Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog post delayed & Couple of reminders

Hi everyone. The NYC ING Marathon is this Sunday! I will be spending spare time eating and resting! Blog post to come afterwards :)
A couple of reminders---
  •  Tuesday (tomorrow), October 29th - Fall Festival 5:30-6:30pm (I will be at the face painting table)
  • Thursday, October 31st-bring costumes with your child, they may change into their costumes after lunch (they must be able to put their costumes on by themselves)
  • Friday-we will be switching take home books, remember to send take home book baggies back to school with your child
  • Tuesday, November 5th - NO SCHOOL for students
  • Wednesday, November 6th - Picture Day
  • Monday, November 18th - We are going to the library, if your child has a library card please send it with them. I also sent home library forms if your child would like a card. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Writing in our world

We started a new writing unit this week! For the next couple of weeks, we will be exploring all kinds of writing. It is important for children to see the importance of writing and how writing is everywhere! We started off by exploring different types of writing (cards, postcards, invitations, advertisements, menus, maps, etc). Thank you for those that brought in writing examples!
We took it outside the classroom and looked for writing around the school! The children were great at using the clipboards and drawing/writing their observations!
Then, we took it a step further and went outside the school and around the block to look for writing!
We opened more literacy centers this week as well-Big Book Center, where children read big book using pointers with a partner.
We also opened up our classroom library, where students get to read different genre books.
In reading, we have also been talking about how readers feel when they read stories. We worked on talking about what we feel and explaining why we feel that way.
Our circle map of feelings
We have been working on learning and practicing numbers this week and learning how to count through games. One game we learned is Racing bears. This is a game we play with a partner, you roll the die, count the dots, move your bear and then your partner goes. We emphasize counting and making sure you are moving the number you roll.
Language through Play
This week we finally opened up our dramatic play center!
-Take home books were sent home on Friday. Please make sure your child sends back the book every Friday. We will be switching books only on Fridays!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Exploring the farm

I hope everyone is enjoying their day off today in observance of Columbus Day!

This week we learned another literacy center--Storytelling Center! Students get to use puppets and finger puppets to retell stories we have been listening to and reading. This is great practice for retelling which is a skill we will be constantly doing in kindergarten.
retelling the five little monkeys jumping on the bed
retelling the three billy goats gruff
retelling the three bears
retelling the three bears
This week we also learned another thinking map-tree map, which is a map we use to categorize things. We made a tree map of our favorite things-people, foods and toys.
In math, we created shape collages using the shapes we learned!
Some creations during language through play--
We also went to the farm this week! Thank you to the mom's of L.O, E.W, F.L, K.L, N.R, S.L and M.P for chaperoning our trip! Everyone had a lot of fun looking at the different farm animals and especially picking their own pumpkins to take home! 
Thank you L.O's mom for sending me this photo!
This weekend, I ran the Staten Island half-marathon!!