Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Firestation Field Trip

Yesterday we walked over to Firestation number 2 for a tour and talk with the firefighters. The kindergartners loved getting to hear all about firefighters and fire safety. They got a tour of the building, saw the tools that the firefighters use, and watched a firefighter get in all his gear. The firefighters also talked about fire safety with the kindergartners. It is especially important that the kids know what to do in case there is a fire. Probably the big highlight though, was walking through the firetruck on their way out of the building! Big fun!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November 28th - December 2nd

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I know that I for one really enjoyed being around family, sleeping in, shopping, and helping Olive learn how to crawl (we are almost there!).
We have about three full weeks until winter break and our class is going to work really hard! Some of the kindergartners are reading and some are REALLY REALLY close! Please keep working with your child at home, it really does make a difference.

This week in reading we will...
  • Draw a "moon."
  • Learn all about "Woody Woodchuck." He makes the /oo/ sound as in book. 
  • Draw a "book."
This week in math we will...
  • Work on visualizing and telling addition and subtraction math stories
  • Show tens using pennies and number tiles
  • Practice writing 3, 4, and 5
  • Review graphing 
  • Learn the ABC pattern
Wow, that is a lot in math. We may not get to all of that, but it is better to over-plan than to under-plan.

In social studies we will also start exploring jobs in and around our community. Ms. Rusco set up a trip for the kindergartners to go visit the local fire department. We will be walking there on Tuesday and aiming to be there at 1:30. To prepare for our visit we are going to read some books about firefighters. We are also going to build and label a class fire engine.

We will also be visited by the counselor this week and Friday our nurse, Mrs. Wilcox, will be giving her final presentation about personal safety. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turkey Math

Today we used turkey feathers to measure things around the room. We had a great time finding out how many turkey feathers long our arms and legs were. I think they especially liked finding out how tall I am.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall Party

I thought I would go ahead and post some photos from our fall party. It's always nice to see them in color :)

And here is one of us in our cool and crazy hats with our "M" pumpkin.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 21st and 22nd

It is a very short week. We do not have school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. These types of weeks are hard on everyone. They are nice because they are short, but then they also have a tendency to throw everyone off of their routine. Our little kinders are especially victim to that. Hopefully we can get some learning accomplished, but also have a nice and easy two days.

In Reading we will...
  • Learn the /oo/ sound by getting to know Lou Lou Moose! 
In Math we will...
  • Work on the teen numbers
  • Explore partners in numbers; partners of 4 are 2 - 2 and 3-1
  • Use turkey feathers to measure different things around the room
Because Thanksgiving is this week we will also be talking about what we are thankful for. We are going to make a thankful tree using our hand-prints and hang it up in our room. This would be great thing to carry over into your conversations with your child at home.

Last week we also read a non-fiction book about turkeys and then made a list about what we found. We will be making turkeys using paper and coffee filters. They will use marker on the coffee filter and then spray water on to them to make the colors run together!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 14th - 19th

We are officially into the 2nd trimester of school! Your kinders have made some huge gains during the first trimester and I'm sure they are going to make even more as the year progresses. Here is a look into our week.

Drawing and labeling a "hen"
Exploring different tellings of "The Little Red Hen"
Lou Lou Moose (the /oo/ sound)

Unit 2 test
#'s 1-10 and Math Stories
Introducing and working with the teens

Our counselor will be visiting us on Tuesday and we will also be having our 3rd session with our nurse, Mrs. Wilcox, about personal safety.