about some of your child’s favorite topics!

In math, we are fully engrossed in fractions! Students are learning about equal and not equal parts, and finding halves and fourths of a whole and of a set. Fractions of a set are particularly tricky- you can find halves and fourths of a set at home to practice! Find one fourth of a set of cheerios or other object at home.

Enjoy your long Memorial Day weekend! Updated 05/25/17

We started off the week by leading our May C.A.R.E.S. assembly as a grade level.  The focus was on Empathy and we enjoyed watching all the grade level FLES (Spanish) performances.  

In writing this week, Kindergarteners worked on putting nonfiction text features in their own writing.  They are now starting the editing process in order to prepare for our writing celebration on Monday, June 5.  We hope to see parents there.

In reading, we all learned a Memorial Day poem.  Ask you child what they know about this important holiday.

In math, we are learning that a fraction is an equal part of a whole.  Kindergarteners are learning about halves and fourths of both an object and a set of objects.  Try some fraction action this weekend while enjoying a meal. How many peas will you swallow if you eat half of the peas on your plate?

Don’t forget to return all paperwork for our field trip to Green Springs next week.  Also, we are asking that students wear their Discovery Kindergarten shirt or an orange shirt for the trip.  

One World, One Sky!  Updated 05/18/17

Our first field trip to the Planetarium was a success! Kindergarteners enjoyed riding the bus and learning about space and what we see in the sky at night.

On Friday, students will attend the Celebrate Assembly and will watch some magic.

We are excited to be finishing our Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) with the Kindergarteners.  We look forward to resuming our discussions about predictions and formulating and answering questions about what we read in nonfiction text.

In writing, students have been rereading their work and learning to add more detail.  They have been focusing on adding examples and comparisons.  

In math, we are finishing up our time unit. Kindergarteners enjoyed creating their own clocks and showing various times. They are challenged by knowing what time their daily activities take place. Talk with your kinder about the times you wake up, go to school, eat dinner, and go to bed.

Time Flies When You're Learning About Time! Updated 05/11/17

We began our Spring PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening). We have seen so much growth in students' ability to determine rhyming words and beginning sounds, and spelling CVC words! In Writer's Workshop, we have spent the week studying mentor texts to find features we can use in our own writing. As writers, we can include a Table of Contents, headings, labels, diagrams, and other non-fiction features.

We have also been doing some top secret creative writing that you will find out about this weekend ;)

In Math, we started our unit on Time. Students have learned the parts of both analog and digital clocks by making their own paper versions of each. They are beginning to tell time to the hour on both clocks.

On Wednesday, we participated in a school-wide A-SPAN Walk to End Homelessness. This was a great way to facilitate a discussion on thankfulness and empathy for others.

Lastly, we would like to thank all of our parents and the PTA for making us feel so appreciated this week. Your thoughtful gestures and children have brought sunshine and warmed our hearts on these unusually cold and gloomy days!

All About Our Learning! Updated 05/04/17

In writing this week, students learned how to plan All-About books by thinking, “How will my book go?” and sketch one important thing about their topic on each page first. Writers write about one thing at a time to help readers learn from their books. Students also were also introduced to Table of Contents pages as another resource for organizing their writing for readers.

In reading, we have continued to learn about informational text.  When reading at home, you can ask your child to identify headers and other important nonfiction features.

In math, we have been comparing the weights of various classroom objects using the terms heavier and lighter. We have learned how to use a balance scale and that it is a tool used to measure weight. Ask your kinder to explain how a balance scale works.

In science, we have been learning about life cycles.  Students have been watching our caterpillars turn into chrysalids and are excited to watch them turn into butterflies.  Students have also been learning about plants.

Measure Twice and Aren't Poets Nice?        

In Language Arts, we have been working so hard on preparing to read our poems to recite to our classmates on Friday!  We are so proud of our Kinders being willing and brave enough to speak in front of his or her peers.

In writing, students have been thinking about their audience when writing and a can answer the W questions (Who, What, When, Where, Why).  

