Thursday, August 16, 2018

Upcoming Events!

I am so proud of our kindergarten campers!  We have been building upon what we have learned so far and getting used to our daily school routine.  Here are some upcoming events:

August 28th: Goal Setting Day!  Please sign up for a time slot for your students to come in!  We will be assessing your student during the 15 minute time block.  This is a district wide policy this year:)

Our Colors all around unit will start the week of September 17th!  Here is the electronic letter that did go home in yellow folders this week:




Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome!

I am SO excited to meet all of you at our meet and greet day, August 7th!  Please sign up for a scheduled time to see our room, drop off school supplies, and meet with me!!

The link is myconferencetime.com/mhe 😁

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 9th-- First Day of Kindergarten!

Friday, August 10th-- Picture Day

Tuesday, August 28th-- Back to School Night

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a rested and wonderful Winter break!  

Reading: Students are beginning to understand how illustrations help explain the text and discuss similarities and differences within two texts that share the same idea.  We have been identifying the conclusion in the stories we read as well as making text to self connections.


Writing: Students have been planning for their writing using circle maps.  These maps help us generate ideas of what they want to include in their writing.  In Kindergarten, students are learning how to generate a complete sentence.  Our writing plans will include a topic, a setting, character(s), an event and a thought.


Math: In math, we have been exploring plain and solid shapes.  Students have made their own shape pictures, took pictures around the school of objects that are solid shapes, and have made shape patterns.

Upcoming Dates:

February 9th: Celebrate The 100th Day Of School!  

Here is a quick slideshow to showcase some of our most recent classroom happenings! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October Fun!

We Can Explore The Writing Process!


Thinking maps are applied across all subject areas.  Here, we are defining the letter Gg during our phonics block!
Through our new writing program, Write From The Beginning, students are learning to organize their thoughts into different "thinking maps."  We have learned to use circle maps to define, and bubble maps to describe!
We can describe our pancakes!
We can use our five senses to describe! (bubble map)


Makerspace In Action!
Students have LOVED exploring this center!  Here are some great creations so far:
Harleigh and her "designer" headband!
Olivia and her bracelet!




Monday, September 18, 2017

September Update

We Are A Family!

Learning how to interact with others can sometimes be tricky!  In order to develop emotional and situational perspectives of self and others, students have been learning how to problem solve in social situations.  We have a "wheel of choices" that students can refer to.  Here is an example of what that looks like: 

Look what we found! #iheartcd We can see this as a great addition to a Safe Place and part of the I Choose process in the 5 steps for self-regulation. These can be created with your grade level or children's age in mind! 
Students have also been involved in social situational discussions and all have "family" classroom goals set, in order to understand that actions impact sustainability.  

Reading/Writing
Students continue to explore books through a variety of activities throughout the day!  We are understanding that fictional stories have elements.  We have been locating characters and problems/solutions in the stories that we read.  In phonics, we have been gaining an understanding of upper and lowercase letters, sounds, and syllables.  We also have sight words that we are adding to our reading vocabulary.  Through our color unit, students have been learning color sight words. We have also added the sight words, I and go, in our daily lessons.  In writing, we have been working on appropriate mechanics.  We have been focusing on handwriting, labeling, and organizing our thinking through "thinking maps."  

Math
Students have been participating in "number talks."  Through these whole group discussions, students can understand that there is more than one way to solve mathematical problems. Students can model with mathematics using manipulatives, drawings, and numbers.


 
  Upcoming Events: No School this Friday, 9/22!
September 29th: Field trip to Anderson Farms!
Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 2-6th.  Sign up to come! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

This week in reading, our theme is sharing. Students are identifying characters from our story: The Rainbow Fish, and brainstorming what it means to share.  By being assigned "learning partners" (turn and talk), students are getting ideas from other peers and expanding their thinking beyond their own.  Because vocabulary is so very important for comprehension, our words this week are shimmer, glide, wise, and shocked. 




In writing this week, students are learning how to label their illustrations with a letter/sound/word.  Through the writing process, students are learning how to properly hold their writing instrument in order to be successful writers.  We have been practicing our handwriting skills also through our handwriting journals.



Math this week, involves counting to 10 and writing numbers to 5.  Students have differentiated math practice based on individual student needs through math centers as well as our "math talks," that encourage students to show their thinking in a variety of ways.






Monday, August 21, 2017



Here's What We Have Been Up To:

Name Study
To build phonemic awareness (calling attention to the sounds) and develop some important understandings about words and letters, we will be focusing on student names through the story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  Some of the activities include: sharing items in special bags, adding their name to the word wall, using alphabet charts to find letters that match the sounds they hear, counting and rearranging letters, and noticing the letter-sound relationships.  We have also been integrating some fun art into our learning:)

Math
To begin thinking mathematically, we have started to explore some of our math materials (manipulatives) that we will use throughout the year: pattern blocks, geoblocks, connecting cubes, unifix cubes, 1-10 boards and 1-20 boards. Each day, students are becoming more familiar with the expectations of learning through manipulatives. 

Social Studies
 We will be integrating our Civics and Economics Units throughout the day in each subject area.  Students are learning:
  • How to be a good citizen- the rules needed, such as kindness, respect, empathy and many other life skills through social lessons each day.
  • How to make decisions-learning and following rules, how to create a classroom community.
  • How to understand ownership-asking permission and sharing in group settings.  
  • Problem solving strategies within friends and tasks. Reminders: 
  • Please make sure to empty your child's daily folder and return it each day. 
  • Back to school night is Wednesday, August 30th at 5:00.  Bring your student in to view all of their fun learning so far!