This week we welcome Miss Cookson as our half day kindergarten teacher. Many of you met her last week at curriculum night. Today she began with the half day students in her new classroom. In case you are wondering, her classroom is located in the hallway next to Mrs. Dann's First Grade. Currently, Miss Cookson has 7 students in her class. Due to the small number of kids in her class, a few of our full day students will join her for literacy. We are excited to use this opportunity for students to benefit from a smaller group of kids!
Please don't forget that this Wednesday, August 30th is picture day. Individual pictures will be taken shortly after arriving to school. Class pictures will be taken later in the year.
On Friday, September 1, I will not be at school. Mrs. Bennett will be substituting in kindergarten. She has subbed for me many times and knows our classroom routines very well. I will be sure that students are prepared and know what to expect on Friday.
Thank you all for returning Thursday folders! I hope you had an opportunity to read the letter attached to the Cass book and complete the activities with your student. Please keep these Superkid student books. You may want to refer back to them throughout the year to review with your student.
Here's a look ahead to what we will be learning this week:
Meet OSWALD! Oswald loves learning about odd animals. This unit will focus on our first vowel, the letter Oo and the short /o/ sound. By next unit, students will begin to decode words! Our integrated arts teacher, Mrs. Singleton, is also getting in on the fun with Oswald. In art, they are making odd animals!
In Math, we have been practicing the accurate counting of items arranged in a line, in a circle, an array, and scattered items. Today we began decomposing numbers. This is the foundation for addition. Students take the number 5 and find "hidden partners" within that number. This is done using a manipulative such as unifix cubes. Students broke apart a tower of five cubes to show that 1 and 4 make 5, 2 and 3 make 5 and so on. Later in the week, we will begin to connect this concept with addition.
We are really beginning to discuss TRACKS. Our focus has been on being safe and respectful. We will continue to learn and practice being respectful by not interrupting while others are talking, saying please and thank you, giving compliments and following rules put us on the right TRACK.
T for Truthful
R for Respectful
A for Accountable
C for Collaborative
K for Kind
S for Safe
We are giving out blue TRACK tickets to recognize students for being on TRACK. They love bringing these home to share with you and it is great positive reinforcement!
Science and Outdoor Learning
This week we being learning about the Five Senses. Our senses allow us to explore our environment. Not only do we learn science...we also get to use descriptive words to expand our vocabulary!
From the Mouthes of Babes...
Kid: "I used to love bananas, but I broke up with bananas. I love strawberries now!"