KG Update- 2/16

What a fun week in room 135! Valentine’s Day was filled with much excitement and the class couldn’t wait to exchange their cards.  We also embraced random acts of kindness month by making cards for our book buddies and a banner for Mrs. Patterson’s birthday!

Remember that Thursday is the 100th day of school! We will be doing many fun activities at school and look forward to seeing the t-shirts you have made!

Another very important day will be happening next week.  We will be learning about the letter Qq and on Friday we will have a special (and short) wedding to recognize the forever relationship of Q and U. More details to come later next week.

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the letter Vv and fun Valentine activities.  We made cute love bugs and wrote about who we love, made heart puzzles with a secret message, unscrambled a Valentine sentence, learned a new sight word game, and many more.  Next week we will learn about the letter Qq and syllables.

~In math, we continue to have “math talks” while using our rekenreks.  The class can now make up their own math stories for us to figured out. We also practiced our tens and ones with our tens rods and ones cubes, and on Valentine’s Day we had a special BINGO with numbers up to 100! Today we had another brain stretcher and had 5 friends get the correct answer and many others come really close! Next week it will be all about the number 100!!

In social studies we learned about why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. We also focused on the months of the year and how they are different from the seasons.  We then wrote about why certain months and seasons were our favorite!  I am so proud of the writing progress of each child in my room.  To remember where we started in September and do see where they are now is so exciting. 🙂  Next week we will focus on learning about George Washington.

:Courier Link for week of 2/19/18- 2/23/18: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wThgZHDGhrzhiIDNVrG9ujCtI_vbSk3a5lgd6drltxc/edit?usp=sharing

Have a great weekend!

~Meredith

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KG Update 2/9

 

TGIF!  Please remember to send in your Valentine’s Day cards on the 14th.  A class list was sent home last week.  If you need another one just let me know.  If your child is planning to exchange cards, they must have a card for every child in the room.

We also have another very special day coming up.  On Thursday, February 22nd will be the 100th day of school!  We typically dress like we are 100 years old, but we are trying something new (and hopefully) easier this year.  We are asking each child to decorate a plain t-shirt with 100 items on it. I’ll be sending home more information on Monday, but check out the picture at the end of this post to see what it could look like.

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the short Ee sound.  We read a sweet story titled Elmer the Elephant.  It was about an elephant that realizes it is good to be unique! We then wrote about what makes us unique.  We also embraced Random Acts of Kindness month and made cards for our book buddies.  Today we also surprised Mrs. Shaia with a “beary” special card.  Our literacy centers are still full steam ahead and I am blown away at how well my reading groups are reading their books!

~In math, we worked a lot with our rekenreks and “building” numbers.  We also exercised our brain by doing some fun brain stretchers.  We used our white boards to draw and solve various problems.  They did a great job! Their favorite question from today was if Mrs. Patterson, Mr. Buffkin, Mrs., Shaia, and Mrs. Hyman all went to  Mars, how many legs and arms would be on Mars?

In social studies we learned about Abraham Lincoln.  We read many books, watched a Brain Pop Jr., and research some facts on Pebble Go.  This class is so fascinated with learning about our famous Americans. They get so excited when I pull out another book to read and enjoy telling me all that they have learned.  Next week we will focus on having some Valentine fun!

:Courier Link for week of 2/5/18- 2/9/18: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1exHp8ovmXiFezzjVBR4jGwhCZ4Al6Bl7phCAnkFm8Gg/edit

 

~Meredith

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KG Update- 2/2

Our World Read Aloud Event is coming up in just one week on February 8th, and this year it will be of OLYMPIC PROPORTIONS!  Each class has voted for the top 3 books their class loves to read.  In our class the winners were: Gold- Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, Silver- Book with No Pictures, Bronze- Mustache Baby. It was a tight finish to the end with the silver only winning by one vote.  During our Reading Rally on the 8th, we will celebrate all the class winners.  The students are allowed to dress up that day as one of the characters from the book. It is completely optional and doesn’t have to be elaborate. For example, we said for the Book with No Pictures we could dress all in white and tape words to our shirt.  I also have printed out mustaches for anyone to use as a prop.  Should be a fun day!

I also sent home today the class list for Valentine’s Day.  If your child plans on participating, then please send one in for every child.  We will be making something in class for the students to carry their cards home.  If you would like to send in stickers, paper doilies, or sticky gems, to help with our decorating efforts we will happily accept any contributions. Thank you!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the short Uu sound.  We read some funny books about underpants, learned about what some signs in our community mean, and practiced our sentence writing.  We also read a funny story about a snowman that kept melting! We then made our own melted snowman using shaving cream and glue.  Next week we will focus on the letter Ee.

~In math, we continue to work on our number sense.  We used the hundreds board to find mystery numbers and finding numbers based on how many tens and ones they had.  We also played a fun card game today called garbage.  See if your child can explain it to you!

In science we finished up shadows with an amazing lesson form our Young Scientists! They planned several hands on activities for the kids to explore shadows inside and outside.  We also voted today on if we thought the groundhog would see his shadow. Unfortunately, Phil saw his shadow and we have six more weeks of winter. Next week in social studies we will begin learn about Abraham Lincoln!

Have a great Super Bowl Weekend!

~Meredith

:Courier Link for week of 2/5/18- 2/9/18: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pKAX38uqhaWJ0IfE2ZhwbRM6s2XSRwlHbhPFKSgdQeA/edit?usp=sharing

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KG Update- 1/26

Wow!  A full 5 days this week!  It’s hard to believe, but this is the last day of the second quarter.  We are half way through Kindergarten!  I’m excited to see the continued growth of all my students as we head into the second half of the year. Thanks for all the support from home.  I know you are working with them too!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the letter Xx, literacy centers, and our poem of the week. Our poetry notebooks are a wonderful way to practice fluency at home.  The students love to illustrate them and look back at their previous pictures. Today we concluded our unit of winter animals by making our own penguins.  After we constructed our penguins, students then had to write some facts about what they learned! They look very adorable hanging in the hall. Next week will focus on the short Uu sound.

~In math, we continue our journey of building a strong foundation of number sense.  We played games in our math centers focusing on the skills of nearby numbers, comparing sets up to 20, and our most popular creation station.  Next week, we will be diving into number sense with numbers up to 100!

In science we finished up our unit on winter animals.  We used a venn diagram to compare and contrast polar bears and penguins, researched facts on pebble go, and conducted an experiment to see if blubber really does keep us warm in cold water!  Next week we will learn about shadows and predict if the groundhog will see its shadow!  We also will have a visit from our Young Scientists!

:Courier Link for week of 1/29-2/2/18: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wUHKAaaqL64lkMazihq_48nls3qs4Q3MyIVe53SWrqw/edit?usp=sharing

Have a great weekend!

~Meredith

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KG Update- 1/19

Welcome back…for the third time!  Hopefully we can make it through a full five days next week. Even though we have only been in school a few days here and there, the students always pick up right where we left off.  Next week we will plan to catch up on the material that we missed during the last few weeks.  Today we finished a multi letter sort with writing, illustrated our poem of the week, and wrote our own “I Have A Dream” speech. We finished up our unit on Martin Luther King Jr by sorting phrases into categories of things Martin Luther King “was”, “wanted”, and “had”.  In math we pulled out our rekenreks to show different ways to build numbers. We also practiced writing the numbers 11 and 12.

Looking forward to next week when we can return to our normal schedule.  Hope to see you all tonight at the International Festival!

Please take a minute to read the latest Coyote Courier.

:Courier Link for week of 1/22/2018 – 1/26/18:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kVhk1EzOFGfauHi6s3nbOAIrW9biPkCiXZTy6TH9y6o/edit?usp=sharing

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Meredith

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KG Update- 1/12

Hope you all enjoyed Winter Break part 2!  We actually accomplished many things during the past three days. We tried to stay on track as much as possible, and the class worked hard to complete what we missed.

Today we had a fun visit from our 5th grade book buddies in Mrs. Terry’s class. They picked out books about winter and read them to their buddy!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, we finished up with Jj and Kk.  We also introduced the short Oo sound.  We got back into the swing of things with our literacy centers, worked in our handwriting notebook, and learned about opposites. We came up with many different pairs of opposites.  My favorite one they came up was the opposite of bored is I-pad! I also began mid-year PALs assessment. The results will be sent home in your child’s report cards in February. Next week, we will focus on short Oo word families like –op, -og, and -ot.

~In math, we worked on the concept of more, less, and same. We used many of our math manipulatives to master this skill. We also played many math games using playing cards and dominos. Next week we will work on counting sets with higher numbers and numbers up to 50.