In Math, we have been measuring everything and everyone with all sorts of math manipulatives.  Students have been focusing on length and using vocabulary like shorter and longer to describe.  

In Science, we celebrated Earth Day on Monday in our classrooms.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers that donated items or their time to help.  Student enjoyed planting and seeds and are excited to watch them grow.

Welcome back Kindergarteners!  

We hope you enjoyed your spring break.  In writing, students started a new informational unit on All About Books where they are the expert teachers.  April is poetry month so students have been reading and practicing reciting poems.  You can look for a copy of the poem your student is learning in their red folder.  We will have a small class poetry jam next Friday.  In math, students started a new measurement unit.  We have learned about length and comparing objects shortest to longest.  Earth day is this Saturday and we will be celebrating next Monday.

Rain, rain, go awayyyyyyy!

This week we had a special guest visit from author Candace Fleming.  Students learned about her writing process and got to have a sneak peek at her new book.  In Language Arts we have continued working with comparatives -er and -est.  The reading strategy that this study supports is “Check the Ending.”   In writing, we finished our unit in persuasive writing and celebrated with our neighboring Kindergarten classrooms.  Children read their favorite pieces to a new writing buddy.  In math, we reviewed shapes and the mathematical language we use to describe them.  Enjoy spring break and remember to read, read, read!

Never mind March, bring on April!

In language arts this week we read the poem, “Never Mind, March” and learned to read and write the sight/snap word when.   We have also been learning about the comparative endings -er and -est just like in the words stronger and strongest. Can you find words with these endings as you read at home?  We look forward to seeing what you’ve found when you turn in your March reading log.  In writing we are continuing to work on writing persuasively to solve problems. We’ve been focusing on taking care of the Earth and encourage families to help find out more information.  Students have been learning that adding information to their writing makes is more convincing.  As mathematicians, we are concluding our unit on addition and subtraction while simultaneously reviewing patterns.  This morning the kindergarteners enjoyed a preview of Discovery’s inaugural play, “Aladdin.”   We hope you are able to bring your kindergarteners to a performance this weekend.  

...Out Like a Lamb

In reading this week, we have been working on asking and answering questions as we read so that we understand the text.  In writing, we have been working on adding important information to be really convincing.  We can find important information in books in our very own classroom.  In Math we are ending our study of the combinations needed to make ten (1+9, 2+8, etc.) and revisiting subtraction.  We introduced a new tool called Rekenreks (like a small abacus) to study the relationship between addition and subtraction.  We enjoyed our Mad Scientist Assembly and learning about physical and chemical change.

Language Arts Gobragh!

The Kindergarteners got a kick out of finding evidence of a leprechaun visit in each of their classrooms this Friday. Students used what they know about persuasive writing and fixing problems to write letters to the leprechauns about the mischief. During Writer’s Workshop we expanded our lense for finding problems by thinking about keeping the Earth clean and green. In Math, we have begun our second unit with addition and subtraction by starting with combinations of ten. Ask your Kindergartener how to make a combination of ten. We have had indoor recess this week because of all the snow- we look forward to warmer weather next week!

Show Me the Money!

This week in reading, we are paying attention to punctuation at the end of sentences, and thinking about how our voices sound as we read. We learned a new poem called “Jelly Beans,” and practiced the sight word with. In Writer’s Workshop we have been working on how to how to be really convincing. We can include lots of reasons, a little story, a fix-it idea, and use polite words like please and thank you. We have introduced the dime and quarter and learned all about the heads and tails. We have been counting coins in like and mixed collections. Try counting all the coins in your piggy bank at home! We look forward to seeing many of you at the Discovery Auction this Saturday night!

Spring Has Sprung Early!

In reading we learned a Presidents’ Day poem and talked about the role of the president.  Ask your Kindergartener what are some of the president’s jobs.  In writing we are moving deeper into our unit on persuasive writing.  We have learned to make our writing more convincing by adding lots of reasons and consequences for fixing a problem.  In Math we are strengthening our number sense by doing a short unit focusing on teen numbers.  “Think ten when you say ‘teen!”  This is the foundation for understanding place value which will be emphasized in first grade.

