Greetings Kinder Families,
Only 3 more days until Halloween. The children have been counting down in class! I have heard about several of their costumes :) Coming up this week, Miss Froleiks will have a few fun and silly activities for Monday and Tuesday to celebrate this exciting time of year. Then on Wednesday, we start a new month by participating in a walk-a-thon. Going home this week will be conference reminders with the time slot you selected.
10/31: NO COSTUMES at school!
11/1: Walk-a-thon....please send your child to school in sneakers and appropriate clothing.
11/1: Book Buddies with 5th grade
11/3: Your child will be given their venture job position (MICRO)
Kindergarten Academic Day:
This week, students were introduced to letters A and G. We have been practicing their unique sounds and how to write them in class. Students know that letters A, I, O, U are all vowels and the remaining letters we have worked on thus far are consonants. The children are very eager to learn about the last remaining vowel in class! In addition to our regular study on letter names and sounds, the children have learned about syllables and rhyming words in reading group. When we talked about syllables, the children viewed a movement activity on the projector that helped them clap, stomp and chomp syllables out! It was a great way to get them moving. When completing work at a table, the students are encouraged to clap out the syllables or use the chin trick :)
This week in math was very busy! We began the early stages of talking about subtraction (taking away to get a smaller number). Students were able to physically hide/take away counters in order to grasp this new concept. In addition, the class and I learned two new songs about taking away. The songs 5 Green and Speckled Frogs and 10 in a Bed were played all throughout the week. Both of these songs talk about talking away 1 at a time. The students were even able to act out the 5 Green and Speckled Frogs song! On Wednesday & Thursday, students learned about how to sort. The children made real world connections by linking folding laundry to how you sort. It was great to see their minds think! Students practiced sorting by color, shape and size in class. We were also able to use our math journals to draw/write examples. By the end of the week, the class was continuing to work on subitizing dots with a partner and recognizing similar numbers in a game called Memory. Before completing those tasks, we learned about circles. Students searched for real world objects that looked like the circle shape.
This week in science, students began a new inquiry study on bats! We have been reading stories, watching videos and using our prior knowledge to share information about these mammals. On Friday, the children were taught a song about echolocation! The chorus is pretty catchy so you might hear your son/daughter humming it one day. The children have been amazing to learned how many different types of bats are out in the world. Of course they were most curious about bats that suck blood. Miss Froleiks was able to share with the children on wether that is true or not ;-) On Wednesday, we read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat which was fun to identify the rhyming words and sequence each silly thing the old lady ate!
Click HERE to view the youtube video of the echolocation song!
We changed units from talking about community helpers to needs and wants. However, we ended learning about community helpers by meeting some Nashua Firefighters at MACS! Miss Froleiks has read 2 different books about the differences between wants and needs. Your child is working on identifying the difference between these and knowing that food/water, shelter and clothing are the important three things in life we need in order to survive. Coming up this week, we will be doing a sorting activity that will be a great visual for children :)
Our MACS Post Office venture has selected our two managers! We are excited to have Emily and Samson work with our class during micro time. At the end of the week, students sat with a manager or teacher to help fill out a job application. The students were given a list of post office jobs to choose from and they needed to apply for one they wanted to have. Students will know by 11/3 what their venture job position is.
In addition, students have been told about their responsibility to attend a full micro block. Students are dismissed before 2:55 will NOT receive pay (micro bucks) for that specific day. Since we have out managers in place, attendance is being taken and micro paydays will begin next week!