Senior Kindergarten Teacher
We have had a terrific “T” week. We started our small group reading series this week with a book titled, “Tom at the Dam”. The boys loved having their own book to take home and read with their family members. We have started discussing sentence writing with the boys. What is a sentence? What do we need to begin a sentence? What do we need at the end of a sentence? We have begun dictating sentences to the boys, and they have also started writing their own sentences on paper , and in their journal.
We added teen number words with our red words this month. We have played several games this week with number words. The boys loved playing a new game this week with their words. called Head Hunters. The boys placed a number word label on their forehead, and then boys would write that number down on their paper next to that boys name.
The boys started decomposing numbers 0-5 this week. They have enjoyed learning songs about number pairs and practicing number pairs independently.
The weather has been very cold lately , and we will continue to go outside daily if the temperature is above 32 degrees. Please make sure your son is dressed appropriately.
WOW! Grandparents Day was amazing. We were so happy to see all of our Grandparents on campus. We have worked so hard and the boys loved showing off their talent! Thank you to our awesome music teacher, Mrs. Pearson.
Along with Grandparents Day, we reviewed several skills this week. We wrote about our experiences at Cedar Hill Farm with our dads. That is a trip we will never forget!
We reviewed our red words while playing Bingo and our syllables by playing 4-corners.
We started our study of symmetry. The boys worked in groups to create a “symmetree”. We worked on our communication skills and acted out appropriate ways to work as a team. The boys loved this activity and we are excited to do more group projects in the future.
We are looking forward to “h” week. Please make sure to check in on Seesaw for several announcements throughout the week.
We have had a lovely “L” week! The weather is changing and we are enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of fall. We will be going outside everyday. Please pack your son a sweatshirt or jacket for recess if needed.
Cedar Hill Farms was the highlight of our week. The weather was perfect and we loved seeing and hearing all the laughs at the farm. The tunnel slide was a big hit and oh boy those pigs sure can run fast! We hope you all have found the perfect place to put your pumpkin too.
We learned this week that “l” could be a twin consonant. A twin consonant comes immediately after a short vowel at the end of a word. For example: gill and mill.
The boys were also introduced to l blends (gl and cl). When finger tapping these blends, the boys learned they only get 1 tap. Blends work together as a team. Please take time to watch the finger tapping video on Seesaw.
We started syllables this week. We have enjoyed clapping out our words and names. A great review at home is the gonoodle.com clap it out video. The boys love dancing and clapping with this silly video.
We have started our estimation unit. The boys love guessing how much candy is in each container. They also love looking at the guesses on the number grid and seeing how close their guess was to the actual amount. We will continue with estimation all year long building up to counting objects to 100+.
We continued writing numbers 0-20 this week. Next week we will start work on the 30s. Please practice number writing using the blue handwriting folder a couple of times a week.
We have extended our ten frames unit this week. We have played several games with ten frames and number words. We have written the room, played back to back and matched number words to ten frames. Please practice your number words 0-10 at home nightly with your red words.
Grandparents’ Day is next week. Please make sure you have returned your note letting your teacher know how your son will be getting home. The boys are working hard and they are excited to show off their talents!
What a Marvelous “m” week we have had! The boys have loved writing letters and blends in shaving cream and sand trays. We are continuing our unit on rhyming and have enjoyed creating our own rhymes and sharing them with our classmates. The boys were introduced to the number words 0-10 this week. We will be studying these words for the entire month of October.
The boys have been working hard on using the clues in the classroom to help with writing skills. The boys are excited to use the red word wall during games and handwriting practice. They are learning to find the words on the wall by the beginning sounds. This will help the boys all year during sentence writing and journal time.
We have also had lots of Marvelous math fun. The boys are becoming excellent number writers. We will continue to practice writing number 0-20 next week. We encourage you to sit down and practice with your son a couple of times a week using the blue handwriting folder.
Positional word games have been big hit this week! The boys loved practicing moving Pete the cat around the school bus and singing songs with Pete.
The boys have been exposed to ten frames over the past couple of weeks. They are beginning to understand how to use the visual ten frame boards to know how many more to make 10. For example, we can ask the boys to show how to create 3 on a ten frame. Then we can ask them how many more they will need to get to 10. The boys love this thinking challenge.
We have slowly been sneaking in our fall and harvest games and activities. We are ready for the cooler weather and our trip to Cedar Hill Farms with our dad! Don’t forget, no school on Oct. 18th. Please be on the look out for Cedar Hill Farms information on Seesaw.
This week we have been using our sense of smell through smell bags. Some bags were a big hit, others not so much. We are looking forward to our sense of touch unit next.
We started a new character trait this month. Our character trait is Humble Hero. We will discuss all month different ways to be humble and the meaning of humble. It is always fun to watch the boys embrace each character trait.
We hope you all enjoy a safe and fun Fall Break next week whether it is here in our hometown or away on vacation. Please email us a picture of an activity you have done together. We will be making a Fall Break book to share with the class. This is a great way to for us to practice our listening and speaking skills.