Community Helper & Job Talks

This week, we have been busy with Community Helpers & Job Talks!  Thank you so much to everyone who was able to stop in.  Please don’t forget that Friday will FUN FRIDAY: What I want to be when I grow up.  The class has done such a great job keeping their future careers a secret, I cannot wait to see everyone on Friday!

Yahoo! The Week’s All Through (10/24-10/28)

TGIF Room 48 Families! Don’t forget … If you’d like to view all the photos that I take weekly, please request to join our ‘closed’ Facebook page: Mrs. Walsh’s Class 2016-2017.

In Math: We continued with our Math Game Stations – we focused on putting numbers in order from least to greatest.  We also created Number Haunted Houses.  Using paint & sponges, we added ghosts, pumpkins, monsters, and stars to our Haunted Houses.  Then we counted them individually, and totaled the amount we had all together.

In Language Arts: We focused on the sight word “to”, we worked on short /a/ CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words in the -at family, we wrote sentences, and learned how to start a story.  Together, we started our stories by drawing pictures, then adding words (by trying really hard to sound out letters – even if they’re not correct, this is the best way to start writing), and then adding details to our drawing like colors, labels, etc.  Ask your child to write a few words for you, by attempting to sound them out.  At this point they will hear and write mostly consonants, but as they develop as writers – you will be amazed at how they progress!  You may want to visit www.starfall.com to help reinforce letter sounds and help with beginning word families.  The students have visited this site in KIDS Class with Ms. Slagel.  If you have some time, check out the ABC Mouse video on the letter /C/, by clicking here.  Have you been on RAZ KIDS yet? The children are loving it!
In Science: We began our unit on Living Things.  We planted alfalfa seeds and bean seeds.  We are observing them daily!  We also learned the parts of a seed, and labeled them in our plant journals.  Our ants arrived, too!  We added them to our ant farm, and are waiting for them to tunnel!
In Social Emotional Learning: We continued to talk about feelings, and how ALL feelings are okay.  We practiced our I-messages again, and we reminded ourselves to use them to express to our friends how we are feeling.

FUN FRIDAY was BATS!  We read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, and sequenced the story.  We discovered what bats are, what they need, and what they can do.  We also created -at family bats that are on display outside our classroom!

Henry is our Superhero next week! 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 31st: Halloween Parties in our classroom.  Parties run from 12:30-1:30, and the parade will run from 1:40-2:00.  We will exit near our classroom after the parade, and I will bring all children to the front door to meet their pick up or board their bus.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.

Yahoo! The Week’s All Through! (10/10-10/14)

TGIF Room 48 Families!  We had a short, but very busy week again!  We had a special visit from The Glenview Fire Department today!  Be sure to change the batteries on your smoke detectors when the clocks fall back in a few weeks!  Do you have an escape plan from your home, in case of an emergency?  Do your children know how to dial 911 on your home phone and/or cell phone?  Can they access it through a locked screen?   This is a great age to start working on memorizing your phone number and address!!   We also wrapped up our week with a busy & messy Fun Friday on Pumpkins!  Don’t forget … If you’d like to view all the photos that I take weekly, please request to join our ‘closed’ Facebook page: Mrs. Walsh’s Class 2016-2017.

In Math: We continued with our Math Game Stations – we focused on counting up, comparing numbers, and double checking our work this week!  We built towers with cubes, counted the cubes, added cubes, and took cubes away.  We counted the letters in our name using blocks and snapcubes.  We created counting trees and had to count the number or leaves on the tree and on the ground.  We checked to be sure we DOUBLE checked our work!  These are on display in our classroom.

In Language Arts: Our letter this week was /C/ and we focused on the sight word “go” again.  We also began to focus on short /a/ CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words, like bat, cat, ham, jam, pan, van.  Ask your child to chunk and blend a word for you ~ they should chunk the word apart by each letter sound on their arm and then blend it together by sweeping down their arm.  You may want to visit www.starfall.com to help reinforce letter sounds and help with beginning word families.  The students have visited this site in KIDS Class with Ms. Slagel.  If you have some time, check out the ABC Mouse video on the letter /C/, by clicking here.  Have you been on RAZ KIDS yet? The children are loving it!
In Science: We began our unit on Living Things.  We learned the characteristics of living vs non-living things. Living things need sun, water, oxygen, and food.  We grouped various items into the two categories. We will continue this unit with plants.  Last week, we learned the life cycle of an apple and this week, we learned the life cycle of a pumpkin.
In Social Emotional Learning: We continued to talk about feelings, and how ALL feelings are okay.  We practiced our I-messages again, and we reminded ourselves to use them to express to our friends how we are feeling.

