January Fun

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Hi everyone! Can you believe that January has already passed us by and we are in February?! This year is seriously flying by. But, you know what they say; “Time flies when you’re having fun”!

Let’s recap some of the learning we did in January!

We started 2017 off by learning about goals and resolutions. We discussed things that we want to do better this year. I loved hearing the goals that these kiddos set. Super awesome and attainable. Very proud of them!


Even though the weather feels more like Spring, we spent some time exploring winter. Since Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with us, we used science to create our own snow right in our classroom! The “experiment table”  is the favorite place of all of the students. Every day they ask if we will do an experiment. It is so much fun learning and exploring with them!


One of my favorite winter books of all time is “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We practiced our sequencing skills by retelling the story and then the students got to pretend they had their own magic mitten. They drew illustrations and wrote about wha their mitten could hold.


Another winter favorite is “Tacky the Penguin” by Helen Lester. This is a fun story about a penguin who was different than all of the other penguins. At first his differences seemed to be a hinderance, but in the end his differences saved all of the other penguins from danger. We had an awesome discussion about how God created each of us differently and with a purpose. Then, the students got to create a new “Tacky” shirt for their penguin. I Love watching them grow as artists!


Here we are, wishing for snow again! Instead, we made a snow storm in a jar.


Even if it did snow here, it wouldn’t last long! We read “Sneezy the Snowman” and brainstormed what different things could cause a snowman to melt. Then, the kiddos got to create their own melted snowmen and write about them.Their reasons were awesome!


As you know, we have journal time every morning. After we are finished writing in our journals and illustrating our writing, we spend some time every day sharing what we’ve done. Each student gets to sit in the “author’s chair” and read their journal out loud. We practice using our speaking voices while the rest of the class practices being a good audience. The students love to share the fun things that they write about. I couldn’t be more proud of how these kids are beginning to “stretch their brains” and sound out words on their own more confidently when writing.


We’ve been learning all about different word families in ELA time. We’ve already learned the at, it, ip, op, an, am, ap, in, un and ed families. Learning these word families is so great for their development as readers and writers. It helps with blending, rhyming, creating connections, and building academic confidence.


In math, we’ve been learning about measurement! Length, weight, capacity, and height. The students have been working really hard to use their math vocabulary!


We are also counting to 100 by 1s, 10s, and 5’s. Our goal is to be able to do all three independently by spring break!  

This week, we are creating sums to ten and will begin with simple addition. We will also continue to practice writing and identifying numbers 11-20.

We were out of school to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., so we spent some time the next day learning all about his life and dreams. We had an amazing discussion about how we would like to change the world. I was blown away by some of their answers. In a world of chaos, media, and constant negativity, I couldn’t be more hopeful for our future. These kids will be world changers!


One week in January, the students spent their journal time writing stories, adding a sentence each day. They came out so great! They are budding authors! We’ve been learning all about the job of an author and an illustrator, along with the different elements of a story. This year, for Art Show (in April), our class will be publishing an actual hardback book! The kids are so excited!


Also in science this month, we discussed night, day,  objects in the sky, what animals do in winter, and rocks. Science is their jam! I love watching them get excited about their learning and make connections across subjects. I heard a lot of measurement words going around as we were comparing rocks!


What is coming next?

February is a month that is chalk full of FUN! This month we will cover groundhog day, Valentines Day, we will do a love-share project, dental health, and we will learn about presidents of the past. Stay tuned for another blog post at the end of this month!

Note from Lindee- Please make sure you have paid the January registration fee for this semester. The price for kindergarten is $100.

Love Share Project- As you know, our class has adopted The Hills Nursing Home in Decatur and will be hand making valentines for all 63 residents. We will also be filling 63 oh-snap bins from thirty-one bags with goodies! Thank you SO much to everyone who donated so that our class could love on these people. This week, as we prepare our valentines we will be learning all about love. What does God say about love? How did Jesus show love? What do we love? How should we love? It is going to be amazing!

