Happy New Year, Kinder families! I hope you have all enjoyed your week long break. Miss Froleiks was very busy busy over the holiday spending time with friends and family all over New England. Right before the holiday break, it was a little hectic. Therefore, I am uploading two weeks worth of information from class for you to see!
Kindergarten Academic Day
Literacy From 12/11-12/14:
This week, the students learned about capital letters V, W and Y in class. We discussed how some uppercase letters have diagonal lines when learning how to form them. Students continued to learn about these three letters all throughout the week and did a wonderful job thinking of words that begin with each of these letters. Miss F even played Jack Hartmann YouTube videos to get the kids moving and signing to learn letter names and sounds.
In addition, Miss F is beginning to incorporate more vowel identification activities in literacy lessons. Students are working on "tapping out CVC words" and listening for specific vowels. Miss M worked with each reading group to further practice their handwriting of letters V, W and Y.
Unfortunately on 12/15/17, the K-3 teachers decided it was not a good choice to rotate through Jan Brett centers due to the significant amount of illness. Therefore, we postponed Jan Brett Day to January 12th. We are hoping all students and staff will be well rested for this new date.
Literacy From 12/18-12/20:
During this week of school, we wrapped up learning about all uppercase letters. Letters X, Q (QU) and Z were discussed in class. As you all know, the biggest moment of this week was not that we made it through the whole alphabet, but the fact the students got to attend a QU wedding. Students loved having "Q" (Mr. Clermont) and "U" (Miss MacMillan) get married. This truly helps students remember that the letter Q cannot formulate a word without the letter U! The students were talking about this ceremony all week long and I am sure they will continue too after break as well.
In addition, students continued to use their Handwriting Without Tears books to practice letter formation. After break, we will begin lowercase letters in these orange books! Lastly, the children continued to further identify vowel sounds hidden inside CVC words in class. Some reading groups are building and manipulating CVC words!
Math From 12/11-12/14:
In math this week, students were reminded of positional words. We used our Finding Dory Friend Bruce, to help show and guess different positional words in class. At this time in the school year, many students have mastered identifying/making/building/representing numbers 0-10. We finished off the school year by wrapping up number booklets in class. When we return in the new year, students will focus on teen numbers up to 20.
In addition, the children learned how to play "Monster Squeeze" as a whole group. The students are doing a great job of creating and reciting full number sentences to their teacher and classmates. Later in the week, we practiced writing and representing numbers on slates (mini white boards) on the carpet. The children also enjoyed watching subitizing videos such as the one posted below from Jack Hartmann:
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Math From 12/18-12/20:
During this week, students started a new unit in Everyday Math! We are on to chapter 4 and ready for new material and concepts. Towards the beginning of the week, students were reintroduced to attribute blocks. We played a variety of games were the students got to "Guess the Attribute" with one another. In addition, students further developed their ability to identify shapes by playing a guessing game that only allowed children to feel a shape hidden inside a box (they could not peek at it with their eyes!).
By mid-week, children were back to practicing creating patterns independently. We reviewed several different pattern types (AB, AAB, ABB, ABC etc.) in class before this task was given. As I walked around to observe the children, I got to see students put forth great effort to create patterns of their liking.
At the end of the week, students were reintroduced to graphing! We wrote down data, analyzed it and then interpreted it into graph for students to view! All students were able to vote for their favorite color, what could be better!
Fun December Activities :
Hanukkah Guest Speaker:
On December 15th, our class was lucky to have Mrs. Halevi come in and talk to us about Hanukkah! We were able to see menorahs, different dreidels and listen to a few songs! The children loved hearing about Hanukkah traditions and even remembered some that we read about earlier in the week from books.
Unfrotunetly due to a snow day on 12/22/17, our holiday party got cancelled. Miss Froleiks is currently looking into another time when we could have a "Winter Party" in the next month or two.
**However, the kiddos thoroughly enjoyed taking a moment to calm their bodies and brain down on 12/21 to complete a Cosmic Kids Yoga: Christmas Themed!
Extended Kindergarten School Day:
Throughout the week of 12/11, students were introduced to various weather concepts! Wind, clouds, rain, snow and seasons were all discussed. Miss Froleiks was even able to connect 2 Mystery Doug Science episodes with these types of weather!
During the week of 12/18, students learned about who a weather man is (meteorologist) and what they do for a job. Students were shown different maps and specialty computers that meteorologists use to help predict the weather. Towards the second half of the week, students worked on a season project. They acted out the four different season as well as drew pictures to help others visualize what it might look like outside. These pictures will be sent home after the new year!
Before the holiday, students finished creating Needs and Wants projects! Currently, they are hung in the hallway for fellow Micro Citizens to view. After the new year, these projects will be sent home as well :)
Miss Carideo and I decided to have buddy reading on both 12/13 and 12/20! Below are some pictures from their reading adventures :)
Right before vacation, our society was finally ready to be up and running! Students were both excited and nervous for the first day of marketplace. Your child has been given a "day off", they are either red day off (Tuesday) or blue day off (Friday). It is on their day off when students are allowed to spend their money. Ask your child about what other businesses they have visited in our Micro City society! Enjoy some pictures below :)