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2017-2018 Archives

PreK and Kindergarten really enjoyed learning about insects. We read about the life cycles of ladybugs, bees, butterflies and moths, ants, and dragonflies. We compared insects and spiders.   Two read alouds, Gotta Go, Gotta Go! and The Very Hungry Caterpillar quickly became class favorites. Our culminating activity was to build an insect or spider with playdough and a variety of craft supplies. Unfortunately, drying them in the sun was not a good idea and they fell apart before they were dry. :( Halfway through the month, we began learning about plants and animals that live in the ocean. We watched many short 1-3 minute videos about various animals and compared the information we learned in our books to the information in the videos. 
In Math, Kindergarten has been working on representing the numbers 11 to 19 with a group of 10 and some ones, then writing the corresponding number sentence. We also had an introduction to measurement, learning about comparing length, height, weight, and capacity of various objects. We will finish up the year with data analysis and a quick introduction to telling time. 

We began the month of April learning about the four Seasons. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of "real" Spring to observe the characteristics we learned about. When we finished learning about the Weather, Seasons and the Water Cycle, we voted on what the next topic in Science would be. The overwhelming majority voted to learn about plants. In the past two weeks, we've had lots of hands-on exploration, planting seeds, and examining roses and apple branches. Check out the link to the sub-page above for pictures of our experiments.

In Math we learned about writing number sentences of numbers up to ten using the part-part-whole model and have moved on to making the numbers 11 to 19 with a 10 and some ones. The concept of teen numbers has been difficult for some of the class. You can help out at home by counting groups of up to 20 objects and having your child make a group of ten and counting the "extras".

We started off the month of March celebrating the works of Dr. Seuss. Kindergarten helped decorate the bulletin board for "Oh, the Places You'll Go." We played lots of rhyming, word building, and imagination games. We wrote about favorite parts of Dr. Seuss's stories, and used his ABCs book as inspiration for making our own books using magazines to help illustrate. In Math we've been learning about shapes. We've focused on these 2-D shapes: circle, triangle, rectangle, square, and rhombus ; and these 3-D shapes: sphere, cube, cone, and cylinder. We did hands-on exploration and learned which 3-D shapes can slide, stack, or roll.
We are ending the month learning about Weather and the Seasons. In Math, Kindergarten is learning about parts of a whole, such as making 9 by having one part with 4 counters and one part with 5 counters.

We started the month of February with a character study of Pete the Cat. We discovered that Pete doesn't get upset when things don't go as planned. Instead, he keeps going along singing his song. He is also a good friend. He has a great growth mindset!
In Math, we have been working on Identifying and Describing Shapes and Position and Location of Shapes. Both grades had a great time looking for shapes in the classroom and in books and describing where things are located. Whenever we've had extra time, we've been playing Flamingo Bingo which has a flamingo in different places such as above the cloud or beside the house. The children love taking turns being the caller and reading the cards to each other. They've also been using the magnetic building tiles as well as the wooden unit blocks to create various three dimensional shapes. What a great way to practice problem solving and spatial skills!
For the past few weeks, we've been reading stories about different Gingerbread characters. Both preK and K students have been working on retelling the traditional story and the Kindergartners have been working on reading different versions and are now writing their own gingerbread stories, either individually or in small groups. The kindergartners are very excited to show the words they can read on their own and practice every day.

PreK has been working on counting up to 20, and Kindergarten has been working on addition and subtraction within 10, using stories and manipulatives to act it out. PreK has been working on letters of the alphabet, Kindergarten has been working on reading level B books. Both groups have been learning about penguins, and their "polar opposites"- Arctic animals. Next week, we will be doing a character study of Pete the Cat. 

In PreK & K we finished up learning how to write all the capital letters. Kindergartners have started learning lowercase letters and sight words my, the, I, a, and can. We have enjoyed listening to our Reading Buddies from grades 1/2 read us Christmas stories while we worked in small groups on our Christmas crafts and gifts for our families. We hope you enjoy them. In Math, we've been learning how to count, read, and write the numbers 11 to 20.

We had a school-wide pajama day on 12/19. Mrs. Mathieu was kind enough to take our picture while we were reading this afternoon.



In Language Arts, we worked on the Magic C letters. They're magic letters because you first write a C, then turn it into another letter, such as O, G, Q, and S. We also learned the center-starters I, T, and J. We have finished learning all the capital letters and will be moving on to lowercase letters in December.
In Math, we've been counting and comparing numbers 0 to 10. We've talked about the numbers that are 1 fewer, 2 fewer, 1 more, and 2 more than any given number. We also practiced putting groups of numbers into counting order, starting with a number that is not 1. These concepts can be tricky, and some children were having difficulty, so please practice at home.
We are finishing out the month looking forward to the arrival of our elf, Krynn, as we begin working on top-secret craft projects. 

The month of October has been a very busy month in PreK & K. We finished the Frog Jump capital letters (FEDPBRNM) and began learning the Starting Corner capitals (HKLUVWXYZ). We only have the Center Starting capitals left (COQGSAITJ). PreK went on a green hunt, took pictures, and made a book for our classroom library. We have read at least one book each day and are making a poster with pictures of all the books on it.
In Math, we've learned how to read and write the numbers 0-10, count groups of that many objects, and compare the numbers using the words more than, less than,equal to, more, or fewer. 
We picked the pumpkin we grew in our class garden. We guessed how many seeds might be inside. We explored and described the inside and outside of the pumpkin. We counted the seeds. There were 143. Ms. R was closest with a guess of 139. 

Language Arts
We've worked on the letters F, E, D, P, B, and R. We have learned how to write them using the Handwriting Without Tears format. We're learning about the sounds the letters make and words that begin with those sounds. You can help at home by asking things like "It's time to read our book. What sound does book begin with? That's right, the /b/ sound."
Updated 10/8/17: We've also learned letters N, M, H and K. 

We've learned how to count groups of up to five objects, identify, read, and write the numbers 1 to 5. You can help at home by having your child practice counting. A great time to do this is setting the table: "How many people in our family?" (pause to count) "So if everyone needs one plate, how many plates will you need to put on the table?"

Photo Comment: This young lady was very excited to bring in her Rabbit for letter R.