Valentines Party- We are having an ice cream party! All topping/ingredients are being provided by the mommas planning the party this go round. Also, we will not be making valentines boxes at home! We will be decorating bags at school instead to put our valentines in. 🙂 The party will be on Valentines Day at 2:00 in our classroom. It is going to be so much fun!

No school on President’s Day- Would you look at that, I get my birthday off this year! 😉 Hope y’all enjoy a long weekend together as a family!

Spring Break is next month- March 13th through March 17th.  We will also celebrate our 100th day of school in March! That is going to be a FUN day!

Please make sure that you are still reading together each night. This is an excellent chance for your child to show you the skills they are learning at school. We will be doing reading assessments and potentially leveling up next week:)

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat, feel free to get in touch! Thank you for not only blessing me with your kids, but also for being awesome parents! That is a blessing in itself! Have a great night!

Thanksgiving Christmas

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Hey ya’ll! What in the world has happened?? I blinked and it is Christmas break! The last month has been fast and furious in kindergarten. Here is a peek at some of the fun things we have learned:

First, I’m going to take you back. Way back. To Thanksgiving. Forgive me for not making a blog post sooner about our Thanksgiving unit. We had so much fun learning about the first Thanksgiving. We learned songs, made a Thanksgiving story bracelet, and did a lot of fun crafts along the way. However, our big accomplishment was putting together our Thanksgiving Play. The kiddos were responsible for learning their parts, making their costumes, creating the set, and acting out the play. It was an amazing learning experience! As a teacher, it was awesome to watch them stretch their brains, think outside the box, work together as a team and be successful. They learned about so much more than Thanksgiving with this project!​❤️

 
We also discussed what it was like for the pilgrims on that Mayflower trip. How they must have felt and what kinds of things they probably brought with them. We made our own suitcases and brainstormed what we would pack if we were headed out on a trip on the Mayflower.


Our Thanksgiving party was so much fun! We had a feast! The kids loved it! Thank you to everyone who sent items and/or helped plan:)


After Thanksgiving break, we jumped right into learning about the first Christmas. We read several stories about the first Christmas, practiced our sequencing skills by ordering the events surrounding the birth of Baby Jesus, and we had a birthday celebration for baby Jesus in our classroom where we each got to draw a present for Jesus and decorate a cupcake.



Sometimes you have to take a break from the regular and do something just because it interests the kids. Gunner brought his awesome tornado machine and gave us all an awesome demonstration of how it works! 


We spent the next week learning about Christmas traditions around the world. We started by discussing what a tradition is, brainstorming traditions, and then writing about some of our own Christmas traditions.

 

Then we were off to travel the world! First stop, Germany! First, we gathered around the world map and found where Germany is located. We talked about countries and continents. We also compared the German flag to our own. Then we explored Christmas traditions in Germany. We learned that the Christmas tree tradition comes from Germany along with Gingerbread houses and Gingerbread men. We practiced ordering by size by making a christmas tree craft, sequencing by discussing steps to building a gingerbread house, and we put up our classroom tree. It was a fun day!


The next day, we traveled to Sweden where we learned about the Yule Log. In Sweden, children make Yule Log wishes for Christmas. The students got to create a Yule log and make a wish.


I was not at school this day, so the kids got to read “Mrs. Nelson is Missing” and write about where they thought I was. It was so fun to see their responses. Luckily, I was not sick or eaten by a Shark!


The next day, we traveled to Mexico! What a fun day this was! We read “The Legend of the Poinsettia”, learned about Los Posadas, made poinsettias, and hit a piñata. We also learned to sing “Feliz Navidad”.

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On the last day, we traveled to France where we learned all about St. Lucia. The kids got to make fun St. Lucia crowns and learn all about how France celebrates Christmas.


