I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful weekend! It certainly still feels like summer out there and we are enjoying opportunities for play outside in the sunshine.
This past week was officially our first full week of kindergarten! Students are building confidence in their role as members of our classroom community, team 112!
Hopes and Dreams:
Thank you for continuing to send in your hopes and dreams for your child. It has been such a meaningful process for children to see the hopes you have for them while they think about their own. Here is a sneak peek at a few!
We are learning ways to care for our classroom so it continues to be an inviting, comfortable and clean space. As a class we developed ways to care for our room and thought about how team work makes this possible. As one friend shared, "Team work makes the dream work!" As a part of this process we have two special helpers each day. These two helpers have extra special jobs such as passing out papers, organizing special materials and even painting on our easel in the morning. We have such a helpful bunch!
Book Bags and Book Shopping:
This week we read the story Dog in Boots which is about a dog who tries to find just the right pair of shoes. Dog wants to run, swim, dig and do all the other activities dogs enjoy. After trying on many pairs dog comes to realize he has just the right fit on his on body all along...his paws! To extend this activity, I brought in a big bag of shoes containing those of different sizes and styles. I challenged students to think about when I would wear certain shoes and how some were just not the right fit for me (Mr. Leite's woodworking boots caused quite the stir). This experience led us to think about how we choose books. When we look for books we think about what is "just right" for us. The book we choose should be something we are interested in.
Students had the chance to practice shopping for "just right" books in our classroom. To hold their books students were excited to receive their very own book bag! These bags will be used all year to house their books.
In math we explored a special collection of pictures and objects. Students were challenged to think about what makes the items the same. We concluded that all items showed the number one! Thus our number study of one ensued. We spent the week writing number one, finding one in our classroom environment and even played a number one movement game.
Letter Sounds and Formation:
We have begun our study of letters! This week we studied the letter T. We learned how to say the letter name, sound and how to form the letter using special handwriting lines. We even created "tissue paper t's"! I will send home information this week about our phonics program FUNdations.
Here we are learning how to use the special lines!
We worked those small muscles in our hands to tear tissue paper for our T's!
Friday, September 1, 2017
Your children ROCKED their first week of kindergarten! This week students learned about our school environment; from navigating our own classroom, to hallways, the lunchroom and the ever popular playground. Learning the classroom routines and procedures that shape our day was also a focus. We continue to work hard to learn our classmates names through fun songs and greetings. As I reflect back on this week it is difficult to put to words all we did! I hope children came home happy, tired and shared stories from our day!
Be sure to ask your child:
Be sure to ask your child:
- What is it like to eat lunch in the cafeteria?
- What was in the mystery box this week?
- What is the best part about our playground?
- What happens during morning meeting?
And now for the important update on our week....pictures! Pictures often best describe our days together. Enjoy and thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me this week!