Friday, April 13, 2018

Week 33: 04/16-04/20

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday the 13th! I enjoyed my Friday lunch bunch with these cool kids!
A couple quick reminders, Monday 04/23 there will be no school. Friday 04/27 is the Arete Sock Hop, hope to see you there. In a week we will be reading "Little Bear" so please have your child bring their books by Friday 04/20, thanks in advance!

Here's a look at next week:

Spalding: This week we will explore more silent final “e” words and we will learn three words that will build off each other to make spelling a little easier.  We will also understand why we capitalize “I” when we speak about ourselves. We will loop back to the beginning of the two letter phonograms on homework.

Literature: This week will explore two more of Aesop’s Fables, “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Stork and the Fox.”  We will dive into the morals of each story and identify the story elements. Our poem will be She Sells Seashells.

Math:Students will understand ways to measure time, starting with day and night.  We will learn to read a clock to the hour.  Students will also work with a calendar and learn to read days and numbers. We will discuss how when one month ends, the next month starts on the next day.

History and Science: This week we will have fun with a unit on the rainforest habitat. Students will learn where rainforests can be found on earth as well as the name of the largest rainforest; the Amazon. We will explore each of the 4 layers of the rainforest as well as the animals and life that can be found there. Students will be able to name and write sentences about many of the rainforest animals. On Friday, the kids will get to pick an animal craft to make! 

Super Scholar!

Waiting for the assembly.

Congratulations to our perseverance award winner, Sami!

Eye Spy with my little eye!

Using magnifying glasses to find words hiding in a picture.

Frog puppet fun.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week 32: 04/09-04/13

Good Afternoon Families! I hope y'all have had a restful weekend. A couple quick reminders for this week. Fine Arts and French night is this Wednesday, 04/11 from 5:30-7:30, we hope to see you all there. I can't believe it but Kindergarten Cap & Gown pictures are this Thursday 04/12. Look for a flyer coming home in your child's green folder tomorrow.  

Here's a look a this week:

Spalding:  We will have 12 spelling words again this week, three of which will all follow Rule 17.  Rule 17 means- whenever there is a single vowel at the end of a one-syllable word followed by an “l”, we write another “l”.  For example, tall. Note on homework last week the word low was marked incorrect. It should have been, low^2, the 2 is above ow because it is saying its second sound. Continue to review phonograms nightly and pay attention to the phonograms on the homework, those will be ones that will be on the weekly test.

Literature:This week we will explore two Japanese folktales about courage, Momotaro: Peach Boy and Issun-Boshi :The One Inch Boy. We will compare the characters and talk about the qualities of a hero. Our Poem will be My Nose."

Math: We will discuss the order of events and what it means for something to come first.  We will also learn to arrangement items by size.  By the end of the week we will be ordering numbers and discussion ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)

Science: This week we will be learning all about frogs! We will begin the week by focusing on the lifecycle of a frog and how it grows from egg to tadpole, and tadpole to frog. We will talk about the parts of a frog as well as what an amphibian is. Students will create a mini booklet to share about the lifecycle and they will make their very own frog mask with a fun tongue!

Fun from last week:

Practicing reciting our weekly poem.

Thank you for sending in your TP rolls.

We had a blast on our school safari.

On the look out!

Sight Word Practice

legos sight word fun!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Week 31: 04/02-04/06

Happy Thursday, I hope y'all have fun things planned for this long weekend.
If your child is into legos and building check out this new club:
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Here's a look at next week:

Spalding: **There will be a change to how we complete homework, starting this week. We begin preparing students for first grade with sentence writing.  Students will be given a sentence including a spelling word that they need to copy in their best Spalding handwriting.  Students will capitalize the first letter, use spacing (the size of a circle letter) between words, and place an end mark at the end of the sentence. 

Our new Spalding words will include two syllable words, words that have letters that make different sounds that they usually do.  We will also continue with a base word and an ending.  This past week we had the base word: sit  and then the ending “s” .  sit + s gives us “sits”.

