As we come to the end of our first month of Kindergarten, I am excited to see the community that is being built each day in our classroom. We are really getting to know each other and beginning to form the foundation of a strong classroom community. We continue to learn and practice routines in the classroom, as well as other places in the school. Our year in academics has gotten off to a great start.
We are learning that there are many ways that people read and even if you are not yet ready to read the words in a book, there is still a lot of reading work you can do. We have talked a lot about looking closely and thinking about what you see to help you read. We also learned that we can be mindful of what our bodies need to do our best during reading time. Students are enjoying many stories being read aloud and love to join in on the reading of big books in the classroom.
We are putting lots of our ideas on the paper by making a picture in our mind. Kindergarten writing can range from having a simple picture to some words or even sentences. Students are encouraged to do their personal best to show the picture in their mind. We generated some writing ideas by thinking about people that we know, places we have been and things we love. We have also begun talking about ways to add labels to our writing. Encourage your child to draw and label pictures at home about experiences s/he might have.
We have been working on learning the big ideas of counting by trying to figure out how many students are in the class. As we share different strategies, we learn that it is okay to make a mistake and encourage students to try out their ideas. While doing this, we are creating a list of important things to remember when you count. Students have also been working in math stations. During this time, they are able to choose what station they want to work at and when they feel finished, they can clean up and choose another station. Ask your child about his/her favorite math materials and/or station.
We had our very first birthday celebration here in kindergarten! The birthday children got to roll a big die and add the numbers. Then they got a “present” from the “Birthday Basket” with that number on it. The present was a poem that we all got to act out! If your child was born in September, look for a birthday poem in his/her take-home folder! Take a minute to read and enjoy the poem with your child.
We finished our week by working together to make “Cooperation Monsters!” After reading a big book called “The Monsters’ Party,” the children worked in groups of four to complete a monster. Each child created a part of the monster; head, body, arms and legs. Then they decided how to put their monster together.
Our children are growing and learning so much and it’s only been 15 days!
Have a wonderful weekend!