Saturday, September 13, 2014

School is cool!

Important dates coming up!

Tues. Sept. 16-Back to school night for Pre-K through 2nd grade
Wed. Sept. 17-Back to school night for 3rd-5th grades
Thurs. Sept. 18-Fall individual pictures
Fri. Sept. 19-Mid-Autumn Festival 6:30-8:30
Fri. Sept. 26-Grandparent's day lunch (grandparents are welcome to come enjoy lunch with your child)

Cool weather is finally here!  Please enjoy your weekend!  Before you take off, check out what we've been up to!


We are practicing counting sets of objects.

We are working on using good counting strategies...

  • Lining objects up to count them.
  • Pushing objects away or pulling them towards us as we count.
  • Touching every object as we say the numbers.
  • Being careful not to skip objects, or count them twice.

    Please practice counting sets of objects (up to 20) at home with your children as often as possible. Here are some ideas of things to count:

    • Shoes in your closet
    • Books on a shelf
    • Forks in a drawer
    • Legos that you used to build something
    • Coins in your purse or pocket (number only, not value)
    • Goldfish in your snack

    If your child is already proficient at counting sets up to 20, give them bigger sets! See if they can develop strategies for organizing the objects to make them easier to count (like grouping them in sets of 10).

    Here are some fun songs that the children have been enjoying in class. Check them out.


    We have been learning how to be safe scientist and exploring how to use the science tools. We explored with magnifying glass and droppers this week. Next week will be balance scales and measuring cups. Here are some pictures of the children being scientists!

    Then, we went inside and drew pictures of what we saw.  As an extension, children had to match the little pictures with the big pictures using the magnifying glass.

    Check out our scientists carefully using droppers to see how many drops of water a penny can hold!

    The children had so much fun using these science tools and practicing how to be safe scientists.  I can't wait to post next week's adventures.  

    Until next Pete the Cat would say,
    "Just keep singing your song, because it's alllllll gooood!"

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    School is in full swing!

    What an awesome week! 
    The children are getting settled in and getting use to our school routine. 
    We even earned our very first reward party which we will have popcorn and a movie on Monday! (Don't worry it will be a rated G movie!)

       We have been learning so much.  Here's what we've been up to!

    We are ALL Readers!

            We are learning that in order to become better readers, we must READ EVERY DAY! So we participate in quiet, sustained reading to ourselves every, single, day. Children have learned how to treat books and how to put books back in both classrooms.   The children will also be learning the three ways to read a book. Children will learn that you can...

    1. Read the pictures.

                                               2. Read the words.

         3. Retell familiar stories.

    We are Mathematicians!

    We have also been practicing counting in math everyday. Please practice counting out loud with your children every day. This can be done anywhere and everywhere, in the car, at the grocery store, before bedtime, etc...  All kindergartners are expected to be able to count to 100 by the end of the year. 

    Also, we have been exploring math tools and games.  Please help review the rules for math time.  

    1) Do not throw or bang tools.
    2) Sit quietly in your seat.
    3) Use problem solving strategies.
    4) Don't give up.  Keep trying.
    5) Take good care of all math tools.

    Here are some pictures of the children exploring math games this week.

    We are all Scientist!

    For Science, we read a book about what is science? And looked at a powerpoint of What is a Scientist?  
    Here's the power point if you want to review with your child at home.

    Social Studies: School Rules!
              We have been learning a lot about rules!  Rules for the cafeteria, classroom, hallway, playground, special area classes such as PE, music, and art, library, computer lab, and carpet rules.  LOTS and LOTS of rules!!!  Please review rules at home with your child to help make transitions easier. It takes everyone in order to build a strong community of learners at school so please help your child participate in following the rules! 

    Until next time...Pete the cat would say, 
    "keep on singing your song because it's all good!"

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    September is here!

    Important dates this month:

    Sept. 1-Labor day-no school
    Sept. 16-Back to school night (Pk-2nd grade) 6 p.m.
    Sept. 17-Back to school night (3rd-5th grade) 6 p.m.
    Sept. 18-Fall Pictures! 
    Sept. 19-Mid-Autumn Festival at Summitt from 7-9 p.m.