FUN FRIDAY was Pumpkins!  We painted pumpkins that my family and I picked up over the weekend at Hermanson’s Pumpkin Farm in Edgerton, Wisconsin.  We created a painted scene from the poem Five Little Pumpkins.  We created the Lifecycle of a Pumpkin, worked on pumpkin letter sounds, and counted using pumpkin 10 frames.

Layla is our Superhero next week! 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 19th: Half-Day for Parent Teacher Conferences; Dismissal at 11:15am.  Conferences from 3pm-7pm.
  • Thursday, October 20th: Half-Day for Parent Teacher Conferences; Dismissal at 11:15am.  Conferences from 3pm-7pm.
  • Friday, October 21st: No School
  • Monday, October 31st: Halloween Parties in our classroom.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.

Yahoo! The Week’s All Through (10/3-10/7)

TGIF Room 48 Families!  We had a short, but very busy week!  We had our first field trip to the Grove!  Photos were posted on our fb page & emailed out.  We had a very special Citizenship Ceremony.  We had our very first assembly, and were lucky enough to meet Caleb White of The Caleb White Project.  What an amazing young man!  We also wrapped up our week with a busy & messy Fun Friday on Apples!  Lots of our Fun Friday art projects are on display in the classroom! If you’d like to view all the photos that I take weekly, please request to join our ‘closed’ Facebook page: Mrs. Walsh’s Class 2016-2017.

In Math: We continued with our Math Game Stations – we focused on counting with cubes this week!  We built towers with cubes, counted the cubes, added cubes, and took cubes away.  We also practiced writing our numbers in the correct direction.  At this age, many of us like to reverse our letters and numbers & it is important to try to write them correctly.

In Language Arts: Our letter this week was /C/ and we focused on the sight word “go”.  In our Word Work Daily 5 Station this week, we used playdough to form our letters and sight words.  Thank you to the Calvo & Buza families for making the homemade playdough!  The children absolutely love this tactile station!  Because the week was so short, we focused mainly on the letter /C/ and will focus more on the sightword “go” next week.  If you have some time, check out the ABC Mouse video on the letter /C/, by clicking here.  Have you been on RAZ KIDS yet? The children are loving it!
In Social Studies: We wrapped up our unit on Citizenship with a wonderful ceremony with all the Kindergarten classes.  All of the children received Citizenship certificates for being such upstanding citizens of Avoca West Elementary.
In Social Emotional Learning: We talked about feelings, and how ALL feelings are okay.  We practiced our I-messages again, and we reminded ourselves to use them to express to our friends how we are feeling.
FUN FRIDAY was Apples!  We tie-dyed apples & made sun catcher apples for our windows.  We created An Apple Lesson poem page with our handprints.  We enjoyed fresh apples that my family and I picked from the orchard last week.  We created the Life Cycle of an Apple, counted to 11 using cutout apples, and counted bunches of apples.  What a fun, hands-on day!

Lyla is our Superhero next week! 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 10th: No School
  • Wednesday, October 12th: No School
  • Friday, October 14th: Fun Friday ~ Pumpkins
  • Wednesday, October 19th: Half-Day for Parent Teacher Conferences; Dismissal at 11:15am.  Conferences from 3pm-7pm.
  • Thursday, October 20th: Half-Day for Parent Teacher Conferences; Dismissal at 11:15am.  Conferences from 3pm-7pm.
  • Friday, October 21st: No School
  • Monday, October 31st: Halloween Parties in our classroom.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.

Here are a few highlights from our week:

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Yahoo! The Week’s All Through! (9/26-9/30)

It’s Autumn and we’ve had more rain than we like!  The kids have been great with indoor recess!  Hopefully next week will bring the sun back!  Information came home via email from Mrs. Hutchison about Autumn conference sign ups.  Please be sure to check your email.  You must choose your own time through a link in her email.

In Math: We continued with our Math Game Stations – we focused on counting with our ten frames.  We rolled and recorded, we grabbed and counted, and used fuzzies on a 10 grid to count. The children had a lot of fun again practicing their counting in these creative ways!  We also made another counting book.