This past week has been all about FUN, with some learning thrown into the mix! On Monday, we learned about Santa and did these awesome directed drawings:


On Tuesday, we had an Elf Day! We made these fun elf crafts and even got to see ourselves dancing as elves on these fun videos:

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Wednesday was Rudolph Day! We made reindeer food with Mrs. Leeanne, made a Rudolph craft, sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and read the story.


Thursday was party day! Our christmas party was so much fun! Thank you to all the parents who sent things and/or helped plan the party.


Thematic units such as Christmas around the World and the Thanksgiving Play, are not only fun for the kids, but they amazing learning opportunities. Weaving learning standards into meaningful experiences for kids makes the learning stick and makes them not only excited to learn, but also helps them become more confident learners who are not afraid to ask questions, get creative, take risks, and reach their full potential. It is an amazing thing to watch!

Here is what has been going on in some other areas:

In ELA, we have finished up the alphabet! The rest of the year will look a tad different. We will be going back through the alphabet, with more focus on blending and using letters to make words. There are students in this class on many different developmental levels, to the second semester will look very different from student to student. Some students will be ready to move on to other skills while others will still need some practice on skills that have been introduced already. We will be doing a lot of small group work for reading and writing. I will be scheduling conferences with each parent before spring break to discuss your child’s progress. Continue reading with your child every night. Not only is it a great bonding experience, but it is great practice for them.  I am already blown away by how much these students have grown, but I promise you, the best is yet to come! Kindergarten kiddos tend to blossom after Christmas.. maybe it’s the cookies?

In math, we have been practicing sorting and differentiating between larger and smaller quantities. Coming up we will be learning about measurement, time money, shapes, graphing, addition, and subtraction. It is going to be a blast!

 

In Science, we will be learning about Winter and doing some awesome winter science experiments! I know these kids will be SO excited to get our experiment table back up and running. 😉

In Social Studies, we will learn about goal setting (New Year’s Resolutions) and Martin Luther King when we come back.

We will not have school on January 16 to celebrate MLK Day.

We will have a lockdown drill on January 19. We will discuss this in class before hand, but students sometimes have questions at home after these types of drills.

Heads up:

*We will be learning about Christ’s love in February along with Valentines Day. We will be having a Friday Field trip on Feb. 10th to a local nursing home where we will show them Christ’s love by sharing goodies and crafts made in class with them. Details will be coming home soon.

*We will be having a Kindergarten Info night on February 7th. Ya’ll are the first to find out (perks of knowing the teacher;) ). We will only be having one info night this year. Some parents have asked about sending their child again next year. I have had several students who are younger come twice and it has been awesome! Lessons and teaching changes year to year depending on the interests and developmental needs of my students. Anyway, if this is something you are interested in, chat with me before Feb. 7th. There will only be 16 spots open for the class in the fall.

I really can not believe that our year is half way over! This is such an awesome class! We are going to rock the socks off of this next semester! As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or just want to chat. I’m blessed by each of your families !   

Ya’ll have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Bones, mummies, and parties.. oh my! 

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Hey friends! Hope y’all are having a great weekend! That extra hours of sleep was nice (if you actually got it 😂). Here are some of the fun things that have been going down in our class the last couple weeks:

We took advantage of our party week and did some fun Halloween-y lessons. On “Monster day”, we made footprint montsters, read “The Monstore”, and got creative while making some shape monsters. We also did some descriptive writing about our monsters. It was a fun day! 


The next day was “skeleton day”. We sang “dem bones”, read “Skeleton for Supper” and “Skeleton Hiccups”, we sorted and graphed Cheeeto bones, and created our own skeletons out of q-tips. 


Mummy day was up next! We read “Where is my Mummy” and talked about what our “mummies” do for us when we are scared, made a fun mummy craft, and practiced teamwork by working in partners to make each other into a mummy. 


Here is our Halloween writing:


That Thursday was party day! Thank you SO much to all of the parents who worked so hard to make our party AWESOME! We were the talk of the building with our fun party🎃 and the kids had a blast! Such a fun way to wrap up a fun week.


