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January 13 Talking Points

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Ask your child about:

-Game Board morning (for the letter G)
-The letter C and G book, buddy reading, handwriting, sorts
-Making cozy campires with a parent volunteer for the letter C
-Playing Futaba on the iPad to recognize words
-Reading The Mitten (students first drew their predication on one mitten and by the end of the book, they drew what really happened on the other mitten).  Before reading books with your child at home, you can ask them to predict what they think will happen based on the cover.
-Sorting snowmen in math and what their “rule” for sorting was
-Reading The Little Red Sled and creating a sled out of a candycane
-Making a snowman from our footprint with a parent volunteer
-Starting a new writing unit called Small Moments where we worked on listening to stories to see how authors stretch out a small moment.  Ask your child about the book A Chair For My Mother and what words the author used to describe the chair.

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Friday, January 6th, 2012

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January 6th Talking Points

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Ask your child about:
-The assembly about Mozart
-Mystery reader
-Using new “apps” on the iPad such as reading digital books and spelling sight words.
-After revisiting our classroom rules (to take care of yourself, others, things, and try your best), we reread the book Have You Filled A Bucket Today? Then we created our own buckets of happiness hanging on our bulletin board.  Ask your child how he/she will “fill” other people’s buckets with happiness this New Year.
-The letter Y (Y book, buddy reading, how to write a Yy, making a Yy person).
-Reading Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and using pastels to illustrate and write what our snowmen would do at night if he/she came alive (hanging up in our classroom).
-New Year’s activities such as making party hats, 2012 signs, writing New Year’s Resolutions (hanging up in our classroom).

November 18th Talking Points

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Ask your child about:

-How they made bread and what ingredients they used
-The shapes they used to make a Scarecrow
-Handprint turkeys
-Making a cornucopia
-Playing the math counting game “In the Dog House”
-Creating “List” stories in Writing Workshop (Classroom List, Birthday List, Vacation List)
-The letter Bb
-Starting word study groups (sorting letters/pictures/words)
-Mystery reader

 

June 10

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

*Reminder:  Field Day is Monday.  Please send in disposable water bottle for your child to take out on the playground.

Math

For the remainder of the year, students will be working on projects to challenge their math thinking.  One of the projects requires students to make a 12 car train for a clown to use in the circus.  Students need to follow all of the clown’s guidelines such as there needs to be at least 2 patterns, have 2 or more colors, and have 3 or more geometric shapes.

Writing/Reading

We are wrapping up the year with poetry.  Students made an ing poem that required them to choose an animal and list action words ending with ing.  We will be doing acrostic, diamante, and more.

Your child will be bringing home their writing folder soon.  This can stay at home.  Before the school year ends, I will send home a writing journal students can use over the summer.

Also, we are getting close to finishing our study of sight words.  Please continue to use the sight word game at home during the summer to maintain vocabulary knowledge.  This will help your child’s reading and writing abilities.

Science

We finished the school year with a unit on living and nonliving things.  Students understand that living things use their senses.  They grow, breathe, and need water.  Students enjoyed creating a greenhouse for lima beans.  Hopefully you were able to plant their lima bean and watch it grow.  If yours didn’t grow, please let me know and I can send some more home.

Handwriting

The children are almost finished completing their handwriting book.  They will be coming home soon.  Any missed pages can be completed over the summer if you’d like.

Spanish

Our Spanish unit has come to an end.  Students now know a large amount of vocabulary and can use those words to complete the phrase I like (Me gusta…).  These lessons will continue each year.  By third grade, students are ready to attend Spanish class with the Spanish teacher.

End of the Year

It is important for the children to reflect on how far they have come as kindergartners.  As a way to look back on the year, students will be working on a Kindergarten memory book.  This will come home near the end of the school year.  In addition, students will be coming home with other books they have worked on throughout the school year.

Our end of the party will be on Wednesday, June 22nd.  Mrs. Khan has a lot of wonderful crafts and activities planned for our luau.  I still can’t believe how fast this school year went.  I am going to miss them so much!

April 29 Newsletter

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Reminder

Next Friday, May 6th is our 5 senses show from 2pm – 3pm.  We will meet in the gym and then come back to the classroom for a little bit.  We look forward to seeing you!

 Math

This week we wrapped up our subtraction unit.  Students have been getting a lot of reinforcement using manipulatives and a number line to subtract larger numbers.  Students understand that a subtraction sentence can be written horizontally and vertically.  It is still challenging for the students to remember that the bigger number has to come first.  On Thursday, the children enjoyed using goldfish to represent their sentences.  They also used the goldfish to create their own subtraction sentences.  Next week I will introduce geometry (2D and 3D shapes).

 Literacy

We are finished writing How To stories and are currently working on making All About books.  Shortly we will be starting a unit on poetry.  Also, we are spending a lot of time improving our handwriting strokes in our handwriting book.

 SALSA

Spanish is going well and we continue to watch and discuss a Spanish video each week.  This week we started a new Spanish series on Little Red Riding Hood.  Ask your child how to say wolf, grandma, and “I like.”

 iPads

Children have been using the iPads during centers and Free Choice.  They are providing the children with an engaging way to practice concepts I’d like to reinforce.

