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February 25, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Dr. Seuss Day!

Since Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on March 2, we will be celebrating with a Dr. Seuss-themed learning celebration on Friday, March 1! We will be having a lot of fun by reading and learning about all things Dr. Seuss! We would love for our kindergarteners to dress up Dr. Seuss style! (Think about characters from books like Cat in the Hat, Fox in Sox, Green Eggs & Ham, Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, etc.) I can’t wait to see what Seuss-tastic outfits we’ll have on Friday for our celebration!

Also, in our classroom, we will be jumping right into March is Reading Month next week, so Dr. Seuss day will be a great kick-off for our celebratory month of reading!

February 24, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 24 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “not,” “who,” and “map.” The word “map” aligned perfectly with the start of our new social studies unit!

Math – We wrapped up unit 3 of math this week by reviewing our shapes, teen numbers, and number-writing. We took our unit 3 test at the end of this week and are ready to kick off a new unit on Monday! 

Writing – We continued our unit: SMALL MOMENT WRITING. We kept filling up our writing binders by writing small moment stories about recess, mystery readers, play time, and more! We also learned the importance of checking our writing once we’re done. Here’s what our writing checklist looks like: 1- Start each sentence with a capital letter. 2- Use spaces between each word. 3- Add a punctuation mark to the end of each sentence. 4- Make sure your writing makes sense. 5- Make sure the pictures and the words match. 

Reading – In our new reading unit, we have been learning how to read challenging books! These books have more lines, longer words, and surprise endings. We’ve also learned how to check to make sure the words that we read look right, sound right, and make sense! 

Me on the Map – For our new social studies unit, we have begun to learn about MAPS! We’ve looked at the difference between a globe and a map, and we’ve started to learn about the parts of a map. Next week, we’ll dig deeper to find WHERE we live on the map! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Henley as our Top Frog this week. Jordan will be our new top frog next week. 

Mystery Reader – Ms. Sherry (my mom) came to visit the class on Friday as our mystery reader. She taught us about nonfiction books and brought us a WHOLE collection of nonfiction books about animals! The kids were so excited to add these books to their book boxes and look through the pictures.

Kids Heart Challenge – Our kiddos started learning about the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly “Jump Rope for Heart”) this week in P.E.. Please take a moment to check out this blog post and register your child for this awesome challenge! 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Winter Gear: Please make sure your child is all bundled up and ready for the cold winter weather! We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, so please make sure to send your kindergartener in snow pants, boots, mittens, a hat, and a coat on cold winter days! Thanks for your help. 🙂 
  • Parent Teacher Conference forms came home with your child on Friday. Please return the bottom of this LIME GREEN form to school by this coming Friday. I can’t wait to see you and update you on your child’s amazing growth so far this year! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 25 – Art, Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, February 26 – STEAM, Library
  • Wednesday, February 27 – Music, Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, February 28 – P.E., Take-Home Books 
  • Friday, March 1 – Art, Return conference forms

February 17, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 23 Highlights

We FINALLY got to enjoy four full days of learning this week, and I’m hoping this coming week will allow your kindergarteners and I to spend a FULL week learning together! 

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “how,” “now,” “was,” “had,” and “bad.” We had some extra ground to cover from these past few weeks of snow days! The kids noticed that some of these words are in the same word families, too. 

Math – This week in math, we practiced writing our numbers from 1-20, finding partners for numbers (ex: 3 and 4 are partners of 7), playing the “mystery partner” game with our buddies, and adding/subtracting numbers within 5. We will be wrapping up unit 3 this coming week. 

Writing – We continued our unit: SMALL MOMENT WRITING. For this unit, students write a story about one small moment from their lives. This week, your kindergarteners drew the pictures, added labels, and wrote the sentences for their stories by themselves! WHAT!!! This is a big deal for our little writers, and they are working so hard at sounding out words and writing each day. We also got our own “Writing Binders” to store our writing pieces, along with some other writing resources. 