Last week, we explored the four seasons. We talked about how the weather changes in each season, what to wear in each season, and wrote about our favorite season. 


We also started DEAR (drop everything and read) time last week. It’s been a huge hit. Right now we do 5 minutes. We will eventually work ourselves up to 15 minutes a day:) So proud of these readers! 


In ELA, we’ve learned about Kk, Ll, Mm, and Nn. I am so proud of their circle maps! The students are now drawing their own pictures and labeling them by themselves. We are working on learning the parts of a book, characters, setting, and the job of an author and an illustrator. Just FYI, our class will be creating a real book this year! We will purchase the book kit and begin working on it soon. It is very exciting! This class loves writing and that makes my teacher heart 😊. We are continuing to work on correct letter formation and we are sounding our our words in our journals. It’s so awesome to watch these kiddos “stretch their brains”. 

In math, we’ve worked on calendar skills, counting to 80, writing numbers through 6, and counting quantities to 5. EVERY kid in our class could count to 50 during our last counting assessment on Thursday. SO proud! Soon, we will begin working on simple addition. 


We also started our Thankful Tree on the first day of November. Everyday, the kiddos share something they are thankful for and get to put it on our tree. I love seeing the things their hearts are thankful for❤️. 


Here are some more pictures of some November stations.


This week and next we will be learning about the first Thanksgiving. Our class will put on a play on Thursday, November 17 at 11:30. Our classroom feast will follow. You won’t want to miss it! After the play and feast, you are welcome to either check your child out or leave them for the rest of the day. 

This class is so much fun! I am blessed by your kiddos! As always, please let me know if you need anything or if you have any questions. ❤️

II’m a Little Pumpkin Orange and Round 

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Hey guys! We had such a FUN week Exploring pumpkins! October is my favorite🎃🚒❤️! 

On Monday, we made observations about the outside of our pumpkin. We have been learning about describing words and we put that knowledge to good use by making a bubble map about our pumpkin. We  estimated the number of lines on our pumpkin and then counted them. Our last activity this day involved creating a brace map with the parts of our pumpkin and then labeling a pumpkin. 


On Tuesday, we opened our pumpkin up and explored the inside! We created a bubble map with describing words about the inside of the pumpkin and estimated the number of seeds. We also made a jack-lantern volcano! 

On Wednesday, we had a pumpkin investigation! We measured our pumpkins with a measuring tape, a scale, and linking cubes. Then we did some descriptive writing about our pumpkins. I was so proud of their writing! It’s so awesome to watch them learn and grow! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds. 


On Thursday, we learned about the lifecycle of a pumpkin. We made a flow map and learned about each stage in the cycle. We also made pumpkin cake in the crockpot! This was a great activity to teach about sequences and parts of a whole.  


In ELA this week, we learned about the letter Ii and Jj. The students are getting so good at making their circle maps on each letter! As their independence and academic confidence is growing, many of them are stepping out of the box and adding words that we didn’t talk about in class. We are also practicing rhyming and blending daily. 


In math, we learned about the numbers 4 and 5, measurement, and we continued to build on our calendars skills . 

This Thursday is our first class party! Hope to see everyone there:)
I love learning and laughing with this class. I am blessed by each of you. As always, don’t hesitate to get with me if you have a question, concern, or even if you just want to chat❤️ See y’all tomorrow! 

Fire Safety Fun 

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Hey everyone! The last couple weeks in kindergarten have been a blast!

We just wrapped up an awesome two-week unit on fire safety! Here are some of the highlights:

We made a circle map about fire fighters and we made ourselves into fire fighters with this fun art project!


We learned about what fire needs to burn.  Air, fuel, and heat. We did a fun experiment where we took away each of those things, one by one and observed whether or not our fire (birthday candle) would continue to burn.


The next day, we learned about fire extinguishers! We talked about how they work and how to use them. We learned that they are best used on small fires. We did a fun experiment that demonstrated how a fire extinguisher works. First, we ripped up red tissue paper in a clear cup (fire) with some baking soda in the bottom. Then we added some apple cider vinager and watched the magic happen! As the cider came into contact with the baking soda, it foamed up and consumed the paper in the same way that the foam from a fire extinguisher puts out a small fire.


Then we got an emergency call! There was a “fire” on a play house at the playground! They needed some kindergarten help putting it out!


The next day, we talked about the various things around our homes and school that help with fire safety. We went on a scavenger hunt around our building looking for fire safety items.


Next up was learning about stop, drop, and roll. We practiced crawling under the smoke and talked about what to do if our clothes caught on fire. We had some fun with finger paints by painting some fire onto a shirt.


Then we learned all about fire trucks! We made a brace map and listed the parts of a fire truck, made a fun fire truck snack, made shape fire trucks, and wrote sentences about fire trucks.



We also got to dress up like fire fighters!


On Thursday, the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department came to visit! They talked to us about fire safety and they showed us their fire truck. We were so thankful for the visit! When we got back to class, we spent some time brainstorming why we’re thankful for fire fighters and we wrote some letters to give to our visitors and to the Decatur Fire Deprartemnt at our Friday field trip.



We also worked together as a class to create a fire safety video!

 


Our first Friday field trip was so much fun! The Decatur Fire Department was awesome and gave us a great tour of the fire station!


In ELA, we have learned all of our letters through the letter Hh. Our goal with learning each letter is that by the end of the week we will be able to

1. Identify the letter

2. Know the letter’s sound

3. Know how to correctly write the letter

The kiddos are doing so awesome  and they are getting more independent every day! Here are some pictures of us working on our ELA boxes and working in our new “October Centers”.



In Math, we’ve been building our calendar skills and we have learned about our numbers through 4. We also moved from counting orally to 30 up to 50. Next week, we will learn about the number 5 and work on measurement.

In our bible lessons, we’ve been learning about Noah and his faithfulness to God.

We have also been learning about kindness in class. Kindergarten is a hard time in a child’s development as they move away from a “me centered” mindset and begin to learn to work cooperatively with others. The amount of social skills learned in kindergarten matches the amount of academic skills. We have been struggling a little with using kind words with each other. To help us out, we implemented a “kinder kindness jar”. Every time I hear someone respond kindly to another member of our classroom family, I add a cube to our jar. However, if i hear unkind words, I will remove a cube from the jar. When the jar is full, we will have an ice cream party! We talked about what kindness looks like in our classroom and discussed the fact that we are a family and that we need to love each other the way Jesus loves us.

Next week, we will do a unit on pumpkins. I’d love for everyone to send a pumpkin by Tuesday that we can use for our unit. It is going to be so much fun!

Here are some things  to be thinking about:

RAZ Kids- Y’all are doing SO awesome with this! Some students are ready to level-up! I have had a few parents ask about the “test” questions with each book. It is completely okay for you to read through those questions with your child and help them to understand them. It is okay to change wording on the question as well. Over time, they will become more acclimated to vocabulary such as “author’s purpose” and “main idea”. 🙂  The most important thing is that we are not only practicing reading, but also comprehension. As your child reads each story, encourage them to point to the words and take it slow. Take time to look at the pictures and ask questions throughout the story such as “What are they doing in this picture? How do you think they are feeling?” These kinds of things will help them with their comprehension of each story. We are also beginning to learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction. I am so excited to watch these kids grow as readers this year!

Sight words- Each week, we have three new sight words. the goal is for your child to get to where they can look at the word and know the word within three second. Try to steer away form teaching your child to sound out a sight word, because it can be confusing if they try to transfer the same skill to another sight word. We have already learned 14 words and we will continue to add to them. Sight words can be a difficult thing for kids starting out. Sometimes it helps to be creative in practicing them! I have a bunch of game ideas! If you are struggling at home with sight words, please reach out and let me know so I can help.

Next week’s words are big, little, and orange.