In Language Arts: Our letters this week were /N/ & /P/ and we focused on the sight word “the”.  We are in full force with our Daily 5 Stations.  The children are really getting the hang of our rotations.  When the children met with me, we worked on reading in our leveled books.  If we cannot read the words yet, we can use the pictures to help us out.  Have you been on RAZ KIDS yet?

In Social Studies: We continued learning about Being a Good Citizen.  We made shooting stars to help us remember that we are star citizens!  These are on display now!

In Social Emotional Learning: We learned about being assertive.  It’s hard to stick up for ourselves and our friends sometimes – but it’s better to be an UPSTANDER than a bystander!  We also made Rainbow Fish puppets for Friendship Day!

FUN FRIDAY was Friendship Day and WE EARNED OUR FUZZY PARTY!  Marko is our Superhero next week!  We are off of school Monday, and our FIRST FIELD TRIP IS TUESDAY.   PLEASE PACK A LUNCH FROM HOME WITH A DRINK ON TUESDAY.  Chaperones, please arrive at 9:00.  Mrs. Chun, our PE teacher will be back from her Maternity Leave on Tuesday.  Thank you to Mrs. McQuet for subbing for her!

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.

Yahoo! The Week’s All Through! (9/19-9/23)

Is it possible that the weather is breaking??  This week was gorgeous!  It really feels like Autumn outside!  We began RAZ KIDS this week, have you checked it out?

In Math: We continued with our Math Game Stations – we focused on counting with our ten frames.  We rolled and recorded, and we grabbed and counted.  The children had a lot of fun practicing their counting in these creative ways!  We also made a Very Hungry Caterpillar Counting book.

In Language Arts: Our letter this week was /T/ and we focused on the sight word “my”.  We are in full force with our Daily 5 Stations.  This week, Mrs. Brown – one of our EL (English Language) Teachers began coming in to assist with one of our Daily 5 Stations.  Two groups got to meet with her to help increase their English vocabulary.

In Social Studies: We continued learning about Being a Good Citizen.  We continued to focus on what we do when there is a problem.  We talked again about “I Messages”.  How do we share with a friend when we are upset, and what is the best way to solve problems.  We role played solving problems with friends.

In Social Emotional Learning: We learned self-talk, and how to use it to calm down.  We made stoplights to put on our tables:  Red (stop and calm down), Yellow (think about how you can solve your problem), Green (Go and solve your problem).

This week, we celebrated Angelo’s Birthday!  FUN FRIDAY was Autumn.  Nick is our Superhero next week!

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.

Yahoo! The Week’s All Through! (9/12-9/16)

I took a morning off for a dental emergency this week. When I returned the class was very concerned :).  I assured them everything was A-Okay, and reminded them to take care of their teeth!!  We had picture day this week!  The class was ALL smiles!

In Math: We began our Math Program Investigations.  As a teacher, and a parent – this program took a little getting used to for me.  Instead of worksheets and rote memorization – it encourages learning through games and use of manipulatives.  Almost every day, our lessons consist of a game or a station rotation.  Children are encouraged to work together to solve problems.  The class is having a lot of fun with this program.  We created designs with attribute blocks, too.  They are on display outside of our classroom.

In Language Arts: Our letter this week was /R/ and we focused on the sight word “a”.  We began our Daily 5 Centers during LA time.  We currently have 4 in the classroom, two of them are word wort to help us with our sight words & letter sounds, one station meets with me to do a picture sort, and the 4th station is read to self.

In Social Studies: We continued learning about Being a Good Citizen.  We focused on what we do when there is a problem.  We talked about “I Messages”.  How do we share with a friend when we are upset, and what is the best way to solve problems.  We role played solving problems with friends.

In Social Emotional Learning: We learned about following directions.  This is helpful in keeping us safe, keeping us on task, and helping us move forward.

This week, we also celebrated Marko’s Birthday!  Thank you to Marko’s Mom for coming in to read to our class. Our Fun Friday was PIRATE DAY!

Please keep sending water bottles, it looks like next week will be warm again.  Maya is our Superhero next week!

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.

Yahoo! The Week’s All Through! (9/5-9/9)

I began this week just like all of you, and sent my three daughters off to their first day of school!  I am sure they will be exhausted with this heat, just like the little ones in Room 48.  Hopefully the weather will break soon!

