Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30th - February 3rd

This week is going to be a very exciting one. On Tuesday we are heading to the Lied Center to see a production of "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Ugly Duckling." It should be a great afternoon! On Wednesday we will be celebrating the 100th day of kindergarten. I have a whole bunch of fun activities planned for the kids. If you haven't already, please try and remember to send your kindergartners bag of 100 things. It is neat to see all the different items that the kids have found and counted.

It is hard to believe that it will be February this week. The kids have really come a long way since August! It almost feels like two years rolled into one. The kindergartners that walked in the door the first day are definitely not the same kiddos today. They know the routines, the expectations, and they ALL have great Kennedy PRIDE!

On Thursday of this week we will meet "Orty Orsen." He makes the /or/ sound, like in store. We will draw a horn on Friday and continue to work on blending sounds together to make words.

We have also started Unit 4 in our math curriculum. This week we will look at the teens using bug drawings, talk about grocery store scenarios, and continue to use our "Math Talk." "Math Talk," in simpliest terms is kids talking about how and why they got the answer that they did. It is a very important skill for kids to have and I have been trying to help them work on this skill.

Additionally we will be doing some Kansas activities, because Kansas celebrated it's birthday on Sunday. On Monday we made sunflowers and they turned out so cute!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17th - January 20th

We are back after a very nice three day weekend!I know that sometimes it is hard to remind the kiddos why they had a three day weekend, but if you get the chance talk to them about it! On Friday before our weekend we talked about peace and how Martin Luther King Jr. worked really hard to get peace for everyone. We talked about how schools used to look a lot different and just because of how you looked you might have gone seperate schools. It can be a hard thing to talk about, but I think it is important for even the young ones to be exposed to.

We have also been doing a lot with our dinosaur unit. Look for some cool dinosaur fossils to be coming home with your kinder. They turned out so neat. Click here if you want the recipe for the salt-dough that we used to make our fossils.

Perhaps though, the highlight of the week was when we built and watched a "volcano" explode. I used sand, vinegar and baking soda. It was pretty exciting! We talked about how one theory that the dinosaurs are extinct is because a volcano erupted and sent dust and ash into the sky, which caused the sun to be blocked out. Kind of a hard concept to grasp, but watching a volcano erupt is super cool. I had as much fun if not more doing watching it explode!

Pure joy

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Winter Party

We had such a great time at our winter party searching for the gingerbread man! We were unsuccessful in our quest to find him, but we did get some yummy gingerbread cookies. Here are some photos from our party. I especially love how different each decorated gingerbread cookie was. No two are alike :)
Here we are hunting for our gingerbread man.
Still can't find him!
No gingerbread man, but big gigantic gingerbread cookies. They iced them, put sprinkles on them, used gumdrops and mini m&ms. What a treat!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and welcome to the new year, 2012! I hope that everyone had a lovely time away from school. I really enjoyed my time off. My husband and me went to Hays, Kansas for a couple of days, spent some time with my parents in Overland Park and then basically just took it easy for the rest of the break. But now it is time to kick it into high gear in our kindergarten room! Although elementary schools are on trimester schedule, we still do a lot of testing and measuring at semester. We are really hoping that most or all our kindergartners are reading at this time and are starting to put sentences together. Of course, not all kids are at that point and that is okay! We will keep giving everyone the appropriate support they need!

This week we are going to be focusing on remembering our routines and getting back into the groove of school. Wednesday will most likely be a review day. I need the review as much as they do! I am also going to start adding some more responsibility and choices into their literacy stations. We are also going to start our dinosaur unit this week. I have some really fun activities planned.

In reading we will...
  • Learn the letter "W"
  • Draw a well
In math we will...