Friday, September 27, 2013

Partner Reading, A healthy concert and more pattern making!

Almost a month of kindergarten has passed! We are knee deep in establishing strong routines in our classroom!

We have been practicing partner reading. We will be partner reading frequently throughout the year. Children take turns reading books to one another, reading a book together and talking about books with one another.
S.L and Q.Z partner reading
G.Y and E.W partner reading
S.K and F.L partner reading
We have been reading poetry together to learn new words. This week, we added the word "me" to the word wall!
N.R reads the "I am me" poem
We worked on creating patterns and sorting this week! Students used pattern blocks and foam shapes to create a variety of patterns--
J.Z creates three different patterns
L.O creates a pattern with four different foam shapes
R.D's pattern
F.L's patterns
S.K's pattern
K.L's pattern
B.W's pattern
We learned to sort by shape, color and size!
B.W sorts by size
L.O and E.V sorting
L.O sorts by color
N.R sorts by shape
We also created graphs. We made a birthday graph to chart how many birthdays we had in each month and a graph to chart how many letters they have in their names.
We have been working on making detailed pictures to tell our stories and also beginning to label.

Thinking Maps
This week, the students were introduced to the bubble map. The bubble map is used to describe! Together, we created a bubble map for our principal, Mr. Groff.
Then the children worked on bubble maps for themselves. It's a work in progress now as many children have difficulty with words, but I encouraged drawing pictures for descriptors!
Language through Play
We learned new centers-light table, science center, and sensory box
A Healthy Concert
Jay Mankita, a musician who writes and sings songs about healthy eating came to our school today for a small concert. He sang songs about eating healthy foods and eating healthy to have strong bones!

Reminders & Announcements
Starting next Tuesday, class will begin at 8:00am. Some parents asked me about the letter that was sent home regarding Academic Intervention Services. The office made a mistake, instead of academic intervention services, I will be taking the whole class starting at 8:00am and starting the day earlier to make time for added play time.Please make sure your child arrives to school for the 8:00am start time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays!

If you haven't done so already, please send back the permission slips and trip fee for our two trips to the Queens County Farm and to the NYC Transit Museum.