What a wonderful transition back to school. The children are in full gear learning their lowercase letters and continuing to practice their addition & subtraction facts to become more fluent. This week we spent the majority of our academic time completing assessments. So far the children are doing a great job showing me everything they have learned so far this school year!
As you may have noticed from some of your students work coming home …we have begun to learn about lowercase letters. I have updated the literacy page to show you which lowercase letters we will be learning about during the 4 week unit. During this time, students are also reviewing the 26 alphabet sounds. I try to find fun and engaging ways to practice these skills during our literacy block! In addition, I am excited to share that your child has been working on sounding out CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) word and blending its sounds together. Some words might include: cat, fit, pat, rip, set, sun, cop etc. This skill can easily be practiced at home by writing down CVC words on a notecard and having your child say the sounds and begin to blend the sounds together.
At the start of the week, students completed math assessments during our math block. We are continually working on counting orally to 100, identifying numbers 0-10, quantifying numbers and identifying a missing number from a sequence. After completing their assessment, students rotated through centers playing various math games. The students loved that they were able to play math games on the tablets this week!! On Wednesday, students completed a partner task with teen numbers. We discussed how every teen number has a group of ten inside of it. From there the students determined what the other number needed was (hence why they needed a partner). Example: Devin and Sophia were given the number 14 to show. Devin and Sophia decided together who would show the group of ten (using their fingers) and who would show the group of 4. They would stand by one another and the class would double check their work to make sure they represented the number 14. Afterwards, those partners made a chain using two colors to show the 2 different groups. Below is a picture J Towards the end of the week, Kinder students were introduced to open response word problems. They watched as Miss Froleiks drew a picture to help go along with a word problem read aloud. The students help me to include important details and visually depict it on the board. Example: There are 6 coat hooks with coats on each of them. 2 students went and put their jacket on. How many coats are still hanging on the hooks? Below is one way a student drew their response!
Students have been continuing to talk about different types of weather and weather instruments. We are noticing different weather patterns since we record the weather daily. The students enjoy watching short videos on different types of weather from educational sites. Some students have even noticed that we don’t experience every single type of weather here in New Hampshire.
Much of our curriculum this month is related to learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Presidential Inauguration. We even had our own inauguration during our MICRO block on Tuesday afternoon! Some questions we have discussed are: what does it take to be President? What is an inauguration? And why is Martin Luther King Jr. important?
On Tuesday we had our own Presidential Inauguration at MACS. Our new President and Vice President were sworn in by Mrs. Williams. All students who attend the enrichment program were able to attend and see the ceremony. Afterwards, our new President and Vice President introduce the new character trait of the month which is assertiveness and presented last month’s citizenship awards. Kindergarten had three recipients!! Way to go Kinder friends!!
Before the holiday break, the Kinder class decided that they would like to recognized for their hardwork at our Underwater Aquarium venture. Our Micro Mentors agreed to observe and recognize one employee who demonstrates amazing work ethic at our venture!
CHECK OUT THE MICRO PAGE TO SEE WHO THE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!!
(*Hover your mouse over the academic tab and then scroll down to **MICRO**)
Our venture is also looking for donations of popcorn bags to pop when our venture plays an underwater movie. Feel free to send some in at any time!
IMPORTANT Classroom News:
Families, please remember to send your child to school every day with their snow gear!! Your child is not allowed to play outside without the appropriate gear. Please note that students CAN leave their gear at school in a bag that can be hung on their classroom hook. Below is the required list of snow gear needed to go outside:
-Heavy Jacket (a fleece DOES NOT COUNT)
-**Indoor Shoes such as sneakers, ballet flats, UGGs etc.
In addition, the 100th day of school is coming up. Currently it is predicted to be 2/13/17 and I have a FULL day planned for the kiddos. Towards the end of the month you will get a letter in your child’s blue folder that has an optional homework assignment in it. You and your child will be asked to work together to count and collect 100 items and put it in an appropriate sized baggie. Example: 100 raisins, 100 feathers, 100 pennies etc.
Below is a Sign Up Genius for food supplies so that the children can count and make a 100th Day of School snack. All donations are GREATLY appreciated!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT :)