We began our day with a whole kindergarten morning meeting in Ms Raymond's room, making a spider web as we greeted each other! And we finished the day with our spider party - the kiddos rotated through the three classrooms to make three spider crafts, and then we visited our big buddies!
* Unfortunately, I had to leave before our spider party and time with our big buddies but I can't wait to hear all about it from the kids and if Mrs Jarvis took any pictures I'll upload them tomorrow!
This month's 4 Winds topic was Erosion. Our 4 Winds volunteer, Miss Rebecca, began our study of the geosphere with a look at how, over time, the powerful agents of erosion have shaped and formed our landscape. Gravity, water, wind and ice are constantly weathering, wearing away and moving rocks, soil, sand and sediments, and depositing them elsewhere. The activities we did with her included a puppet show, drop by drop, and wind action - check out the pictures below!
Today the kindergartners achieved their goal of 20 minutes of writing stamina!! That means they can stay in their spot, work quietly and write the whole time - for 20 minutes! What an accomplishment!! Below you will find a sampling of what we've been working on: teaching books. We are have been learning that we can write to teach people all about whatever we know, and that we can plan across the pages of a booklet to elaborate. In the captions I put the topic (what the student is teaching all about) and what each page is showing about that topic (what the student knows about the topic).
What are some things your student knows all about?
Have you asked your student about the letters we have learned so far? Have they been saying things like "F, fun, /ffff/" or "B, bat, /bbb/"? If so, that's because we use a program called Fundations to teach letter recognition, sound recognition and print formation! If you would like to learn more about this program I have attached the Home Support Packet.
* Please note that I will not be sending home Letter Formation Practice pages home or extra activity sheets unless you request it.
Hurray! The rain held off long enough for us to enjoy the morning at Lester Farm! We went on a tractor ride, walked through the corn maze, and of course - picked out a pumpkin to take home!
Mr. Urban, our school Guidance Counselor, visits our classroom on Tuesday mornings! Back in September he sent a note home to explain a little about what he'd be doing in kindergarten. If you click here you can look at a more detailed Scope and Sequence for the Second Step program in kindergarten. I do not attend Specials (Art, Music, etc.) with the students but I do participate in Guidance so that I can use the same language and apply the skills of the program e.g. focusing attention, using self talk, being assertive etc. throughout our day. Today was our first day of Unit 2, below you can see a few students demonstrating sad.
If you want to learn more about Second Step or using these skills at home please contact me or Mr. Urban!
In a recent newsletter it was shared that we have begun Guided Reading groups. During this time we not only read but we also work on phonological skills, below I have attached two articles via hyperlinks about the importance of rhyming and a description of phonological skills, how they develop, and sample tasks. I have also included a picture from one of today's Guided Reading groups - remember to point to your words!
Time To Rhyme
The Development of Phonological Skills
Again, as many of you saw at Open House we have three classroom caterpillars, which when you saw them were in their chrysalises. Thursday morning around 7:30 two butterflies emerged! We released them in the school garden at the end of the day and Mrs. Jarvis opened up some old milkweed plants for the students. Not only did they enjoy saying goodbye to the monarchs (and good luck on your journey to Mexico) but they also ran around spreading milkweed seeds!