Hello Kinder Families,
I hope you are enjoying this three day weekend! Students were very excited to learn they were getting three "stay at home" days with their families. This week has been filled with lots of change over into exploring about fall and pumpkins.
1. Early Release Day on Wednesday October 11th
2. Scholastic Book Orders (online or in paper form with check) due 10/20/17
3. In School Book Fair happening 10/10-10/13
4. Gym Day = Thursday! Please send your child to school with SNEAKERS
Kindergarten Academic School Day:
Students worked on letters N and M. They worked hard on remembering what a diagonal line is and how to make it in these two letters. At the start of the week, students brainstormed several different M and N words.
In addition, students have started reading groups and are learning how to rotate through their center rotations. Remembering to get our work done, stay focused and always do our best work are our center rotation rules. Ask your child about what they have learned in reading group :)
In math, we are continuing to learn how to write our number appropriately. Students reference their handwriting without tears book to trace and practice letters 0-9 on their own. Thus far in the school year, we have practiced writing and counting numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Coming up this week, we are learning about 8 and 9. In addition, students were introduced to patterns! We read stories about patterns, made our own patterns with class manipulative and looked for patterns in our class/school.
The students and I made the change over from learning about how a seed becomes a plant to a pumpkins life cycle. We have been reading several different pumpkin books to start our discovery. In addition, students have been noticing similarities and differences among the science studies. Your child (if they choose) will be bringing their plant home this week!
As we enter into the Fall season, students have begun to learn about different community helpers. From garbage men/women to nurses and doctors, the children are working on recognizing these important helpers out in the real world. Below are some pictures of students working on categorizing commodity helpers and their necessary tools to do their job! The students worked hard to use their fine motor skills in cutting!
On 10/4 your child was introduced to their 5th grade reading buddy! Our Kindergarten class has partnered with Miss Carideo's class to provide every other week reading buddies. Half of our class goes up to read in 5th grade, while the remaining students have their buddies come down to us. This is a great opportunity for my Kindergarten students because they are able to meet new students in our school and also watch/listen to a more experienced reader.
This week, students were introduced to laws and came up with a list of jobs to have in our venture (Post Office). We discussed who is allowed to make laws and how laws are very important rules that EVERYONE has to follow. Students even shared some laws they know about such as:
-Wearing your seatbelt in the car
-Driving the speed limit
In addition, we had our October Town Hall meeting. One of our Kindergarten students was presented with a citizenship award! Congrats to Lucas for being assertive in our Kindergarten classroom. Our new trait of the month is RESPECT!