Friday, January 19, 2018

Week 22: 01/22-01/26

Happy Friday Families! I had the cutest lunch dates today, it brings me such great joy sharing this special experience with your children!
Can't wait to see who gets to have lunch with the teachers next week!
Next Friday is the 100th day of school, students are invited to wear a t-shirt depicting 100. Here are some examples curiosity of Pinterest. 
I will be sending out a sign-up soon for some supplies we will need to make our special 100th day snack. Our service project this month will go along with our 100th day of school. We will be collecting canned goods and as a grade level our goal is to collect at least 100 cans! I know we can crush this goal! 
Here's a look at next week!

Spalding: This past week we learned the phonograms “gn” (two letters) and “wr ” (two letters).  “gn” (two letters) should not be confused with “kn” (two letters beginning). We also spent the week reviewing our Silent Final “e” words. Please continue to review these words at home to reinforce the jobs of Silent “e."
This week’s rules include separating syllables with the space of a clock letter. Also, rule 4- a vowel can say its name at the end of a syllable.  Rule 19- “o” may say o if it is followed by 2 consonants at the end of a one syllable word. We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Friday and we are challenging students to write 100 phonograms and words during Spalding, wish us luck! 

Literature: We are so excited to begin reading our second Classic to Keep, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” We will be reading this story for the next three weeks. We will be reading the story to the class, so no books are needed. We ask that you please hold off on reading the book with your child at home until we are finished with the entire story so we can enjoy it as a class family. We will have Mary Had a Little Lamb for our weekly poem.

History and Geography: This week scholars will be exploring the smallest continent, Australia. We will learn all about the fun animals that call the Down Under their home as well as what their habitat is like. We will discuss the Aboriginal people and the kind of music and art they create. Students will get to hear a digeridoo and make their own dot art. We will talk about one of the famous landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and the kids will create a craft depicting the building. 
Math: This week we will continue to work on numbers 10-20 focusing on number order. Students will practice counting and writing in ascending order. We will work on finding the missing number in a sequence and identifying numbers that are more than others. For example, students will say “17 is one more than 16; 12 is two more than 10.” On Friday, we will be taking an assessment on place value (tens and ones) and numbers to 20.”
Finding out about Mr. Fluffy Pants Adventure with Ryan!


Real Coral!

Exploring Oceans, we had a seahorse skeleton!
Practicing our sight words with Play-Doh

Friday, January 12, 2018

Week 21: 01/15-01/19

Hello Families, what a quick week that was! It was so great getting back into swing with your sweet children. Just a friendly reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday.  I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.

Here's a look at next week. 

Spalding: This past week, we learned the phonograms igh and kn (two letters, beginning) and explored the jobs of “silent final e."
time-job 1- the silent “e” jumps over a consonant to tell the vowel to say its name.  (most common)
have- (the “e” is double underlined and has a 2 next to it).  job 2- English words don’t end in v.
blue-(the “e” is double underlined and has a 2 next to it).  job 2- English words don’t end in u. 
chance- (the “e” is double underlined and has a 3 next to it). job 3- Anytime a “c” is followed by an “e” at the end of a word, it will make the second sound. 
charge-(the “e” is double underlined and has a 3 next to it).  job 3- Anytime a “g” is followed by an “e” at the end of a word, it will make the second sound. 
lit  tle (the “e” is double underlined and has a 4 next to it).  job 4- every syllable must have a vowel. Syllables are separated in Spalding.
are- (the “e” is double underlined and has a 5 next to it).  job 5- no job.  Are came from the Old English word aren. 
This upcoming week, we will explore two new phonograms and review the silent final “e” words. If you have any questions please reach out to me I know the Spalding spelling rules can be a bit tricky. 

Literature: This week we will read the fun story of The Bremen Town Musicians. We will identify the problem/solution, setting, and characters of the story. Our poem will be Jack Be Nimble.  We will be working on phonemic awareness with the poem by identifying rhyming words. 

Math: This week we will be focusing on numbers 10-20. We will work on identifying the numbers and understanding their place value. For example, the number 15 is 1 group of ten and 5 ones.  We will work with a variety of manipulatives, such as an egg carton and counting bears, to practice showing the numbers in concrete form. Additionally, throughout the week we will be writing the numbers 11-20, reviewing the correct Spalding number formation.”

Geography and Science: This week we will explore the world’s oceans! We will learn the names of the major oceans as well as where to find them on the map. We will discuss the different ocean zones and which kinds of animals live in each zone. Students will create a craft to show what they learned about the zones. We will spend lots of time learning about the various animals that call the ocean their home! Students will complete a journal prompt of their favorite ocean animal. We will learn about coral reefs and students will even get to touch a real coral!

We started a fun new Kindergarten tradition, every Friday each class will choose two students to have lunch with the teachers. My lunch company was wonderful today! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Week 20: 01/08-01/12

Happy New Year Kindergarten Families! I hope y'all had a wonderful Winter Break. I did a few of my favorite things in no particular order shop, nap, relax, and be with my family, it was a great break! I can't tell if mine was too short or too long, either way I am excited to get the next quarter under way.

Christmas Eve at The Princess.
Here's a look at our first week of 2018.

Spalding: We will introduce two new phonograms this week. 
We will begin to introduce words using “silent final e”. These words will end in a silent “e”.  
Job 1: The silent “e” makes the vowel say its name.
Job 2: English words don’t end in “v” or “u”.
Job 3: The silent “e” following a “c”, makes the “c” say it’s second sound, /s/.
The silent “e” following a “g”, makes the “g” say it’s second sound, /j/.
Job 4: Each syllable must have a vowel.
Job 5:Some words are from Old English and have been changed. For example: the “n” was dropped from the word aren to make are.
On homework you will notice the ‘e’ underlined with its corresponding job number, this is how we’d like students to mark the words to identify each job. Job 1 is most common and so we will only underline the e and the vowel that it is making say it’s name, for example: cake

Literature: This week we will explore the Native American legend, “The Story of Jumping Mouse.” We will search for virtue in the story and do a character study on the mouse. We will review the poem, “There was an Old Lady.” 

Math: This week in math, scholars will be comparing numbers. We will start the week with reviewing number order of 1-10. We will then work on “1 more than” and “1 less than”. For example “What is one more than 4?”, “What is one less than 7?” Later in the week we will be using a variety of manipulatives to compare two sets of items. We will determine which set has more and by how many more. On Friday, we will take an assessment on comparing numbers to complete the unit. 

History: This week in history we will be learning about two very influential and important people. First, we will learn all about Martin Luther King Junior. We will hear a story about his childhood and adult life. Students will learn that he stood for equality and taught others how to solve problems peacefully. We will discuss how although humans may look different on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Later in the week, we will learn about the virtues and life of Mother Teresa. Students will hear her story and will discuss how she helped the poor in her community. Finally, we will compare the two historical figures and talk about the virtues they displayed.
Here's some fun from our Around the World Party before break, thank you to all the volunteers who made it possible! 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week 19: 12/18-12/20

Happy Sunday! Thank you to all the families who joined us yesterday to spread holiday cheer. We had a blast singing carols and giving cards to patients at Health South Rehabilitation Center.

We have a short and sweetly busy week ahead. A couple quick reminders, Tuesday and Wednesday are both half-days. We will do our class Book Exchange on Tuesday, please send your child with a wrapped gently used children's book. If it is gender specific please note on the wrapping. Our Holidays Around the World Party is on Wednesday. Students will "visit" Sweden, England, and Mexico! 

Here's a look at the upcoming week:

Spalding: Last week we learned “ph” (two letters) and “ough”.  Our words were: am, last, good, up, not.This week we will review words and phonograms. There will be no test.  Please continue to review phonogram cards each night.

We recently learned the "ers," in Spalding and they can be a little tricky. We use the sentence "her first nurse works early" to help students remember each "er"We use the words as cues so the students know which "er" we want them to write or say. When you are practicing at home you should be saying these cues as well.

er (as in her)  ir (as in first)
ur (as in nurse) wor (as in works)
ear (as in early)

Literature: This week we will explore the silly Story/Poem, “There was an Old Lady.” We will read different versions and compare/contrast them as well as sequence the events.  We will still be reading with students this week so please be sure to send your child with their book bag. This will give students an opportunity to get a new book to read before break.  Please be sure to keep reading while away from school. 

Math: This week, we will be completing a cumulative review on Monday and Tuesday.  The assessment will include everything that we have learned in the last quarter.  There will be no homework this week.  Enjoy your break!  
History: This week we will have a short lesson on the historical Saint Nicholas. We will read a story about his life and the ways he spread kindness and generosity. Students will make a little craft to give to someone special. 
The kids have filled the "warm and fuzzy" jar once more, this time earning a painting party.

We pretended it was cold and snowy while we painted!

We used our knowledge of measurement to see just how tall we are.

Snowflake the Elf is still jumping around the classroom spotting all kinds of super scholar behavior!

Students explored magnetism by testing items around our classroom.

Snowflake brought up bubble gum on Friday!

He's very good at blowing bubbles!