Gentle Reminder:  Please return the comment card and the report card envelope as soon as possible.  We are eager to address your questions, comments and concerns during our upcoming parent teacher conferences.

The Kindergartens are 100 Days Smarter!

What a busy few days! We loved celebrating Valentine’s Day with families on Monday.  We began our new opinion writing unit.  All week we have been practicing counting to 100s by 1s, 5s, and 10s.  Friday was our 100th Day of school, which we celebrated with 100-themed writing prompts as well as math activities. The third graders launched 100 balloons over the C.A.R.E.S. balcony for the Kindergarteners to catch and count.  Remember to read at home every night and complete the reading log.  Enjoy your long Presidents’ Day weekend.

First, Read Our Log.

Second, Ask Your Child About What They Have Been Learning.

Third, Have A Great Day!

Students have been learning to identify the endings -s, -ing, -ed while reading.  You can encourage your child to find these endings when reading at home.

This week we are completing our writing unit on How-To books.  Students will celebrate all of their hard work by sharing their work with another Kindergarten class.   We look forward to starting our new unit on persuasive writing.  

In Math, we are learning about ordinal numbers  (first, second, third…) and using them to talk about the position of an object relative to top, bottom, right, and left.  We used several books to make a math-literacy connection and reinforce the concept- for example: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mitten, and Ten Little Rubber Ducks.  Ask your kinder what he or she learned about ordinal numbers.

Additionally, we have been learning about February Holidays like Valentine’s Day, Black History Month and President’s Day!

In closing, we look forward to seeing many of you at our class Valentine’s Day Party next week!!!

Reading Up A Storm!

This week, we have been enjoying reading individually with each child to assess reading levels. This data will help us organize our Guided Reading groups. Reading strategies that you can encourage your child to use when he or she reads to you at home include checking the picture for help, pointing and reading one-for-one, using a word he knows, cross-checking a word he doesn’t know, and sliding through a word.

In Writer’s Workshop, students have continued working on How-To pieces by including features like comparisons (“balance on one leg like a flamingo!”), using warnings, tips, and suggestions (“Be careful!”), and writing important words in bold or uppercase letters (“You will need a ball”).

In math, we have had fun answering surveys, tallying our responses, and showing the data in graphs. Try making an object graph using legos or other small toys at home!

Parent Math Academy – Fractions!

 

Please join us for an evening, sponsored by the PTA, that will focus on mathematical instruction of fractions at Discovery. Teams of teachers will engage parents in building and deepening their conceptual understanding of fractions; help parents gain a better sense of today's mathematical instruction in fractions; and offer suggestions on how to support learning at home. Parents/guardians will be active participants and do math throughout these sessions. We hope you join us! Childcare is available.

 

K-2 Math Fraction Parent Academy will be held on February 1, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm.

 

3-5 Math Fraction Parent Academy will be held on February 2, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm.

How-To and Tallies

In Reading, we have introduced a new reading strategy called “Slide Through the Word.”  A student should first say each individual sound then slide his finger under the word and blend all the sounds together.  Sometimes we say, “Your voice should be as fast as your finger.”

In Writing, students have learned that diagrams and labels are good additions to How-To books.  We are studying a mentor text called My First Soccer Game.  Students noticed that the author included a title, pictures that teach, a list, and bolded words.

This week in Math we introduced tally marks.  Students learned how to make tallies to show how many.  They have practiced counting by fives and then counting on by ones.  Encourage your child to tally up the number of picture frames or windows you have in your home.  We hope you will come to the Parent Math Academy.  See below for more information.

Parent Math Academy – Fractions!

