Happy Saturday Families,
I hope your child came home from the first full week excited and I am sure exhausted too. We worked hard to follow classroom rules and show Kindergarten expected behavior. This week was filled with lots of classroom material exploration. Students were able to rotate through several different centers during literacy and math blocks.
A huge thank you to all of you for turning in all of your back to school pink packets! In addition, I have noticed that everyone in our class has turned in the $50 technology fee. Yahoo!!
Both Kindergarten classes will be going on a field trip on 9/28! On Friday a bright orange permission slip went home in your son/daughters take home folder. Below is what the 2 sided permission slip looks like.
Kindergarten Academic Day:
Students were exposed to their very first Foundations lesson. Unit 1 starts off by learning about uppercase letter T. From this point further, students will be exposed to 2 letters a week. They will also lean about all uppercase letters before they learn about lowercase letters. Students brainstormed words that began with the /t/ sound such as teeth, toes and teacher.
In addition, your child was introduced to their Handwriting Without Tears book. They completed their letter T page. Students learned about the "invisible" top line and how to appropriately write the letter T. At home, you can ask your son/daughter to "sky write" their letters (they all know what that means!). Students should say:
1. Kiss your dot (dot= the starting dot/place to begin writing)
2. Big line down
3. Pick up your pencil
4. Big line across
At the start of the week, students explored a variety of different math manipulates such as cubes, pattern blocks and dice. By the end of the week, students began their very first Everyday Math lesson. We were able to discuss what length is and how we use length to measure. On Thursday, students explored shape names and pattern blocks. On Friday, Miss Froleiks taught the class "The Gotcha Game". Students play with a parter and count a set of objects. One partner counts while the other watches and listens. The partner who counts begins counting correctly and then makes a mistake. As soon as the partner makes a mistake, the partner who watches and listens yells "Gocha!". Ask to play with your son/daughter at home!
Monday: Computer Lab
Wednesday: No Special
Thursday: Gym (Wear Sneakers)
*Please make sure the morning and afternoon snacks you pack for your child are peanut free. EVERY MORNING, I check each child's snack. If you pack a packaged snack with no label...I unfortunately cannot allow your son/daughter to eat it in the classroom. Fruits and veggies are always a very safe choice to send in!
We have officially started our first unit entitled: From Seed to Plant. We have been talking about what a scientist does, how to observe and even began our first experiment (planting). On Friday, students were able to plant either wildflowers or pumpkin seeds.
Students began their first few lessons on MiroSociety. We discussed a variety of topics such as what a president and government officials are, classroom jobs, and how they will all earn micro bucks! Towards the end of the week, students decorated their own wallet to hold all of their micro bucks at school.
Here are some pictures from our fabulous first week!!