Fall is here!

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The air is cooling, leaves are starting to turn, and the pumpkin spice latte has returned. It must be fall! This week, we dove into learning all about fall. Here are some of our adventures (you can click on any picture to enlarge):

We started out by brainstorming some things that made us think of fall.

We learned the word “research” and used books to help us make fall trees in our journals. I was so proud of the detail they used!

You can’t learn about fall without a fun fall tree snack!

What are the colors of fall? We decided red, orange,  yellow, and brown. Here we are exploring those colors with a little marble painting.

All week the kids brought in different leaves. On Thursday,  we spent time exploring the leaves. We counted, sorted, described,  touched, compared,  and created with our leaves. Thank you for sending!

Here is the kids sorting leaves by size.

One of our most fun projects was making leaf men. This was by far my favorite. I am so blown away by the creativity of your kids!

Stepping away from fall, we also finished up our family unit early in the week. We made a bubble map of describing words about our families and the kids wrote sentences in their journals.

Every week we have a little competition.  The kindergarten kids have a different curriculum than the prek kids and study a different letter. One day a week, we take the prek letter and the kindergarten letter and make circle maps and see which group can come up with the most words starting with their letter throughout the day. Let me just say, it gets serious!! Haha! I love to watch them get so excited when they think of another word to add to their map.

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the class jumped over the moon!

Here are some kindergarten sentence builders.

Next week, we will continue with our fall learning.

Don’t miss muffins for mom on THURSDAY!

Just a reminder that our pumpkin patch play date is on Friday, October 10. We will meet at the Black Creek Pumpkin Patch at 9am. Please let me know if you would like help getting your child there.

These kids have only spent 15 days in school. I am amazed at how much each of them has already grown!  This year is going to be so awesome and full of growth.

Heads up! We will have a unit on pumpkins the week we go to the pumpkin patch. I will be asking each child to bring a pumpkin to school in the beginning of that week. We will spend the week exploring pumpkins and learning all about them. It will be so fun!

The October homework will be going home on Wednesday.  This month your kids will be matching letters and pictures, practicing writing their name, and continuing to read. Kindergarten kids will be writing sentences with their sight words,  reading their books, and bringing home some math pages.

I continue to be blessed daily by your children. I am so thankful for each and every one of them. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Keep your eyes out for some posts throughout the week! See ya’ll Monday!

Pumpkin Patch!

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Since Grace Kids is not able to do field trips, I am trying to put together some “Friday Field Trips” throughout the year. This will be a time when we all meet up somewhere (sibling are ok) and have fun as a group. You will be responsible for your own child, much like a play date. We have such a fun group I know the kids will love it! The first Friday Field Trip will be on Friday, October 10th at 9:00 am at the Black Creek Pumpkin Patch.  The cost is 7$ per child and 2$ per adult (you will pay when you get there). This price includes the hay ride, petting zoo, barrel train ride, face painting, and a small pumpkin to take home for each child. There are a couple of parents who have volunteered to carpool or help some kids get there. Please send me a text today to let me know if you and your child will be able to make it so I can seal the deal. 940-577-3814

Shapes, colors, and MICE.. Oh my!

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The week was SO much fun! The kids are definitely “coming out of their shells” and it’s awesome getting to watch them explore, grow, and learn. Relationships are forming, boundaries are being tested (haha!), learning is happening,  and creativity is in the air! Here are a few tid-bits of some things we did this week:

We studied colors and shapes:

We had some “messy fun” writing names in shaving cream!

We made some funny creatures to help us with fine motor development and learning our letters.

I even broke my shoe when I got a little excited during a game of  “alphabet toss”.

We learned “Hickory Dickory Dock”, made mice, and ate some yummy mouse strawberries! 

We learned about working together to accomplish great things!

Our new memory verse is Genesis 1:3

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This week we also spent a lot of time talking about our families.  We read books about families, compared and contrasted our families, and drew pictures of our families. Here are a few of the “chalk families” the kids made.
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How is your child doing with counting to 30? Do they skip 17 and 18? This is a common mistake with kids at this stage of development. Practice is the key! One good thing to try is to count out loud to 30 with your child every single time you get in the cat to go somewhere. They will get it in no time!

Your kids are doing GREAT with their reading folders!!! I am so proud of them! You may notice that I have your child keep a book even if they know all the words. I do this because I want them to gain fluency while reading (I want the words to flow easily and quickly as they read). This skill will help them further down the road!

