We have had a great week and learned SO much! We learned how to use our book boxes and Read to Self. The students really WOWED me at focusing on their own books and they ALL earned a Read to Self Raffle ticket. I usually only give out one or two but they did SO GOOD - I broke my own rules :)
We also learned the procedures for our new math centers. We learned how to get on our ipads and abcmouse.com. We practiced making pictures with shapes and learned a game called shake and spill to learn about different ways to show a number (5 can be 2 and 3 or 1 and 4 or 0 and 5, etc.) We are still learning and reinforcing routines as we introduce new things to the students.
We also had a firefighter visit us today to teach us all about fire safety. Please talk with your child and ask them to discuss all the things they learned today.
Don't forget to check out the Photo Gallery for pictures of how we celebrated the 20th day of school today!
I sent home a paper today for students to complete this week. Please help them practice their address. Kindergarten students need to know their address and their city/town in the first nine weeks. This is a very difficult skill and we will need your help. When they can tell me their full address, they will get a special prize! Thanks for all your support.
What a great week it has been. We were so busy this week. We had our first shared reading story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Throughout the week, we learned how good readers, predict, retell, make connections, discuss the problem and solution of the story and tell their opinion (their favorite part). Please discuss the work you see coming home with these shared reading activities.
In math, we started our first math journal where we searched for color and number words to help us understand the problem and then colored to figure out the answer. We have 10 problems in our journal so you will see these coming home next Friday. Be sure to have your child tell you how we work to solve the problem. We also practiced our counting skills and quick number identification by playing a game called skillboards with partners. Each partner had to find a representation of the number that Mrs. Thurman called (the numeral 2 and 2 dots)
We talked about emotions and gave examples of when we felt those emotions. We also discussed that it is okay to feel all the emotions and that at some point you will. The important thing we talked about was what your body did when you had those feelings (It's okay to be mad but not to hit someone if you are mad)
Next week, we will start learning our math center rotation and continue to reinforce our learning routines.
We will visit the Learning Commons for the first time on Tuesday at 8:15am.
Have a great weekend!
I came back this morning after being out on Monday with a sick child and had SO many goodies waiting for me! Thank you all so much for your generosity! I heard from other teachers that the class looked great in the hallway while I was out. That makes a teacher VERY proud!
Picture Day is Wednesday, August 17th. Our picture time is 8:25am. If you would like to send clothes/shoes for your child to change into after pictures, please send them in your child's backpack.
Welcome to Kindergarten! Remember to check back often to see what our class is doing.