 Other

Every Monday, three students from Cambridge’s pre-school program join us for Free Choice.  The students of course have been very welcoming and nurturing to our guests.  On Wednesday, we attended a school assembly and watched Cambridge students put on the play Seussical.

April 8th Newsletter

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Math

Last week we worked on solving story problems related to addition.  This week we started subtraction.  Using 2-sided chips, students played a game where they dumped their given amount of chips on the carpet and wrote a subtraction sentence for how many of the chips were yellow and red.  For instance, if students had 10 chips, took away 4 yellow ones, and were left with 6 red ones, their sentence came out to be 10 – 4 = 6.

Science

This week we focused on the sense of touch.  After reading a story about a boy who is blind and how he uses his other 4 senses, students learned about the importance of brail.  Using the brail alphabet, students wrote their own name and other words.  Next week we will do our last sense, taste!  Students will taste foods that are sweet, bitter, sour, and salty!  We are getting ready to show you several experiments on Five Senses Day (May 6th).

Spanish

We are continuing our Spanish videos and activities.  Some new vocabulary we have learned are:

La pinata (the piñata)

La banana (banana)

La manzana (apple)

El perro (dog)

El libro (book)

Caliente (hot)

Frio (cold)

We are working on taking the words we know and creating phrases such as la manzana roja (red apple) and la banana pequena (small banana).  It’s difficult for students to understand that the adjective follows the noun and the “o” at the end of an adjective changes to an “a” if the noun ends in “a.”

Writing

Students are brainstorming topics they are good at doing and know a lot about in order to make How To books.  This week everyone wrote a book on how to use the iPad.  First we orally told the steps across our fingers, then we sketched our ideas, and finally we added sentences.  Students are learning how to use sequence words when they write such as first, next, then, and last.

School Events

Last week Cambridge students got together to watch the Cougar Studios movie, put on by some fifth grade students.  Today, children got to meet and learn about the author Karen Rostoker-Gruber.  During library time, the children have read many books published by her.  Ask your child about the visit!  Lastly, a former professor of mine came in to read to the children her favorite childhood story, The Little Red Hen.  Following the reading and the discussion of the importance of helping others, students illustrated and wrote a sentence to continue the end of the story.

iPads During Centers

As I am sure you have heard, the iPads are going extremely well!  Before students used them, we created a list of rules we have to follow in order to keep them safe.  Within 5 minutes of using them, the students were very respectful of the technology and very independent!  We are using the iPads to reinforce the many concepts we are/have learned.  Below are some of the ones we have used.  I’ll let you know of more soon:

 Math:  Coin Toss, UnderSea Math, Jar of Marbles

 Reading:  Sight Words by Little Speller, Word Families, ABC Tracer (handwriting techniques), Read Me, Alphabet Puzzles

 Free Choice:  Mancala, Coloring, Balloons, Touch Hockey, Checkers, Four In a Row

March 11, 2011

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Morning Meeting Share:

To give every child a chance to share a story during Morning Meeting, I created the following schedule below.  Please remind your child of his/her day and work with him/her on planning what to share.

 Tuesdays:  Stephanie, Sidant, Jolina, Olivia, David
Wednesdays:  Madhi, Aazam, Sumuk, Andrew, Nikki
Thursdays:  Yaseen, Jake, Zoe, Nicholas, Kriti
Fridays:  Christopher, Mariyah, Kavya, Prisha, Megan

 Read Across America:

Last week schools across the country celebrated Read Across America.  Every day we used the SMARTBoard to read an E-book on www.wegivebooks.org with Mrs. Flannigan’s kindergarten class.  In addition, we read a lot of Dr. Seuss books and did many activities to go along with the books.  For example, after reading Green Eggs and Ham, students created their own page for our class book version.  Instead of saying “I am Sam, Sam I am.  I do not like green eggs and ham,”  the students wrote their own name, and chose a different colored food to complete the sentence.  Also, after learning the word family “at” students wrote as many –at words on a Dr. Seuss hat.

 Science Five Senses:

One of our largest science units this school year is learning about the five senses.  Each week, the students are participating in a couple of experiments to become more aware of their senses.  Last week students focused on sight.  This week, students are learning about hearing.  One of the activities required students to design a megaphone to increase the volume/sound of our voices.  Another activity required students to shake film containers and guess what was put inside.  Sometime in April, all the kindergarten parents will be invited into the school for a five senses performance!  I’ll keep you updated.

 Math:

In math, students started learning about addition/combining using manipulations.  One of our first lessons required students to take a certain number of tiles and rearrange them in as many ways as they could.  The purpose of this was to show them that numbers can be looked at in more than one way.  From there, we moved into combining manipulatives by saying “3 AND 2 IS 5.”  Students played a game that required them to roll 2 dice, add up the numbers, and then graph the sum.  Now that students have an understanding of combining numbers, we are moving into the symbolic form of addition with the plus and equals sign.  Ask your child how we used dominos to write addition sentences.  After this unit, we will move into subtraction.

 Writing:

Students are creating “How To” books which teach others how to do something.  The children brainstormed a list of things they are good at doing.  From those topics, they picked one and orally told the steps across their fingers with their writing partner.  After students planned out their story, they sketched, labeled their pictures, and added sentences.  Some topics children wrote about were how to ride your bike, how to brush your teeth, how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, how to draw a flower, etc.  Discuss with your child some other ideas they could create a book about!

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