We read the book Shiver Me Letters by June Sobel and went on a letter hunt with pirates. After reading the book, the students got to go on their own letter hunt using pages out of magazines. The searched for a letter, cut it out, told me their letter and then glued the letter onto our poster. We had so much fun practicing letter identification!
Kindergarten spent their first flex day learning about the design cycle, going to a STEM lab, and doing a STEM project in our classroom. This week we had read Goldilocks and the Three Bears. After reading the story we made a list of problems the 3 bears and Goldilocks had. We came up with the idea that if Goldilocks had a comfy bed at her house she would not have had to sleep in baby bears bed. The students worked in groups to make a bed for Goldilocks. They had to use all of the materials that were given in their bag. They learned that some beds they made did not work and had to go back and try to build it again. They also learned a lot about working together.
This week we focused on retelling stories using pictures and words. We read Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, If You Give A Mouse A Muffin and If You Take A Mouse To School. After we read, If You Take A Mouse To School we retold the story using words. We then finished the sentence, If you take a mouse to school… then we made a mouse to put onto our paper.
Every day we review all of the sight words we are learning. We review them by spelling them, using them in sentences, playing I Spy on the board to find them, or do worksheets with the words. Today we wrote our sight words with a write crayon on a rainbow and then used watercolors to paint our rainbow and reveal the words.
September is quickly approaching. Just a reminder that Scholastic Book Orders are due September 27th. The link will take you to our class page where you can order books. If you order books your child will be sent home with them when the order arrives at school.
On Friday we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in class then did a activity to go along with the book. The students made a coconut tree and spelled their names. We began working on coloring nicely in the lines, cutting on the lines, following directions, and spelling and writing our names. Their work is displayed in the hallways!!
Since we start Math first thing in the morning, I like to get them moving so they are ready for the day. The students love doing our Let’s Get Fit Count to 100 and Count by 5′s video. They are doing great! (These videos can be found on Youtube if you would ever want to play them at home. We also love watching and moving to the left and right robot song and phonics videos!)
I have sent home the first homework assignment that needs returned to school. Inside of your child’s folder you will see a label that says left at home and right back to school. The homework that needs returned will be placed on the right side of the folder. We are working hard at learning our left and right and will make sure the homework that needs returned is placed on the right side. Also students have a My Letter Book in their folder, please make sure you are going over the letters and their sounds every night! Reading for 15 minutes or at least one book a night is also beneficial. As the year progresses I will send home reading logs to be filled out nightly. Please make sure you are going over the sight words because those are assessed every Friday. I have posted all of the sight words we will learn this under the resource page if you would like to work ahead with your child. Make sure you are reviewing all of the sight words we are learning.
Every Monday students will be introduced to 3 new sight words. We will practice these words everyday in class. We will write the words, spell the words, use them in sentences, write sentences with the words, and other activities. I will send home the list of sight words with your child on Monday and it is important that you practice these at home. On Friday I will asses them on the sight words we have learned. (On week two I will assess them on all 6 sight words we have learned, so the list keeps building.) The sight words for the week of August 28th are: I, Is, The. I am also including a list of Kindergarten sight words that are broken down into months, so if you would like to challenge and work on more sight words at home you can do so!kinder-sight-words-by-month