It has been a great few weeks of learning in kindergarten. We are moving right along in both literacy and math. Students are enjoying being together and we are becoming a small family away from home.
Note on Field Day: We are not participating in field day with the rest of the school. Our field day is held in May. We will be participating in the obstacle course from 1:00-1:30. You are welcome to join us during that time to cheer on your student!
In Superkids, we are learning about letter Gg. Our character is Golly the dog. We are learning to encode for /g/ as well as write both the uppercase and lowercase g on the ice cream paper. The Golly book will come home in this week's Thursday Folder. Please be sure to put the student books in your "Kindergarten Keepsake" box to review with your child at home throughout the year.
We are also becoming writers during Writer's Workshop. We have learned how to use a pencil and crayon safely and creatively. We now have our very own writing folders! We are learning to tell a story through drawing a picture and adding details to our drawings.
What are we doing in math? We are becoming mathematicians! Last week we moved from large group math lessons to small groups. It has been wonderful to be able to work with differentiated math groups. Students are learning to:
Understand the meaning of zero. Write the numeral 0.
Order and write numerals 0–3 to answer how many questions.
Write numerals 1–3. Represent decompositions with materials, drawings, and equations, 3 = 2 + 1 and 3 = 1 + 2.
Order and write numerals 4 and 5 to answer how many questions in categories; sort by count.
Write numerals 1–5 in order. Answer and make drawings of decompositions with totals of 4 and 5 without.
Kindergarten has been learning to explore the world with our 5 Senses.
We integrated science into outdoor learning through a scavenger hunt in which students used their sense of sight to find items in nature. It was a huge success and we were able to find many of the items on our list.
Students from the STEM Academy at Castle View High School collaborated with our classroom and conducted experiments related to the 5 senses. The experiments included:
Color Changing Milk for Sense of Sight
Shake the Egg for Sense of Hearing
Smelly Boxes for Sense of Smell
Hand in the Bag for Sense of Touch
Taste Test for Sense of Taste
With the study of the senses we begin to develop descriptive vocabulary to help us become better writers and communicators. We will conclude our 5 Senses unit with a week long apple study leading us into our next science unit, Plants! Plants! Everywhere!
Kindergarten is all about being on the right TRACK! Have you noticed those blue tickets coming home and being proudly presented? Students are catching on to the TRACKS and love being caught and recognized for making wise choices.
Out of the Mouths of Babes...
"My favorite kind of lollipop is root beard!"
Friday, September 15 - Field Day Obstacle Course ONLY 1:00-1:30 (Please note we do not participate in Field Day until Spring)
Friday, September 22- Teacher Professional Development-NO SCHOOL