Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pattern books and Play Journals

Happy Holidays everyone! It's been a warm December which is great for the kids-we've had great weather for outdoor play!

This month, our class has started reading and writing pattern books. Pattern books are books with simple patterns for example:
I see a cat.
I see a dog.
I see a rabbit.

This helps children learn and pick up more sight words and also helps them utilize other reading strategies such as pointing and using the picture to help figure out the word.

You can work with your child on sight words at home to help support their learning.
 Click here for a fun game with sight words.

In math, we finished up our unit on counting through games. One of the games we learned is Roll and Record. Partners take turns rolling a die, counting and recording it.
Another game, Domino Parking Lot helps students to see numbers as two groups. They worked together to put dominoes in their proper "parking spot."
This week, we started measuring! I told the students my dog ate my shoe and needed to get new shoes but the shoe salesman only had unifix cubes. I asked them for help! We talked about different ways we could use the unifix cubes to measure!
During language through play, we turned our dramatic play area into a doctor's office!
We also started using journals to reflect on what we did during choice time everyday!
Reminder, next Tuesday-we have a family craft workshop for our class!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Math Games!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of a blog post last week. Last weekend, I ran the 60K (37.2 miles!) in Central Park, which was 9 laps of the inner loop! Luckily some of my TALES colleagues came to pace me! Fellow kindergarten teachers Mrs. Nesser and Ms. Liang came and PreK teacher Mr. Andy, second grade teacher Ms. Reilly and speech therapist Ms. Tina also came! It was incredibly encouraging! After 8 hours and 21 minutes, I crossed the finish line of my first ultra marathon!

We have been working on finishing up our writing in the world unit. Students have been creating a variety of different kinds of writing including cards, signs, menus, buttons, etc. Check out some of their work below---
G.S made a button that says "be nice to friends" 
K.C created a button to show others that she likes cats!
L.H made a button that tells others not to bring a bat into a cave
In math, we have been learning different games to help work on counting and numbers! We have been playing a ten frame game, where students work in pairs to show a number and then their partner shows that number on the ten frame.
Another game we learned is Roll and Record, where students roll a die and then record it.
Last week the Okra Dance Company came to our school to demonstrate a variety of dances from around the world. We watched the dancers perform dances from Greece, Mexico, Hawaii, Africa and Ireland.

Next week will be a short three day week. Tuesday, we have a walking trip to the Queens Botanical Garden and there will be no school Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Queens County Farm Museum Trip

On Friday, our class went to the Queens County Farm Museum! It was a fun trip and it was great for us to be outdoors. We saw different farm animals and picked our own pumpkins!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pumpkin pumpkin!

This past week, we explored pumpkins! We opened up a pumpkin together and felt the pumpkin and smelled it and created a jack-o-lantern together!

On Friday, some students dressed in costumes for Halloween!
I sent out to individual families photos of their child. If you didn't receive any photos of your child in costume and would like some, please email me and let me know.

This Wednesday is parent teacher conferences. I'm excited to see everyone and talk about each child's progress. :)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Writing in our world

This week we started our new units! In reading, we will start reading emergent storybooks. These are books that have a very repetitive and fun story line and easy to remember, catchy dialogue. These stories include books like Three Bears, Three Billy Goats, Three Pigs, Corduroy, and Caps for Sale. This week we started by making puppets for Three Billy Goats and we acted out the Three Bears!
In writing, we shared our stories with each other. Students "read" the stories they wrote to others.
K.S shares her story with G.Z
These stories are now hanging outside on our bulletin board. Be sure to check it out when you come visit for Parent Teacher Conferences!

We started our writing in the world unit. We started by looking at different kinds of writing.
K.C looks at a postcard
G.L looks at a button
L.H views a bus map
A.C looks at a greeting card
J.C looks at a menu
We also went on a neighborhood walk with Ms. Rebecca to look for writing outside!
At home, look for different kinds of writing with your child-this could be recipes, directions, posters, etc.

In math, we created shape collages which the students took home! They looked for different shapes in Ikea catalogs.

Recently in play, we opened the block center. We introduced this center by having each child pick a block and we built a structure together. Watch the progress below---
With the leaves everyone has collected, students used them during the art center.
On Friday, we went to the NYC Transit Museum. It's a beautiful museum with lots of interesting things to look at and learn about. I encourage you to go with your child! The students created a bus/train and looked at different kinds of trains.