January 14, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
Popcorn Words: This week the words ‘was,’ ‘that,’ and ‘at’ popped in to our classroom. We practice these words during literacy centers each week! Literacy centers are also a time when students get to meet with either Mrs. Fabbro or me to work on specific pre-reading and reading skills. This is my favorite time of the day, and I love watching the students work independently while they grow as readers and writers!
Math Stations: This week, we began a new set-up for our math learning: math stations! Students spend some time with me at the small group table, do an independent practice page that reinforces their learning, and play games that cover our unit’s main concepts. This method allows me to see what students know and are able to do independently (with those practice pages), and it also provides the opportunity for me to better meet the individual math needs within our classroom. The kindergarteners have done an EXCELLENT job at starting these stations – they are working independently, collaborating with their peers, and are taking more ownership over their learning! This week in math, we focused on addition, teen numbers, and making partners to represent numbers.
Reading Workshop: We began a new reading unit this week called “Revving Up to Read!” As a class, we talked about specific things we can do to “rev up” our brains and get them ready to read the words in a book before we actually start on that first page. We can…look at the title and the cover picture, take a picture walk through the book, tell the story in our own words as we look through the pictures, and come up with some words that we think we might see on each page based off of the pictures.
Writing Workshop: We are starting our “Small Moments” unit in writing. First, we learned about the difference between a watermelon story and a seed story. Watermelon stories are long stories with lots and lots of events in them. They go on forever!!! Seed stories are when we focus on just one special event that happened within that big watermelon story. In kindergarten, we are going to become experts at telling and writing seed stories. We started by telling a story on our fingers and using our special story words….First, Next, and Last. Then, we sketched the pictures for the beginning, middle, and end of our stories before we used inventive spelling to write one sentence on each page of our book. The kids were SO proud of their books, and they blew me away with all of the ways they sounded out words, used finger spaces, and added details to their stories. We can’t wait to write another book next week!
Class Pizza Party: Don’t forget about the pizza party on Monday, January 15! I will be providing pizza, snacks, and drinks for the kids as a thank-you for their green choices and hard work every day!
Journals: Remember those notebooks you sent in at the beginning of the school year? We are breaking them out and using them in our classroom as daily journals! We will be using journal prompts to practice our writing skills during morning work time.
Happy New Year: On Monday, we celebrated the start of 2018 by doing some goal-setting. The kindergarteners thought about some goals they might have for this upcoming year at school or at home…some ideas included listening to parents/teachers, reading more, taking care of their pets, etc. We then made New Year’s headbands with our goals written on the back.
Another Outstanding Kindergartener: When we make green (good) choices and they are noticed, Mrs. Reagan hands out OUTSTANDING awards to classes in our school. We have quite a big collection on the wall outside of our classroom door! Way to go! This week she gave an OUTSTANDING award to one particular kindergartener, Annie, for making awesome green choices when she “is nice, works hard, and is ready to learn”. Congratulations, Annie! Mrs. Reagan will be passing out more individual OUTSTANDING awards throughout the school year. Remember….our green choices matter! 🙂
NOTES FOR PARENTS:
Take-Home Books: Thank you so much to all of the parents who signed up to be take-home book volunteers! I am so excited to begin our program! We will begin this program on Monday, January 22. On this day the kindergarteners will bring home their Take Home Book Bags with instructions inside the bag. If your child has already been bringing home books, this new book system will replace that bag. I will be re-assessing all of the kindergarteners before this date to get their most accurate independent reading levels. Each student will receive a Take Home Book bag and instructions on Monday, Jan. 22.
- Monday, January 15 – P.E., Pizza Lunch
- Tuesday, January 16 – Music, Library Books due, Miss Hutchison will not be here – All K/1 teacher training
- Wednesday, January 17 – Art, Homework Due
- Thursday, January 18 – STEAM
- Friday, January 19 – P.E.