Hello & Happy Sunday!!
We had yet another short week in Kindergarten! Parent teacher conferences went well and I am sure you all enjoyed a long weekend at home together. Miss Froleiks was lucky enough to visit with family down in Connecticut over the holiday weekend. Coming up this week, we have a full 5 days to learn about 2 new letters a some new math concepts.
-Scholastic Book Orders are due 11/17/17
-Our classroom code is Q2PHY
- K-1 Club: Movement Themed starts 11/15/17
-Gym is on Thursdays, please send your child to school with sneakers!
Kindergarten Academic Day:
Last week, we were able to learn about the letter D. Students were extremely quick to think of words that began with the /D/ sound in class. During whole group lessons, children learned the correct formation: "Kiss your dot, big line down, pick up your pencil, kiss your dot, big curve". In class, students are really working on making sure their letters are sitting on the line, instead of "diving down" or "floating". It is important they develop correct handwriting habits in Kindergarten to provide them a strong foundation in future class.
In addition, students have been independently working on identifying rhyming pairs and counting out syllables. These skills practiced in class will continue to foster a concrete reading foundation in class.
In math, we reviewed past shapes learned about and introduced rectangles! Students drew various sized rectangles in their math journals on Monday. In addition, students used information about sides and vertices learned from their triangle lesson to identify the correct number of sides and vertices of a rectangle.
Later in the week, students were introduced to number stories. Number stories are very important because the students need to draw out what they hear in a math problem given. They use their math journal books to demonstrate their knowledge. At the start of this week, we will continue to talk out number stories and the students will be able to physically act out some stories for the other students in class.
-In science we officially wrapped up learning and investigating about bats! I was surprised at how curious my Kinder students were about the different types and various physical features different bats had.
Coming up, we will start a new unit entitled "Weather & Sky". This unit will take us through the holiday season and into the new year. Students will discuss various types of weather, meteorologists and weather patterns in our country.
-In social studies, we are continuing to learn about needs and wants. Students are beginning to use their writing skills to compose a sentence about a need they have and a want they have in life. In addition with the "giving season" upon us, the children and I have begun to talk about how people in our community cannot afford the things they need in life. Miss Froleiks is currently creating a project for the Kinders to fully grasp the concept of needs and wants.
In micro, students worked on compiling a list of materials our venture will need. Students wrote cards to fellow students in the school and learned what our mail sorters will be doing with each letter.
In addition, students met with Mrs. Barry (the school nurse) to talk about health insurance. Mrs Barry put together our first year of MACS Health Insurance for students K-7! The children listened to what Mrs. Barry had to say and then received an opportunity to make a decision on wether or not they want to purchase a health card.
On Thursday , Miss Froleiks' class celebrated our very first birthday in class! The students filled out a page with a kind message to the student celebrating their birthday. The children did a great job writing and illustrating a page in the birthday book!