More tips for reading?  Read EVERYTHING when you are with your child. Signs, papers, bilboards, help your child know there are words all around them.

Pre-K : Be sure you are mixing up your ABC flashcards when practicing with your child.

Kindergarten: Please be sure to mix up these cards as well. Kids are good at memorizing words in a particular order. Also, help your child recognize sight words in their world. In the newspaper, in a book, or even at the store. Ask them to use a sight word in a sentence. The more versatile they are with these words,  the better readers they will be!

I hope all parents are enjoying the blog and the peek it provides into out classroom. I continue to be blessed daily by your children. Please call/text me at any time if you need anything!

Keep an eye out for the newsletter on Monday for what is coming up next week!

Have a great weekend!

Name writing

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We have been practicing our names. Today, we took that practice outside!  We went over exactly where to touch the lines when writing our names. The kids had a blast!

Second week fun

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I think this week was even more fun than last week!

After sight, we spent time learning about hearing. God gave us ears so we could hear! We took another “field trip” outside and we were very quiet so that we could hear all the sounds. The kids loved it!


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This year the theme at GraceKids is nursery rhymes. We spent some time learning “Rub a dub-dub, three men in a tub”. We had a lot of fun painting our own bubble baths!

We have spent so much time talking about our names and learning about each other.  The name projects were brought to school and each kiddo got some time to be in the spotlight and share their work.They were so proud of them! Big shout out to all parents who helped them. These will be displayed all year!

In math, we brainstormed things in our world that looked like a triangle. I gave each child a card with a triangle on it and told them to create something out of it. Here are a few examples! I was blown away by their creativity!
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Reading folders went home this week and the kids have been doing awesome with them! 

I have sent home ABC flash cards in all of the 4 year old binders. These are to help your child practice their letters and sounds. Home work time should not be stressful for you or your child. We want them to have a thirst for learning and never want them to be upset or resentful towards school work. I’m always available to talk and offer suggestions if anyone needs/wants them.

Big shout out to the kindergarten kiddos.. they all got 100% on their sight words today! They have also been writing their own sentences!

Also, the ENTIRE class has their memory verse memorized (I will have a special treat for them next week just for that). So proud of them!
Here is a tiny peek at what we will be learning next week. We will learn our shapes and colors. Kindergarten kiddos will be learning three new sight words and will be writing sentences with them. Pre-k will be continuing on learning to correctly write and spell their name. We will also wrap up our five senses unit and begin our unit on family. Stay tuned for updates and pictures from our week.

I feel so blessed to have your kids. I’ve already made a special connection with each of them. They are such a fun and creative group. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the yer holds!

First Week Fun

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Our first week of school was a blast! This is such an awesome group of kids. image

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We spent our first day of school with Chester the Raccoon. We read “The Kissing Hand”, talked about first day feelings, made kissing hands for our parents, and made Chester hats. The kids had so much fun creating their hats!
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Most of the first week was spent exploring and learning about procedures and expectations. We worked together as a class to come up with some rules for our class:

1. We will listen to the teacher.

2. We will only use our hands and feet in nice ways.

3. We will love each other and treat each other with kindness.

They did such a good job coming up with rules! it makes a huge difference when children are involved in the process.

 

We have also been working very hard to learn the letters of our name and how to write it. Our kindergartners are practicing writing their name all by themselves and our pre-k kids are tracing their names
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This new week started off with a bang! Your kiddos should have brought home a reading folder in their binder along with a newsletter, September homework, the name project, and some work that they did today. Please remember to sign their calendar each day so I can be sure you are getting info I am sending home. If you have not yet, please take the time to sign up for Remind101. I will use this throughout the year to send messages (including when I have a new post on this blog).

 

This week we will learn about the five senses. Today we started with sight. God gave us eyes so that we can see… and we are super thankful for that! We brainstormed things that we see with our eyes, made spy glasses, took a walk outside to “see what we could see”, read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?”, and drew pictures of the different things we saw. Our kindergarten kiddos even wrote a sentence with their picture!  Check out the pictures below!
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I am hoping to update this blog at least once a week to keep everyone in the loop with all the amazing things going on in the classroom! Never hesitate to call, text, or email me if you need anything!

 

Here is a link to our song we have been singing to help us with our memory verse (you may have to copy and paste into your browser):

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-_NjL2zbVA