    Click below for attachment of our First Edition of our class Newsletter.

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Our first week in Kindergarten!

    We started off learning our routines, rules, and expectations for our class and our school.  Whew!  Let me tell you, there are a LOT of them.   We read the book No David by David Shannon.  It's about a boy who has difficulty making good choices.  As a class, we came up with a list of good choices to make in school and a list of choices that we should NOT make at school.  The kids got to make David mask as a reminder to make good choices. 

    In addition, the class came up with our very own Class Promise for the entire year.  The children all wrote their names on the chart and it is posted where the children could be reminded of their promise.  Here is what we came up with.

    Hands and Feet to your self.
    Raise your hand to speak.
    Listen to the teacher.
    Be respectful.
    Try your best! 
    We read many books about manners, respect, and taking care of things. Here are few that we have read so far.

    The children were excited to watch two stories on our new projector.  We have one ipad in the classroom so children can share.  This is a great learning opportunity for children to learn with technology.  We will also be visiting our computer lab in two weeks.  We visit the lab every other week for computer lessons by our lab teacher, Ms. Barbara Neil.  
    Stories we watched so far

     Routines, routines, routines!

    We have been working on getting use to our schedule.  I will send home a schedule soon.   The children have been working on remembering their morning routine, lunch routine, line expecatation, and dismissal.  Here are few pictures of them.

    Getting ready-being responsible for own things

    Lunchroom expectation
    We made lunch boxes after reading a book called, Mouse Mess. The children worked on cutting, coloring, and tried out glue! 

     Line expectations
    "We are lined up straight and tall.
    Our hands are by our sides.
    Voices off, eyes ahead.
    We're showing SUMMITT pride!"

    What we have been learning:

    We have already begun talking about routines and expectations in order for every student to read independently at his/her level. We also discussed how to treat books.  Our goal in reading is to create life long readers.  Next week, the children will be going to Mrs. Pearson for Reading time! They will also be making their own book boxes filling it with books everyday for reading time.  I'm so excited for the children to start reading.

    Check out the children reading!

    WE have reading buddies too!

    We are going to practice counting and looking at some ways to be good counters.   We have already begun to explore math tools and rules on how to use them.  We will be learning more about our  math problem solving notebooks, routines, and expectations of a thinking mathematician. 

    Check out the children exploring math tools.

    Social Studies:
    We are starting our "All About Me" unit to get to know each other.  We will continue to build a school community.  We have learned what are qualities of being a good friend.  We read, Words are not for hurting.  We discussed  words that can be hurtful and words that are kind and heartful.
     The children made two hearts. One that has a sad face representing hurtful heart when children use unkind words. The heart is crumbled because it is hurting from hearing hurtful words.  The other heart with a smiley face representing heartful heart when children choose to use kind words to each other.  We will revisit this concept throughout the year.

    Check out the children playing with each other.  

    Things to remember:

    1) Water bottles-please send a water bottle with your child for recess time.  It is very hot and I always have a spray bottle to spray them down.  We would like to keep them as hydrated as much as possible.

    2) Clothes-please send an extra pair of clothes in a bag to keep as a backup inside your child's backpack.  You never know with kindergarteners.  :)

    3) Snacks-this year, our class has a later lunch.  Therefore, I am asking parents for your help and sending a snack for the class.  I will have a sign up monthly sign up sheet for you to contribute to snack time.  August and September are covered.  I had two parents contribute for September.  I will send home details soon.

    4) Daily folders-please check your child's daily folder every day and initial on the day inside the box so that I know you have checked it.  A sticker means that your child had a great day.  I usually write a small note for that day on the calendar if your child had a hard day. Also, every Monday I will be sending home another folder called the EAGLE folder.  This folder contains info from the office.  Please take everything out and send the folder empty back on Tuesday.  If there is a holiday on Monday, I will send it home on Tuesday.  In that case the folder is due back on Wednesday.   There may be important information so please check the folder everyday.

    Until next time...Pete the cat would say,
    "keep on singing your song because it's all good!"