 

Reading – In our new reading unit, we have been learning how to read challenging books! These books have more lines, longer words, and surprise endings. We’ve also activated our pattern power, which helps us notice the sentence patterns in some of our books! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Miyah as our Top Frog this week. Henley will be our new top frog next week. 

10 Star Reward – We celebrated our 10 star reward on Friday by having either a “Stuffed Animal” day or a “Crazy Sock/No Shoes” day! The kids had lots of fun celebrating their green choices and outstanding awards! 

Valentine Party – Thank you so much to all of the parents who volunteered or donated to our Valentine Party on Thursday! The kids LOVED mailing their valentines, playing games, making crafts, and eating sweets (I’m so sorry for the sugar highs they may have incurred!)  

                 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Winter Gear: Please make sure your child is all bundled up and ready for the cold winter weather! We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, so please make sure to send your kindergartener in snow pants, boots, mittens, a hat, and a coat on cold winter days! Thanks for your help. 🙂 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 18 – P.E., Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, February 19 – Art, Library
  • Wednesday, February 20 – STEAM, Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, February 21 – Music, Take-Home Books (Miss Hutchison will be out of the classroom all day for kindergarten screening….)
  • Friday, February 22 – P.E., Popcorn Friday

February 11, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 22 Highlights

Here’s a look at what we did during our day and a half of school last week! 😊

WEDNESDAY: GROUNDHOG DAY LEARNING

We read a few books about the legend of Groundhog Day, and we went through a special magazine that we got to take home! We also made a groundhog’s day burrow craft where the groundhog could “pop” out of his burrow to check for his shadow! Last, we had a special groundhog snack: a burrow with a groundhog peeking out. 🙂

   

FRIDAY: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL

Check out the earlier 100th Day blog post for pictures and details about Friday’s fun. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Colton as our Top Frog. Miyah will be our top frog this week. 

Outstandings – Three of our kindergarten friends were given Outstandings this week from Mrs. Reagan for their hard work, kind manners, and great listening. We are so proud of Nathan, Micah, and Miyah for earning Outstandings! 


Notes for Parents:

  • I know we’ve had a LONG break from Take-Home books, but we are back in the swing of things starting today. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Winter Gear: Please make sure your child is all bundled up and ready for the cold winter weather! We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, so please make sure to send your kindergartener in snow pants, boots, mittens, a hat, and a coat on cold winter days! Thanks for your help. 🙂 
  • Clorox Wipes: Our class is running very low on our supply of Clorox wipes! We use these daily in our room – germs travel FAST in kindergarten especially! If you have any interest in supporting our classroom by sending a box of wipes in, they would be greatly appreciated! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 11 – Music, Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, February 12 – P.E., Library, Valentine Cards due! 
  • Wednesday, February 13 – Art, Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, February 14 – STEAM, Take-Home Books, Valentine’s Party @ 1:50-3:00
  • Friday, February 15 – Music

February 11, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Valentine’s Day Details

Our class can’t wait to celebrate Valentine’s day on Thursday! Here are the 2 main things you need to know about Valentine’s day plans in our classroom:

#1

Valentine’s Day Party

We STILL NEED both volunteer(s) and snack donations for our Valentine’s Day party on Thursday! We need one more parent to lead a party station (I will totally find a little craft for you to do….you just have to come in and help the kiddos). We also need at least one more snack donation (peanut free). If you are willing/able to help with either of these things, please email me as soon as possible! Thank you for helping!!


#2

Valentine Cards

Please send your child’s valentine cards in to school tomorrow. If you would like a set of Valentine cards for your child to fill out, please email me! I have TONS! Here is the note I sent home about valentine cards. Let me know if you have any questions. 

February 11, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Our 100th Day Fun!

We had a blast celebrating our 100th day of school on Friday! Here are some snapshots of the fun things we did to celebrate.


100 Collections

The kindergarteners were so excited to share their 100 collections with the class this morning. Each one got a turn to share while the class kept a log of all of the things people brought in. We had pennies, shells, legos, stickers, and lots more!! 

     


Race to 100

Students practiced counting to 100 and “counting on” from a given number by playing the Race to 100 game with a buddy. They each took home a game board so you can play at home for math review, too! 


