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Mrs. Hemon

December 17, 2019
December has been a whirlwind of excitement in the PreK/K classroom. Our theme this month has been the folk tale "The Gingerbread Boy." We have been reading lots of stories about gingerbread characters, comparing and contrasting the characters, whether or not the gingerbread gets eaten, and what kinds of tricks some of the villains play on the gingerbread boy, girl, or animal. In Math, Kindergarten is working on the numbers 11 to 20. Reading, writing, and counting these numbers has been difficult for many, so we will be reviewing before moving on in January.
Code Week was a lot of fun. On Monday, Kindergarten and Sixth Grade worked together to create the letters C and D for the school's banner. Tuesday, we watched My Robotic Friend (Mrs. Placey) who had to follow the algorithm created by Mrs. Stebbins. In the classroom, we did an unplugged hopscotch activity. Wednesday we did an Hour of Code and learned how to make an algorithm in Scratch Jr. Thursday we read stories about Computer Science. Friday we met in the MPR for "Code-A-Kabob."
As one of our choices during Play centers, or during Breakfast Clubs, we have been working on some top-secret craft projects as gifts for our families. The children are very excited to share what we've made and their joy is heartwarming. I hope you enjoy the "trash to treasure" they've created. Have a wonderful time with your children while they have school vacation. See you in 2020!

November 25, 2019
The month of November has flown by! In Math, Kindergarten has been comparing and ordering numbers 0 to 10. In Science and Language Arts, Kindergarten and preK have been learning about animals that are native to our area. They especially liked learning about the mammals and birds, which naturally lead to our unit on Thanksgiving. We read about the Pilgrims and Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving. When Mrs. Fellows came in on November 14th, she talked to the students about Gratitude and they made leaves with things they are grateful for and added them to her tree.

October 31, 2019
We read the story "Snowmen at Halloween" then created snowmen who were dressed up in costumes. They came out great! Click here to see the pictures: Snowmen at Halloween

October 28, 2019
We began the month of October finishing up our unit on Farms and started learning about the life cycles of apples and pumpkins. We explored the inside and outside of both types of fruits. We found there are lots of ways they are alike and lots of ways they are different. We read lots of stories, both fiction and non-fiction, about apples and pumpkins. Our favorite was Strega Nona's Harvest by Tomie dePaola.
We have started learning how to write lowercase letters using the Learning Without Tears formation. So far, we have learned c, o, s, v, w, t, a, and d. We have also been reading lots of leveled readers with our sight words in them, as well as pictures that closely match the text.
In Math, we worked on Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0 to 5 and Numbers 6 to 10. We have been practicing counting, reading, and writing the numbers 0 to 10. 
 
September 27, 2019
Pre-K and Kindergarten have been hard at work all month long. We began the month studying the life cycle of monarch butterflies with a habitat in our classroom that held ten caterpillars. We watched them eat, grow, and change. Our unit concluded with the release of ten monarch butterflies. We are continuing our Life Science studies by learning about farms.
We are learning letters of the alphabet, following the order in the Learning Without Tears program (formerly Handwriting Without Tears). We began with the Frog Jump Capitals (letters that start in the top left, make a big line down, then jump back up to the top left before beginning the next stroke): F, E, D, P, B, R, N, M. Then we began the Starting Corner Capitals (letters that begin in the top left, by do not return there for the second motion): H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. Next week we will begin learning the Center Starting Capitals: C, O, Q, G, S, A, I, T, J. Once we have finished with the capitals, we will move on to lowercase letters.
In Math, we have been learning how to count groups of objects, as well as read and write numbers 1 to 5. The kindergartners illustrated and labeled a book about things Old MacDonald might have seen on his farm. What fun!


August 27, 2019
We had a great first day of kindergarten. The students explored some of the toys first thing this morning and worked on their social skills. I heard lots of problem solving and fun, collaborative playing going on! Everyone helped clean up, then they went to Art with Mr. Wade. After Art, we had snack, read a story Caps for Sale,had Morning Meeting, then went out to recess with Mrs. Ricker's class. We came inside, washed up for lunch, and went to the multi with grades K-3. After lunch, we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and make coconut trees with the alphabet climbing up in the branches. We had another snack, learned a new song, and made Mat Man both with wood pieces and with a marker on paper. Mat Man is a character in our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum that you'll be hearing about a lot! After we finished Mat Man, we packed up for home, then went out for a second recess. The students were pretty excited because our whole wing of the school (grades K-5) were outside together. When we came inside, it was time to go home.  What an exciting first day!