Happy November Families,
What a crazy chaotic week we had! From no school on Monday due to power outages, to a 2 hours delay and Halloween on Tuesday and then the walk-a-thon on Wednesday. Not to mention the excitement of getting new playground equipment and learning how to be patient in waiting until it was ready to be played on. We also welcomed a new student to our class this week! It is easy to say, Miss F tried her best to keep the class routine in order for Thursday ad Friday of this week.
Here are some pictures from the walk-a-thon on Wednesday! Thank you to any parents from Kindergarten to donated food or their time to this school event!
-Monday: MACS Town Hall Meeting during MICRO block
-Tuesday: NO SCHOOL for students due to Parent/Teacher Conferences
-Thursday: Gym day...please send your child to school with sneakers
-Friday: NO SCHOOL due to Veterans Day
Kindergarten Academic Day:
Due to this weeks chaotic start, we learned about one letter name and sound. Miss Froleiks taught about the letter S! The students quickly realized several of our students have the letter S in their name. We worked on writing, tracing, and identifying it in several ways. At the start of literacy, we always review the previous letter names and sounds we have learned. Miss Froleiks pulls out a magnetic letter tile to keep on the board to show the different letters taught thus far. In addition, we continued to talk about rhyming words and syllables. Miss F has quite the collection of "There Was An Old Lady Who..." books, so we have been reading those to discover silly rhyming words and patterns.
In math, we were able to do fun counting activities that connected with the holiday from earlier in the week. Students taught one another about ten frames and how to use them to solve addition problems. We are in the beginning stages of using subtraction and addition concepts in class. In addition, we have been discussion counting collections as a whole group. Sometimes when we count aloud, it is easy when the objects we are counting are in a line. However, the students and I problem solved to learn what to do if the objects we were counting happening to be all over the place. The children learned to group objects together in order to add and come up with the total amount.
Below is a picture to show how it is convenient to count objects are in a row and how to figure out how to count objects that are not in a row (by grouping together and adding).
Step1: 2+ 4=6 Step2: 6+3=9 There are 9 pennies total
In science, we continued to talk about bats and revealed some fun facts in various books read aloud. Students learned that bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in just one hour and that some bats called the Bulldog Bat dive into water to grab fish to eat. There are so many different types of bats out in the world, and the students have been reading up and voting on their favorites.
In social Studies, students continuing to learn about the differences between needs and wants. They are quickly able to identify the three needs in life: shelter, food/water and clothing. We are becoming more aware of how some citizens in our community do not have these three needs. In addition, our class has been working on explaining what wants are to others in our school. As practice, I show two pictures on the board and someone needs to raise their hand and explain which one is a need and which one is a want...and WHY. Their explanations are so wonderful to hear :) It is also great to hear from families at home that students are bringing these concepts into the real world such as when they are helping parents shop at grocery stores!
On Wednesday, students split between Miss Carideo's 5th grade class and Miss Froleiks' Kindergarten class to buddy read! The children are becoming for comfortable with their partners.
This week, your child was picked for a Post Office job. Our managers went through applications and place students at a job position where they think he/she can succeed. Once announcing jobs, students illustrated a picture of what they think their job position might look like. In a few weeks, marketplace will open up and students in Kindergarten will fully begin to understand the micro concepts taught thus far in the school year.
On Friday, our managers took smalls groups upstairs into the MPR to view the big kid job fair. Although we have a self contained venture, it is always nice to see what the older students have to accomplish. Students in second grade and older complete in depth resumes, attend the job fair and have interviews with business owners. Each small group that came back from the job fair was excited to see what businesses will be available to go see at marketplace and be able to see what they will be doing in a few short years!
Halloween Holiday Fun!
On Tuesday, students were able to "dress" Miss Froleiks up in a Halloween costume. They received a worksheet and a picture of Miss Froleiks' head to glue down. From there, students drew a costume and added spooky details to the background. Miss M (our classroom para and art teacher) drew Miss F as her favorite character from Finding Dory, HANK!!! In the afternoon, we were able to do some yoga from Comsic Kids! The kiddos love Miss Jamie :)