Hershey’s Kiss Scavenger Hunt

Miss Hutchison brought in a collection today, too….but my collection was hidden all around the classroom! The students had to work together to find 100 Hershey’s kisses spread throughout the room. They loved adding each one to our grid until we finally found all 100 of them. Way to go, kindergarteners!! 


Penny Flips

Today, the kindergarteners learned how to flip a coin, recognize heads or tails, and record the results of a coin toss. We got lots of practice with this skill because they flipped a coin 100 times!!! 


100 Snacks!

After music, Miss Hutchison had a surprise snack ready for the kindergarteners. They counted out 10 of each item (goldfish, pretzels, teddy grahams, etc.) and put them on their special 100th day “plates.” They had some full bellies after they enjoyed our snacks, and we were able to review skip-counting by 10s while we were at it!! 

 


100 Minutes of Play

Throughout the day today, our class was able to enjoy 100 minutes of play time (recess, break times, and play centers). Here are some of the play centers students got to choose from today:

  • Gumball Machine Craft: Students used do-a-dots to make 100 gum balls. 
  • 100 Blocks: Students built a town out of 100 wooden blocks. 
  • 100 Cubes: Students made a long row of 100 unified cubes, counting all along as they added more pieces! 
  • 100 Day Crown: We decorated and wore special crowns to celebrate our day!


We had such a fun day together celebrating 100 days of learning, laughing, and spending time with one another here in kindergarten! Throughout the day, I set a goal to tell the class 100 things I loved about them…they are such special kindergarteners, and I’m so grateful to have spent the past 100 days as their teacher! 

February 7, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Another Snow Day…WHAT?!

WOW, these snow / ice days seem to be never-ending! I am missing your kindergarteners so much, and cannot wait to get back into a consistent routine with them! 

We will be saving our 100th day celebration for tomorrow, Friday, February 8. Please send in 100 collections with your kindergarteners tomorrow for our 100th day show & tell. Thank you for your flexibility! 

Also, Mrs. Reagan has another “Snow Day Challenge” going today, meaning your child could win a gift card for learning on either Moby Max or RAZ-kids today! If you need help logging into either of these sites, please don’t hesitate to email me! Check out Mrs. Reagan’s blog post by following this link

Here’s to hoping that this is our LAST SNOW/ICE DAY! 🤞

February 6, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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100th Day Collections TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is our 100th day of school! Please send in a collection of 100 small items with your child to school as part of a little show and tell fun! Here is the note referenced in previous blogs and sent home before our crazy snow week. I’m looking forward to celebrating your child’s 100th day of kindergarten tomorrow. 😊

February 5, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 21 Highlights

I think we set a record for the most in-classroom learning EVER this week!!! JUST KIDDING! 😉But, thank you so much to those of you who encouraged your kindergarteners to read, learn, and complete some items from the “Winter Days Checklist” throughout this snowstorm/ polar vortex / mid-winter break. Here is a copy of our winter days checklist, in case your child hasn’t had a chance to review some of these skills yet before returning to school:

This teacher 👋is counting down the minutes until I get to see your sweet kindergarteners again on Wednesday! We have TONS of learning and celebrating to do this week and next week. Here’s a snapshot of some things we are looking forward to this week and next week:

Wednesday, February 6 – Learning about Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2)

Thursday, February 7 – Celebrating the 100th Day of School : Don’t forget to send in your child’s 100 day collection on Thursday!

Tuesday, February 12 – Send in your child’s valentine’s day cards! (If you need a set of valentine’s cards for your child to fill out, please email me! I have TONS of extra sets you can use!)

Thursday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Party : We are still in need of 1 person to lead a station for the party AND 1 person to send in a snack. If you are able to help, please either sign-up on this spreadsheet or email me! Thank you for your help!


February Calendars will be coming home with your kindergartener on Wednesday. Here is a digital copy for you, too. Please try to get into a routine of sending your child’s take-home book back to school every Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday! Thanks for your commitment to your child’s learning! 

 

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