In Math: We continued to work on Positional Words.  We did several activities in which we needed to use the words: above, below, beside, behind, and in front correctly.  We used counting bears and cups to represent caves, and moved our bears to represent different positional words.  We also finished up our positional word books.

In Language Arts: Our letters this week were /M/ & /S/ and we focused on the sight word “I”.  We began our handwriting program, Handwriting without Tears.  This is very developmentally appropriate for Kindergarteners.  If you notice your child reversing letters, which happens a lot at this age – please redirect them.  We stress top down when writing our letters and numbers.  We also continued working through our Word Sorts in Words Their Way.

In Social Studies: We continued learning about Being a Good Citizen.  We focused on the importance of citizenship, and how it makes our society run better.  We connected it to school, and how being a good citizen at school will make our school run better.

In Social Emotional Learning: We learned about focusing our attention.  This is helpful when addressing adults, but also helpful in our friendships.  Good friends pay attention to each other.

This week, we also celebrated Henry’s Birthday!  FUN FRIDAY was crazy colors!

Please keep sending water bottles, it looks like next week will be warm again.  Tyler is our Superhero next week!

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.

Yahoo! The Week’s All Through!

TGIF Room 48 Families! 

We made it through a FULL week of Kindergarten!  I am very proud of my little superheroes.  Three days this week were above 85 degrees, and our classroom was VERY warm.  Add that to recess and PE in the heat every day, and little ones easily become exhausted.  This can make focusing & learning very challenging. Knowing this, I really try to plan activities in the afternoon to keep our little ones cool & relaxed, but still interested in our lessons. They were amazing this week!  We got a lot accomplished!

In Math: We focused on Positional Words.  We did several activities in which we needed to use the words: above, below, beside, behind, and in front correctly.  We worked this into lining up, putting things away, and working through our routines.  Try to practice this concept at home.  Next week, we will be making Positional Word books in our Math Stations.  We also read Chicka Chicka 123, and played a dice game to help us identify numbers.  We are great at counting!

In Writing: We did a lot of assessment this week.  This is so that I can get to know your child as well as I can before we begin reading & writing groups.  This will help me to best meet their individual needs academically.  Children were asked to write a “True Story” this week.  Most children drew pictures, but then were able to ‘tell’ me their story.  We have many creative minds in here.  We also practiced writing our names.  If your child is having difficulty with their names, encourage them to start letter by letter.  If your child is writing a mirror image of their name, please help them correct this when writing at home (I will be helping them at school).

Words Their Way: We began our first Word Sort.  The students were able to identify our word sort as Fruits and Things that are Not Fruits.  Through this activity, we were able to use higher level thinking skills to categorize/sort, orally explain why we made that choice, practice our cutting (please practice at home – one hand one scissors only), and practice gluing.

In Reading: We began our Sight Word Poems, and learned to read the poem “I See”.  By the end of the week, we could all read the poem.  Try practicing at home.  Encourage your child to do one-to-one correspondence with the words (point to each word as they read it).  They were ALL very proud that they could read it today!

In Social Studies: We learned that Being a Good Citizen means that we must follow rules.  We discussed what rules are, which rules we think are important at school, and completed a draw & tell activity.  When we traveled to the ITC with Ms. Geidner, we also learned the rules of the library.

Mixed in with all of this, we were able to squeeze in

  • snack daily with choice time (this is great for our socialization skills)
  • lunch (practice your pin codes at home), recess, and PE class daily
  • our specials in KIDS class
  • a few art projects
  • some mindful minutes
  • checked out 2 books from our classroom library, and began to build our stamina for our reading station of “Read to Self”
  • lots of discussion about loose teeth, our favorite things to eat, and our families
  • several hugs for some little ones who missed home
  • two friends who threw up
  • some Tumblebooks
  • a few read-alouds
  • LOTS of practice with our routine
  • some breaks to talk about friendship and being kind
  • and a quick Clifford video to tie into our Clifford Theme week (due to technical difficulties, it ended up being about 5 minutes ~ but they still enjoyed it).

If you ask your child what they did at school, and they say they played … that’s wonderful!  That means that they viewed our learning activities as fun and enjoyable.

Please keep sending water bottles, it looks like next week will be warm again.  I will be out Tuesday AM to take my daughter to her first day of Kindergarten.  Michelle Buttermore will be subbing for me.  I will be in after lunch.  Vince is our Superhero next week!

Have a safe and relaxing weekend!  Happy Early Birthday to Henry!

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG things.