 

Please join us for an evening, sponsored by the PTA, that will focus on mathematical instruction of fractions at Discovery. Teams of teachers will engage parents in building and deepening their conceptual understanding of fractions; help parents gain a better sense of today's mathematical instruction in fractions; and offer suggestions on how to support learning at home. Parents/guardians will be active participants and do math throughout these sessions. We hope you join us!  

 

K-2 Math Fraction Parent Academy will be held on February 1, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm.

 

3-5 Math Fraction Parent Academy will be held on February 2, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm.

We Have A Dream

In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we have been learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the wonderful work he did to bring equal rights to all. As you enjoy the long weekend, take time to discuss with your child his or her dream for our world!

This week we continued reviewing story elements and paid special attention to the problem and solution in our stories.  While reading, can your child discuss, draw, or write about these elements.

Kindergarten mathematicians extended their knowledge of addition by thinking about the inverse or opposite of combining.  We learned strategies for subtracting by counting back on the number line or drawing a picture and crossing things out.

This week in Science, we learned a lot about temperature and weather.  Ask your kinder what they know about temperature and the tool we use to measure it.

Happy New Year!!!

Kindergarten was a buzz with sharing stories from our holiday break and revisiting classroom routines.  

As writers we learned there are different types of writing as we launched a brand new unit on informational writing specifically how to books.  

As readers this week, we continued our investigation of story elements to include problem and solution.  We have learned that the problem usually occurs in the middle of a story and the solution usually occurs at the end of the story.  

Kindergarten mathematicians extended their knowledge of addition by solving story problems.  We learned how important it is to explain and show our thinking.  

Winter is Coming!

Readers were hard at work this week identifying characters in their stories. We continued discussing the setting by finding where and when stories took place. As writers, we are working on hearing and feeling vowel sounds when we stretch out words (in order to read AND write them). We are using what we know about making writing easier to read as we revise stories.

In math, Kindergarteners learned two new addition games- Toss the Chips and Five in a Row. We have also started to work with the plus and equal signs in order to create number sentences. When writing a number sentence like 3+2=5, we want our student to understand that it can also be written 5=3+2, so that they have a better understanding of equality.

The kindergarteners were an incredibly respectful audience and enjoyed watching Discovery’s Winter Concert on Wednesday. We look forward to celebrating winter break in the classroom next week with parents!

The Main Attraction

This week in kindergarten, mathematicians worked on adding numbers to find the sum. We reviewed pennies and nickels and continued to practice skip counting by fives. Try playing a skip counting game with your child: you say 5, your child responds with 10, you say 15, your child responds with 20. How far can you go?

We are wrapping up the first bend of our second writing unit. Our focus has been to work on ways to make our writing easy for others to read. We can do this by using finger spaces between words, adding a vowel to every word, listening for more sounds, taking our time to write carefully, adding a capital letter at the beginning and by adding a period at the end of the thought.

As scientists we learned about magnets. We investigated what kinds of objects would be attracted to magnets as well as learned how magnets with the same pole repel one another. Search for magnets you have in use throughout your house. For instance, the refrigerator door seal.

As readers we have added a new strategy.  It is called cross-checking and encourages the reader to check the picture with the word and to ask themselves three questions when attempting the unknown word: does it look right, does it sound right, does it make sense?  The strategy comes with movements.  

   

          Does it look right?                      Does it sound right?                   Does it make sense?

Pennies and nickels, oh boy! 

This week as mathematicians we explored pennies and nickels.  We learned how to identify and describe these coins as well as count small collections of coins.  A fun field trip to take with your child would be a trip to the store to buy something using these coins.  

 

As great readers we learned a new strategy for helping us read unknown words.  The strategy is called “use a word you know.”  We learned one way we can use the strategy is to search for sight words that are part of other words like “to” in today and “and” in candy.  You can ask your child to identify sight words when reading at home.  So far, we have learned: a, am, and, can, I, it, is, my, me, see, said, the, you, we, and for.

The December reading log is going home this week.  Please remember to return November’s reading log and to read every night!

Next week we have an early release day on Wednesday, December 7.  Make sure you have a pickup plan with your child.

