Thursday, September 22, 2016

STEM Shapes

Last week we had our first SUPER STEM session!  It is my goal to provide these weekly.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.  You may hear of STEAM, as well.  This includes art, but because we still fit a lot of art into our day I stuck with STEM for our purposes.  The goal of STEM is to encourage problem solving, cooperative learning, and hands on activities.  Our first STEM activity was a simple one, but it was met with rave reviews!  We spent our time building shapes with popsicle sticks, using some simple instructions as out guide.  From there we explored how we could build other things, such as houses, out of the shapes we had already made.  This week we enjoyed our second STEM session as we experimented with apples... there will be pictures posted soon of all of our apple fun!   





Monday, September 19, 2016

DON'T FORGET YOUR APPLES!

***IMPORTANT REMINDER***
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND AN APPLE WITH YOUR CHILD BY TUESDAY! CHECK THE NEWSLETTER FOR DETAILS! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ASSISTING IN OUR LEARNING THIS WEEK!

The Beginnings of Reading!

Hopefully you heard your child talking about practicing READING last week!  Yes, we have been kindergartners for only 12 days and we are already working on reading.  What this looks like right now is: practicing reading (looking at wordless picture books) quietly on our own.  We started at 2 minutes and slowly built up to 12 minutes by the end of last week.  This group has done a phenomenal job!  We talked about the different ways to read a book and how everyone in our room is already a reader because EVERYONE can do at least one of those ways (look at the pictures).  This is why we start with wordless picture books!  This week we will be using the books that we 'shopped' for in our classroom library.  Our goal is to make it to 15 minutes of quiet reading.  Once we have met this goal, I will be able to pull small groups for Guided Reading instruction and do the assessments that need done in kindergarten!



Picture Day!


This is just a reminder that 

TOMORROW

September 20, 2016 

is PICTURE DAY!  


They always try to fit kindergarten in first thing in the morning so that we don't have to stay looking nice for too long! :)  
We also have phy. ed. tomorrow so please send shoes for phy. ed. if necessary! Thank you!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Grandparents Day!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day was so much fun!
We had an amazing turn out and it was nice to meet so many wonderful people.  Thanks to all who were able to come!  I realize it is not always easy and appreciate the time it takes.  Thank you for visiting with us!






First Day of School Fun

Now that all website permission forms are back, I am happy to share some snapshots with your from our first day of school!  It's fun to see how much they have grown and learned already!  Routines are now becoming easier and faces are now friendly and familiar. I am enjoying getting to know this crew and I have already been impressed with how much they are capable of!  












Sunday, September 11, 2016

Color Days! (Newsletter Correction)

Hello!  This is an update to the September 9th Newsletter!  In my haste, I posted last year's information in the newsletter sent home Friday for the COLOR DAYS this coming week!  Most are correct, but I listed picture day being in the mix and this is is incorrect.  (Picture day is the following week this year, on the 20th).  The correct information is listed below, along with the link to the corrected newsletter (this is also linked on the newsletter page.)  Sorry for any confusion!  Please let me know if you have questions and thank you for your understanding!

September 9, 2016 Newsletter

Monday - Green and Yellow/Gold
Tuesday - Pink and Red
Wednesday - Orange and Brown
Thursday - Black and White
Friday - Blue, Purple, Gray