Back in the swing of kindergarten!

It is so nice to be back in kindergarten after vacation! Between over a week off and a funny week last week weather-wise, we took some time to get back into the swing of school. We practiced our routines and got caught up on our vacation happenings.

Here is what we are up to...

Letters/sounds:
We are done officially introducing letters and sounds A-Z. Of course, we will continue to practice them and we are also learning how to "tap out" consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC) words such as fin, fun, set, sat and got. 

Weather:
We plan to go outside everyday unless it is too cold, rainy or unsafe (icy). Please make sure to pack or send in extra clothes (I can keep some in our room for your child) since children may get wet at recess.



Indoor recess fort making: Totally child led fort planning, engineering, building and teamwork! We ended up with three forts with three different purposes; one for for LEGO building, one for veterinarians to help our stuffed animals and one calm/relaxing fort. These kids rock! How am I so lucky?


Bears/birds/science:
We are learning about hibernation, migration and animal adaptations! I want to make a bear den with our class as I have in past years. If you happen to have a large (big enough to fit a couple kindergartners in) cardboard box you don't need, we would love to turn it into a cozy reading den.

Math: 
We are learning all about 3D solid shapes and have a solid figure collection of things we have found in our school. If you and your child  to find some 3D shapes (cones, cubes, spheres or cylinders) at home or while you are out and about we would love to add them to our collection.







Next week, we will be taking the math iReady test on the chrome books! We have been practicing how to use the chrome books. Please see the email from Mr. Gergler about iReady and let me know if you have any questions. This will be the first time kindergartners do this game-based assessment. Students in other grades tried it for the first time this fall. 




In kindergarten, we celebrate the 100th day of school. As of today, it will be on February 8th. Naturally, if we have more snow days it will be pushed back. On this day, we do activities and games focusing on the number 100. Prior to February 8th, kindergartners are welcome to complete a project at home to share at school. More information will come home about this in the next couple of weeks.

Ask your child:
~How to tap out a word
~About the bear project they made and hung up in our room
~Their New Year's Goals & hopes
~To tell you what a "face" on a shape means
~What kinds of bear live in NH
~What migrate means
~Why Mrs. Margolis does so much dancing!
~How to "robot talk" CVC words

Happy vacation!

Our annual gingerbread hunt was a success! Thank you for all of your help and donations. It was fun to be able to celebrate with so many of you. I hope you have a fun and safe vacation!






This week we also did some engineering as we made bridges with marshmallows and tooth picks. WE were trying to see if we could designed and engineer a different way for the gingerbread to get across that river. It was definitely a lesson in perseverance!











Gingerbread, shapes, letters, snow and fun!

Literacy:
We have learned all the uppercase and lowercase letters and sounds except for (q and z-next week)! This week we are practicing the letters y-yellow /y/ and x-fox /x/. Students are making letter craft projects, finding them everywhere and practicing writing them too! We continue to practice comprehension strategies including listening for the who, what, and where in stories.

Password pattern candy canes...




Gingerbread password memory (spatulas included!)


We are practicing 5 star illustrations making sure to add lots of detail to our writing! We are called the "Best writers in the big giant world" and seem to be living up to it!

We have read quite a few versions of the Gingerbread Man. Thank you to those who have come in to read to us. We are also doing lots of gingerbread themed learning activities in all academic areas.
Gingerbread Cowboy





Science:
We were wondering why the Gingerbread never wanted to go into the river and so we HAD to try it out! We did an experiment to see what would happen if he did fall into the river.


First we predicted what might happen: it may sink, float, break or swim! Then we tested the gingerbread man by placing a gingerbread cookie in a “river” (bowl of water). Next, we observed what would happen to gingerbread in water. Last, we drew about what happened. I don't want to spoil the surprise so ask your child all about it!








Math:
We have also been practicing learning the names and attributes of 2D flat shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle and hexagon). We used wikki sticks, geo-boards, clay, construction paper and our bodies to make shapes!

We continue to play ST math and participate in counting games and songs, calendar activities and patterning as well.
Painted pattern peppermints...





Snow:
With snow comes lots of gear and clothing adventures! Thank you to all who labeled your child's snow gear as it is SO very helpful as we learn to navigate how to organize ourselves and our gear! 


adventures in kindergarten

We had visits from two more community helpers!

Alex's Mom came in to talk about her job as a Pediatrician! She shared her knowledge and some of her tools with all of us!


Andre's Dad came to visit our room and talk about how his job as a Chiropractor helps people in our community too! He brought in a model of a spine and also models of bones in our neck and back!

 

Thank you both!

You may have heard that we have a new student in our class! I am so impressed at how welcoming, kind and helpful our team has been during this exciting transition! I know the generosity and love from students in our room and those of our new friend has helped all of us learn about each other.

We were fortunate to have Mrs. Kurtz visit us once again and read a book called Elwood Bigfoot.   Elwood really loves birds and tries to make friends with them but learned through trial and error some more effective ways to make friends! Next, we were tasked with creating an Elwood. Each group had one piece of him and we had to do teamwork to make him complete. The end result is great but I think it may have to do with how awesome our team is :)


 

We are learning about 2D flat shapes! We read The Shape of Things and went on shape hunts. We also used shapes to make our own town and a pizza (for the letter p too)!

















We celebrated P & J with style in our cozy pj's. We also popped popcorn and used our 5 senses to learn all about it!




Ask your child:
~How many bones are in our neck? How many bones are in a giraffe's neck?
~How do Doctors help people?
~To find and name shapes at home (2D flat shapes-circle, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon)
~To count to 100
~About their shape city creation
~To write their name with an uppercase letter only for their first letter
~What sound p and j make