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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Publishing our Stories!

Hello families! I hope everyone had a restful Columbus Day weekend! I was out yesterday because this weekend, I ran the Chicago Marathon!
It was my third marathon but my first ever in Chicago!

Back to the classroom...

We are finishing up our first units and will be starting new units next week! In reading, we are continuing to work on reading with others and sharing our thoughts. Today, we talked about how readers can talk about how they feel when they read. At home, talk about how stories make you feel to model the language for your child.

In writing, we have been working on editing and publishing our stories. We have been going back to stories we've written and making them better by adding details, labels and color.

In math, each day we have been exploring a shape and working on different shape related problems--
Can you fill a circle with squares?
What shapes can you use to fill a triangle?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Partner Reading and Discovering Shapes

Happy October Families! It's been 14 days of school and one month of Kindergarten done! We are still working on getting used to being in school, getting to know each other and the rules of the school.

Everyday we do reading. We have been working on independent reading and this week we started with partner reading. During partner reading, each student takes turns reading with their partner. Right now, many of the students are working on reading by talking about the pictures and sharing what they think about the pictures and story.

In math this week we started talking about patterns and shapes! On Friday, students worked on pattern block puzzles!

In writing, the children are writing daily. We've been working on adding details with people and the place our story takes place. Some children have begun to label their pictures by adding "me" next to themselves. Every day a few students also share their stories on the SMARTboard.

In word study, we have been learning 2 letters a week and also using our names to learn more about letters. One thing the class has been working on is name puzzles. They get to put together their name and the names of their friends.

Something else we worked on this week was turn and talk. Turning and talking is something we will be doing everyday so that students have the opportunities to talk and share their thoughts with others.

Check out the Important Dates page for October.