Literature: We will continue this week with another A.A. Milne story, In Which a House is Built in Pooh Corner for Eeyore.  We will speak to the virtues represented, explore Pooh’s character traits, and find examples of friendship in the story. Our poem will be Star Light, Star Bright.

Math:We will be practicing the order of numbers from 1- 40 this week.  We will work with place value counting groups of tens and ones.  Homework will consist of writing numbers 1-40.

Geography and Science: This week we will learn all about a famous scientist named Jane Goodall. She spent much of her life studying chimps in Africa so we will explore them as well! Students will learn the difference between apes and monkeys. We will make our own binoculars and go outside to explore and study the nature around us. At the end of the week we will have a fun review on animals and their habitats.

All about Africa!

We used eggs to make word families.

working together.

working on our addition skills.

Our class earned our pizza party for good choices!

Hooray for pizza!

We made masks of our favorite African animals.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Week 30: 03/26-03/29

Happy Friday, we made it, that was a quick week but packed full. Next week, there is No School Friday 03/30.

Here's a look at next week:

Spalding:We will continue to review our phonograms and learn 10 new words.   We have now introduced all of the phonograms in class and on homework.  The only new rule this week is for the word worm. We will only underline the "or" because the "w" makes the or say the "er" sound- Rule 8. It is extremely important that students are able to identify two letter phonograms to correctly spell and read the words.  You will notice that the words are getting longer and a bit more difficult.  Although they are only tested on 10 words currently, students will be tested on 30 words in first grade.  We want to be sure to prepare our students for the big jump next year.

Literature: This week we will begin to explore A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. We will learn about A.A. Milne’s as an author and his inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh. We will explore two different stories of his stories,"We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh, and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin, and "In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place". Our poem is Peter Piper.

Math: This week students will be reviewing both addition and subtraction together.  We will explore fact families which include addition and subtraction equations.  Students will also be introduced to simple story problems.

History and Science: We are continuing our exploration of the continent of Africa this week. We will focus more specifically on animals that live in the African savanna grassland. We will learn all about giraffes, African elephants, lions, and zebras. On Thursday the kids will pick one of those four animals to make a fun paper plate mask!

Microphones make everything fun!

Practicing sight words!

My adorable Friday lunch bunch!

Recess fun!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 29: 03/20-03/23

Welcome back from Spring Break and into the last quarter of Kindergarten. I hope everyone had a great time, I heard many awesome plans from your excited kiddos! My goal was to relax but we all know that didn't happen, between having family in town and celebrations I had a busy but very fun break! 

Got to see Coach Rubino and Baby AJ at Mavericks (Mrs. Worthy's son) baptism.

Celebrating one of my good friends getting married next month.

Ms. Connor and I roped our boys into going to an escape room, surprisingly we actually made it out!
Now here's a look at this week:

Spalding: We will continue to review all phonograms and we will add the last 3 phonograms we learned to the homework this week.  Our words this week will include words with some of the “ers”.  We will have two words that sound the same, but are spelled differently.  Students should be able to identify which word based on the sentence they are in. Please continue to practice sight words nightly in addition to reading. 

Literature: When we return from break, we will read the story Mouse Soup.  Please have your child bring in their copy of Mouse Soup to read together as a class. We will discuss the problem and solution of the story and observe how the mouse outsmarts the tricky weasel. Our poem will be the Muffin Man.  

Math: This week we will be finishing our unit on subtraction. We will spend a couple of days reviewing addition/subtraction before our addition/subtraction assessment on Friday.  On Wednesday, we will introduce Rocket Math.  Rocket Math is a ten-minutes-a-day, paper and pencil, worksheet-based, supplemental, math facts practice curriculum. It is a uniquely structured curriculum for the sequential practice and mastery of math facts. Students learn 2 facts and their reverses (4+1, 1+4) on each worksheet in a carefully controlled sequence which enables mastery at an individualized pace. In the afternoon, this week students will use a number line to solve a secret code, and play a “Race to 20” addition/subtraction game! 