~In science, we finished learning about the season of winter and how it is different from other seasons. We did comparison charts, watched a Brain Pop Jr., used our senses to describe winter, and made a January calendar. Due to the snow, we will bump our unit on winter animals to later in January. Next week will learn about Martin Luther King Jr.

Have a great weekend!

~Meredith

 

:Courier Link for week of 1/8/2018 – 1/12/18: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I2n1ppA-3CqBye3LhaDkXqNY7HcarQ1MbhNgiB4tW-Q/edit

 

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KG Update- 12/15

PHEW!!! We have made it! What a fun spirit week it has been!  We raised over $1, 000 for the Henrico Christmas Mother! I hope you all have a wonderful winter break and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2018!

Please check out the pictures under the photos tab. We have some fun pictures from the Jack Frost Jam, winter party, pajama day, and our tacky door!

~Meredith

There is not an updated Courier.  Next issue will be January 8-12.

 

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KG Update- 12/8

Could you hear the screams of joy as the first snowflakes of the season fell?!  We were lucky enough to be outside when the snow started. I am sure they were still buzzing about it when they came home. 🙂

We had a busy, busy week in room 135.  We are working hard while still sneaking in some extra fun as we get closer to the holidays.  I enjoyed listening to the students present their Holiday Tradition project today.  They were very excited and proud to share about their holiday.  Don’t forget next week is spirit week!  Each day is written on the homework sheet and can also be found on the Coyote Courier.

Please remember that next Thursday is our class party!  There is a sign up on nlist, if you would like to volunteer or send in supplies!  Thank you to the Mrs. Edmunds for organizing this fun event for our class!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the letter Ff, Ww, and working on our sight words.  For writing we listened to Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. We then had to write about what we would wish for if we had one wish. Our literacy centers had some extra fun rotations! Using our sight words, we made candy canes and water color ornaments.  They were really fun to make!  Next week, our focus will be on the letters Yy and Zz!

~In math, we continued with number sense with a focus on tens and ones. Using the ten rods and one cubes students had to figure out what number was being built.  We also finished our number packets working on numbers 1-10. We will continue our number sense unit next week.

In social studies and science, we learned about needs and wants.  This is always a highly debated discussion on what is a need and what is a want.  I always enjoy hearing the opinions as the students try and state their case of why something is a need or want.  When asked if a smartphone is a need or a want, Abby replied that it depends if it is a kid or an adult…very true!

Have a great weekend!
~Meredith

:Courier Link for week of 12/11/2017 – 12/15/17: ( This will be the last Coyote Courier until Jan. 8th) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bah_-be8Di0aNHU_9wi7ElectQLSnMzLhj-byBOmZ8A/edit?usp=sharing

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KG Update- 12/1

Happy December!  We settled right back into our routine after our Thanksgiving break.  We are already very excited about the upcoming holidays and winter break.  It’s hard to believe it is only two weeks away!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the letter Hh, sight words, and writing prompts!  We drew reindeer by listening to step by step directions and then wrote about where our reindeer would like to go.  The reindeer are hanging up and turned out super cute. One of my favorite things to see are these budding writers put pen to paper.  They get so excited to see their ideas on paper.

Also this week, I assessed the students on their sight word knowledge. Coming home today taped inside their orange folder you will see the 5 words they are working on based on my assessment.  Every few weeks they will be assessed on the old words and then given new ones to learn.  Attached to the homework sheet is a list of ideas of things you can do at home to help your child learn their words.  Students will also have a list of their words in class, so we can work on them at school too.

~In math, we finished up our unit on graphs. We had a lot of fun this week making our own graphs, collecting data, putting our graph together, and then analyzing the data.  We even had some students making graphs during their choice time! Next week we will work on making lager numbers using tens rods and one cubes.

In science, we learned about magnets and the terms repel and attract.  We also discussed that magnets have a north and south pole.  We learned that when you put the opposite sides together they attract and that the same sides repel. We thought it was really neat to feel the same sides of the magnets pushing apart. We used our magnets to find things in the room that our magnet was attracted too.  Some favorites were the trach can, chair legs, and scissors.

:Courier Link for week of 12/4/2017 – 12/8/17: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4EadXWwMLaUYUFoV3hUbnhkMVE?usp=sharing

 

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Coyote Courier ~11/17

:Courier Link for week of 11/17-12/1/2017 ( we will not have a Courier for next week– the next issues will be on Friday, Dec. 1st) :  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ER-zoS7THeFrfaISOKn40nbxh_VhBrwWQaOzjZukU3A/edit?usp=sharing

 

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