Past and Present

This week we are learning about past and present by comparing photographs of school, clothes, and toys from long ago and today. This is a great segway into a discussion about how Thanksgiving was first celebrated and how we celebrate it now. Have your Kindergartner find something in your house that has changed over time. We are looking forward to our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast next Tuesday!

In math, we extended our knowledge of patterns. Ask your child to label a pattern, find the core, name and extend it! Next steps: we will learn to transfer color or shape patterns to movement patterns!

We also began our official second unit of our writing Units of Study curriculum this week! Students are slowly starting to incorporate spaces, uppercase letters, and punctuation in their pieces. As readers we learned the poem, “Turkey For Dinner,” and added “you” to our word wall.

Kind is in Kindergarten

We welcomed our students back on Wednesday with our first C.A.R.E.S. assembly about kindness.

Ask your Kindergartener about one way he or she can spread kindness.

As readers we learned the poem “A Turkey is a Funny Bird” and practiced the sight word “is.”  In Math, we reviewed first quarter concepts, wrapped up our unit on shapes and began exploring patterns.  

In Social Studies, we are learning about the jobs people do and how they help our community.  This was an opportunity for us to have a great conversation about the important job veterans do.  We spent Thursday learning who veterans are and how we can celebrate them.  We hope everyone had a great holiday and we thank all veterans for their service!

Ready, Set, Learn!

Thank you to all the parents who contributed supplies or helped to lead a small group during our Pumpkin Science Day last Friday afternoon. The kids had such a great time!

As mathematicians this week, we continued investigating shapes.  We learned how to describe shapes incorporating the math vocabulary we have been learning (sides, corners/vertices/angles, and curves). We have also been making connections to examples of shapes in our real world and explaining our thinking. For example, a door is a rectangle because it has two long sides and two short sides.  

Now that we have finished the PALs Assessment, we are excited to begin forming small reading groups tailored to meet the diverse needs of all our readers. We are also focusing on beginning reader strategies; check out this month’s reading log to see which strategy we are introducing each week. We are proud of our readers for completing their log and reading responses on the back.  Don’t forget to send in your child’s log each month. We love seeing what the children are choosing to read at home!

This week, our little pumpkins…

Each morning we’ve been practicing our word study routines, building our read-to-self stamina, and learning to be fluent readers with our weekly poem (Five Little Pumpkins, with sight word the or said). We are finishing up PALS assessments- scores will be sent home within the next two weeks.

In math this week, we reviewed shape names and discussed their attributes (sides, corners/vertices/angles, and curves). We had fun hunting for shapes in our environment-our classroom, our playground, our school.

 

We continued to explore the world around us using our five senses and are eager to dive in and investigate our pumpkins tomorrow during pumpkin science day.

 

We hope to see many of our students this weekend at the Discovery PumpkinFest!

We ended our week on a most exciting note with a visit from celebrity Dr. Jean Feldman Thursday afternoon. Dr. Jean taught us many new songs and cheers.

Kindergarteners are Shaping Up!

Students learned how to stay safe during our first Earthquake Drill this week. In Language Arts, we began word study routines. Students were introduced to their first sort of letter sounds or word family patterns according to their letter sound knowledge. Look for these in their daily folders soon!

We began the PALs (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) assessment to drive instruction for guided reading groups.

We started investigating shapes in math, more specifically their sides and angles. Take a look around your house with your child and see if you can find a circle, square, rectangle, or triangle! Our poem of the week is I See Shapes, with an emphasis on the sight word “see”. This poem has helped us learn shape names including the rhombus. Students now understand that mathematicians use the word “rhombus” instead of using “diamond”.

It’s Finally Feeling Like Fall!

