Friday, January 23, 2015

Center Fun...

Students are working on writing sentences on the computer!  I loved this sentence, "When I grow up I want to be a gymnastics teacher."

Students are working as teams to see how you can make things move.

Students are having fun working as a team to experiment with movement.

Students are working on ordering numbers.

Enjoying some free writing time with stencils.

Students are building words!

Enjoying books and looking for words they can read!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Center Fun...

We have been having a lot of fun at our centers recently.  The children are now in charge of choosing the center and recording the center they chose.  On the back of your child's center ticket you can check to see what center they completed and ask them questions about what they did!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This Week...

This week is the last week of the 2nd quarter...this means that half of kindergarten is over (I cannot believe it is going this fast).  We have been assessing last week and will continue this week.  The biggest area I am noticing is sight words.  The words in yellow are the words your child should know.  If you find your child does not know these words, please work with your child.  Next week, you will receive a copy of how your child did on their sight words.
This week, we will be continuing on with subtraction.  We will be playing subtraction bowling and I am in need of tennis balls.  If you have any tennis balls to spare and could send one or two in for our use that would be wonderful.  The children are doing a GREAT job with subtraction.  The only area I am noticing is sometimes children get subtraction and addition signs confused.  This would be something you can work on at home.  You can make different story problems up using addition and subtraction and have your child figure it out.  Snack and meal times work great for this activity.  In addition, if your child likes to help cook, this would be a great time to work on this skill as well.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Math Board Subtraction...

This week we have been working with "Pete the Cat" and learning about subtraction.  We enjoyed reading "Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons!"  We also used our Math Boards to create number sentences to solve problems.

I am impressed with how the children are doing with subtraction.  In addition, please continue to review both subtraction and addition.  I did notice a few children getting the two confused.  We will still be working on this skill next week!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Welcome 2015...

This week we will be ending up the 2nd quarter.  I will be checking the students on their sight words, alphabet, and sounds.  I will be also checking students' addition, greater/less than, and number writing.

Even though we will be assessing we will also be learning about how animals change.  We will look at how animals are similar and different to their parents.  We will work on sequencing as our comprehension strategy.  In math, we will begin the next chapter in math...subtraction.  I am excited because we will work with "Pete the Cat" to help us with our subtraction.  I will do some updates later this week!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

This Week...

I hope you all are doing well and had a great weekend.  We have a lot going on this week.  We have the next round of DIBELS this week.  We will be measuring how your child is doing with letter naming fluency, phoneme segmentation (this is where we find out if your child can hear all the sounds in the words like in cat, your child can hear the /c/ /a/ /t/), and nonsense words (basically we are checking your child's ability in reading sounds of letters).  I am confident your child will do well and we will use this information to determine what your child needs to work on and needs further instruction.  In math, we are continuing to work on addition and working toward fluency of number sentences.  Please take time to review the math sheets that are brought home throughout the week and take a couple minutes to talk to your child about it.  One great thing you can do is ask your child to explain to you what to do on this sheet!

In addition, this week we will say good bye to Ms. Fordyce on Thursday.  She will be graduating and earning her teaching license at the end of the month.  I have been impressed with her this semester and loved watching her work with your children.  She had some great lessons we planned together.  I know the children will miss her, but I have told her to come back and visit.  I am also trying to have her come back and be our guest teacher when and if I am out of the building.

I hope you have a great week.  It is hard to believe it is the second week of December!


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