Words of Wisdom: ”As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy
Language Arts In Action: We met Pickles the Pig, and practiced -ig family words by making some funny pigs in mud. We also wrote -it family words using a whiteboard app on classroom i-pads. We read the baggie book, Come In, which highlighted our newest sight words: ”he,” and “come.” We practiced correctly printing our first round stroke letters: C and O. During Writing Workshop, we added personal word wall folders to our writing caddies, so that we can write words we know how to spell easily in them for reference. We also practiced reading and telling our stories to our writing partners so we could give each other suggestions and support in our writing. We discussed using a storyteller’s voice and storytelling words when telling and writing our stories.
Math Star Minutes: We continue to practice with counting and changing quantities. When we play Grab and Count: 2 Handfuls – we grab two different handfuls of colored cubes. We count each color, and then decide on the total. In Build On, we turn a number card over, build the number in the ten frame, then roll a 1-2-3 dot cube to change the number accordingly. We played a new version of Roll and Record, by rolling a 1-2-3 die, and an traditional die, then adding the two amounts together and recording the total. Racing Bears is a favorite math game. We roll a die and move bears toward the honey pots the correct number of spaces. Splitting or combining rolls adds an element of strategic thinking to the counting game. The game One More, One Fewer has introduced the plus and minus signs to our class. We also told and acted out joining (addition) and separating (subtraction) story problems to retell and solve.
Super Scientists: Enjoy this slide show from our Ants unit.
Social Studies Scene: We finished the chapter book, If You Sailed on The Mayflower, which taught us a great deal about the first Thanksgiving. We also read a humorous present day Thanksgiving story, This Is The Turkey, which we enjoyed. Thanks to the Kundu family for donating it to us from the school book fair. We also painted colorful handprint turkeys and brainstormed other foods we could eat in order to “Save The Turkey!” We worked hard to create some beautiful Native American headbands, pasta necklaces, and vests, which were worn at our Kindergarten Friendship Feast. A huge thank you goes out to all families who provided the goodies at our feast, and to Ari’s parents and Anna Jean’s dad for helping with the set-up and clean-up. All foods were a big hit, and the kids looked adorable in their first Thanksgiving costumes.
Happy Happenings: We enjoyed celebrating Alexandros’s sixth birthday last week! Thanks for sharing the Monster Trucks book with us…cool stuff! We’re sad to say good-bye to our friend, Madalene, but know she will have a wonderful time in her new home and school in the northern suburbs. Keep in touch, Madalene!
Nuts and Bolts: The powdery days we’ve had lately, remind me that it is time for you to update your child’s extra clothes which are kept at school for emergencies. Please send in clothes appropriate for cold weather, and I will make sure they are stored safely in your child’s locker, should we need them. Thanks!
It seems that August was but a moment ago, and we are already at the end of the first trimester. Your child’s report card for the first marking period will be arriving in the mail after Thanksgiving. It has been a great start to this new kindergarten year. My lively, lovely kindergarten kiddos are very near and dear to my heart. As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, please know that your children are very near the top of my list. I wish you all a fun-filled, food-filled, family-filled, Thanksgiving!