Donuts with Dad is THIS Thursday at 8:00 am.

We will have our first class party on Thursday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Keep an eye out for a sign up sheet!

I am so thankful for each and every one of you and your kiddos! This is such a fun class and we are having an awesome time laughing and learning together! As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, concerns, or even if you just want to chat. It’s going to be another great week in kindergarten!

Five Senses.. Kindergarten Style

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Hi everyone! We have had SO much fun learning about our five senses the last week! I didn’t get as many pictures as I normally would’ve liked to, sorry about that! Here’s a tiny peek at our week:

Sense of sight👁

This was the first sense that we explored. We talked about our eyes and what we used them for. We used our sight words (I, see, a) to make sentences about things we saw in the classroom. We learned how our brain works with our sense of sight. It helps us remember things like the McDonalds logo and the name of our favorite store. To show how our sight helps us with memory, I laid 6 items out on the table. I let the students look at the items for a few seconds and then I put all the items out of sight. They were able to work together to remember all six items! We then took a walk around our classroom, weaving in and out of tables, using our eyes to direct us. Next, we all put on blindfolds and tried the same route, which proved to be much more difficult without our sense of sight to guide us. Our last sight activity also brought our creativity in to play. We read It Looked Like Spilt Milk and went outside to look at the clouds. What do you see in the clouds? A cat? A dragon? A mouse?  When we came back in, we used cotton balls to make our own cloud pictures. Here are some pictures of our sense of sight activities:

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
  
Sense of smell 👃

The next sense we explored was our sense of smell. Before class, I prepared cotton balls that had different scents dropped on them. Peppermint, orange, cinnamon, and  lemon. The students used their sense of smell to determine which cotton balls contained which scents. We also spent some time talking about good smells and bad smells. We drew pictures of good smells and bad smells in our interactive journals. We also sang this fun song: Mr. R’s Nose Song. This was the day I failed and didn’t get any pictures:/ 

Sense of touch 🖐

The next sense we explored was our sense of touch. For this sense, I created mystery bags. The kiddos had to reach their hand in and use their sense of touch to guess the item inside. It was so fun! We also learned about textures and brainstormed things that were soft, rough, sticky, smooth, and bumpy. I didn’t do well on pictures this day either. 😉 

  
Sense of taste 👅

The next sense that we explored was our sense of taste. We read If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and spent some time talking about the things we like to taste. Then we did a taste test! We tasted a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, a lemon slice, and a piece of bittersweet chocolate. After tasting each item, the students recorded their opinions. We talked about how everyone has a different preference when it comes to taste. Some people like things that other people don’t like.  

    
    
    
    
    
   
Sense of hearing 👂

The final sense we explored was or sense of hearing. We read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and talked about animal sounds. We played this “guess that sound” game: Click here.  After we played the game,  we decided to go on a listening walk to hear what we could hear. We went outside and walked around the whole church listening for sounds. We heard vehicles, leaves rustling, crickets, children playing and much more. When we came back to class, we drew pictures of things we could hear in our interactive journals. 

   
    
    
   
Learning the senses is not the only thing that has been going down in kindergarten in the last week. In ELA, we learned the letters Bb and Cc. We also wrote in our journals. I am so excited seeing the students grow already as writers! 

   
    
    
    
    
   

We also started RAZ-kids! This reading program is going to be an AMAZING tool this year! In just one week, our class has already read over 90 books collectively! We are keeping a sticker chart in class. For every book that your child listens to, reads, and takes a quiz on, they will receive a sticker. After 10 stickers, they will receive a prize. So far, we are loving using the iPads for reading! 

In math, we’ve continued to build on calendar skills. These include days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and patterns on the calendar. We are also counting to 30. Our goal for September is to be able to count to 30 independently. This week, we will learn to write the numbers 2&3. 

For our bible lessons this week, we will be learning about the story of Adam and Eve. 

Our sight words are for & the. We will also learn about the letters Dd and Ee and learn about the season of Fall. 

