Falling Into Fall

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This week has been amazing! Here are some of the things that we have learned with each subject!

English Language Arts

This week we learned the letters Vv, Ww, and Jj. With each letter we have three goals;

  1. Know how to identify the letter (capital and lowercase).
  2. Know how to produce the letter’s sound correctly.
  3. Know how to properly write the letter.

The students spend time working independently, in whole group, and in small group (with me) learning each letter. We read books, sing songs, blend words, write, and brainstorm words that start with the letter of the day. We have also been learning to use picture dictionaries to find words that start with our letter.

Next week, we will finish up the alphabet with the letters Xx, Yy, and Zz and then we will move to blends after Thanksgiving Break. The week after next I will be doing student assessments and parent teacher conferences. These can be done over the phone or in person. I will be going over areas of strength and giving tips on things that your child can improve on.

Reading

Your child’s take-home book should be a book that they are able to read with some ease. Right now, we are working on building confidence, using context clues, and gaining fluency with our books. The more confident your child becomes, the farther they will be willing to be pushed to the next level!

Writing

In our journals this week, we have been practicing writing sentences using our sight words. The students are beginning to be able to complete an open ended sentence and make it their own. They are working on sounding out words that they want to write, putting spaces between their words, and making sure that their sentences make sense. Pretty soon we will move to writing sentences independently!

Math

In math, we are working on counting to 100 by 10’s, 5’s, and 1’s. We are learning ordinal numbers, coin values, and addition. We are really trying to get down writing our numbers from 1-10 correctly. We also have new math stations for November that reinforce these skills. They are super fun!

Bible

This week our memory verse was Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We explored the idea that we all need a hero. We all sin and make mistakes and God is the hero that can save us. We learned the story of Adam and Eve and how they disobeyed God’s one rule he had for them. When they broke God’s rule they were separated from God and sent out of the Garden of Eden. Here are a few of the activities we did:

Science/Social Studies

This week we learned all about leaves and fall! We all brought leaves from home to investigate. We sorted, compared, described, and explored all of the leaves. Here are some pictures of our activities:

Next week, we will dive into learning about the first Thanksgiving. We will begin to work on our Thanksgiving play as well!

Your children are such a blessing to me! I love having fun and learning new things with them every day! We are a family and for that I am forever thankful.

Halloween Week Antics!

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Hey everyone!

Once again, I’m  a week behind in my blogging ambitions.. BUT I’m determined to catch up today with TWO blog posts! Halloween week was a BLAST in our classroom! It’s fun to sometimes put aside the daily routine and really dig into learning something new and different.

We started our week by learning about bats! We read “Stellaluna”, which is a story about a sweet little bat who lost her mother and had to learn to be a bird. We have been learning about the parts of a book (front cover, back cover, spine, and title) since the first day of school and all the students now know these parts proficiently! With this story, we learned about what characters are and we sequenced the events of the story. I was very impressed with how well the students were able to comprehend and reproduce the main points!

We also learned about the differences between fiction and non-fiction books. We read a nonfiction book about bats and each student wrote one thing that they learned. These kiddos are doing SO well with sounding out words and stretching their brains when they are writing!

Fine motor skill fun! The students got to cut, color, and glue, a bat puppet and work on their labeling skills.

Pumpkin Investigation Day is probably one of my favorite days in Kindergarten. Every student brought a pumpkin from home for us to investigate. We spent the day comparing, describing, sorting, writing about, reading about, and exploring our pumpkins. Here are some pictures from the pumpkin activities that we did:

Mummy day was fun too! We read “Where’s My Mummy?” and wrote about what our “Mummy’s” do for us when we are scared.

The BEST part of Mummy Day was getting to wrap up our friends and Ms. Leeanne! She is always a good sport and ready to have fun with us.

On party day, we wrote about our halloween costumes. We also read “A Very Busy Spider” and made spider hats.

Here are a few pictures from our halloween party! Thanks to everyone who helped put it together! Everyone who attended had a blast.