After a five day weekend and a change in assistants, we revisited our classroom procedures and routines.  We were busy looking for patterns in the calendar.  Ask your child what patterns he or she sees on the classroom calendar. In Math we have worked hard to compare sets with the words more, fewer, and the same.  We have noticed that the word “fewer” can be a tricky concept!    In Language Arts we read the poem “Fall Leaves” and learned the new sight word my. We practiced word study routines and learned word study games in preparation for our first official Word Study sort next week.  In Writing workshop partners are helping each other become better writers by finding ways to add more detail in words and pictures.  Our C.A.R.E.S. campaign continues in October with work on becoming more assertive in a kind and confident way.  We also enjoyed our first music assembly.  The Junk Man regaled us with his recycled percussion band. Look out for sign-ups for Pumpkin Science Day on October 28th. Please see below.

Volunteers are needed for the Global Cardboard Challenge @ the Discovery PumpkinFest! Teachers and parents are encouraged to sign up and volunteer!

 

Explorers, get ready to INSPIRE & CREATE. The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Students, with their parents, are invited to build using cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination. Discovery will be hosting our 2nd annual Cardboard Challenge during the Pumpkin Fest on October 30th from 12-3pm in the Art Rooms (213 and 216). We are currently searching for parent volunteers to help us the day of the event.  

 

Please click here to sign up. To find out more information about this worldwide event, please click here  If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Chen, Kate Williams or Maria Burke

Hello Parents!

 

We need your help to make PumpkinFest a success! Discovery’s fall fair will be on Sunday, October 30 from noon to 4 pm with the costume parade beginning at 11:30 am. Please help us ensure that our games and other activities run smoothly by volunteering some of your time. The comprehensive signup genius can be accessed here: http://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/23673DB00A1C9EDCE8-pumpkinfest

 

Sorts, Senses, and Dot Arrangements...Oh my!

This week in Language Arts we introduced the children to sorting as a word study routine.  At the end of one week of practicing with one sort, your child will bring home his or her glued-down sort.  Expect to see a concept sort we call Fruit/Not a Fruit in your child’s red folder.  Following last week’s lesson about reading three ways, students began building stamina for “read-to-self.”  Ask your child what is one expectation for “read-to-self.”  Kindergarteners read the poem “I Can.”  We have been finding, reading, and writing the word can all week.  In Writing, students are becoming more adept at stretching out words and putting letters on their pages to represent the sounds they hear. In math, the children familiarized themselves with recognizing that numbers are numerals, sets of objects, and dot arrangements.  In Science, students are learning about the five senses.   In Social Studies, we continued building our classroom community with respecting each other's space, sharing, and taking turns.IMG_1007.JPG

“Fall”ing into our routines!IMG_3742.JPG

     We have been working hard to establish routines for lining up, transitioning from one activity to another, eating in the dining commons, calendar, and listening (ask your child what your body looks like and sounds like when you are listening).  In Writing students are stretching words by saying them slowly and writing the sounds they hear.  In Reading students have learned that there are three ways to read a book: read the pictures, read the words, and retell the story.  In Math, we celebrated Zero the Hero on the 10th day of school.  We are learning strategies for counting: count and touch, count and scoot, count and check, and count and criss cross.  Happy first day of Fall!

‘Tis Week Two and We’re so Glad to Have Seen You

It was great to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night.  We hope you enjoyed learning what Kindergarten is all about.  Do not hesitate to e-mail us with any further questions you may have.  

The Kindergarteners have been learning each other’s names.  They have made self-portraits and declared their hopes and dreams for this year.  We are spending time with each child assessing his or her letter and sound recognition, as well as number and counting skills.  This will help us plan our instruction as we begin our year together.  We have introduced the concept of rotations so that our students will be ready for independent workshop time.

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are happy to have met many of you at Open House last week! We felt lucky to host it in our own classrooms this year. This week, we have been meeting our new Encore teachers and getting to know each other in our classrooms. We have started learning routines and procedures that will set us up for a year of success. Some students will be coming home with library books- these books should be returned the following week’s Library day. Thank you for returning the Red Take Home Folders to school each day! We hope you will join us for Back to School Night next Wednesday, September 14th at 7pm.