Thursday is Muffins With Mom! 
Our first “Friday Field Trip” is coming up soon. October is fire prevention month. We will be doing a unit on fire safety and  planning to meet at Decatur Fire Dept. on Friday, October 14. Stay tuned for more details:) 

We also have our Halloween/Fall party coming up in October on the 27th at 2:00pm.
We are having a ton of fun in kindergarten so far. I am so proud of each of your kiddos! I feel so blessed to spend my days with them❤️

As always, never hesitate to contact me if you have questions, comments, or if you just want to chat!

Sweet dreams, see you in the morning! 😀☀️

Getting in the groove

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This week was so much fun! 

In Social Studies, we focused on learning about each other this week. We practiced our names in several ways, talked about likes and dislikes, made self portraits, and made a class book to add to our collection. 

We are really working hard on our names! Learning the letters, comparing name lengths, and practicing proper letter formation and pencil grip.  Here are some of the name projects we did:

    
    
    
    
   
  

We also read Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom! We compared the number of letters in our names and worked on fine motor skills by ripping paper to make coconut trees. We talked about how important it is to work our hand muscles in kindergarten. These little muscles are what will help us become great writers!   Speaking of great writers, we also had our first journal entry this week! 

    
    
  
On Wednesday, we got to practice with water colors! I wrote their names with white crayons before they started painting. They loved watching their names appear as they painted. We have a lot of little talented artists in our class! 

   
    
   
On Thursday, we read I Like Me and talked about the things we like. Then we made self portraits. 

   
    
    
    
    
   
In math this week, we introduced calendar time and a few math centers. We got to play number games on the iPad, build with Legos, explore magnets, and practice counting. Our goal for this month is to be able to say the days of the week, identify and write the numbers 0-4, and count to 30. This week, we will introduce new math centers! 

   
 
In Language Arts, we focused on the letter Aa and we introduced literacy boxes. When we learn a new letter, we have three goals

1. Know how to identify the letter (upper and lowercase).

2. Know how to write the letter correctly (upper and lower case).

3. Know what sound the letter makes. 

 Everyday, the kiddos have four boxes to complete during our LA block. The kids have changed the name from boxes to levels😂 Level 1, 2, 3, and 4. During this time, the students work independently. When they finish with one level, they put it in their “super folder” and go to the next level. When all four levels are complete, they bring the folder to me and we review all of their work. During this time I am working in small groups at the teacher table. I was SO proud of this class! Kindergarten is all about learning responsibility, independence, and self control. At this time of day, they have to be able to regulate themselves for the most part and manage their time effectively to get done.  They have done awesome so far! Here are some pictures of a few letter Aa activities they did: 

   
    
    
    
    
    
   
We also had apples for snack to celebrate learning the letter Aa!

   
    
 This week for our bible lesson, we learned about the birth of baby Jeuss. We talked about how we celebrate birthdays and brainstormed what we would need if we were to plan a birthday party for Jesus. We talked about how long people had waited for Jesus to be born and about how hard it can be to wait for things. 

Every Thursday, we will do “Think outside the box Thursday” activities. The kiddos each get a shape and they turn it into something. I love seeing their creative minds working! 

   
    

We also had our first TOT class this week! TOTs is an enrichment program that uses basketball drills to teach several developmentally appropriate skills. We feel very blessed and grateful to have been gifted this program for our kindergarten class this year!

   
    
    
    
  Next week, we will study the letters Bb and Cc. Our sight words will be I, see, & a. We will also spend the week learning about and exploring our five senses. I will also be spending time with beginning of the year assessments. We will look at letter identification, letter sounds, reading level, name writing, number identification,shapes, colors, and counting. 

Kindergarten is a year full of development and growth. You will be amazed at how much your child learns this year. We are also building academic confidence and trying to instill an eagerness and excitement to learn, so we keep things as fun and engaging as possible. 

As always, never hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat:) 

Looking forward to another great week!