History and Science: This  week we will begin a unit studying the continent of Africa. Students will be able to find it on the map and give fun facts about the continent. They will be introduced to the Savanna grassland habitat and will explore many of the animals that live there. Students will learn about an African tradition called the masquerades and we will make our own African masks. We will also learn to count to 10 in Swahili. 
Fun from before Spring Break!
We enjoyed reading Mike Mulligan!

Practicing our subtraction skills.

My silly Friday Lunch Bunch!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Week 28: 03/05-03/09

Happy Sunday Families! I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead. Only 5 more days until we start Spring Break!

Spring Fest fun, it was great to see your many familiar faces!

Here's a look at our week:

Spalding: We will continue reviewing phonograms.  Please be sure that you are also going back to the alphabet and reviewing the first 26 phonograms, especially all of the vowel sounds. We will have a two syllable word this coming week. We will review rule 19 for two of our words.  When a single vowel is followed by “ld” in a one syllable word, the vowel will say it’s name.  We saw this rule in “old".

This week’s story will be Mike Mulligan.  Students may bring in their copy of Mike Mulligan on Monday. Please hold off on reading the story ahead of time, we would like to enjoy the story for the first time as a class family. We will explore the importance of hard work and discuss the virtues Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne display. Our poem will be I’m a Little Teapot.

Math:This week we will continue our unit on subtraction. We will focus on teaching your scholar how subtraction is a whole minus a part. This will be demonstrated through number bonds, and various tangible examples. In the afternoon we will continue working on subtraction through fun games such as bowling

History and Science: This week we will continue exploring the continent of Asia. Students will learn more about Asia animals, especially Bengal tigers and make their own tiger mask. We will read a story with lots of Chinese characters in them and we will practice writing them as well. We will wrap up our unit on Asia by watching the film “Born in China” and enjoying the cute animals born there as well as the beautiful landscape.

We made bread from scratch!

We worked hard like the Little Red Hen to make our yummy bread.

While studying Asia we practiced using chopsticks.

Thank you Haught Family for taking good care of Mr. Fluffy Pants.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week 27: 02/26-03/02

Good Morning, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I did the Phoenix Half-Marathon with Mrs. Worthy and I am still tired! Can you believe we are two weeks away from Spring Break? A couple quick things for this week. Spirit Wear Day is this Friday, 03/02! Students may wear their Arete Spirit shirts with their uniform bottoms. Spring Fest is this Saturday from 7:30-12:00. I will be there running the mile fun run and hope to see you all there too!

Spalding: We will review our phonograms and continue to add new phonograms to homework. We will introduce two words that are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently.  The way to tell the difference on homework is the markings.  Job 1 of silent final “e” will tell the “i” to say “i”.  There will be no new rules to learn. We will have 10 words this week, however, some will be very similar to each other.

Literature: Our story for this week will be The Little Red Hen. We will discuss the importance of hard work and working together. On Friday afternoon we will channel our inner Red Hen and making bread!  We will spend some time working on rhyming words and beginning, middle, and end sounds. Our poem will be At the Seaside.

Math: We will begin learning subtraction this week. Students will explore subtraction problems through a variety of manipulatives, pictorial representations, and word problems. They will learn new math vocabulary as well as learn that the “-“ symbol means to “take away”. They will also be able to read subtraction problems in vertical and horizontal format. In the afternoon throughout the week we will dance to songs about subtraction, as well as make our own subtraction candy jar craft.

History and Science: We will begin a unit on the continent of Asia this week! Students will learn that it is the largest of the seven continents. We will explore the country of China as well as what Chinese New Year’s is and how it is celebrated. This year is the “year of the dog” and the kids will get to make a craft to help them remember. We will talk about many Asian animals and will focus specifically on Asian elephants and pandas this week.  

Last week Fun!

My Friday Lunch Buddies!