Mrs. Livingston's Blog
May 30

Wow!  May seems to have come and gone!

Our Field Day is this Friday!  Please send a water bottle with your child and remember to wear that class t-shirt!  It is a fun day!  If you have not signed up to volunteer, please come on up to the school to cheer your child on.  If you are volunteering, thank you!  You will be able to see your child frequently as they go through the fun stations Coach has set up!

Just wanted to remind you that the notice about our end-of-the-year program went home on Tuesday.  We will be ordering pizza for our family picnic.  If you sent in your money, thank you.  If you haven’t, the dead line is next Wednesday.  Please let me know if your child is bringing their own lunch and not ordering pizza.  That way I can account for everyone.

Another fun event is our Fun Run next Friday, June 8.  A notice went home about how to help our school raise money for new books.  The information was on a crown that the students bought home yesterday.  If you would like more information, please send me an email.  The students are excited to win prizes.

Happy Tuesday!  Linda Livingston

May 7

Looks like a fabulous week for the weather!  The children really loved the theatre production of Pinocchio!  We enjoyed our pizza lunch and the beautiful scenery at the mill.  The next few weeks we will be doing individual testing in math and reading.  No need to prepare or study.  At this age it is all  developmental and we are just assessing the growth they have made this year.  I always enjoy  looking at their writing journals from September to May.  Kindergarten is a year of tremendous growth.  Please be on the look out of information about Field Day, June 1 and our Kindergarten end-of-the-year program.  It will be on Tuesday, June 12 at 11:00.

Happy Monday!

Linda Livingston

Apr 27

What another fantastic week.  We discussed Earth day and brainstormed ways to keep our Earth healthy, just like we keep ourselves healthy!  The future looks bright with all their ideas.

In math, we continue to work on addition.  NO FINGERS allowed!

Use pennies or Legos as counters if you child is having trouble.  They really need to UNDERSTAND what addition is and not just memorize facts.  This will help with future math, especially algebra.  🙂  They will count a total number of objects, then I will hide a few from them in my hand ask them to give me the missing number.  This tells me who truly understands addition.

We continue to focus on comprehension in reading and writing more in our journal.

Reminder that our field trip is on Wednesday, May 2.  No need for a lunch, but you may pack them a snack.

Happy Friday!!!!!

Please see below from our Art Teacher.  🙂

Mrs. Smith, our Colonial Trail art teacher, is collecting some interesting items to be used in the art room this spring and next fall.  Please consider donating any of the following items to be used by the children in their art classes.  Feel free to collect these supplies during the summer and send them in the fall as well.  Your trash is our treasure!! Thanks for all of your help!!

Old CDs, Felt, Yarn, Fabric Scraps, Beads or old Necklaces, 4 oz Elmers Glue Bottles, Cheap White Paper Plates, Styrofoam or Plastic Egg Cartons, Empty Toilet Tissue and Paper Towel Rolls, Newspaper

 

Apr 12

We have been busy since spring break!  Students used their creativity and critical thinking skills to design flowers for our poem, April showers bring May flowers.  See some of the creative ways they used pattern blocks for their flower designs in the pictures below.

We are finishing our unit on money.  Students are asked to identify a penny, nickel, dime and quarter as well as tell their respective values.

We continue to make great strides in reading.  Remember the comprehension of a story is just as important as being able to read it.  If you don’t know what you have read, then the purpose for reading is gone.  Asking questions before, during and after are important.

Thank you for turning in your field trip money. May seems a far way off, but it will be here before we know it.  Happy spring!

Linda Livingston

Mar 11

Happy last full week of winter!

We will continue to work on telling time by the hour and work on number sense in math.   We are working hard in small group reading by working on new vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.  We are looking forward to our living/non-living science investigations this week. Observing worms will be fun.  At the end of the week we will be applying math and science to build our leprechaun traps.  Hoping to catch some over the weekend.

Looking forward to some nice warm weather.  In the meantime, please remember to dress inlayers.  Our room tends to be chilly.

Have a great week!

Linda Livingston

Feb 26

What a wonderful 100 day celebration!  Last Thursday, we celebrated our 100th day of school.  We celebrated by reading 100 books, writing our numbers to 100 and solving the Zero the Hero mystery.  You can’t make 100 without him twice!

This week we are looking forward to reading Dr. Seuss books and exploring all the words we can make with short vowels.  In math we are measuring temperature and working on ways to tell time (seasons, years, months, days of the week, morning, noon and night, as well as telling time to the hour).   In science we are working with magnets.  Magnets will only attract metals, like iron and steel.  We are working on the vocabulary words, attract and repel.

Thank you for coming to see our social studies projects.  We enjoyed learning about Famous Americans.

Please join us for our parade this Friday, March 2 at 8:20.  We will be parading the hallways in our Dr. Seuss character outfits!

Happy Monday!

Linda Livingston 

 

 

Feb 13

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone had a great day!  Here  are some important dates coming up!

Wednesday, Feb. 21 is our Social Studies Showcase.  Come and take a look at what we have been working on in Social Studies the last few weeks. 5:45 – 7:00

Thursday, Feb 22 is 100 day!  We will be asking the children to dress up like they are 100 years old.  No need to go overboard or participate if you don’t wish too!  We will be doing a lot of things with the number 100!

On Friday, March 2, we will honor Dr. Seuss by parading in the hallway as our favorite Dr. Seuss character.  Google some simple ideas.  Costumes do not need to be elaborate.  We will be parading in the hallway at 8:20.

Thank you for reading with them!  It really shows!

Linda Livingston

 

Feb 5

Welcome February!

This month we will be focusing on comprehension as well as reading fluently in small group reading.  I will be putting a new information sheet on good questions to ask before, during and after reading in the report card envelope.  Reading is an important skill.  Many children have learned sight words quickly, but when asked to tell about what they read, they can only give a few details because they were so busy processing words or trying to sound them out.  Asking questions during all stages of a story are very important.

In math we are going to be measuring objects, using scales to compare weights and measuring time by working on time, days of the weeks, months and the year.

We will be talking about Famous Americans.  In Kindergarten we learn about Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.  We will be discussing their role in American and what makes them famous so that we can honor them.

Later in the month we will work on magnets.  This is one of my favorite units.

February promises to be a wonderful month.

Happy February!

Linda Livingston

Jan 9

I know the snow days can be worrisome with missing school.  At this young age, we are learning the fundamentals.  As long as you keep them reading and writing, everything will be retained!  I always made my girls draw and write about their winter snow experience at home.   Or they could use their imagination and pretend they were in a warm place having summer vacation fun!  The hardest part is keeping them off i-pads and glued to the television screen.  Give them some paper, crayons, scissors and tape and watch what they can create.

Happy snow days off!

Linda Livingston

Jan 1

Happy New Year!

We will be jumping right into learning this week!  In math, we will be using tally marks to record our math answers and count objects.  In science, we will be learning how things change over time by learning about winter and making new year’s resolutions.  We will continue our small group reading instruction and  focus on fluency and comprehension.

Please remember to send your child in with a coat.  We will be going out if the temperature rises above 32 degrees.  If it stays below, we will be having indoor recess.  Sometimes children come to school by car in the morning and forget their jacket or only wear a light one.  Please make sure they have a heavy coat and practice zipping if they can.  Building independence by having them put on their own coat and mittens is an essential skill.  🙂  They can do it!

Happy 2018!  Stay warm.

Linda Livingston

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