October 15, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
Popcorn Words: This week, the words me, be, we, will, and the color words black and white popped into our classroom. We practiced spelling these words, using these words in sentences and finding these words in books that we read. We read Eric Carle’s Panda Bear, Panda Bear and made our own fork-painted pandas!
Split Lit: Split Lit is a time when our class splits into different groups to learn specific literacy skills and strategies. This week, we practiced beginning sounds and rhyming by playing games and doing fun activities on our whiteboards.
Math: We concluded our first unit of math this week and took our very first math test. Our kindergarteners felt so important when they got to use their own “offices” (a folder separating them from their neighbors) while taking the test. The class did an incredible job trying their best and following directions during the assessment!
Reading: This week we continued the process of learning about “Powerful Partnerships” while reading. We learned about four different things we can share with our partner during our shared reading time. We can tell our favorite part of a story, an interesting part, something we learned, or a connection that relates to our experiences. The kindergarteners are doing an amazing job at sharing new learning and thinking with their reading buddies!
Writing: During writer’s workshop this week, we wrote about each of our four specials: music, art, STEAM, and gym. We brainstormed what we do during each special, drew pictures and added practical labels, and then wrote a shared sentence together to describe each of our pictures.
Handwriting: This week ,we wrote four new “Frog Jump” letters in our Handwriting Without Tears books. These are letters that we have to pick up (frog jump) our pencil to make (the letter is not one continuous stroke). We begin with learning how to write these letters in uppercase form. After we learn all of the letters in uppercase form, we will then learn them in lowercase form. This week, we practiced the letters D, P, B, and R.
Fall Fun: This week, our class read a Scholastic magazine about autumn leaves and went on a nature walk “leaf hunt” to find some colorful leaves right on our school grounds! We then investigated these leaves to learn more about the colors, sizes, and features of them. The kids loved being scientists and discovering the awesome nature around us!
We loved having Colten as our Top Frog this week! Brianna will be our upcoming week’s Top Frog.
Our class was lucky to have two mystery readers this week! On Thursday, Grant’s mom and sister came to read to our classroom. Grant’s sister, Katie, is a fifth grader at Georgetown this year. Thank you for the wonderful surprise!
NOTES FOR PARENTS:
Pumpkin Supplies: If you need any specific supplies for your child’s pumpkin book report (paint, markers, paper, etc.), please do not hesitate to contact me!
Headphones: In STEAM class, your child gets the chance to use a computer. As part of this time it is very helpful if the students have a pair of headphones to use. I would love for each of our students to bring a pair of headphones to use in Mrs. Totten’s STEAM classroom by Monday, October 23. The style of headphone is up to you, as long as your child will wear them comfortably. A wired headphone is best, one that can be plugged into our computers. No need to spend a lot on these – I know I have seen them at Five Below before. Please mark your child’s name on these headphones with a permanent marker before sending them in to school. Thank you in advance!
Fall Party: Our Fall Party will be on Friday, October 27. Thank you so much for all of the volunteers who have contacted me about volunteering or donating to our party. Our kindergarteners will be walking with other Kindergarten classes in an indoor parade before the party at 2:00 p.m. ish. Our party will be in our classroom after the parade and end at 3:15 p.m. This is such a fun time for our Kindergarteners! Your child is welcome to wear their costume to school and wear it the whole day or bring it in a bag if they would prefer to wear it only for the parade or party. If you have any questions please email me at email@example.com .
- Monday, October 16 – STEAM, Culver’s Night: Enjoy a night free from making dinner and support Georgetown from 5-8pm. Miss Hutchison will be serving food from 7:00-7:30!
- Tuesday, October 17 – P.E., Library
- Wednesday, October 18 – Music
- Thursday, October 19 – Art
- Friday, October 20 – STEAM, Pumpkin Book Reports due
- Monday, October 23 – Bring in Headphones
- Tuesday, October 24 – Turkey Trot
- Friday, October 27 – Fall Party @ 2:00 pm